Who should buy the Cortana 4

The Saucony Cortana 4 is a lightweight running shoe that packs sufficient cushioning from heel to toe. Consider getting this shoe if:

  • You are looking for a marathon training shoe
  • You are a mild overpronator who needs a running shoe for everyday use

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Updates to the Saucony Cortana 4

  • A redesigned update that includes FlexFilm overlays for more support
  • More heel decoupling for smoother landings
  • Deeper flex grooves for seamless transitions

Saucony Cortana 4 updated upper

Carbon rubber for better traction

The outsole unit uses the XT-900 compound, which is a material made from carbon rubber. It is the one responsible for providing traction over the roads.

Saucony Cortana 4 xt-900

Lightweight blown rubber for durability

The IBR+ or the Injection Blown Rubber is a liquid-molded material that is durable and consistent. It’s a lightweight layer in the outsole, which shields the unit from abrasion and wear. The soft material allows it to provide some additional cushioning.

Saucony Cortana 4 outsole

Balanced footing in the Cortana 4

The Saucony Cortana 4 makes ample use of the PowerGrid technology, a high-quality foam that offers 20% more cushioning than most midsole foam units on the market. The Grid design helps to balance the foot, spread pressure evenly, and maintain a soft underfoot feel.

Saucony Cortana 4 power grid

Efficient shock absorption

The SRC Impact Zone and the Impact Interface are components in the midsole which isolates impact and shock when landing the foot on the ground. The former takes care of the entire length of the shoe while the latter works more for the heel.

Saucony Cortana 4 midsole

A Medial Post adds some support to the midfoot area, keeping the foot more centered and in line for a much more efficient stride.

The Cortana 4’s breathable upper

The upper unit of the Saucony Cortana 4 gives well-ventilated coverage of the foot with the use of the Air Mesh fabric. It keeps the foot dry and cool, permitting long-term use for those who want to participate in lengthy athletic activities.

Saucony Cortana 4 air mesh

The HydraMAX Collar Lining is a soft and irritation-free fabric that holds the heel snugly in place while giving a next-to-skin comfort that’s capable of staving off moisture. It’s an inner sleeve that allows runners to wear the Cortana 4 without socks.

Saucony Cortana 4 collar

A supportive framework

The Flex Film Overlays are welded in the upper and they were meant to secure the foot of the wearer and prevent wobbliness in the middle section of the upper. The Sauc-Fit adds more security in the rear part of the arch, as well as the heel area.

Saucony Cortana 4 sauc-fit

The Comfortlite Sock Liner was molded to the outlines of the heel and arch, essentially cradling the foot and making sure that each section of the underfoot is supported.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.2oz / Women 6.2oz
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Stability
Forefoot height: 24mm
Heel height: 28mm
Pronation: Overpronation

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