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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.3oz
    Women: 8.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    May 2016
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

15 reasons to buy

  • The Saucony Ride 9 impressed most of the reviewers where comfort is concerned.
  • Many runners consider the price as well worth the investment.
  • It is lighter than the earlier model.
  • Several runners loved the smooth transitions in the 9th edition of the Ride.
  • The new Tri-Flex outsole enhances ground contact and flexibility.
  • Saucony adds the Everun as the top sole for more consistency in the cushioning.
  • A good number of runners appreciated the superb traction from this shoe.
  • It is available in narrow and wide widths.
  • Some runners valued the shoe’s versatility as a fast-paced option above 10Ks and as a responsive high-mileage trainer.
  • It has excellent support, according to a handful.
  • Durability is not compromised despite being a relatively lightweight shoe, according to several testers.
  • It is a versatile shoe that can handle almost all types of distances under different speeds.
  • There are more than enough color options available.
  • Several runners wore the shoe out of the box without any issues.
  • Breathability is another strong point of the Ride 9.

7 reasons not to buy

  • The fit is a bit narrow, based on some runners’ observations.
  • A few had to break in the shoe to get the most out of it.
  • Some runners noticed that it runs a bit small.
  • A handful of runners struggled with the fit of the 9th version of the Saucony Ride.
  • A moderate number of Saucony Ride fans were hugely disappointed that the spirit and performance of this well-liked shoe are no longer around in this latest version.
  • Some loyal fans of the Ride were upset that the shoe can no longer accommodate their orthotics.
  • The height and volume width of the toe box are just way too tight, based on the observations of a significant number of runners.

Bottom line

The Ride 9 is Saucony’s go-to versatile trainer that juggles responsive cushioning, flexibility, support, and smooth transitions in one go. Saucony tweaked some of the things in the latest version of the Ride to give a smoother and more responsive feel than the past instalment. It is light enough for up-tempo runs or for marathon racing, but delivers enough cushioning for everyday running. Several experts are already tipping it to be one of the best trainers of the year.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 35 expert reviews