Who should buy the Saucony Ride 15
The Ride 15 from Saucony is a daily trainer that's perfect for runners who:
- tackle easy to moderate short to long-distance runs
- prioritize comfort in their daily runs
- want a cushier, more forgiving version of the Saucony Ride 14
Who should NOT buy it
If you're looking to set PBs, don't get the Saucony Ride 15. Consider the energetic Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 or the Saucony Kinvara 13 instead.
Saucony Ride 15 vs. 14
From the ground up, the Saucony Ride 15 has been reworked to take comfort up a notch and strip down the weight (9 oz vs. 9.9 oz in US M 9). It has:
- a lot more cushioning (3mm more) for a plusher experience
- a contoured midsole that cradles the foot for a more stable ride
- an updated rubber placement on the forefoot and heel for traction and strength
- redesigned flex grooves for a more flexible ride
- new upper overlays and a snugger midfoot wrap for a supportive fit
Weight is as promised
Visually, it looks bulky with its maxed-out cushion. But on hand and on foot, the Saucony Ride 15 is "strikingly light." At 9 oz, it's lighter than most daily trainers that weigh in at 10 oz, on average. This said the brand stays true to its promise.
For Saucony fans, think of the luxe cushion from the Triumph collection but with a little less weight.
Keeps strain and impact at bay
Thanks to the shoe's copious cushion, majority of the reviewers swear by its impact dampening quality.
Contrary to past versions of the Saucony Ride, this iteration feels "more rockered," claimed multiple testers. So much so, you don't have to spend so much energy to get from one step to the next.
The Saucony Ride 15 fits just right!
Experts agree that the Ride 15 holds the foot snugly from the heel to the midfoot. And in the forefoot, there's ample space for the toes to wiggle and splay comfortably.
Because there are loads of perforations, especially in the forefoot area, everyone agrees that this shoe is "very breathable." Even under hot temps, it doesn't feel warm.
The tongue kills it
It's gusseted, meaning it doesn't move around. Plus, it's padded enough to prevent the shoe's rather rough laces from digging into the skin.
Not built for tempos
Because the Saucony Ride 15 focuses on softness and weight saving, runners feel like the fifteenth edition of the Ride misses out on energy return. So much so, it can feel like a drag when picking up the pace.
A big no-no for cold conditions
When it's freezing, the midsole stiffens up; it becomes as "solid as a brick."