Arch support
Daily running
M: 323g | W: 289g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 16mm | W: 16mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Hydrator Lining offers next-to-skin comfort with anti-moisture properties.

  • The Sauc-Fit is an overlay system of the Stabil CS 3 that secures the mid-foot well, according to some testers.

  • The Dual Density SLL EVA Midsole gives a comfortable underfoot platform that’s responsive and efficient.

  • Runners with concerns with the pronation of their feet get stability from the Stability Arch Lock and the CS Zone.

  • The PowerGrid tech in the heel area absorbs the impact shock, then enables the foot to have a more efficient step as noted in some reviews.

  • Injected Blown Rubber outsole provides traction and maximum durability to the Stabil CS 3.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the complaints about this shoe were about its stiff nature.

  • Some runners noted that it was too narrow in the forefoot area.

  • The Stabil CS 3 has a slightly expensive price.

  • Other testers criticized its bulky look.

Bottom line

The Stabil CS 3 from Saucony is a running shoe that offers maximum stability and control for those who need additional comfort and support. Its durable and dependable components make it a long-lasting part of anyone’s athletic gear.

World wide, Stabil CS 3 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Saucony, is the 6th most popular.

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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94 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 98
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    We recommend this shoe to heavy over pronators, runners with low arches and flat feet, who will find one of the best supports in the market together with a roomy upper that can accommodate orthotics and/or a wide foot, which is tipically the case for people with flat feet.
  • 95
    Run PalsLevel 4 expert
    by Run Pals
    The Saucony Stabil CS is a fantastic choice for those needing severe motion control.
  • 87
    Run PalsLevel 4 expert
    by Run Pals
    The Saucony Stabil CS 3 is the successor to the Saucony Progrid Stabil CS 2, and although the design is much the same and many of the features stuck, the technology has been improved and new features have been added to make this an even more superior trainer.
  • 96
    Dextor GordonLevel 1 expert
    by Sneaker Report
    The Saucony Stabil CS is the most stable design to date from the brand.
  • 90
    Kyle NorthropLevel 1 expert
    by Marathon Sports
    For anyone who has been waiting for some sort of development within the MC category, this is your shoe. This shoe is over 3 ounces lighter than perennial favorite the Brooks beast.
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Updates to Stabil CS 3

The midsole of the Saucony Stabil CS 3 underwent a major update in order to improve the shoe’s shock absorption capacity, cushioning and flexibility. The improvements give runners a more responsive rider and enhanced running experience.

The outsole unit comes with a new added technology that enhances the shoe’s cushioning properties and durability without adding too much weight on it. It gives runners an improved and responsive running experience.

Stabil CS 3 size and fit

The 3rd version of the Stabil CS has a standard running shoe length. Just like its predecessor, the heel, forefoot and midfoot have standard measurements as well, comfortably accommodating runners with medium foot shape. This shoe is available in medium and wide widths.


The Stabil CS 3 uses the iBR+ technology in its outsole. It is a lightweight rubber material that enhances the cushioning of the shoe.

The Saucony’s XT-900 technology gives impressive traction. It allows runners to keep upright even in wet surfaces. The carbon rubber material offers increased grip while adding durability to the shoe’s outsole against the damaging properties of the road.


The midsole of the shoe features the brand’s new SAUC-FIT technology. It gives midfoot-hugging stretch that allows the forefoot and heel of the shoe to move and flex freely to where it wants to.

The Saucony Stabil CS 3 also uses the new PowerGrid technology as replacement to the ProGrid technology used in the previous version. The innovative PowerGrid element gives plush cushioning in the midsole

The Super Rebound Compound (SRC) in the shoe’s midsole gives added cushioning that helps in shock absorption during landing and delivers a smoother toe-off.


The upper of the Saucony Stabil CS 3 features the brand’s HydraMAX Collar Lining that gives additional comfort. It has a moisture-wicking capacity that keeps foot dry and odorless.

The shoe comes with an updated Comfortlite Sockliner that provides ultimate comfort and support. It contours the arch and the heel to lessen the pressures in the forefoot.

Another element in the upper is the Stability Arch-Lock. It is a lightweight stretchable material that extends to the eyelets for additional security and for a snug fit.


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