2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

  • By Aaron Hersh and Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Apr 10, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC

Saucony ProGrid Guide 5 $100

The Guide 5 weighs a full 1.5 ounces less than its predecessor, the Guide 4.  It’s just 10.2 ounces in men’s size 9. This was partly achieved with a 4mm reduction in the heel lift, which also gives the Guide 5 a smoother transition from heel strike to toe-off than the 4 and promotes a mid-foot striking gait. These changes were made without any sacrifice to the robust stability features that have earned the Guide series so many fans.

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