Updates to Saucony Cohesion 12

  • The Saucony Cohesion 12 is one of the most budget-friendly running shoes in the market. It is another addition to the ever-expanding list of neutral running shoes in the market. This update to the 11th version of the Cohesion sees an additional element in the midsole, a soft and spongy material that’s designed to support the foot throughout the run. It’s only a topsole unit as this shoe still has a GRID base.
  • The upper unit of this road companion retains the overlay-laden mesh, though it has a shinier sheen to it 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.


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 is also meant to provide traction, which is an essential element of running.

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.


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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.3oz / Women 7.7oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Saucony Cohesion 14
Forefoot height: 17mm
Heel height: 29mm

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