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
    $80
  • Weight
    Men: 9.4oz
    Women: 7.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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: 26mm
    Women: 26mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Jun 2017
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Summary

We spent 8.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A few reviewers felt that the Saucony Linchpin had enough arch support.
  • Most reviewers felt that the Linchpin is priced moderately despite it being a stability shoe.
  • Several users mentioned that the shoe provided the right amount of comfort to their feet.
  • One user observed that the design of the shoe catered to wider feet. She appreciated the extra room in the toe box.
  • Many testers appreciated the functionality of the shoe. Most used it for work or for gym sessions.
  • One user mentioned that the shoe is of decent quality despite the price being inexpensive.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Various users felt that Saucony skimped on the design of the shoe. They described the design as unappealing.
  • Several testers reported that the shoe was slightly narrow and small.
  • One reviewer mentioned that there wasn’t enough cushioning and that the sole unit felt rigid.
  • A tester mentioned that the shoelaces did not tighten enough to provide a snug fit.
  • One of the shoes in a pair turned yellow, said one reviewer. It caused her to stop using the shoe and find another pair.
  • One review mentioned that the shoe was not designed for long distance running.

Bottom line

The Saucony Linchpin was meant to be an all-around shoe for users who are casually active. Considering the make, the quality, the price and the features of the shoe, it seems to do the job in the all-around category. It can be a good choice if a moderately pronated runner is looking for a reasonably-priced stability shoe for road running, casual wear or light workouts.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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Updates to Saucony Linchpin

The Saucony Linchpin features the PowerGrid technology on its midsole. PowerGrid is a foam material that delivers premium cushioning, as well as an exceptionally smooth and responsive ride. This technology is a combination of Saucony’s Grid cushioning and PowerFoam technology. The mechanics are very similar but the main difference is that the PowerGrid is lighter and gives a more responsive ride.

On the upper, hot melt overlays can be seen and they’re fused to the breathable mesh upper. These overlays are film-thin to ensure that the shoe is still lightweight. Despite their thinness, they still provide lightweight support to the upper of the shoe.

The majority of the materials used to create the Saucony Linchpin are lightweight to promote a faster transition within the gait cycle. Runners will be able to move swiftly without feeling like the shoe is weighing down the foot.

Saucony Linchpin size and fit

The Saucony Linchpin comes in standard shoe lengths. Runners will be able to get a pair in their usual size preferences. Similar to its length, the shoe also comes in standard width measurements: D—medium for male runners and B—medium for female runners.

Runners should take note that the height of the arch of the shoe is from high to normal. This type of support will prevent runners from putting weight on the heel or toes, thereby promoting the ideal alignment of the foot-structures that are involved in running.

Outsole

The outsole of the Saucony Linchpin was crafted to perform well on the roads. The herringbone on the outsole is made up of several flex grooves, flex lines and a guidance line, which help with the shoe’s traction and flexibility. These grooves and lines also make it possible for the shoe to deliver a smoother ride with every stride.

Midsole

The midsole unit features Saucony’s PowerGrid technology. It is a foam material that is 15% lighter yet 30% more durable than the industry-standard foam compounds. Although the smooth gait transition is provided by the combined efforts of the technologies in the Linchpin, a majority of these benefits come from the PowerGrid technology.

ProGrid is an extra layer of cushioning introduced by Saucony on the midsole of this shoe. It is a combination of rubber and polymer. It’s mostly responsible for the smooth and flexible toe-off.

Upper

The upper of the shoe is made with a breathable mesh material, which is lightweight and breathable. Because the mesh is perforated, it lets the air in, thereby allowing the shoe to breathe and be cool at all times.

A synthetic toe cap was added to protect the toes when the runner is in motion. Typically, when engaging in different activities, the toes can easily get bumped. In addition to that, the tip of the forefoot section is usually first to give in to wear and tear. This structure on the upper also adds an extra layer to prevent the two scenarios mentioned.

The hot melt overlays on the shoe are thin, but they still add minimal support to the dorsal portion of the foot. They also give the lateral sides of the shoe minor support, maintaining the shape of the shoe and slightly enhancing its durability.

A full lacing system can be found on the upper of the shoe as well. The overlays are extended to where the eyelets are located. An extra eyelet is placed near the collar of the shoe just in case the runner needs to loop in the lace for a more secure fit.

Providing slight support for the rear of the foot is a synthetic heel overlay. This structure hugs the heel and moderately secures it in place. It acts similarly to a heel counter, but doesn’t provide as much support.