Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$100
Weight
Men: 8.7oz
Women: 7.5oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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 was comfortable and lightweight. 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.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 67 ratings

5 star
70%
4 star
15%
3 star
3%
2 star
6%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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87 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David Cross • Level 3 expert

    I am excited about the shoe, the three, because of this nice mesh upper and I am a big fan of their Everun.

  • 88 / 100 by GetOutThereGear • Kirstie • Level 1 expert

    ...the shoes I will be wearing in my first organized race this spring.

  • 80 / 100 by Men's Journal • Mike Conklin • Level 1 expert

    If you're the type of person who only wants to have one shoe, you could do much worse than this one.

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Updates to Saucony Breakthru 3

  • 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.

Saucony Breakthru 3 size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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 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.

Upper

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.