Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The fleece-lined upper of the Razor Ice+ keeps the foot warm and comfortable during winter.
  • The reviewers were unanimous in praising the traction of this shoe.
  • A built-in gaiter makes winter running more convenient as it keeps water and snow out.
  • A handful noted that it is quite light for a winter-specific shoe.
  • The shoe works fine when hiking, according to a small number of runners.
  • It felt responsive all throughout the runs of several runners.
  • The Runshield upper provides water-resistant protection.
  • It handles speed and distance with equal ease, according to a couple of expert reviewers.
  • The cushioning is excellent in the Razor Ice+, based on more than a few observations from reviewers.
  • The outsole lugs do not prevent runners from using the shoe on icy city streets or pavements.
  • Some runners highly-appreciated the unique aesthetic attraction of this shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Saucony’s claim of making ice irrelevant is not fully justified, according to several runners.
  • The price is expensive.
  • More than a few users had trouble getting their foot inside as the fit is quite tight.
  • The neoprene upper is very thin and suffered abrasions, even after a few miles, based on the comments of a few runners.

Bottom line

The Razor Ice+ is designed by Saucony to tackle icy or wintry conditions. There is no doubt that the traction is absolutely insane, it just does not replace spikes or crampons. But, for trail running, wet and icy conditions are there for the taking. The shoe has quite a responsive ride with the presence of the Everun while a water-resistant upper should be a huge asset when running in the conditions this shoe is made for.

Facts

Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.6oz | Women: 10.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Features: Slip-on | High-top
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 24mm | Women: 24mm
Forefoot height: Men: 20mm | Women: 20mm
Release date: Nov 2016
Brand: Saucony
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $180
Colorways: Black, Grey
Size
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Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | Geneva Running Outfitters | Level 1 expert

    It's amazing.

  • 81 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The Razor flexed very nicely and should run the same as the Peregrine.

  • 80 / 100 | iRunFar | | Level 4 expert

    The shoe definitely leads with its outsole, which features a mix of brand new Vibram Arctic Grip (great on wet ice) and IceTrek (best on drier ice) compounds for outstanding grip along with a thermochromic outsole patch for a little flare. 

  • 77 / 100 | GearJunkie | | Level 3 expert

    Overall, the shoes grip well on new snow. On cold ice you can run and slide a little; they are not slip-proof but are a good upgrade over traditional rubber tread.

  • 82 / 100 | GearJunkie | Level 2 expert

    The icy elephant in the room is the price. This level of tech and comfort come at a steep price: $180. But, if you’re a dedicated winter runner, these are among the best shoes you can find right now.

  • 85 / 100 | THITHER | | Level 1 expert

    If you’re a frequent winter runner, the Saucony Razor Ice+ shoes are a must have. Vibram’s Arctic Grip technology won’t elevate you from klutz to god, but it will make running on icy surfaces a bit steadier.

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  • Saucony relies heavily on the traction of the Razor Ice+ to differentiate it from other trail shoes on the market. It unveils a revolutionary rubber compound that delivers insane grip on wet conditions. Nothing beats this shoe on icy conditions, unless the runner is wearing spikes or crampons.
  • The EVERUN material is located in the heel for better responsiveness. This is Saucony’s latest midsole technology that works even in extreme temperatures. Hence, runners will be assured of the same kind of performance during the cold months.
  • The shoe also comes with a built-in gaiter, which is really handy to keep snow and water out. Saucony also uses a fleece-lined upper for warmth when the runner needs it.
  • The high-top design is very comfortable, protective, and quite flexible. While it is not fully waterproof, the water-resistant upper should be good enough for the conditions the shoe is designed for.
  • An inner sleeve made of plush mesh enhances support and comfort. The sock-like feel is mainly due to this inner sleeve.

The Razor Ice+ from Saucony offers excellent midfoot security. Runners will get to experience adequate heel hold that does not constrain the runner’s natural movement. The forefoot provides runners with enough space that those with slightly wider feet can naturally allow their toes to splay. It runs true to size.


The outsole is where the Razor Ice+ from Saucony makes its mark in the trail-running world. It uses the unique Vibram Arctic Grip for superior grip on icy conditions. Although the treads in the outsole looked very tame, the grip is somehow substantially increased by the new rubber compound. The shoe also utilizes what it calls the IceTrek configuration of the lugs for more grip in cold conditions.


A single slice of injection molded EVA covers the entire midsole. It offers decent cushioning, responsiveness and quite durable. The full-length design helps with the transition from heel to the forefoot. Saucony’s top of the line technology in the EVERUN is located in the heel for more responsiveness. The EVERUN technology is also used the Hurricane ISO 5, Omni 16 and other popular Saucony shoes.


The sleek upper of the Saucony Razor Ice+ is coated with water-resistant technology. Beneath the upper is a fleece-lined interior to keep the foot warm during winter conditions. Saucony’s Flex Film overlays provide the main midfoot support and hold on uneven terrain. The interior mesh that wraps the foot in comfort and support is called the ISOfit system. It hugs the foot in security and sock-like feel. A speed lacing system locks the foot while the built-in gaiter adds more protection against the elements.

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Jens Jakob Andersen

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