Who should buy the Saucony Showdown 5

The Saucony Showdown 5 is a solid choice for trackies who want a high-performance sprint spike for:

  • Sprinting and short distance events
  • 60 meters to 200 meters races

Saucony Showdown 5 logo

Superior traction 

The Saucony Showdown 5 can generate superior traction in running competitions. There are 10 pyramid spikes that are furnished to the spike plate of the track shoe.

Saucony Showdown 5 traction

These pins are ¼ inch in length, delivering maximum grip, especially on rubber surfaces. 

Showdown 5 delivers high-strength, versatile grip

A 10-pin Pebax plate is outfitted to the running spike. It consists of lightweight materials that deliver high-strength, traction-producing properties.

Saucony Showdown 5 grip

It is responsible for accommodating the removable pins of the shoe for versatile grip. There are some aspects of the Showdown 5 that are completely patterned after its predecessor. 

Secure wrap around the foot 

However, the most apparent change made to the sprinting shoe is its redesigned exterior. It sports a far more aggressive design from the fourth version of the series.

Saucony Showdown 5 Secure wrap around the foot 

The remainder of the shoe’s design maintains the same makeup from the previous model. The ISOFIT system is still implemented in the style of the track spike. It provides a secure wrap around the foot. 

Additional support and lockdown 

For additional support and lockdown, Flex Film overlays are still embellished on the upper. It pushes the foot into the midsole to lock it in place.

Saucony Showdown 5 overlays

The Saucony Showdown 5 is listed in standard width for both men and women. However, it is advised that before purchasing, one should try on the fit of the shoe first or go through various user feedback. 

Provides a snug and secure fit 

There are two technologies integrated into the running platform’s configuration that are responsible for its fit. One of these is the ISOFIT system, it provides a snug and secure fit.

Saucony Showdown 5 secure fit

On the other hand, the sprint spike is supplied with Flex Film overlays. These are tasked with providing support and lockdown.

Propulsive track performance

The Saucony Showdown 5’s outsole is equipped with a Pebax plate. It exhibits high-strength properties that protect the track spike from abrasive elements. It presents a good symmetry of rigidity and lightness, allowing a propulsive track performance.

Saucony Showdown 5 spike plate and removable pins

The spike plate also houses the removable pins of the running shoe, attending to the different needs of the sprinter. 

Dynamic fit system 

The same outsole composition is found in the Nike Zoom D and Nike Zoom Rival S 9. There is no cushioning in the midsole of the Showdown 5. This is intended to keep the weight of the shoe down.

Saucony Showdown 5 no cushioning in midsole

A proprietary upper technology from Saucony, the ISOFIT system is outfitted to the sprint spike. It is a dynamic fit system that conforms to the natural shape and contours of the foot. 

Saucony Showdown 5 secures the foot in place

It conforms to the motion of the foot, allowing unrestricted movements. The Flex Film overlays are made of thin films that are welded to the upper for added support.

Saucony Showdown 5 traditional lacing system

It also keeps the foot in place. A traditional lacing system serves as the closure system of the track shoe.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 173g / Women 159g
Closure: Lace-up
Event: Running
Features: Removable Spikes
Spike Type: Pyramid
Spike Size: 1/4-inch
Surface: Rubber

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Zack Dunn
Zack Dunn

I race distances between 800 meters and 10K whether it be on the track, the roads, or on cross country courses. My typical training consists of easy days, long days, workouts (fartleks, tempos, interval training, etc.). My typical training paces range from 7’30 a mile on easy days to sub-5 minutes a mile on fast interval days, and with many paces in between. I run anywhere from 40-60 miles a week. My personal bests are 2:00 for 800m, 4:30 for 1600m, 9:50 for 3200m, 15:57 for 5K, and 34:10 for 10K.