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  • 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
    $90
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 6.5oz
    Women: 6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The quick-drying mono mesh wicks off moisture while maintaining a well-ventilated environment for the foot noted several runners.
  • The interior bootie construction of the Virrata 2 makes the fit sock-like, thus enabling a more comfortable wearing experience, according to some testers.
  • The added heel support was welcomed by many runners because it helped them secure their feet more responsibly.
  • Some reviewers appreciated the lightweight nature of this running shoe.
  • The Ethylene vinyl acetate compound that’s used in the mid-sole is 18mm thick and very capable when it comes to providing great underfoot cushioning.
  • Better range of motion of the foot is given by a flexible platform.
  • The 2nd version of the Virrata has an affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The toe box of this update is narrow.
  • There were testers who noted that it wasn’t as resistant to the elements such as water or dirt.
  • Some runners felt that it was one size too small for them.

Bottom line

The Virrata 2 from Saucony offers service that is dependable to runners who need flexibility, a bit of arch support, and responsive underfoot protection. It’s a daily shoe for neutral runners who want a quality shoe for trainings.

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88 / 100 based on 33 expert reviews

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Updates to Saucony Virrata 2

  • The 2nd version of the Saucony Virrata is a neutral running shoe that follows a ‘barefoot’ style of running. It allows the foot to be perfectly in sync with a natural stride. It’s also made to deliver high quality protection, support and comfort. The fabric coverage is even secure, but its seamless design keeps the foot safe from discomfort.
  • The upper unit uses a lightweight mesh material to serve as the primary layer of covering to wrap the foot. An internal bootie allows the foot to feel a sock-like fit, so wearing the Virrata 2 feels very responsive and comfortable. The minimalist upper design also caters to those who don’t need too much features on their running shoes.
  • The mid-sole unit uses an 18mm thick foam material to give plush underfoot support and cushioning. Made from high quality compounds, this platform is tuned to the movements of the foot. Though it’s durable, it doesn’t limit the natural flexibility of the runner.
  • The outsole unit uses a very durable rubber material to give the platform a layer of protection when it comes to abrasion and wear. The lugged design of the sole unit gives a bit more cushioning and traction, especially when handling uphill climbs and downhill descents.

Saucony Virrata 2 size and fit

The Saucony Virrata 2 has a standard running shoe length. It follows the regular measurements when it comes men and women’s sizes. Its available width is medium, so runners with feet that are medium-sized can acclimate well to it. It also has a semi-curved shape, which easily accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

The XT-900™ is a protective layer that shields the critical sections of the sole unit from wear and tear. Made from high quality carbon rubber, it doesn’t wear off easily and it also delivers responsible traction over the surfaces.

The part of the sole unit that’s exposed to the ground uses triangular-shaped gripping lugs. It gives the platform flexibility, cushioning and traction, so it can handle flat surfaces and slopes with ease and sureness when it comes to surface control.


Midsole

The highly abrasion-resistant Ethylene vinyl acetate is a very lightweight material which serves as the main cushioning system of the Saucony Virrata 2. It has a thickness of just 18mm. It delivers flexible and responsive performance for neutral runners and those who prefer a close-to-the-ground running experience.

The drop from heel to toe is 0. The platform is essentially balanced when it comes to these two sections of the foot. It allows runners to experience a more barefoot style of running. Total surface control and movement is handled by the runner and this drop factor assists in that respect.


Upper

Mono mesh is the material that’s used for the Saucony Virrata 2. It’s a lightweight and breathable material, so air is constantly introduced to its interior to keep a dry and cool environment for the foot. It also dries quickly, so concerns about water retention should be staved off.

Lightweight synthetic overlays are stitched onto the upper fabric. They give the material structural integrity while also adding appeal to the overall look. Their primary purpose, though, is to guide the upper fabric in wrapping the foot securely because they’re directly connected to the highly adjustable traditional lacing system.

An Internal Bootie Construction allows the runner to sense a sock-like fit that’s comfortable and non-irritating to the skin. It follows the dimensions of the foot, letting off a next-to-skin comfort that’s reliable and flexible.

The HydraMAX™ is a collar lining technology. While keeping the foot comfortable, it prevents the inner fabric from absorbing moisture, thus keeping the environment odor-free.