Verdict from 4 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Some testers commented that the cushioning was great for a fast running shoe.
  • A lot of runners mentioned that the shoe was very breathable and versatile.
  • Some reviewers said that the shoe provided a good amount of underfoot support.
  • Few buyers mentioned that the Saucony Breakthru 3 offered a responsive ride.
  • A lot of reviewers agreed that the shoe was a great option for neutral pronators.
  • A good number of runners noted that the shoe was comfortable and lightweight.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the heel-to-toe transition of the shoe felt a little bit rough and uncomfortable.
  • One of the testers commented that the midsole lacked flexibility.
  • According to some reviewers, this shoe’s platform was not able to not provide enough cushioning.

Bottom line

A good number of testers agreed that the Saucony Breakthru 3 is a comfortable and lightweight running shoe. They commented that it proved agreeable for runners who do not excessively pronate. Although some testers mentioned that it apparently lacked a quality cushioning, others still recommended the Saucony Breakthru 3 because of its breathability and versatility on the roads.

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Our reviews

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The Saucony Breakthru 3 is a lightweight, neutral, cushioned daily trainer that checks most of the boxes.

I have run is similar shoes like the Asics Dynaflyte and the Brooks Launch 4. Both are comparable, but the Breakthru 3 offers slightly more comfort on long runs and comes in at a tad lower price.


The Upper

These shoes have a comfortable and cool upper that anchors the foot. The toe box is roomy and the seamless material provides optimal comfort.

The shoes required no break-in period. I took long runs, 9 plus miles, in them out of the box. The uppers showed moderate signs of wear after 300 miles of use. Since I primarily used them for treadmill work, they looked almost new after extended use.



I lace my shoes up very tightly, and the lacing system held up very well. There was only a slight amount of fraying and stretching in the upper material after extended use.

The heal is firm and well padded, which made for comfortable runs and not slippage during runs. At first, I was a little skeptical about the lacing system (loops instead of eyelets), but the shoes locked down and the loop system was actually more comfortable than a traditional eyelet system.

After wearing them, I was a little disappointed to learn that Saucony went back to a traditional eyelet system in the Breakthru.


Midsole & Cushioning

The Breakthru 3 has an EVERUN midsole and blown foam to cushion the ride during long runs. The midsole adds extra support. I am a runner with high arches and the set up in these shoes provides tons of support.

Even after 300 miles in these shoes, I experienced no pain after running. The foam on these shoes is springy and a little on the stiff side, but as you run in them the shoes become more responsive.

On long runs, this provides more energy release as the run goes on. I routinely finished long runs with my legs feeling fresh.

Outsole & Durability

This shoe is very durable. I put over 300 miles on a pair before switching them out, and the shoe showed modest signs of wear.



The original pair still had some life left in it. I am a neutral runner who supinates slightly. So there was more wear on the outer edges of the outsoles, but that is to be expected. The shoes remained springy and responsive throughout their lifetime. The shoes are stylish and come in a few different colors (black, grey, blue).

My first pair were the ones pictured in black and red. I was very happy with the comfort and durability of these shoes and bought a second pair in grey with lime highlights. Both pairs were consistent in construction and performance.

What I like most about the Breakthru 3

  • Well cushioned
  • Good energy return
  • Wide toe box
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable and cool upper
  • Great price (when the Saucony Breakthru 4 came out there were pairs available for close to 50% off of retail)

What I do not like about the Breakthru 3

  • There was no real downside to these shoes


Before trying the Asics DynaFlyte was my go-to-shoe. The Breakthru won me over. It is a more cushioned ride and the shoe seems to hold up to more punishment.

The upper is less constringent. The toe box is wider. My feet stay cooler. And, it is a little less expensive. The Breakthru 3 is a great option for a daily trainer and long runs.

| Level 2 expert Verified
I have been a dedicated runner for over a decade. It has become my favorite sport and forms the core of my exercise routine. I enjoy long runs and average around 35 miles a week. I am not a competitive runner but focus on personal fitness and health goals. Over the course of the years, I have researched and worn a variety of running shoes. My favorite shoe brands are Saucony and Asics because they provide the best combination of cushioning and arch support, although I have tried other brands like Brooks, Mizuno, Nike and Under Armour.

Good to know

  • The Saucony Breakthru 3 has an 8-mm offset. The cushioning of this shoe is distributed evenly between the forefoot and the heel.
  • It makes use of an EVERUN Topsole which is a breakthrough in the shoe’s cushioning. It promotes stronger takeoffs and smoother landings.
  • It has an IBR+ outsole that is lightweight and durable. This enhances the shoe’s cushioning elements. Also, the TRI-FLEX outsole increases force distribution throughout the surface of the sole unit.

When it comes to sizing, the Saucony Breakthru 3 has a standard shoe running length. This best for runners who prefer traditional and minimalist shoes. The available widths are D – Medium for the men’s version and B – Medium for the women’s version.

The Saucony Breakthru 3 has a TRI-FLEX outsole. This is strategically designed to enhance the shoe’s flexibility. This also adds to the adaptability to different terrains.

IBR+ is extended along the lateral edges of the shoe. It is a lightweight material that adds a bit more cushioning because of its soft nature. It also gives traction because it’s essentially also rubber.

The Saucony Breakthru 3 has a Full-Length EVERUN Topsole which enhances energy return. It also balances cushioning distribution. It has a padded layer that is purposely placed near the runner’s foot, basically becoming the immediate underfoot platform. The EVERUN midsole is also present in the Breakthru 4 running shoe.

The other material that used in this shoe’s midsole is the SSL EVA. This adds to the durability, comfort and lightweight structure of the shoe. Its springy nature enables the foot to be more energized with every step.

The upper of the Saucony Breakthru 3 is composed of Engineered Mesh. This adds to the breathability of the shoe. It has substantial perforations that accommodate the flow of air into the foot-chamber. This mesh material is softer and smoother when compared to the ones used in the previous versions.

It has an internal network of straps, which is called the Midfoot Support Strap. It is attached to the shoe and the lacing system to provide a more secure and snug fit.

It has an Open Toe Box design that is seamless and sock-like in its construction. This part of the shoe is important in protecting and covering the runner’s foot. The extra space in the forefoot area allows natural toe-splay.


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