Facts

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 do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$100
Weight
Men: 5.2oz
Women: 5.2oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 4mm
Women: 4mm

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.

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

7 reasons to buy

  • The Open Mesh of the Type A 6 ensures a lightweight and breathable coverage that’s comfortable.
  • Flex Film is a set of overlays that are inconspicuous, yet efficient in securing the foot in place, according to a few testers.
  • The SSL EVA is a premium mid-sole unit from Sauncony that’s lightweight and very capable of providing durable support and rebound.
  • The XT-900 is a carbon rubber material that can be found throughout the outsole unit and it gives traction to the runner.
  • The IBR+ or Injected Blown Rubber offers additional cushioning in the forefoot area of the outsole, making sure that every toe-off is as efficient as possible.
  • The men and women’s versions of the Type A 6 have lightweight natures.
  • It has an affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Saucony A 6 works well for many activities, but its durability was criticized by some reviewers when taken to longer races.
  • Others felt that the forefoot area was too narrow for them.
  • Some noted that it was one size smaller than their regular choices.

Bottom line

The Type A 6 from Saucony offers a lot of service for athletes who have a neutral gait. It’s lightweight, affordable and agreeable to the natural performance of the foot. It’s a solid option for mid-tempo training.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 63 ratings

5 star
67%
4 star
13%
3 star
8%
2 star
5%
1 star
3%

My Rating

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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86 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    You are going to get that racing kind of firmness, but found it to be not hard on my legs.

  • 80 / 100 by AcroTrail • AcroTrail • Level 1 expert

    After a complete marathon, if I clean it, it would just look brand new.

  • 97 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    Running in the Type A I found them retaining the qualities I liked about the previous models, light, fast, and fun.

  • 85 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    While the A6 is marketed as a 'racing shoe', I view it as an optimal shoe, providing everything most runners need without the weight that comes with the over engineering of traditional running shoes.

  • 80 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    So my recommendation regarding sizing is that you may want to consider sizing down a half size from what you wear in the previous version if you are considering the new verion. The new model will feel snugger for most people I think, but I’m hoping that with some upper break-in and insole compression the fit will improve.

  • 80 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    The A6 provides good cushioning and the upper has the comfort of shoes weighing far more.

  • 83 / 100 by Klein Runs • Matt Klein • Level 4 expert

    Essentially if you have some pronatory issues due to weakness, you may be able to get away with the Saucony Type A6 due to the filled in arch and broader and thus more stable platform versus many that cut the arch out.

  • 98 / 100 by RunRepeat • Avery Smith • Level 3 expert

    I admit that it makes the shoe feel less fast, however it makes up for this with elevated comfort levels, and reduced weights, compared to stiffer, more responsive racing flats. The flexibility makes the shoe disappear from you feet when running.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Brian O'Connor • Level 3 expert

    A durable, responsive racing flat with a 4mm drop that'll help you fly—and it looks good, too.

  • 86 / 100 by Gearist • Zach Ukich • Level 1 expert

    I’ve been thinking about where I’d put my distance limitation on this shoe. During testing I never got any hot spots or foot discomfort at all and didn’t feel much of a tough ride from the shoe.

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Updates to Saucony Type A6

  • The Type A 6 from Saucony is a racing shoe that delivers lightweight cushioning and responsive performance. Meant for neutral runners, it essentially uses minimal features that are still efficient and dependable. Its overall lightweight nature doesn’t drag the foot down and its high quality components even blend well with the natural movement of the foot.
  • The upper unit delivers a reliable and comfortable wrap. This upper cover is secure and breathable, as well. The pliable material used here allows natural flexibility, and the thin overlays assist in hugging the foot snugly. The Saucony Type A 6 essentially offers a no-nonsense covering.
  • High quality cushioning is given by this running shoe. A proprietary mid-sole foam is used, and it gives responsible cushioning, flexibility and durability. The platform is not thick, but it’s reliable and sure in providing plush underfoot support.
  • Durable protection from wear and abrasion is the main purpose of the outsole unit. The surfaces of roads and tracks can be damaging to the sole unit, so a reliable layer of defense is needed for longevity. This shoe uses reliable rubber compounds to deliver protection, as well as added cushioning and responsiveness to the toe-off.

Saucony Type A6 size and fit

The Saucony Type A 6 has a standard running shoe length. It’s available in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements for men and women. It comes in a medium-width version, so it accommodates the runner with a medium-sized foot. The semi-curved shape welcomes the natural curvature of the human foot, allowing the runner to acclimate well to it.


Outsole

The XT-900 is a carbon rubber material placed in areas of the outsole that’s prone to wear and tear. It essentially shields the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the surfaces, while also giving traction for responsive surface control.

The IBR+ or Injection Blown Rubber is the Saucony outsole rubber compound that adds more cushioning and responsiveness. 33% lighter than most outsole compounds, this liquid molded layer cushions the foot, particularly during foot strikes and toe-offs.


Midsole

The SSL EVA is a mid-sole foam that is lightweight and flexible. The foot stays comfortable because of its plush surface. It even delivers bounce-back mechanics, so the foot stays engaged and each step gets a bit of springiness. It’s also durable, so it lasts long and it doesn’t lose structural integrity easily.


Upper

The Open Mesh is a soft material that gives a comfortable and breathable coverage. It wraps the foot responsibly, but it doesn’t make the inner environment hot or uncomfortably tight. Air constantly enters the material, so the interior remains well-ventilated and dry.

The Flex Film Overlay System is an exoskeletal frame that assists & supports the upper mesh in wrapping around the foot comfortably. It’s hot-melded onto the fabric, so it doesn’t use stitching. Fluid foot movement is accessible because of this seamless upper design.