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

11 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Breathability is another strong point of the Ride 9.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The fit is a bit narrow, based on some runners’ observations.
  • Some runners noticed that it runs a bit small.
  • 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.

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.


Update: Saucony Ride 10
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.3oz | Women: 8.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 27mm | Women: 27mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Release date: May 2016
Brand: Saucony
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide
Price: $120
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver
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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 33 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 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 | Phidippides TV | | 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 | Road Trail Run | | 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.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 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.

  • 81 / 100 | 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 | 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.

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  • 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.

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.


Jens Jakob Andersen

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