DiscontinuedUpdate: Saucony Ride 10
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WeightMen: 9.3ozWomen: 8.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 27mmWomen: 27mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: narrow, normal, wideWomen: narrow, normal, wide
Release dateMay 2016
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I have reviewed the Kinvara 7, the ISO Triumph, and the Ride 9 is better than both of them. If you need one trainer that you can use for all your workouts, I would recommend the Ride 9.
Has a nice splay to the forefoot, and the arch area has a nice hug. Lightweight, a little bit lower to the ground in their 8mm package.
It is versatile with a design and materials that brilliantly balances weight, cushion, flexibility, stability, and responsiveness. At close to 9 oz they are a lot of shoe for the weight.
The Ride 9 remains a well-rounded shoe capable of most tasks, no two ways about that. It is lightweight and firm enough for tempo runs, and is comfortable enough for running longer.
Updates to Saucony Ride 9
- Saucony is going big where changes come in the Ride 9. The biggest modification is the inclusion of the Everun top sole. It is substantially more responsive and durable than regular EVA. The update creates consistency in the cushioning and responsiveness, regardless where the runner lands.
- Another huge update in this shoe is the new Tri-Flex outsole. This technology is now utilized in many of Saucony’s latest models already. It offers superior ground contact, adds a bit more smoothness to the ride, and gives much better flexibility.
- The smooth ride is also courtesy of the new outsole layout on the lateral side of the heel. From the huge gaps in rubber, there is now more continuity in this area to help quicken the movement from landing to take off.
- The upper is now totally seamless. Saucony removed the stitched overlays on the medial side, the eyelet support, and the thick, sewed-on overlay acting as a toe bumper. Besides saving weight, there is lesser risk of hot spots or blisters while the forefoot gets more breathing room.
Saucony Ride 9 size and fit
The fit of the 9th iteration of the Ride remains to be standard with good heel and midfoot hold that is not constricting. It has an average room in the toe box where swelling caused by high-mileage runs are easily accommodated. The fit offers support and flexibility in the right areas. It has a standard shoe length and comes in different widths.
The classic Saucony mix of XT-900 carbon rubber is located in the heel and the toes for superior durability while the iBR+ blown rubber is placed in the midfoot and forefoot for better traction. The XT-900 is also used in the Saucony Ride 10 for a reliable outer sole performance.
Saucony’s trademark Tri-Flex outsole uses strips of rubber up around the forefoot to midfoot to improve ground contact. The rubber is separated horizontally by flex grooves for more flexibility. On the lateral side, arrow-shaped rubber pods that are divided by shallow grooves add both grip and continuity in the Ride 9.
Saucony included its latest technology with the introduction of the Everun. It is a TPU based material that is incredibly more responsive and durable than industry-grade EVA. As it is placed on the top sole, it is just below the sockliner for a more natural and consistent cushioning in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. Giving the shoe its main cushioning duties is the SSL EVA, another Saucony-exclusive technology that is very light and quite durable without the weight. An SRC compound in the heel offers added shock-absorbing quality.
A diamond-patterned mesh delivers breathable coverage with FlexFilm overlays providing support and security. With a very well-padded collar and tongue, the luxurious feel upon entry is guaranteed. The RunDry material in the heel wicks moisture away for a cool run every time out. An insole adds cushioning and support in the Saucony Ride 9.