Our verdict


The Saucony Cohesion 12 received mixed reviews from those who have tested it. Many were happy with this running shoe’s specifications and performance. The upper was breathable, the weight was reasonably light, and the price was very consumer-friendly. Nonetheless, some criticized the tight toe-box while others claimed that the overall in-shoe feel was a bit loose. Also, the color schemes apparently didn’t match those from the online photos.


  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Efficient
  • Effortlesly insert prescription orthotics
  • Breathable


  • Colors' differ in-person
  • Tight toebox
  • Wide in-shoe experience

Who should buy the Saucony Cohesion 12

You will love the Saucony Cohesion 12 if you:

  • want a durable shoe that provides efficient performance on the road
  • look for a shoe that would allow you to be able to effortlessly insert prescription orthotics
  • prefer a lightweight and breathable neutral running shoe for all-day wear, running, jogging, or use for long-distance or marathons

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Updates to the Saucony Cohesion 12

  • An added element in the midsole is a soft and spongy material that supports the foot throughout the run. It’s only a topsole unit as this shoe still has a GRID base.
  • Shinier sheen overlays than what was on the previous iteration. The heel part has the ‘COHESION 12’ adorned on it, allowing people to distinguish it from its predecessors.

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Experience enhanced reliable grips with the Saucony Cohesion 12 outsole

The outsole unit of the Saucony Cohesion 12 is comprised of the XT-600 rubber, a high-durability compound that is tasked with protecting the midsole from the harsh effects of surface contact and usage. It provides traction, which is an essential element of running.

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Zigzagging flex grooves are patterned across the entire external pad. These trenches help the whole platform to bend in conjunction with the foot as it transitions from the heel to the toe during the run. The meandering structure results in sharp tips that may heighten the quality of the surface adhesion.

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Saucony's GRID technology in the midsole

The GRID technology is comprised of a full-length foam that has a waffle-like design to it. Such an assembly allows the foam to easily bend with the foot. It also absorbs impact shock quite efficiently because it has intended pressure points on it.

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The VERSAFOAM is a top layer that is soft-spongy against the foot. This layer provides high levels of comfort to the foot, permitting it to remain energized and enabled, even after extended periods.

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Cool and dry running experience with the Saucony Cohesion 12 upper

The exterior part of the upper unit is made of breathable mesh. The porous nature of this textile fundamentally funnels air into the foot chamber, thereby maintaining a cool and dry experience for the foot.

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Overlays are stitched onto the façade, giving targeted support to all areas that need it (the sides, the heel, and the instep). The stitched-on element bolsters the durability of the silhouette.

Saucony Cohesion 12 overlays

A shiny finish makes the façade as eye-catching as possible. The muted color schemes pay homage to the hues of the prior iterations of the Cohesion series.

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The padded tongue and collar are responsible for supporting the ankles and the Achilles tendon. These parts of the upper prevent the foot from exiting the interior chamber accidentally.

Saucony Cohesion 12 collar

Semi-round laces crisscross the instep section. This traditional tie-up system helps the runner when it comes to locking the foot in place and averting any in-shoe quavering.

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The ‘COHESION 12’ is emblazoned on the lateral side of the upper while the Saucony logo is heat-fused on both sides.

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Saucony Cohesion 12 logo