Facts

  • 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
    $140
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.2oz
    Women: 8.9oz
  • 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: normal, wide
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several runners valued the comfortable feel of the Ride 9 GTX.
  • A handful noted that it is pretty light for a trainer with GTX features.
  • The breathability is quite good, despite the water proofing membrane, according to more than a few comments.
  • Most of the reviews noticed the smoothness of the ride.
  • The cushioning is distinctly responsive, based on the opinions of a couple of runners.
  • The price is very reasonable for a GTX version of a durable and moderately cushioned trainer, as expressed by some.
  • A few others appreciated the traction of the 9th edition of the Ride GTX, even on wet surfaces.
  • Many runners were appreciative of the stylish looks of the 9th version of the Ride GTX.
  • A handful of runners welcomed the slightly flexible nature of this shoe, which is better than any of the past models.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the complaints included the narrowness of the forefoot.
  • Some mentioned that it is a half a size smaller than standard Saucony shoes.
  • It takes break-in time to get the most out of the shoe’s fit, according to a handful.

Bottom line

The Saucony Ride 9 GTX is a reliable trainer that is light enough for marathons, but cushioned enough to take the poundings of an everyday run. It is one of Saucony’s most popular trainers as it consistently delivers a comfortable ride, decent arch support, excellent traction, unbelievable smoothness in the gait cycle, and a waterproofing element at a very reasonable price.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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95 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Real Run Ryan

    The RIDE 9 GTX shoe is perfect for a daily trainer with the design and materials optimized to provide stability, excellent arch support, flexibility, responsiveness, waterproofing element and decent traction all at a reasonable price.

    Ryan Light

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 95/100

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    Richard

    This YouTube channel has only first look videos - no reviews

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Updates to Saucony Ride 9 GTX

  • Saucony redesigned the Ride 9 GTX from the top down. It is more of a shoe than before which is one of the reasons why the stack height is 1mm higher than before despite losing a hair of its weight. The new stack height allowed Saucony to add a top sole in the Everun and a slightly thicker rubber in the outsole.
  • The biggest addition in the latest version of the Ride GTX is the Everun foam. Saucony’s proprietary foam is not affected by the weather, is substantially more responsive than any of its other foams, and has 3 times the long-lasting performance. As it is located just below the sockliner, runners can distinctly feel the cushioned responsiveness of the ride.
  • The upper is clearly more refined and sophisticated as Saucony eliminated some of the thick overlays. In lieu of these overlays, Saucony uses its welded versions using what they call the FlexFilm technology. The same technology is also used for the toe box protection. Besides helping reduce weight, the new technology gives the upper a more accommodating fit.
  • In the 9th version of the Ride GTX, Saucony brings its popular outsole design in this shoe. Gone are the toothy rubber pattern and replaced by an almost flat outsole with more than enough flex grooves for exceptional flexibility and effortless transitions.

Saucony Ride 9 GTX size and fit

The seamless upper construction and the sock-like fit of the upper offers a snug fit from the heel to the forefoot. Saucony’s Ride 9 GTX enfolds the heel and wraps the midfoot with just enough room in the toes to splay. Usually, this is the kind that is designed for those with narrow to average foot widths. The sizing is standard in this shoe.


Outsole

The heel is a combination of XT-900 carbon rubber in the heel and other areas that usually suffer from wear and tear while the rest of the outsole is covered with iBR+ blown rubber for more traction. The Tri-Flex design that is used in many of Saucony’s most sought-after shoes finds its way in the 9th coming of the Ridge GTX. It features numerous flex grooves for a really flexible and smooth ride.


Midsole

The midsole is where the magic happens in the Ride 9 GTX. Just beneath the sockliner is Saucony’s latest midsole wizardry in the Everun. It offers consistent cushioning as it works regardless of the temperature and delivers more spring and durability than any of Saucony’s current midsole foams. The main cushioning duties are handled by another Saucony unique technology the SSL EVA. It is super light standard EVA that has more than enough durability and decent responsiveness. The Everun and the SSL EVA combine to provide a smooth, responsive, and stable cushioning for runners. Towards the lateral part of the heel, there is what Saucony calls its SRC or Super Rebound Compound for shock dispersal, particularly for those who land on their heels.


Upper

The very simple upper features a really breathable mesh and FlexFilm overlays. Enveloping the entire shoe just beneath the mesh is the waterproofing feature called Gore-Tex membrane of simply GTX. While the membrane serves to seal water off the shoe, it still allows enough ventilation for the foot. At the heel portion of the shoe is the RunDry material that wicks moisture and sweat away. A moderately-padded sockliner adds cushioning and enhances the fit and comfort of the shoe.