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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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$120
Weight
Men: 9.7oz
Women: 8.6oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A lot of runners welcomed the eye-catching color schemes of the Saucony Guide 9.
  • Numerous testers reported that this shoe didn’t feel tight or restrictive; for them, it was true to its size.
  • The stability feature was reliable and not intrusive, according to several runners.
  • Those who have tried it indicated that the cushioning system of this shoe felt adequately responsive.
  • Many consumers appreciated the traction given by the rubber outsole unit.
  • Several testers commented that they were able to get great value for its price; they liked the quality of this version.
  • The durability of the Guide 9 was lauded and commended.
  • Some testers who tended to experience foot pain while running didn’t complain of such when wearing this shoe.
  • The toe box was roomy enough to accommodate natural toe-splaying, wrote several runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • After only a few months of use, the upper unit’s fabric tore off on a tester.
  • According to several runners, the heel area of cushioning system broke down and rendered the platform unstable.
  • The fabric in the rear section of the upper tended to rub against the skin of some runners, causing some irritation.

Bottom line

The 9th version of the Saucony Guide was able to deliver great service to a lot of runners who needed support and stability for their activities on the pavement. They lauded its responsive and reliable components. Basically, they were satisfied with it. But such wasn’t the case for a few disgruntled consumers who thought that it some of its parts weren’t durable or agreeable to their feet.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 645 ratings

5 star
65%
4 star
15%
3 star
8%
2 star
7%
1 star
5%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Guide gets better with a responsive Everun topsole and an improved upper.  

  • 85 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    All in all, the Saucony Guide 9 should give you the amount of support and stability you already got from the Saucony Guide 8, but with a softer, smoother, and slightly more stable ride.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    This update received an infusion of bouncy foam on the top of the midsole for a strong improvement in bounce-back properties.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jon Ober • Level 4 expert

    Saucony's latest addition is leaps and bounds above previous installments with a smooth, fast comfortable ride.

  • 85 / 100 by Klein Runs • Matt Klein • Level 4 expert

    In the meantime, if you need a moderate support stability trainer with a great fit and ride that will keep you going for long miles, take a look at the Saucony Guide 9.

  • 83 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 4 expert

    I find myself lacing these up for trips to the grocery store on the reg.

  • 90 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Fix My Walk • Level 3 expert

    This feature provides a lot more cushioning, reduced weight, smooth heel to toe motion and durable heel support, but we didn’t finish yet. 

  • 86 / 100 by Runnerlight • Michael Brandon • Level 3 expert

    Saucony Guide 9 continues to develop through flexible, supportive, stable and lighter weight products to make every runner love their running experience more. 

  • 84 / 100 by Gear Institute • Mandie33 • Level 3 expert

    Overall, I think the Ride 9 has some solid updates from the previous models, and I enjoy running in this shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by The Running Centre • The Running Centre • Level 3 expert

    I would recommend the Guide 9 to function as a volume trainer for runners seeking a highly cushioned feel from a shoe with light stability in a lightweight package.

  • 79 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Impact Magazine • Level 3 expert

    They look great, but the only downfall is I found them a bit heavy.

  • 86 / 100 by Plantar Fasciitis Support • Plantar Fasciitis Support • Level 1 expert

    The shoes are not only designed for athletes but are and can be used for many activities like workouts, sessions in the gym, and fitness classes. 

  • 84 / 100 by Level Renner • Kass Berry • Level 1 expert

    Thankfully (and miraculously) the amount of EVERUN cushioning utilized in the Guide 9 makes for a soft but not spongy ride. 

  • 81 / 100 by Source for Sports • Source for Sports • Level 1 expert

    The new Saucony Guide 9 is a great stability shoe that delivers a smooth supportive ride without sacrificing fit, flexibly or weight. This shoe provides an efficient strike while also delivering a lively, resilient ride.

  • 80 / 100 by Active Feet • Active Feet • Level 1 expert

    Ticking all the boxes, runners should try this shoe when they are looking for a moderate supporting shoe that is light, responsive and works well on many runners.

  • 79 / 100 by The Lone Runner • The Lone Runner • Level 1 expert

    Thankfully (and miraculously) the amount of EVERUN cushioning utilized in the Guide 9 makes for a soft but not spongy ride. 

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Updates to Saucony Guide 9

  • The upper construction of the Saucony Guide 9 was enhanced through the lighter FlexFilm no-sew overlays that give a flexible fit without affecting the shoe’s underfoot support.
  • The 9th version of the Saucony Guide comes with a new TRI-FLEX outsole that compliments well with the EVERUN topsole. It provides a better ground contact while giving flexibility and traction.
  • It features the brand new EVERUN continuous cushioning element that provides enough cushioning throughout the run. It also gives a much lively and flexible ride.

Saucony Guide 9 size and fit

The Saucony Guide 9 comes in a regular shoe length. It is also available in wider width. It can accommodate runners who have a medium-sized heel, forefoot, and mid-foot areas, allowing runners with regular foot shapes experienced great fitting.


Outsole

The outsole unit has the Injection Blown Rubber (IBR+) Technology which is much lighter as compared to the standard blown rubber. It provides enhanced cushioning and offers a more responsive ride.

The entire outsole of the Saucony Guide 9 was coated with the XT-900,a carbon rubber element that provides impressive traction and added durability.

The Flex Grooves technology allows more flexibility. It allows the foot to bend and move naturally. With this flexibility attribute, runners can have an enhanced running experience in a much effective manner.


Midsole

The Saucony’s EVERUN technology provides an additional layer of cushioning that helps in distributing forces of impact during foot landing. It offers a flexible ride and help runners have an energized running experience in every stride with its energy-return properties.

The midsole use the SSL EVA technology that maximizes rebound. It also gives added durability while minimizing the weight.

The SRC Landing Zone offers a durable shock absorption in the heel crashpad. It allows a smooth mid-foot transition.


Upper

The upper of the Guide 9 features the FlexFilm, a smoother material that offers a secure, breathable and flexible fit.

The RUNDRY Collar Lining material in the shoe’s upper provides an impressive moisture wicking properties. It secures the heel and gives a plush feel for comfort.

The ComfortLite Sock Liner element contours the shape of the arch and the heel. It helps in reducing the force in the forefoot while giving a softer and more secure-fitting.