Who should buy the Saucony Guide 15
Get the Saucony Guide 15 if you're a sucker for:
- a stability running shoe that's light and protective for daily runs
- an unobtrusive support shoe that can also cater to neutral runners
Who should NOT buy it
If you're looking for a more energetic alternative to the Saucony Guide 15, take the Saucony Kinvara 13 or the Saucony Endorphin Speed 2.
They may not be stability shoes, but they're neutral running shoes that put support at the forefront—which is why experts recommend them if you want something more upbeat.
Saucony Guide 15 vs. 14:
"Like a whole new experience"—This is what testers have to say about the changes made to the Guide 15. With its comfort-first approach, it features the following updates:
- more stack (increased by 2.5mm in the rear and forefoot) for a more protective and cushy ride
- a softer sensation because of the plusher PWRRUN foam
- better stability due to the more sculpted sidewalls and deeper underfoot contouring
- less weight (9.5 oz vs. 10.5 oz in US M 9) because of the Hollow-Tech stability element that keeps the foot centered without added bulk
- smoother transitions, thanks to the more rockered design
- a more flexible forefoot for unrestrained motions
Keeping the foot centered, the sidewalls of the Saucony Guide 15 now sit higher like that of the Kinvara 13. On top of this, the midsole foam perfects the blend of both softness and rigidity; you don't have to worry about your foot sinking in.
A more inclusive ride
Unlike past versions of the Saucony Guide, the fifteenth edition offers a "more forgiving ride." It's a touch firm, but never harsh. Even more, the stability elements are not overbearing; even neutral runners can enjoy it.
The added stack also creates a more protected run. It mutes out all the impact during each landing.
Delivering easy strides
Because of the shoe's rockered shape, seamless rolls from heel to toe are generated, making the ride easy and efficient.
Anything but clunky
On foot and on paper, the Saucony Guide 15 feels light. For reference, the average stability shoe weighs in at 10.5 oz in US M 9 while the Guide 15 only weighs 9.5 oz.
And in contrast to Saucony Guides of yesteryears, the majority agrees that this is way lighter.
Better fit, less waste
The Guide's new mesh upper is not only made with recycled materials; it also offers a more dialed-in fit. From the heel to the midfoot, the foothold is snug; there are NO reports of slips. For the toe box, many find it "adequately roomy" for a comfy toe splay and foot swelling.
Runners even claim that they don't have to cinch the laces down to feel secure in the Guide 15. Even better, even if the laces are tightened, there aren't any lace bites.
Perfect for warms days on the road
Apart from keeping the foot locked in, the upper also lets in the air for a breathable feel during summer runs.
The Saucony Guide 15 needs more life
It's neither bouncy nor energetic. Despite Saucony's attempts to make it a softer shoe, it's still on the firmer end. This is also attributed by critics to the "overly thick" heel outsole rubber.