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”
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.
Superb overall comfort
Excellent foot lock
2 lace sets
True to size
Roomy toe box
No adaptation period needed
Clunky at turns
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.
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:
Superb upper feel
Better foot lock
Conventional lacing system
Achilles-friendly heel counter
2 sets of laces
Lighter (1.2oz or 34g)
Bad at sharp turns
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”!
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.
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.
Weird but functional laces
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.
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.”
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: 8.6oz or 244g
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.
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.