Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • A large number of the reviewers commented that the 10th edition of the Cohesion was extremely comfortable.
  • It is very affordable.
  • It is lighter than the previous model.
  • The shoe has surprisingly good durability, considering its price point, as reported by many runners.
  • There were several reviewers who loved the way the shoe feels despite hours of work on their feet.
  • More than a handful stated that they got compliments for how the Cohesion 10 looks.
  • A good number of runners mentioned that they did not a break in period in this shoe.
  • The support is highly appreciated by some runners and gym rats.
  • Some reviewers use it for gym workouts.
  • Available in multiple colors and widths.
  • Features reflective elements for low-light running.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful noted that the forefoot cushioning is noticeably stiffer than the earlier model.
  • It runs a little small and narrow, according to a few runners.
  • The outsole grip is not as good when it rains, as noticed by some runner.

Bottom line

The Saucony Cohesion 10 is clearly a steal when one recognizes its value as a hard-nosed trainer or as a long-distance runner. While this lacks the best technologies from Saucony, it does offer a no-nonsense approach to those who require a moderately cushioned neutral shoe that does exactly and a bit more than expected. This lightweight running shoe is also perfect for those who are recreational runners, middle of the pack participants, entry-level runners and those who are budget conscious.

Facts

Rankings

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A popular pick
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  • Saucony served up a couple of changes in the debut of the Cohesion 10. The biggest and most notable change is featured in the outsole where the Tri-Flex system is now utilized. It brings better shock attenuation, exceptional flexibility, and very good traction.
  • Another obvious modification is the removal of some of the midfoot and forefoot overlays, particularly on the lateral side. Without losing hold and security, there is a tad more room in the forefoot while weight is reduced.
  • An almost imperceptible alteration occurs in the tongue where it is no longer as long. It should help reduce the chances of rubbing or irritation.
  • Finally, the heel is not as heavily fortified as before. There are still enough overlays in the heel for a secure and structured rear portion of the foot.

The fit of the Saucony Cohesion 10 is basically a standard of the Cohesion line. It offers a roomy toe box and a really secured midfoot feel. The heel gets enough security and actual hold as well. Runners who do long distance or those with generous feet will find the toe box to their liking. It generally runs true to size.


Saucony’s XT-900 carbon rubber covers the quick-wearing areas of the 10th instalment of the Cohesion while the softer iBR+ wraps most of the midfoot and forefoot for traction. These outsole materials are also present in the popular Saucony Cohesion 12 running shoe.

The outsole is unique as it is Saucony’s latest in the Tri-Flex configuration. Saucony aims to improve surface contact for stability, flexibility because of the numerous flex grooves, and even more grip.


Perhaps the simplest part of the Cohesion 10’s makeup is found in the midsole. It uses the old reliable IMEVA or injection molded EVA for cushioning and shock-absorption. The foam is moderately thick and gives adequate performance under respectable mileage.


The upper is very much a presentation of the network of overlays on both sides of the shoe. These overlays do an excellent job of supporting the foot without being overbearing. Saucony keeps the collar and tongue very well-padded for comfort while the removable insole adds cushioning and can be replaced with orthotics. The breathable coverage is made possible by a soft mesh with numerous holes in the forefoot. There are also reflective details in the upper for those who may find themselves running before dawn or at dusk.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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