Facts

  • 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 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

    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
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 10.3oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Jun 2017
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  • 84 / 100 | Trail Running Mag UK

    The Saucony Koa ST (soft-terrain) is built to be able to handle almost any sort of terrain you can throw at it and our afternoon run along the side of a mountain was designed to prove that.

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  • The Saucony Koa ST is a trail running shoe that is designed for runners who have neutral foot motion. The shoe uses the PWR TRAC outsole. Its hexagonal-shaped pattern quickly adapts to different kinds of terrains.
  • With its 8-mm lugs, the right amount of traction is provided for uneven surfaces.
  • Featured in the midsole is the EVERUN technology which aims to deliver the right blend of responsiveness, firmness, and comfort that runners needed during their activities.

The Saucony Koa ST runs true to size. It provides a snugger and more comfortable fit to medium-footed runners. The shoe is available in standard medium B and D widths for the women’s and men’s respectively.

The PWR TRAC outsole is integrated into the Saucony KOA ST. When compared to the traditional rubber, the PWR TRAC offers more traction. This material is a tacky rubber compound that is essential in adapting to various types of terrains. It provides added durability as well.

To increase the level of traction, the KOA ST utilizes the 8-mm lugs. It provides enough grip on slick, muddy and soft trails as well as other uneven surfaces.

A responsive cushioning compound called the 3-mm EVERUN Topsole is utilized in the shoe. This technology aims to aid in the distribution of forces over large areas. As a result, it creates a high energy return in every stride. Because of the right combination of cushioning, responsiveness and firmness, better shock absorption is encouraged. It also lessens underfoot pressure as the material conforms to the natural shape of the foot.

The synthetic upper is integrated into the Saucony Koa ST. It ensures to resist mud and water from entering the shoe while maintaining its lockdown fit.

Welded to the upper area are the Flex Film Overlays. These materials are made up of a thin film that provides a more secure fit.

To prevent debris and other hazardous materials from entering the shoe, the gusseted tongue is utilized.

Featured in the Saucony Koa ST is the Toggle lacing system. This adjustable and flexible material is essential in creating a more precise fit.

Utilized in the shoe is the Lace garage. Its primary function is to tuck the laces out of the way while the wearer is running.

The Reinforced heel piece is used in the Saucony Koa ST. It protects the Achilles area while maintaining a locked-down fit.

Saucony added the Perforated Sockliner. This component of the shoe enhances breathability. It also aims to provide additional underfoot cushioning.

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