Triathlete’s Fall Running Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Nov 20, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Saucony Ride 5

9.8 oz.; 8.6 oz.

Fit: Like many sturdy trainers, the Ride 5 has adopted the versatile fit style introduced by minimalist shoes. Testers found it “roomy in the toes and snug around the heel.” It has a soft and comfortable interior, but it’s not overly plush.

Feel: This lighter version of the Ride feels light, soft and flexible. Although it is sufficiently cushioned, it doesn’t feel high off the ground or bulky, thanks in part to its 8mm heel-toe differential, which is especially low for a shoe with this much support. Saucony’s removal of unnecessary add-ons enhances the shoe’s free-flowing feel.

Ride: This shoe serves up a balanced and responsive ride that is also surprisingly stable. It has exceptional smoothness while rolling through a stride from touchdown to toe-off. Our testers raved about it as a high-mileage everyday trainer, and a few said they’d even consider racing long distances in it.

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