Who should buy the Saucony Type A9

You will love the Saucony Type A9 if you want a durable neutral shoe that provides efficient performance on training sessions and competitions

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Updates to the Saucony Type A9

  • Upgraded outsole to dole out extra grip and protection without sacrificing flexibility
  • Upper includes a return to the open mesh exterior. This configuration renders the silhouette capable of accommodating the addition of 3D-printed overlays, elements that don’t usually adhere well to engineered mesh.

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Precise tractions with the Saucony Type A9 outsole

The outsole unit of the Saucony Type A9 is made of PWRTRAC, a rubber compound that is able to resist the abrasive nature of the surfaces. This technology is also meant to provide precise traction on the asphalt, ensuring movement control and balance with every step. The rubber layers are placed on the contact points of the heel and forefoot.

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Shallow flex grooves line the surface of the entire external pad while deep trenches are placed near the ball of the foot, the midfoot and the heel. These channels make the entire underfoot platform as flexible as possible, thereby permitting the natural motion of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.

Saucony Type A9 forefoot

A tire-like tread design evokes the grip and forward-momentum of the tires of a vehicle. The zigzagging and arrow-like grooves help each traction node to precisely deliver on the promises of surface adhesion.

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Well-attenuated landings with the Saucony Type A9 midsole

The midsole unit of the Saucony Type A9 is made of SSL or Saucony Super Lite (SSL), which the brand touts as one of their lightest accoutrements. This full-length foam offers reactive steps and well-attenuated landings. It is also flexible enough to smoothen the foot’s capacity to transition from the heel to the toe. 

Saucony Type A9 side mids

A thin insole is placed right on top of the primary cushioning unit. This add-on is meant to place a soft surface for the underside of the foot, separating the hard-textured last from the tactile perception of the runner. It can be removed or replaced with a new one if the wearer decides to do so.

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Cool and dry running experience with the Saucony Type A9 upper

The upper unit of the Saucony Type A9 is comprised of open mesh. This multilayered material is designed to cover the foot and keep it from wobbling during the run. It is lightweight and capable of following the movements of the foot as it transitions from the heel to the toe. Breathing holes permit environmental air to enter the interior compartment, thereby maintaining a cool and dry ride.

Saucony Type A9 mesh

3D-printed overlays adorn the sides and the front of this road running shoe. The purpose of these synthetic prints is to bolster the upright construction of the upper unit. They are also designed to maintain a snug and secure fit without adding any tangible weight to the whole product. They’re colored and stylistic to match the practical purpose with an aesthetic flair.

Saucony Type A9 logo

A traditional lacing system is used for this racing shoe. Thin and flat laces snake through fabric loops that serve as the eyelets. This fit adjustment method runs the entire instep, covering the bridge of the foot and the middle part, as well. When the laces are tied, the lace-loops and the fabrics go along, giving a secure yet customized wrap that adheres to the preferences of the wearer.

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A thin tongue unit blankets the skin of the foot from the potentially abrasive nature of the crisscrossing shoelaces. The seamless material that composes this part encourages anti-chafing and material bunching.

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The lightly padded rear collar has the goal of securing the heel in place and preventing it from exiting the interior chamber unexpectedly.

Saucony Type A9 collar

A fabric tab is stitched onto the very back of the silhouette. The word ‘Saucony’ is emblazoned on it to enhance brand recognition.

Saucony Type A9 rear

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 170g / Women 153g
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 13mm
Heel height: 17mm

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