Shoe Review: Saucony Ride 15

The men's Saucony Ride 15.

The Saucony Ride is one of the brand’s most popular neutral models, thanks to its reliable comfort and moderate cushioning. It’s best known for its versatility, as it performs well during just about any run you throw at it.

The latest version of the Saucony Ride features a new PWRRUN midsole, a more flexible forefoot and a lighter weight. And if you enjoy bright, eye-popping colors, you can definitely find a pair that suits your style.

Fleet Feet Reviewers tested the Saucony Ride 15, available on April 5, during recovery runs, long runs and daily training. Here’s what you need to know about its comfort, cushion and, of course, ride.

Tech Specs

Saucony Ride 15

Weight

7.8 oz (W), 8.8 oz (M)

Drop

8 mm

Category

Neutral

Use

Daily training

Surface

Road, track

More Cushion, Less Weight

The sole of the Saucony Ride 15.

The latest version of the Saucony Ride manages to offer more cushioning in the midsole and a reduced weight - 0.6 ounces to be exact. While this may not sound like much, every bit counts when you’re powering through a tough run.

Saucony accomplished this by using a new PWRRUN formula in the midsole, making every step feel softer and lighter. Reviewers noticed the improvements.

“These are definitely more cushioned than the previous models of the Ride that I’ve tried. I feel significantly less ground contact while running, which I enjoy,” says Caroline.

Compared to the Ride 14, the latest version offers a more flexible forefoot and more aggressive beveling on the outsole, leading to smoother toe-offs and a more comfortable stride.

“They’re firm enough to be responsive, but there’s a great amount of give within the shoe to keep them comfy for the long haul,” Andrew says.

Despite the latest updates, the Saucony Ride 15 maintains its status as a moderately cushioned, neutral running shoe. It provides enough cushion to comfortably protect your feet on impact without being overly soft or squishy, making it a perfect option for runners seeking a reliable, no-frills workhorse.

“Despite having a decent stack height [32.5 millimeters in the heel and 24.5 in the toe], they don't feel tall or obtrusive,” Andrew says. “They provide enough support to keep my feet from feeling wobbly or unstable.”

What’s a midsole? Learn more about the parts that make up a running shoe here.

Redesigned Fit Adds More Support

A side view of the Saucony Ride 15.

The Saucony Ride 15 features a reimagined fit and feel, allowing runners to sit deeper inside the footbed rather than on top of it. The result is a supportive, secure and plush sensation.

While our reviewers loved the step-in feel of the shoes, some noticed they felt a bit snug.

“These shoes have a good fit and feel for me around the midfoot. My pinky toes feel a tad scrunched up and pushed inwards, so I’ve loosened up the laces as much as possible,” says Nate.

“My left pinky toe feels slightly pressed against the edge of the shoe while walking, but I didn’t notice it during my run,” Caroline says.

Fear not if you have wider feet, because wide sizing is available in both men’s and women’s. And although Nate and Caroline felt their pinky toes slightly suffocating, Andrew had to disagree.

“These shoes make my feet feel at home! I am a fan of the just-roomy-enough toe box,” he says.

Every pair of shoes will feel different on your unique feet, which is why it’s always best to try on at your local Fleet Feet.

The Saucony Ride 15 is topped off with a lightweight, breathable mesh upper, complete with a padded, sewn-in tongue and a soft, cushioned heel collar.

“The materials fit nicely around my foot, the heel collar is plush and padded and the tongue is nice and soft without being overly bulky. They feel very breathable, even during my 80 degree run,” says Caroline.

Saucony Ride 15 vs. Ride 14

A side by side comparison of the Saucony Ride 15 and 14.

Tech Specs

Saucony Ride 15

Saucony Ride 14

Weight

7.8 oz (W), 8.8 oz (M)

8.4 oz (W), 9.4 oz (M)

Drop

8 mm

8 mm

Category

Neutral

Neutral

Use

Daily training

Daily training

Surface

Road, track

Road, track

Overall, the Saucony Ride 15 is more cushioned, more supportive and more lightweight than the previous version.

Saucony added half a millimeter of stack height and shaved off more than half an ounce of weight, and runners are now sitting comfortably inside the cushioning rather than on top of it.

“Saucony really stepped up the cushioning in the latest version of the Ride. I do wish these were a little bit softer, but they feel significantly less stiff while running than while walking. My strides feel smooth and fluid,” says Caroline.

Despite the upgrades, the Saucony Ride 15 remains true to form as a lightweight, moderately cushioned shoe that works well for a variety of runs.

“I’ll mix these shoes in for some of my easier daily runs. As a daily trainer, it checks a lot of the boxes you’d expect,” Nate says.

A pair of the men's Saucony Ride 15.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re a new runner looking for an “entry level” shoe, or a seasoned marathoner searching for a do-it-all daily trainer, the Saucony Ride 15 has you covered.

“These are a great option for most types of runners because they’re so versatile. They’ll work well for the bulk of your mileage, from easy recovery runs to long slow runs, and maybe a few faster paced miles as well,” Caroline says.

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