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.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 9% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

86 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 88 / 100 | The Active Guy | | Level 5 expert

    The latest model of Saucony Guide continues the tradition of this great shoe. This stability shoe has an improved sole thanks to the EVERUN technology and provides a lightweight and supportive running shoe.

  • 85 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 5 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 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 83 / 100 | 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.

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  • 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.

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.


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.


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 EVERUN material is also present in the midsole of the Saucony Guide 10.

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.


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.

Author
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.

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