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  • Terrain
    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $130
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.6oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many noticed the durable and reliable cushioning of the Saucony Echelon 4.
  • It has enough room in the toe box that accommodates wide-footed runners.
  • The shoe offers enough support.
  • The upper of the Saucony Echelon 4 is very breathable.
  • A reasonably-priced shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The material of the shoe is not in good quality.
  • Many mentioned that it is not as comfortable as the previous version.
  • Not ideal for runners with orthotics.

Bottom line

A reasonably priced running shoe, Saucony Echelon 4 offers a great combination of fit, support and cushioning. This shoe is best for short distance runs and daily training.

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Updates to Saucony Echelon 4

  • This shoe features few updates including the PowerGrid system for the cushioning and for shock absorption. This system is also responsible for the shoe’s excellent responsive ride.
  • Another updated feature of this shoe is its engineered upper, providing unique and efficient compatibility to orthotics users. It is designed with enough room for high-volume feet to feel comfortable, especially for runners with orthotics. To enhance the design, Saucony used TPU cage and silver reflective details on the heel and toe areas for more visibility on low-light conditions.
  • This shoe also has the RunDry interiors in its lining, and it wicks away moisture while keeps the shoe comfortable at less the bacteria.

Saucony Echelon 4 size and fit

Comfort and support are significantly emphasized in this shoe and it is made true to size and fit to complete the comfort. At its width fit to medium size, and with its standard length, this shoe is available in sizes 6 to 11 for the women and sizes 7.5 to 12 for men.


Outsole

The outsole of the shoe is made from the Saucony’s exclusive XT-900 premium carbon runbber. This material offers exceptional traction as well as excellent protection against abrasion. This is also made with high quality rubber that enhances durability.

Saucony also used the iBR+ or the Injection Blown Rubber that is significantly lighter than the usual solid rubber. Its aesthetic design is superior with a wide range of hardness and densities for medical and orthotics purposes.


Midsole

The midsole is designed specifically with more cushioning. The full-length PowerGrid is combined with the SSL EVA midsole, which are both intended to provide excellent cushioning and support for a more comfortable midsole. The 8mm offset also adds pleasing comfort, which makes this shoe efficient for mid-foot strikers.

Also on the sole area, the SRC Impact Zone is used for shock attenuation. It runs from heel to mid-foot and it helps the foot to have a smoother feel when running. Saucony also placed the Vertical Flex Grooves in the midsole for improved forefoot flexibility.


Upper

The upper of the Saucony Echelon 4 is engineered with layer of support for orthotics wearers. It has a TPU cage offering that ensures supportive throughout the mid-foot area. In addition, the RunDry Collar Lining provides a moisture-wicking property and at the same time, the security for the heel. The inner upper is also designed with a 5mm-Polyurethane anti-microbial sock liner that does not just removes odor-causing bacteria, but also enhances the cushioning for the underfoot and the support for the entire foot.