Who should buy the Saucony Omni 20
Take the 20th edition of the Saucony Omni if:
- you suffer from severe overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot)
- you have flat feet or plantar fasciitis
- you are looking for a moderately-priced motion control running shoe
- you need a daily trainer for slow high-mileage runs
Who should NOT buy it
The Saucony Omni 20 is too heavy for tempo paces. For speedier runs, you can consider its younger, faster sibling instead — the Saucony Guide.
Saucony Omni 20 vs.19: A smoother ride
The 20th edition of the Saucony Omni features updates on the upper, midsole, and outsole, creating an overall feel of amped-up comfort and a much seamless ride. Here are the applied changes:
- For a peppy, responsive ride, the midsole now features a new PWRRUN foam, layered with EVERUN foam for a cushy sensation with optimal energy return;
- To encourage foot motions, there are added flex grooves in the outsole, and;
- Lastly, the FORMFIT upper uses new materials for a comfortable, supportive fit.
Support is what makes this shoe a standout
It corrects overpronation and provides sufficient arch support for those with flat feet. It does so excellently that numerous flat-footed runners say that it keeps their feet pain-free; they can run 130+ miles every month.
Not your ordinary motion control shoe
"It's got some spring to it."
This is what runners have to say about the Saucony Omni. Unlike other motion control running shoes, the Omni 20 has a great blend of responsiveness and firmness.
This makes it a comfortable choice for easy, long runs on the road.
The midfoot has a sock-like fit; it prevents the foot from rolling far to the sides.
Ready for constant abuse
This shoe's outsole is THE definition of heavy-duty. Reviewers share that even after tens of miles on pavement, it "barely has any scratch."
Expect an easy, seamless ride
Because the outsole has some flex and the forefoot is a tad stiff, heel-to-toe transitions are smooth and easy.
Will keep your feet cool and dry
The shoe's engineered mesh upper lets in enough air to keep the foot sweat-free and dry, especially during warm days.
Quite the looker
With its "vibrant" and "bold" colorways, the Saucony Omni 20 has a "strong visual appeal," remarked numerous experts.
The Saucony Omni 20 is bottom-heavy
At 11.7 oz (US M 9), the Omni 20 from Saucony is very heavy. Critics even compare it to combat boots.
This is also the reason why it's better suited for recovery runs. Although it's got some spring to it, its weight hinders it from becoming a fast shoe.
Warning: Heel slips ahead
There is not much structure in the heel; many have reported that the heel counter is too "flexible" to provide a decent hold.
What's more is the heel counter is low, adding to the shoe's poor rear lockdown.
Take the noise down a notch
Saucony Omni fans claim that this iteration is becoming more like a Hoka. It has so much cushion; it's becoming annoyingly "squeaky."