Who should buy the Saucony Tempus

The Tempus may be a stability shoe, but it's unlike the stability running shoes of yesteryears.

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Meaning to say, it's also the perfect choice for those who want a: 

  • supportive shoe that can also accommodate neutral runners
  • versatile shoe for both daily runs and tempo training sessions
  • long-distance shoe that can handle marathon paces

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a daily trainer that's oozing with goodness for recovery paces and is priced less than the Saucony Tempus, take the Saucony Endorphin Shift 3. Don't want any of that heel rub? The Saucony Ride ISO 2 is a much better option than the Tempus.

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The Saucony Tempus redefines stability 

"Saucony is finally rewriting its stability algorithm" is a comment from one runner that perfectly encapsulates the consensus on the shoe's performance as a stability trainer. It's not the typical stiff support running shoe. "I never felt like the shoe was forcing me to run in a particular way," says a road runner. 

Another expert in a video review adds that it's "not overstabilized." And it does a wonderful job at this; a reviewer commends it stating, "The whole concept of the midsole has every shoe geek (myself included) in awe."

To explain this further, it doesn't have the traditional harsh posting of most stability shoes. The midsole is a smidge dense and the forefoot base is wide, making the overall ride very surefooted.

Fact check

Measuring the forefoot at its widest (117.4 mm), we can confirm that it is noticeably wider than the average (111.8 mm). By 5.6 mm to be specific.

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Says no to sweaty feet

The upper is light and breathable; "I'm still not convinced there isn't a mini fan in the toe box," jokingly commented one Saucony fan. Another chimes in claiming, "I never had any heat issues despite running in 80-90 degree weather."

Overall, breathability is fine AF. And if you want to keep your feet cool, a critic has this to say: "It provides a nice breeze between the toes."

Fact check

See how easily the smoke passes through the mesh upper in our breathability test below.

Experience an energetic ride

Apart from its non-invasive stability, its springy cushion is also what makes the Saucony Tempus a game-changer. To a tester, it "gives serious best-of-both-worlds'-vibes." It's bouncy yet stable.

On easy days, it comes to life, making the ride fun and enjoyable. And when it's time to put in some speed, it can certainly pick up the pace. Think of the Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 but with a touch of stability. That's how it performs. 

Given this, a road runner can't help but gush over the midsole expressing, "The star of the show is everything underneath the foot." Another praises Saucony stating, "Thank you, Saucony, for attempting to make stability shoes exciting." 

Easy, seamless strides

The shoe has a rocker geometry that also contributes to its fast and easy heel-to-toe transitions. But the best thing about it is it's "not one so sharp that it feels you are falling off the front of it," describes one critic. According to him, the transitions are "balanced and intentional." 

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Reach great distances with the Tempus

The Tempus from Saucony has a generous amount of cushion and support that makes it an excellent pick for high-mileage efforts.

Fact check

With a 33.9 mm heel cushioning, we measured the Saucony Tempus to be 1.3 mm thicker than running shoes on average. "Generous" is the right word to describe the shoe's midsole.

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A long-time runner confidently tags it as her "go-to shoe for long runs," especially on days when her legs are a little more tired than normal and need extra stability to prevent her form from breaking down.

Another runner agrees with this claiming, "I've had great success using this shoe for long runs," while another reports that the shoe is going to let you achieve your goal mileage by "letting you crank one run after the next."

Recovery days? It's a pass. 

On more mellow days, "My feet were craving something softer," shares one expert reviewer. Something like the Nike React Infinity 3. He then adds, "Keep this shoe for some faster paces."

A bit of reflectivity in the back

The vertical stripes on the heel counters are made of reflective material to keep you visible in low-light conditions.

Looks bulky but doesn't run like it

At 252 grams/8.9 ounces in US men's 9, the Saucony Tempus redefines stability shoes in terms of weight. On average, support running shoes weigh in at 10.5 ounces. "I never felt like it was neither too bulky nor too heavy," happily shares one commenter. Another avid runner even remarks, "With that type of stack, that is solid!"

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Fit is ooh-la-la 

When it comes to the shoe's wrap, here are the comments left by various reviewers. And spoiler alert, they're all good: 

  • "It felt like my foot was getting a big, big bear hug."
  • "This is a pure true-to-size fit." 
  • "Snugness in the right places and a little extra room where you need it"

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The upper is on the snugger side, offering a performance fit. And it's also complemented by the semi-gusseted tongue (attached to the sides), the overlays, and the secure lacing system. 

A space to splay

The toe box is rather roomy; a road runner observes, "I had no issues with rubbing or calluses on my big toe." 

Fact check

Checking the shoe's forefoot width (97.4 mm), it sits right at the average (98.5 mm). So, a solid medium width.

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Upper durability kinda sucks

And this is especially true for the shoe's toe liner. A tester who has clocked up 10 miles in the Tempus reports that the toe liner started peeling off after just 10 miles. This "caused a blister at the top of my little piggies," says he. 

According to him, the problem recurred after he got a second pair for replacement. 

A heel counter that skimps on padding 

Because of this, it's "not crazy comfortable," explains one runner. It causes abrasion on the skin, and although the upper has a more precise fit than most, this also causes heel slips. And a warning from a running athlete: "Those that are sensitive to counters should approach with caution." 

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Outsole crushes it in the durability department

After logging 215 miles in the Saucony Tempus, an expert states that the Saucony Tempus is a tank, especially the outsole. Even better, a long-time running shoe reviewer predicts it to last beyond 500 miles because of this. 

Fact check

The Tempus has a solid 3-mm thick rubber outsole. The average is 3.5 but that includes both road and trail running shoes. So, this Saucony shoe had a great deal of material to wear through.

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Grip that doesn't disappoint

"You'll be able to rock the Tempus in a tempest without slipping or sliding." This feedback is from one of the testers who really liked the Saucony Tempus' traction. Another who claims to have run in the Tempus after a downpour also agrees to this.

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It's gonna dig into your wallet 

At $160, the Saucony Tempus is "a little bit of a splurge" as one runner describes.

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And just to give you a little bit of a reference, the average daily trainer only costs $119 a pair while the average stability shoe costs $135 a pair. 

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  Saucony Tempus Average
Whole shoe
Weight (g) 250 272
Drop (mm) 8.5 8.6
Flexibility of the shoe (N) 32.9 31.4
Flexibility of the shoe (Freezer 20 min) (N) 40.5 43.4
Flexibility of the shoe (% of change) 23.3 41.7
Longitudinal flexibility (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest) 4 3.3
Torsional flexibility (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest) 3 3.4
Upper
Thickness - Tongue (mm) 1.2 5.9
Width Upper - Forefoot (mm) 97.4 98.5
Width Upper - Heel (mm) 71.9 75.7
Lace Stretch (1-5 scale, 5 being the most stretchy) 4 2.6
Flexibility of the heel counter (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest) 4 2.9
Tongue: gusset type semi-gusseted -
Heel: pull tab finger loop -
Midsole
Width Midsole - Forefoot (mm) 117.4 111.8
Width Midsole - Heel (mm) 94.5 88.7
Stack - Forefoot with insole (mm) 25.4 24.1
Stack - Heel with insole (mm) 33.9 32.6
Durometer Midsole Heel (Room temperature) (HA) 18.4 28.5
Outsole
Outsole thickness (Heel) (mm) 3.0 3.5
Lugs Depth (mm) - -
Durometer Outsole Heel (Room temperature) (HC) 89.5 80.5
Insole
Insole Heel Thickness (mm) 4.3 4.5
Insole: removable yes -

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.9oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Stability
Forefoot height: 28.5mm
Heel height: 36.5mm
Pronation: Overpronation

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.