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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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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
$120
Weight
Men: 9.3oz
Women: 8.3oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

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


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 298 ratings

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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 38 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 85 / 100 by Phidippides TV • Gregory • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 97 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 82 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft, comfortable, and smooth ride from a running shoe, the Saucony Ride 9 would be definitely worth checking out.

  • 81 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    The Saucony Ride 9 is somewhat lighter than the Saucony Ride 8 and may provide a bit more comfort due to the changes made to its upper and midsole.

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    If you are a neutral runner, the Saucony Ride 9 would be the one to look into because the large amount of stability offered by the Saucony Guide 10 could get in your way and even feel uncomfortable.

  • 75 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    A new outsole and less-structured upper improved the flexibility, but several testers commented that the ride felt a bit stiff.

  • 100 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Kevin Fonger • Level 4 expert

    The Ride 9 has lots of cushioning around the heel to provide a secure heel fit with no slippage.  The actual material is soft to the touch, but not to silky smooth where your foot wants to move while running.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    The Saucony Ride 9 continues the successful line of Ride shoes, making a few changes to the previous model to come in a smidgen lighter, while still providing a great trainer with the newest running tech.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Northwest • Jeremy Krall • Level 4 expert

    To sum it up, the Saucony Ride 9s are a well-built and well-thought-out shoe and really everything you have come to know and love from Saucony

  • 80 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    During a side-by-side comparison (one on each foot) between the Ride 9 and Ride 8, the 9 felt like a much smoother ride. The shoe seemed to disappear under foot. 

  • 77 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    Right off the bat, this is the only thing I’m not sold on. It fits more narrow than any other Saucony shoe. 

  • 88 / 100 by Running Northwest • Running Northwest • Level 3 expert

    The Ride 9 is really a Saucony that is designed for the recreational runner, not a racer, and is meant to be supportive, comfortable, and durable. 

  • 86 / 100 by Runner's High • Craig • Level 3 expert

    This version of the ride is the softest and smoothest to date.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Magazine • Tim Huebsch • Level 3 expert

    Still, after taking the shoe for a spin on asphalt, gravel, grass and trail, it’s safe to say that the Ride 9 is versatile regardless of whether you do your runs on the rural roads or in the downtown core of a major city.

  • 84 / 100 by Gear Institute • Gear Institute • Level 3 expert

    The Saucony Ride 9 provides a smooth and comfortable ride that is perfect for recovery and long runs, yet it is responsive enough for some faster running.

  • 84 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Australia • The Athlete's Foot Australia • Level 3 expert

    A very well-cushioned package that is quite light with quite the performance as well.

  • 83 / 100 by Runabees • Runabees • Level 3 expert

    So, when looking for comfortable, lightweight and durable running shoes for feet with high arches, this is definitely a pair of shoes to consider. 

  • 82 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan Murray • Level 3 expert

    If you’re looking for durable, versatile neutral trainer, the Saucony Ride 9 is a great option. It’s good looking, relatively lightweight and can easily go marathon distance.

  • 82 / 100 by Happy Feet • Nick Phillips • Level 3 expert

    While the Saucony Ride 9 was not really designed for speed, it does respond nicely to some faster running as I found out when I ran them through a tempo session. They were responsive enough and provided a nice energy return.

  • 76 / 100 by Kintec • Kintec • Level 3 expert

    For someone who is looking for a more responsive shoe, the amount of cushion provided in the Ride 9 may not ideal.

  • 92 / 100 by Runnerlight • Runner Light • Level 2 expert

    The special thing about this version is that it has the stacks that are 1mm taller in comparison with the Ride 8, but the 9th version is still 0.1 ounces lighter than previous model. That makes a difference when running in The Ride 9.

  • 80 / 100 by Best 10 For Everything • Best 10 For Everything • Level 2 expert

    The new outsole design for the ride 9 is the triplex outsole which enhances the surface area for better responsiveness better durability and better flexibility.

  • 80 / 100 by Comfort Hacks • Comfort Hacks • Level 2 expert

    Saucony Ride 9 Shoe is an excellent choice for active females who suffer from high arches or do not overpronate.

  • 90 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Amy Bogard • Level 1 expert

    At the end of the day, The Saucony Ride 9 is a decent running shoe, which will be able to satisfy the mass majority of runners. It does have a few minor cons, but I wouldn’t refer to these as deal breakers.

  • 90 / 100 by Coach Mag • Coach Magazine • Level 1 expert

    Mainly a snug fit, a lightweight feel and a superbly supportive heel – basically, no quibbles with Saucony’s big bold statement. What’s more, we were pleasantly surprised that, after a rainy city run one lunchtime, we returned to our desks with dry, pleasantly ventilated feet.

  • 87 / 100 by Get Out There • Catherine Harding • Level 1 expert

    Simply put, the Ride 9 truly makes every mile feel as effortless as your first.

  • 84 / 100 by Coach Mag • Marc Gadian • Level 1 expert

    The journey continued to be smooth and continuously cushioned, even as I went off-piste and left the Tarmac for the undulating grassy knolls of my local park.

  • 84 / 100 by My Full Fat Life • Emma • Level 1 expert

    Even with all the padding, I still feel a good connection to the ground. 

  • 83 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Morgan Kennedy • Level 1 expert

    For loyal fans of the Ride, this update does not disappoint. Even with the cushioning overhaul, the shoe maintains a smooth, flexible ride.

  • 82 / 100 by Pacers Princeton • Brian • Level 1 expert

    Great update. Awesome shoe.

  • 81 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Rebecca Staynor • Level 1 expert

    For neutral runners looking for a nice and smooth ride.

  • 81 / 100 by Train for a 5K • Train for a 5K • Level 1 expert

    This gives you as the wearer a more comfortable and lightweight experience allowing you as much freedom and flexibility as you require to workout to your heart’s content.

  • 80 / 100 by Run And Become • Shankara Smith • Level 1 expert

    A good option for beginners right through to marathon and beyond runners, as long as you have a neutral stride and look for a cushioned feel in your running shoes. These feel light, work beautifully with your stride for a smooth running motion – essential to minimise stress and injury – and have that special Saucony spring to make the most of your momentum.

  • 80 / 100 by Get Out There Gear • Adam • Level 1 expert

    This shoe is quite light for the amount of cushioning it provides.

  • 80 / 100 by The Trial of Miles • David Freake • Level 1 expert

    It's not as luxurious, nor as expensive as the Triumph ISO, but it can take a TON of miles and that's upped even more with the Everun unit throughout. 

  • 74 / 100 by Gusman Running • Gusman Running • Level 1 expert

    With its light weight and additional Everun “top sole” feature it is a great shoe for both longer runs and some reasonable paced efforts, as it provides excellent energy return and support from heel to toe.

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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.


Outsole

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. 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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.