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117 users: 4.5 / 5
9 experts: 92 / 100

5 reasons to buy

  • Comfort: The majority of the users mention that the Saucony Ride 13 is comfortable. 
  • Midsole: Several runners appreciate this shoe’s excellent cushioning. 
  • Support: The shoe is also suitable for overpronators, according to a couple of wearers. 
  • Toe space: One purchaser likes the roomy toe box of the Ride 13. 
  • Sole: It offers a perfect blend of protection and flexibility. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Rearfoot: A few testers have complained that the heel section is a bit narrow. 
  • Durability: One runner says that the outsole wears out faster than expected.

Bottom line

Featuring an even softer cushioning and enhanced fit, the Saucony Ride 13 is designed to give a safer and more secure ride than its predecessors. This shoe is ideal for runners with neutral gaits or those who supinate. It is also recommended for consumers seeking an everyday running shoe that delivers a responsive and smooth running experience.

 

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85
/100 by Marijke van den Hamer, posted on .

Saucony has released a lot of exciting new shoes lately, completely new models like the Endorphin line, as well as existing models who have gotten a complete overhaul such as the Triumph and the Ride. They’ve changed a lot about this shoe compared to the Ride ISO 2, which is the previous version of the Ride 13.

 

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I know, it’s a bit confusing to go from a 2 to a 13, but gone is the ISOFIT, and we’ve resumed the old numbering system. 

It’s a neutral running shoe with a 32 mm heel stack and 24 mm in the front, which gives it an 8 mm drop. It weighs 244 grams in the women’s model.

 

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The stack height is one of the things that has changed compared to the ISO 2 version, which had a 28 mm heel stack and 20 mm in the forefoot. The Ride 13 has thus gained 4 mm underfoot. 

 

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Upper

The upper has become a bit more conventional. Saucony has ditched the ISOFIT for a regular lacing system and an engineered mesh upper. The problem I had with the ISO 2 was that the crystal rubber outsole lasted longer than the upper.

After about 600 kilometres the upper started to fall apart while the outsole and midsole were still fine. Hopefully, the upper of the Ride 13 will last longer. 

 

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The laces are really stretchy, so you need to lace this shoe a bit tighter than you normally would. Not sure why they have to be this stretchy, but obviously you could always replace the laces if you want. 

 

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Midsole

Not only the upper has changed, so has the midsole. The midsole is no longer made out of Everun but is now made out of PWRRUN. PWRRun is a combination of EVA and TPU. 

 

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Outsole

The outsole of this shoe has also been updated. It now has a blown rubber outsole rather than the crystal rubber on the previous version. 

 

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Performance

Even though I like the PWRRUN in the Kinvara, I’m not a huge fan of the Ride 13. I think I actually prefer the previous version, the Ride ISO 2. The downside of the Ride ISO 2 is that the upper didn’t last very long, but other than that, it’s a great shoe. 

 

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The problem I have with the Ride 13 is that the heel feels quite soft when you land on it, while the forefoot is less soft, which makes the heel to toe transition a bit difficult. The front feels more like an everyday trainer with medium cushion, while the heel feels more like a maximum cushioned shoe.

Now, I like maximal cushioning shoes, but the difference between the two is just too big and makes the ride a bit too difficult. 

 

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Comparison

Saucony Ride ISO 2

The Ride ISO 2 is a bit firmer and has a bit less stack height. The upper and the midsole of the Ride 13 feel a bit more plush. The heel to toe transition is a bit easier in the Ride ISO 2 compared to the Ride 13, but the upper of the Ride ISO 2 didn’t last very long. 

 

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Saucony Endorphin Shift 

The Shift also has a PWRRUN midsole, but a lot more stack height and the speedroll technology in the forefoot. The feel of the entire midsole in the shift is a bit stiffer, but overall softer due to the stack height.

 

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The speedroll technology helps with the heel to toe transition, something the rides struggles with. But the stack height makes the Shift a bit unstable, and it has a bit less room in the toe box than the Ride 13. 

Saucony Kinvara 11

Both shoes have a PWRRUN midsole, but the experience is quite different. The Ride 13 has an 8 mm drop while the Kinvara has a 4 mm drop. The Kinvara is much more responsive than the Ride and makes it much easier to pick up the pace.

 

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It also feels a bit more flexible (probably due to the upper and the lack of rubber on the outsole on the Kinvara), and the midsole even feels a bit softer than that of the Ride even though it has less stack height.  

Asics Cumulus 22

The upper of the two are pretty comparable, the upper of the Cumulus is a little bit stretchier than that of the Ride 13. But the Cumulus has a 10 mm drop versus the 8 mm drop of the Ride 13. The midsole of the Cumulus is a bit softer than that of the Ride 13. The Cumulus is a bit more flexible than the Ride 13. 

 

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Conclusion

This shoe is better for forefoot or midfoot strikers rather than for heel strikers. The initial landing in the heel is pretty soft and makes the transition to the toes a bit more difficult, but at the same time, this shoe is not cushioned enough in the forefoot to be a longer distance shoe. 

Marijke van den Hamer | Level 5 expert Verified
I’m Marijke, on social media also known as Heart Runner Girl. I love trying new things and inspiring others to get moving. I’ve started running in 2014 and I run races all over the world. My favourite distance is the marathon, but I also run shorter distances. I’ve ran the Berlin Marathon in 2017 and the Paris and New York Marathon in 2018. My goal is to one day become a six-star finisher.

92
/100 by Paul Ronto, posted on .

The Saucony Ride 13 is a neutral everyday trainer and a mid-level shoe. It is not super high tech, but it is under 10oz and is comfy, which is what you want for a shoe that you want to run in over and over. Saucony makes ones with more cushioning like the Triumph and ones with less like the Kinvara.

 

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Initial impression

My initial impression of this shoe was it was comfy out of the box. The heel cup is a bit shallow for my liking. Regardless, it is not stiff and has minimal padding. Because of that, the fit was not too tight, but my feet do move around a little bit.

Updates from past versions

The Ride 13 no longer has the ISO fit. They now use FORMFIT that adds some flexibility and a bit nicer feel on the fit. It hugs the foot really well. Ultimately, this is a nice upgrade from Saucony.

 

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Saucony also changed the rubber of the midsole. It made a slightly denser midsole in the PWRRUN foam for a bit more responsiveness. I noticed that it added a little bit more spring, which is nice.

Upper

The FORMFIT engineered mesh upper gives a nice all-around fit. It allows for a slightly wider toebox as well. I have a wide foot, 2E, but the standard D width for this shoe fits me well. 
I love this new style. It's stretchy and comfy, a lot of brands are trying this out.

Lacing system

Nothing fancy here, but the laces, although traditional, are extremely soft and stretchy. This is something I noticed the first time I laced them up. Maybe it helps keep them tight or flex a bit while running for comfort.

 

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Tongue

The Saucony Ride 13 has a great padded tongue. It also has some mesh on top for breathability. 

The biggest win here is that's it's gusseted, and I love this feature. The tongue stays put, and it helps the shoe hug my foot.

Heel cup

As mentioned, the heel cup feels a little shallow, but just a personal preference I like a deep heel cup. Also, it is not as stiff as I'd like. My heel moves around a bit, but overall, nothing major to complain about.

 

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Anyway, there is an extra lacing hole at the top if you need to deal with the issue.

Midsole

Cushion

The Ride 13 now features a PWRRUN midsole. It is a nice cushioning with good response. It feels a bit more lively than the Brooks Ghost 13, where I complained a bit about the latter's dull feel.

 

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Drop/stack

It has an 8mm drop with 32mm stack in the rear. I think over 8mm is a bit too much, so I appreciate this design feature.

 

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Outsole

Nothing fancy here. It has a hard compound rubber outsole, which feels a little more durable than the Ghost 13. Saucony calls it a TRIFLEX outsole. It has a few well-placed flex grooves and should flex well. The rubber feels relatively durable.

 

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Weight

The shoe weighs about 9.7oz for men's and 8.8oz for women's. Anything more than 10oz I consider as heavy. So, for a daily running shoe, this hits the right spot.

 

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Fit

I went with a standard width for these. They have more room in the toe box than other shoes, which I like. To be honest, I couldn't find a 2E, but the D worked, so I went with it.

 

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Conclusion

Overall, this is a great daily runner. This is an excellent buy for those looking for a new trainer or those looking for a shoe for a 5 or 10K. With a proce of $130, I don't think you'll be disappointed with this shoe.

Pros

  • Comfy, lots of cushioning
  • Breathable
  • Stable
  • 8mm drop

Cons

  • Heel cup feels a tad shallow
  • Still a lot of foam underfoot at 32mm stack, but for an everyday trainer I think that's fine, just a personal preference that's still lingering from the minimalist days
Paul Ronto | Level 3 expert Verified
Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

95
/100 by Susie Gettes, posted on .

It’s been a couple of years since the last time I laced up a pair of Sauconys and I was pleasantly surprised by the fit, feel, and look of this running shoe. The Ride 13 is a neutral road running shoe which is designed for both short and long distances. 

 

 

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UPPER

The mesh upper of the shoe gave enough breathability during those hot summer runs. It felt it had some give to allow room for a stretch in the toe box. Saucony states, “Engineered mesh provides structure or stretch where needed and enhances breathability.”  Given that I ran in these shoes during the hot summer days, the breathability was comfortable.  The lacing system is simple and easy to tighten or loosen as needed. 

I really love how Saucony added the extra laces to switch out the color! The tongue was attached and the upper part was cushioned and felt very comfortable and I had no problems with adjustment or issues with the tongue moving when running.  

 

 

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MIDSOLE

Saucony utilizes its cushion technology PWRRUN which claims to generate a cushioned and responsive feel. The midsole was definitely a cushioned feel and there was a significant amount of spring back which made the runs smooth and comfortable. 

Over the course of several weeks, I ran a fast 5K to a slower 8 to 10-mile run and loved the feeling in both distances as the running shoe provided enough cushion. It was cushioned enough that it was able to sustain longer distances and was also fast enough to do some speed work.

 

 

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OUTSOLE:

The traction in this shoe is typical of a road running shoe with enough to run the roads without being too slick or too heavy.  Saucony utilizes its TRIFLEX technology for flexibility without compromising cushioning.

 

 

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If you noticed from one of the pictures of the heel area, the shoe tends to have a lean to one side. I did not realize this until I took the pictures! My assumption is the geometry of the heel and outsole is made for optimal foot placement and positioning.

 

 

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PERFORMANCE:

I tried these shoes out first on the treadmill before heading out the door, which is what I usually do when trying out new shoes. I felt the fit was right on with not much adjustment even with the shoelaces. They were very comfortable from the first step. 

They feel like they do have some stretch in the mesh upper area which will be helpful when the miles go up to allow for foot expansion. The following day, I took them out on a 6-mile road run and they felt great; I felt it was a cushioned run but a great deal of spring back where I felt ready to pick up the pace.  

The color and look of this shoe are awesome. I love the bright yellow with the green and black coordinating colors—even if I am not going faster, in this shoe I feel like I am! The shoe is also offered in other colors, but I really wanted to go bold. They also came with an extra pair of shoelaces in another color which is always fun to play around with. 

The overall performance of this shoe is solid, it felt comfortable, cushioned, yet fast. I have yet to run over 10 miles with the shoe as of yet, but I am looking forward to it. An overall great running shoe that I feel will continue to perform.

Susie Gettes | Level 2 expert Verified
Hi, I'm Susie, a certified running coach & a competitive runner for over 30 years! I've coached college, Division III cross-country, running clubs for children, and has been the race director/founder of a local 5K run. For the past 5 years, I'm also involved in coaching adults of all levels reach their fitness goals while fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

96
/100 by Zachary Batt, posted on .

Are you once again on the search for a daily trainer? Let the Ride 13 be your new normal. Dependable, versatile, comfortable, the Ride 13 is, in my opinion, one of Saucony’s best shoes in years.

Weighing in at 9.7 ounces for men and 8.6 ounces for women, the Ride 13 is a neutral daily trainer with an 8mm heel-to-toe offset. Saucony’s new PWRRUN foam provides a cushioned yet responsive ride as it combines with a FORMFIT upper to create a superbly comfortable shoe. The Ride 13 is ideal for daily mileage, ready to take on that weekly long run, and all you could want for any uptempo effort. 

 

 

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The Upper: Like a Perfect Hug

Saucony debuted a new FORMFIT upper made of engineered mesh that stretches easily to accommodate your personal foot shape. You’ll notice the upper fits snugly (but softly) around the top of the foot. A little extra space in the toe box is complemented by an interior cupped heel that keeps the foot locked in place. This combo creates a secure and comfortable fit with enough give for the foot to breathe throughout your run.

 

 

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The Oh-So-Comfy Laces

One of the greatest updates to the Ride 13 is its plush laces. These thicker, tubular laces are wonderfully soft and stretchy, making it easier to lace up and cinch down comfortably.

The stretchy laces prevent the overly long shoelace problem that occasionally plagues some shoe models. If you need a little extra lace, no problem, they stretch! If not, no worries either, you won't find yourself needing to triple knot these laces to keep them from flopping all over during your run. The stretchy laces work in tandem with a soft, semi-plush tongue to keep the top of your foot as happy as the bottom. 

 

 

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A Can-Do Midsole

This neutral shoe won’t offer much in terms of stability support, but the PWRRUN midsole (which replaced the previous PWRFOAM material used in the Ride ISO 2) provides a commendable amount of cushioning without feeling overly soft or flat. Saucony’s most recent PWRRUN material (also found in the new Endorphin Shift) offers plenty of impact protection, yet is ready to roll when the pace picks up. 

 

 

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A Resilient (But Flexible) Outer

The Ride 13 boasts a more durable outsole that retains its rubbery grip for even more miles. TRIFLEX technology blends traction with flexibility to help your foot transition through each step efficiently.

The back, interior sole of the Ride 13, is bent slightly inward, allowing the shoe to roll smoothly through the heel-to-toe transition. This feature makes running downhill all the more comfortable by preventing the jarring sensation that often accompanies downhill heel striking. A smooth roll from heel to toe is just one more feature adding to this shoe’s comfortable ride.

 

 

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Best Uses for the Ride 13

I use the Ride 13 for almost all of my daily mileage runs as well as my weekly long run (12-14 miles). While the Ride 13 is not quite as light as I’d want for any sort of track or speed days, it excels at uptempo road workouts. It's also my designated race shoe for an upcoming half marathon!

If you’re looking for a faster shoe, check out the Kinvara 11 or Endorphin Speed. Runners who are piling on the miles may want to look at the Triumph 17 or Endorphin Shift. Need stability? Check out the Guide 13. 

 

 

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Colors! Colors! Colors!

I should mention, a perfect use for the Ride 13 is simply looking great! A number of enjoyable neutral color options are available including alloy, blush, and coral for women and alloy, charcoal, and glade for men. Runners searching for a more vibrant color will be glad to know a citron mutant option is available in both men’s and women’s as well as a triple black option for those seeking a darker aesthetic. 

P.S. Typically, I wear a men’s 8.5 and found the Ride 13 fits true-to-size for me.

Zachary Batt | Level 1 expert Verified
Hello! I’m Zach, a former collegiate distance runner and novice trail runner. I fell in love with running when I joined my high school cross country team. In college, I was primarily a miler but raced anything from the 400m to 10k. In 2017, I ran across the United States with a team of young adults to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Foundation. After graduating, I was injured and burned out. Then, I found trail running and once again fell for the sport.

The Saucony Ride shoe series is known as an ideal neutral running shoe for longer distances. The 13th edition of the Saucony Ride has been fully revamped from top to bottom to deliver a smoother and more comfortable running experience. 

Instead of the ISOFit technology that is used in its predecessor, the Saucony Ride ISO 2, this latest version utilizes the Formfit technology. This approach provides a better fit that accommodates different types of feet. 

Another big update is the inclusion of the PWRRUN cushioning. This midsole material offers a bouncier and softer feel underfoot. Below the PWRRUN midsole is a blown rubber outsole with a Tri-Flex design. It delivers flexibility and adaptability without sacrificing durability and protection.

The Saucony Ride 13 is available in standard shoe length for both men and women versions. Runners are welcome to get a pair in their usual sizing preferences. However, it is recommended to test the shoe in-store or utilize the general feedback of consumers about sizing before making a purchase decision. 

The technical factors that directly affect the fit of the shoe include the Formfit upper construction, which offers a customized fit. Other elements are the lace-up closure and padded tongue that delivers a more secure and snugger fit.

Just like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 and Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2, the Saucony Ride 13 utilizes a blown rubber material. The rubber outsole makes this road running shoe durable. It is made from a lightweight rubber compound, which is responsible for protecting the foot and the rest of the platform from sharp objects and other abrasive elements. This component promotes long-term use while enhancing the shoe’s cushioning. 

The blown rubber outsole has a Tri-Flex design that optimizes flexibility and adaptability. It allows the shoe to move and bend with the foot, allowing for a more natural running experience. The flex grooves also enhance the outsole’s traction on various paved surfaces.

A new cushioning material called PWRRUN technology is integrated into the Saucony Ride 13 for a springier ride. This midsole foam is 28% lighter and more durable compared to Saucony’s previous foam material. It gives an adaptive cushioning that delivers better shock absorption and quicker energy return. This component also offers flexibility for softer landings, smoother transitions, and more powerful take-offs.

This lightweight running shoe features the Formfit construction to accommodates a wide range of foot shapes. This structure utilizes an underfoot cradle construction that offers a tailored fit. 

The engineered mesh top provides structure and flexibility where they are needed. This element also enhances breathability, keeping the foot dry for an extended period. The upper has 3D printed overlays that supply added durability and support. 

For an adjustable fit, the traditional lacing system is used. The shoelaces offer a personalized fit by allowing the user to easily adjust the looseness or tightness around the shoe. A padded tongue is also used to protect the top of the foot from lace bite. It gives added comfort while preventing small rocks and dirt from getting inside the shoe. 

The shoe has a padded collar that gives comfort around the heel. This component also holds the heel in place and prevents it from wobbling during movement.

The Saucony Ride 13 and Saucony Guide 10 are both road running shoes designed for running on paved surfaces. However, the Ride 13 is made for neutral runners while the Guide 10 is intended to support runners who tend to overpronate. 

The major similarities between these Saucony running shoes include the presence of the Tri-flex design in their outsoles and the engineered mesh fabric in their uppers. The Tri-flex outsole provides flexibility while the engineered mesh offers continuous ventilation, providing a cooler and healthier environment for the foot.

In terms of weight, the Guide 10 is slightly heavier compared to the Ride 13. This is because the Guide 10 includes more stability features that minimize the effect of overpronation. This is also the reason why the Saucony Ride 13 is lighter and faster compared to the Saucony Guide 10.

 

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