Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many runners noticed the impressive cushioning of the shoe.
  • The upper of the shoe is breathable enough to keep the foot well ventilated while running.
  • Many runners mentioned that the shoe is durable.
  • It has great, comfortable fit according to some testers.
  • Some were happy with the shoe’s new design.
  • Available in different color options.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The overlays caused blisters to some runners.
  • Not comfortable just like the previous versions.

Bottom line

The Ride 7 is a road running shoe that is made for neutral foot movement. It delivers a great combination of flush cushioning, protection and durability. Though it is not as comfortable as expected, users are still happy with the shoe’s overall performance. This shoe is great for daily training and short distance runs.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
It has never been more popular than this June
Better rated than the previous version Saucony Ride 8

Expert Reviews

92 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    Saucony has a real winner here. If I could only have one shoe in my closet this would be the shoe.

  • 98 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    Your feet feel just as good on mile 18 as they did on mile 1. Plus, it’s extremely durable.

  • 95 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    Lightweight neutral running excellence. Combines responsive cushioning, plush upper and drips with reflectivity. Thorn in the sides? Minor tongue slide.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    The Ride 7 serves up a soft but moderately stiff ride, a combination most Competitor wear-testers thought added to the shoe’s versatility. (It’s ideal for slow and moderate distance runs but can also be used for some up-tempo workouts like fartleks or tempo runs.)

  • 100 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

    There really aren’t competitors on the market that can provide the combination of lightweight cushioning, smooth transition, and price point in one shoe.

  • 88 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 4 expert

    Our test team enjoyed the shoe as a high-mileage trainer that they used on a daily basis

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  • The Saucony Ride 7 has undergone few changes in its upper. It comes with an improved collar and tongue that is designed for added comfort. It also comes with overlays for added support.
  • The cushioning of the shoe was also improved to deliver a softer feel and added underfoot protection. The cushioning was designed to deliver comfort especially on long runs.

When it comes to sizing, the Ride 7 has a standard length. It has a snug fit in the heel, midfoot and forefoot area. It is available in medium and wide widths for both men’s and women’s, accommodating a wide range of foot measurements.


Specifically located in the forefoot, the IBR+ is a lightweight and flexible material that gives a more responsive ride and better cushioning.

In addition, this neutral shoe also has the XT-900, a carbon rubber material that is utilized primarily in the heel in order to increase the traction, as well as the durability. This carbon rubber is also present in the new Ride 10 running shoe.


In the midsole of the Ride 7, it has the Saucony’s premium midsole material called the SSL EVA, which offers durability, comfort and rebound. For a more responsive and cushioned ride, it also features the Heel to Toe Powergrid that combines both the Grid technology and the Powerfoam material.

From the heel up to the midfoot, it has the Super Rebound Compound Impact Zone, which is a material that is designed to give shock attenuation for a smooth heel-to-toe transition. Also, it has enhanced forefoot flexibility with the presence of the Vertical Flex Groove.


An open mesh covers the upper portion of the Saucony Ride 7 that offers breathability and comfort. To avoid moisture while running, it has the RUNDRY Collar Lining, which secures the heel. For a soft underfoot feel and an enhanced cushioning, this shoe has the Strobel Last.

To secure the fit of this shoe, it has the Welded Overlays that create a seamless feel. Moreover, it has the ability to reduce pressure in the forefoot area through the Comfortline Sockliner, which contours the arch and heel.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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