Who should buy it

Purchase the Freedom 5 if you're in need of a: 

  • daily trainer that can handle easy days and speedier fartleks (varied paces in the run) 
  • versatile shoe that can handle walking, weightlifting, and Crossfit

Saucony Freedom 5 saucony logo

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a wide-feet-friendly shoe from Saucony, get the Ride 15. And if you're a heavy runner who wants a more cushioned ride, there's the Saucony Triumph 19

Saucony Freedom 5 wide feet

Given the Saucony Freedom 5's hefty price, runners who want a similar ride but cheaper can opt for the Nike Pegasus 38 or the PUMA Velocity Nitro 2 instead.

Saucony Freedom 5 vs. 4

This time around, the Saucony Freedom has lesser bulk. It goes from 269 g/9.5 oz to 238 g/8.4 oz in US M 9. This is owed to the shoe's new midsole compound and exposed outsole. 

Weight is only getting better

And by better, we mean lighter. Contrary to its precursor and the rest of the Saucony Freedom line, the fifth edition barely weighs anything. When runners put it on, they say it disappears on foot. 

Saucony Freedom 5 weight

Screams secure foothold

All testers claim that in this shoe, they feel "ultra-secure." So much so, they feel stable in it even when picking up the pace. On top of this, it's their steady and trusty pick when lifting and doing Crossfit.

This is due to the upper's sleek and form-fitting construction. This said, wide-footed runners, on the other hand, suffer from the shoe's secure fit.

Saucony Freedom 5 fit

The midfoot and the forefoot are a tad too snug; they can feel tight upon step-in and even more so on the run when the foot starts to swell. 

The Freedom 5 is firm at first

This is how most reviewers find the Saucony Freedom 5. Before it starts to have some give, you need a few miles to break it in. 

Saucony Freedom 5 break in

However, the firmness is not all bad. This creates a snappy ride when doing quick tempos. If you're a Saucony fan, think of the Saucony Endorphin Speed but a more toned-down, lower-to-the-ground ride. 

Keepin' it steady

Apart from the snappy sensation, the rather firm midsole also generates a stable ride. On rugged surfaces, the Freedom 5 still maintains planted steps by preventing a sink-in sensation. 

Traction that works

On hard-packed dirt and pebble paths, the outsole bites. 

Saucony Freedom 5 traction

Not so kind to heavy runners

Whether it's a short or mid-distance run, there's enough cushion underfoot to mute out the harshness from the ground. Road runners have NOT reported feeling strained after clocking up miles. 

Saucony Freedom 5 not for heavy runners

However, the minimal cushion can be a deal-breaker for heavy runners; there may not be enough arch support. 

Beat the heat with Saucony Freedom 5

With the shoe's light and airy upper plus sufficiently padded tongue, breathability has not been an issue among experts. Even under warm weather, the shoe still feels breezy.

Saucony Freedom 5 ventilation


Because of the shoe's straightforward yet aesthetically pleasing design and blacked-out color, many say that they're attractive enough for casual wear as it looks good paired with jeans. 

Bring the price down

This is what critics have to say about the fifth iteration of the Saucony Freedom. Contrary to running shoes (which retail for $123, on average), the Freedom 5 is "too steep" at $150. 

Saucony Freedom 5 price

Even more so in the world of daily trainers where the average price of a pair is $118. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.4oz / Women 7.3oz
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: Men 23mm / Women 23.5mm
Heel height: Men 27mm / Women 27.5mm
Collection: Saucony Freedom

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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.