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The Saucony Guide 13 is Saucony’s most recent take on one of their most popular stability shoes. It has the standard pricing of $120, and it is a mid-light daily trainer that could also be used for racing for those needing a stable ride.
It incorporates a brand new upper and midsole while still providing the moderate to lighter stability that the Guide has always offered. So far, it’s looking solid.
The Guide 13 provides stability in the standard method: the midsole material directly below the arch (pictured as the white flat strip) is significantly firmer than the rest of the midsole.
This is known as a medial support post. In fact, right out of the box, the support post doesn’t squish at all. This mechanism guides the foot through the foot strike without any tilting or pronation of the foot inwards.
The only change is that the medial post does not extend to the upper part of the midsole where it would make contact with the foot. This should decrease arch irritation and give the shoe a more consistent ride.
Note that this medial support post does not help outwards tilting or supination (it could actually make it worse). In practice, the medial support post is barely even felt and it isn’t tiresome nor painful to run against.
The outsole is quite standard, with rubber covering nearly all of the bottom surface. Gaps in the rubber in the forefoot are found going from left to right (up and down in the picture below) to help promote flexibility of the forefoot.
The durability of the outsole is yet to be determined, but since the setup looks fairly standard.
The heel counter is sturdy and well fitted. It required slight breaking in to become accustomed to the rigidity, but it is perfectly functional.
The inside is padded with a soft foam all around the outside, giving it a comfortable, accommodating feel.
It is exactly what one would expect in a good, standard heel. There is little to no irritation between the Achilles tendon and the shoe.
The tongue is also padded with the same material, making it thick and non-abrasive. The entire ankle-region as a whole is designed for comfort, so the emphasis is definitely on everyday running.
Only one complaint: With the runner's knot, the laces are too short, making them difficult to tie.
The new upper
The new upper is a form-fitting mesh that stretches to the shape of your foot. As a result, the upper fits very well. The upper also does a nice job of keeping the foot locked in place while still allowing the foot to stretch out to its preferred shape.
This is key for a stability shoe, as many stability shoe uppers are overly invasive in their attempts to prevent pronation. Blisters received from previous stability shoes were almost nonexistent with the Guide.
The toe box is satisfactory, although there could be space for the pinky toe.
Saucony has made a major upgrade to the midsoles of all of its shoes by switching materials from Everrun to Pwrrun.
As a result, the midsole of the Guide 13 is softer and lighter. According to Saucony’s website, it is 28% lighter and also increases flexibility, durability, and bounce.
The ride is barely noticeable, which is amazing. It is light enough and well enough designed that the shoe feels like it disappears. Good foot-strike, toe-off, and general mechanics are encouraged by the shoe.
The aesthetics of the shoe have received a major upgrade. The new upper gives the shoe a sleek look, and the wavy midsole matches the stripes on the upper nicely.
The colorways are subtly stylish and I especially like the grey-on-black combo. Best of all, the Saucony logo is reflective which gives flare to the aesthetic. Unlike previous Saucony shoes, it doesn’t look like it's from 20 years ago.
So far, the shoe is a step in the right direction. After a little breaking in, there weren’t any major concerns. The support is non-invasive but still functional. The upper is accommodating and comfortable.
Pain is all but eliminated with a support formula that works and is being constantly improved. Without any major problems, wearing the Guides is like wearing a shoe that isn’t there because, with the Guide 13s, running isn’t about the feet, it’s about running.
The Saucony Guide 13 is the latest shoe produced by Saucony in the Guide series following on from the Guide ISO 2.
The Guide series has been instrumental in providing stability shoes for runners on roads, and this shoe fits into their portfolio perfectly! It is currently available in some places for under £100, which in my eyes is a no brainer!
It is a specialist shoe for those that overpronate. It features a new upper and midsole while still providing moderate to light stability that the Guide series is renowned for.
I have currently run 117 miles in them, and I am incredibly pleased with them so far!
The way that the Guide 13 offers that all-important support to overpronators is via the midsole material located directly underneath the arch of the foot.
This part of the shoe is much firmer than the rest and helps the foot strike the floor without any tilt and pronation inwards. This is known as a medial support post.
One thing I really like about this shoe is the fact that you do not actually notice it is there. What I mean by that is when I have worn other shoes that offer the same stability, you often get an achy feeling in the arches of your feet after running in them.
With the Guide 13, it's been cleverly designed to provide a pain-free run, which is awesome, and this is unique to the new design of the Guide 13.
The picture below shows the white strip that offers the midsole support I am talking about.
Sticking to the roads
The shoe offers a strong outsole unit with the standard rubber covering most of the bottom, which is designed to protect from wear and tear. It features flex grooves on the forefoot part of the shoe (pictured as the grooves going from top to bottom).
This is said to offer support during the toe-off part of the gait cycle by allowing the midsole to bend in conjunction with the toe joints as they are gearing towards the lift.
I found the shoe quite grippy, and although it is classified as a road shoe, I have used them on non-technical trails, and they work fine.
I found the heel of the shoe extremely comfortable when I took them out of the box and tried them on for the first time. I really like the fact that it is quite padded, and it really did not take much breaking in.
It is almost shaped like a triangle and was a nice balance of sturdiness and cushioning, and I had no irritation right from the offset. It is padded with a nice cushioning all the way around and hugs your Achilles nicely.
The tongue is also padded with the same material, which makes it extremely comfortable and just what you would want in a running shoe. I would go as far as saying that these would be great shoes for everyday use even if not running.
I also really like the laces. They are quite thick, and I feel like you can produce a good bit of tension when tightening the shoes. I found the laces to be a good length, which is essential in ensuring shoes will not become undone when running or racing.
An improved upper
I really like the upper unit of the Guide 13. After running 666 miles in my Guide ISO 2, I found the upper part near my toe started to fray a little which exposed my toes whilst running through puddles.
The new foam-fitting mesh on the Guide 13 seems much sturdier and so far, seems like it is going to hold up well. It stretches to the shape of your foot whilst keeping your foot locked in place whilst running.
I found the entire upper unit of the shoe extremely comfortable and really liked the aesthetics of the shoe.
The only negative I can say about the upper unit was when I did my first couple of runs it did feel a little restricting in the toe box area. I always wear the same shoe size, which is 8.5 UK.
When I first put the shoe on, I did have to check I had the right size. During the first couple of runs, it felt a little tight, but after a few runs, it eased up. I have not experienced any blisters yet, and I have run just over 15 miles at once in them so far.
Saucony has changed from the midsole part of the shoe from Everrun to the Pwrrun for the new Guide 13. Because of this, Saucony claim that this is now 28% lighter due to this change.
I did notice the shoe was lighter than the Guide ISO 2, which is something I was happy with. The Pwrrun provides good flexibility, durability and bounce, and it is a cracking design.
The shoe helps with promoting good running mechanics from the foot-strike to the toe-off.
Good looking shoe
The aesthetics of the shoe has had a major upgrade. Saucony has always been known for their funky looking colours and designs.
I really like the simplicity of the design, and I found it difficult to choose which colour I wanted, which has never been a problem before! The Saucony logo is reflective too, which I think is stylish.
I bumped into a friend I had not seen during one of my recent runs, and the first thing he said was how much he liked the look of my new shoes, which was great!
The bottom line
So far, the shoe has really impressed me. Having worn Saucony before I was really looking forward to upgrading to the Guide 13, and I was pretty set in stone to buy them once I found out they were being released.
It is important to run in shoes that compliment your running style, so if you are an overpronator, then the Guide 13 is a sensible option.
It is a comfortable and reliable shoe that offers a non-invasive support system. I have had zero pain from running in them, and they are extremely light yet durable.
If you are looking for a shoe that doesn't nag you, then go for the Guide 13's.
Good to know
- The Saucony Guide 13 is a continuation of a well-known series of stability running shoes that are meant for the roads. This product hails from the successes of the Guide roster, including the revamped Guide ISO 2 that employs the ISOFIT system of stretchy mesh and printed overlays. Now, the series features a traditional printed overlay method to free the facade from a bevy of extra layers.
- PWRRUN is a responsive midsole foam that runs the whole length of this product. It is bolstered by a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) medial frame and raised sidewalls that provide stability. The FORMFIT cushioning add-ons are designed for step-in comfort and smooth heel-to-toe transitions.
The regular sizing measurements are the basis of the creation of the Saucony Guide 13. Runners are welcome to use their usual sizing expectations when it comes to making a purchase decision. However, being able to appreciate an accommodating in-shoe feel is affected by personally testing the shoe or studying reviews from other consumers who have tried it.
When it comes to the fit, this running shoe has an engineered mesh upper, an uncluttered silhouette design, and a semi-curved platform shape to deliver a secure yet accommodating coverage. These elements work together to try and prevent the feeling of being encumbered by a too-restrictive in-shoe wrap.
Rubber covers the outsole unit of the Saucony Guide 13. This compound is meant to protect against wear-and-tear, as well as the various effects of continued use. It generously covers all the contact points, ensuring that protection is doled out to the whole foam base.
A grippy trait is evident in rubber. Runners can appreciate traction and surface control because of such a fundamental element from this feature. Grip-heightening patterns bolster its capacity, as well.
Flex grooves grace the forefoot section of this Saucony running shoe. These trenches are designed to support the toe-off phase of the gait cycle by allowing the foam midsole to bend in conjunction with the toe joints as they are gearing towards the lift.
PWRRUN serves as the midsole unit of the Saucony Guide 13. This full-length cushioned piece is tasked with offering shock attenuation and reactive toe-offs. It has a soft nature which aims to deliver a feeling of long-lasting comfort.
FORMFIT is a set of layers that work with the main midsole unit. One of the elements of this technology is the EVERUN sheet that is placed right above the PWRRUN. EVERUN is one of Saucony’s most responsive systems, offering consistent and uncompromising support without added weight or stiffness. It is a thin piece, but it is tested to work with the foot to achieve energized performance.
Another element of the FORMFIT is the removable insole. This add-on offers immediate support to the curves of the underfoot, particularly the arch. Giving some attention to parts of the foot-pad that aren’t usually accommodated can potentially improve the level of comfort.
A thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) frame is placed near the medial side of the platform. This accoutrement has the job of averting overpronation or the excessive inward rolling of the foot as it transitions through the gait cycle.
The upper unit of the Saucony Guide 13 is made of engineered mesh. This material has a cloth-like quality which gives a feeling of being wrapped by a sock. It has stretchy yarns that encourage the natural movement capacity of the foot. Moreover, breathability is a trait that can be appreciated from this kind of mesh because it has open holes that permit the flow of air into the foot-chamber.
Overlays are printed onto the sides and rear of the facade. These thin prints are meant to bolster the structural integrity of the upper unit, ensuring that the upright position of the fabrics is preserved. Durability is also a part of their purpose because they can prevent tearing or material breakdown due to continued use.
A traditional lacing system graces the roof of this running shoe. Flat shoelaces crisscross through discreet eyelets. They connect to the print-reinforced sections of mesh on the silhouette through the outstretched and branch-like design of the synthetic overlays. Adjusting the tightness or looseness of the coverage would cause the rest of the upper to follow suit, thus delivering a custom wrap that adheres to personal preference.
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