The verdict from 19 experts and 100+ user reviews

Seems like Saucony has set the bar too low since 9 out of 10 experts were pleasantly surprised with the Ride 13. It gets better: 

  • “looks like an old reliable, but runs like a demon” 
  • “absolute delight” 
  • “a must-buy”. 

Only one expert found this shoe to be “not exciting, but certainly pleasurable.” The worst things said about this shoe were still positive: “quietly reliable,” “super solid shoe.”

With all this praise, I wonder why Saucony Ride 13 hasn’t gotten the “shoe of the year” or “my #1 pick” award. It’s my impression that no one expected it to be this good, so the comparison to ISO 2 took the spotlight. 

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Pros

  • Superb overall comfort 
  • Excellent foot lock
  • Responsive 
  • 2 lace sets
  • Insane grip
  • Feels light 
  • Stable
  • True to size
  • Roomy toe box
  • No adaptation period needed

Cons

  • Clunky at turns
  • Breathability issues
  • Weird laces

Who should buy Saucony Ride 13 

Runners looking for a reliable everyday trainer that offers Saucony’s signature neutral running experience. It can also be used on long runs and fast runs, but it shines the most as a daily trainer. 

Who should NOT buy Saucony Ride 13 

You should avoid Saucony Ride 13 if: 

  • You’re looking for a soft ride. Saucony Triumph 18 belongs on the soft side. 
  • You’re overpronating. In that case, look at Saucony’s stability shoe Guide 13
  • You want a fast shoe. Look no further than Saucony’s Endorphin Speed or Endorphin Pro if you’re into racing. 

Saucony Ride 13 vs. Saucony ISO 2: Awesome update!

Those who commented on the update had nothing but praise for it, saying “the update is awesome” and “back better than ever.” Key updates were huge, so if you’re wondering whether you should update from Saucony ISO 2: you should. 

Experts jumped straight to the improvements, so I will do the same:   

Ride 13 vs. ISO 2 (previous version)

What got better

  • Superb upper feel 
  • Better foot lock
  • Near-custom fit 
  • Conventional lacing system
  • More responsive
  • Softer ride
  • Achilles-friendly heel counter
  • 2 sets of laces
  • Lighter (1.2oz or 34g)

What got worse

  • Bad at sharp turns
  • Limited airflow
  • Weird laces

Cradle for your foot

“Feels like it molds to my foot.” Not only is the footbed cradled, but your foot also stays put. Your heel and midfoot are locked and feel secure. We’ve found only positive experiences: “locked-in fit,” “really secure fit,” “very locked down,” “no slipping issues.” 

Upper can’t get better than this

Absolutely no complaints. Experts have said that it fits “like a dream” and “disappears when you start running.” 

If you’ve been running in Saucony ISO 2, you’ll find the upper fit to be the major update. Now it’s “oh-so-buttery”!

Upper design in Saucony Ride 13

Clunky at turns

While the wide base offers great stability, it was reported that the shoe feels “a bit clunky” on sharp turns. One expert also said he had to make wide turns or slow down on turns. 

Ride 13 is firm and responsive

These shoes are on the firm side, but not harsh. They are “flexible enough to feel natural and stiff enough to give them pep right out of the box.” They feel springy or, as one expert described them, they have “pop and personality.” No worries, they don’t “feel sluggish.”

If you’re familiar with the Saucony family, an expert said that the feel of Ride 13 is just in the middle between the race-ready Saucony Kinvara 11 and super soft Saucony Triumph 18. 

Ride 13 flexibility

Weird but functional laces on Saucony Ride 13

While some experts found them weird, overall experience with the laces has been positive. 

There are 2 sets of laces - shorter and longer. Less and more stretchy. The tubular design has helped with the “no lace bite” and the longer set allows for a lace lock. 

Lacing system in Saucony Ride 13

Grip you can rely on

It’s crystal clear this shoe grips well: “the traction is great,” “grip was excellent.” And it's all due to a “brilliant outsole design.” 

One expert went as far as saying that the mixture of water and oil “didn’t throw them off course.” 

Outsole design in Ride 13

Feels lighter than it is

Experts' comments on the weight go from “lightweight” to “bottom heavy,” but the most frequent experience was that it “feels lighter.” 

For comparison, look at these weights: 

  • Saucony Ride 13: 9.7oz or 275g
  • Saucony ISO 2: 9.8oz or 278g
  • The average weight of a running shoe: 9.8oz or 279g 

Usually, anything less than 10oz is a plus. 

Sweet spot for a daily trainer

This is a daily trainer. It can also be used for longer runs if you don’t find its weight tiring your legs. 

You will make it work during the fartlek session: “cushion for the long stuff, bounce for the fast stuff,” but it’s no one’s 1st choice for a tempo day. 

For other purposes, have a look at: 

Saucony Ride 13 feels good right out of the box

No adaptation period needed. Just lace it up and it will feel “like a shoe [you’ve] been running in for months.”

Surprisingly stable

Given that this is a neutral shoe, it offers plenty of stability. The base is wide and it allows for a “surprisingly stable” ride. 

True to size with a generous toe box

Saucony Ride 13 fits true to size and offers plenty of room in the forefoot. There is a wide option available as well. It’s a good fit with “no tight areas or rubbing.”

Saucony Ride 13 fit

Average durability

The majority of experts who commented on the durability of this shoe have seen some premature wear, already at 30, 40, and 70 miles. It was nothing serious but still got only to “average durability.” 

Questionable breathability 

It’s a tie. 50% of comments say it’s a “warm upper” and “not particularly breathable.” Others say it’s “breathable.” 

From my experience, if a shoe rocks at breathability, it’s never just breathable. Obviously it’s not something Ride 13 excels at. 

Upper design in Ride 13

Also worth mentioning: 

  • One expert mentioned Ride 13 fits inserts and orthotics better than earlier Saucony iterations
  • Reflective elements (night runs, woohoo!)

Tip: see the best running shoes.

Rankings

How Saucony Ride 13 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 4% road running shoes
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Top 7% Saucony running shoes
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Top 6% maximalist running shoes
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Popularity

The current trend of Saucony Ride 13.
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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.