Verdict from 11 experts and +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the users commented that the Saucony Freedom 3 is comfortable.
  • Several testers agreed that the shoe is lightweight in structure.
  • According to those who have tried it, the running footwear is well-cushioned.
  • Based on the reviews, the shoe is stable.
  • The running shoe has a wide toe box, as noted by many purchasers.
  • The shoe is responsive, as observed by some avid fans.
  • It is stylish, according to those who have bought it.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer said that the bending soles of the running footwear are very thin, making him feel the gravel ridges under his foot.
  • One tester commented that the Saucony Freedom 3's fit doesn't feel as natural during the running activity.

Bottom line

The 3rd iteration of Saucony Freedom has made a lot of testers happy and contented with the materials and technologies incorporated in the running shoe. Its excellent fit, comfort level, and responsiveness add to the improved performance of the user. The components of the shoe work well with runners who are looking for a lightweight footwear that does not compromise stability and support.

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Good to know

The Tri-Flex Crystal Rubber is integrated into the Saucony Freedom 3. This component of the shoe aids in increasing the adaptability and flexibility. The rubber also delivers added durability to the platform. It makes the shoe protected from wear and tear.


Located between the upper and the outsole is the PWRRUN+. This midsole material is described to be a full-length cushioning compound that delivers a bouncier ride. This material provides a more responsive underfoot feel, as well.


Used in crafting the running footwear is the FORMFIT mesh upper. This stretchable material easily adapts to the foot. The main goal of this is to provide an unrestrained and light feeling during the road running session. This mesh upper also provides added breathability. This is vital in keeping the foot fresh and dry during the running activity.

Utilized in making the Saucony Freedom 3 is the Heel Support Frame. This feature is essential in supporting the heel throughout the gait cycle.

The traditional lace-up closure is integrated into the shoe. This system is focused on delivering a customized and snug fit. The padded collar and tongue are added in making the running footwear. Both materials provide additional cushioning to the upper area. This is essential in providing a more comfortable running experience to the user.

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.