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Best Saucony Running Shoes 2020

Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet

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Saucony has been making some of the best running shoes in the business for a long time, and these new shoes are no exception.

From comfortable everyday trainers to lightweight models for up-tempo workouts, these are the best Saucony running shoes for every run:

[This article is part of the Fleet Feet Buyer's Guide for The Best Running Shoes 2020. Find all the best running shoes from the top brands for all situations.]

Best Saucony Running Shoes for Everyday Training

Saucony Ride ISO 2

The best Saucony running shoes for everyday training and beginners is the Saucony Ride ISO 2 because of its versatile ride and comfortable fit.

Saucony built the Ride ISO 2 to be light and cushioned, and it delivers on both. The men’s and women’s models of the shoe each weigh less than 10 oz, but they’re both packed with a generous helping of foam: an EVERUN topsole and PWRRUN midsole work together to give you a well-cushioned ride.

Its light weight, cushioned feel and accommodating fit make it a great running shoe for the majority of your training miles, and it also makes it a comfortable entry point for new runners.

Best Saucony Running Shoes for Overpronators

Saucony Guide 13

The men's Saucony Guide 13 in blue

Stability is key if you’re a runner who overpronates, and the Saucony Guide 13 provides that.

Designers inserted a TPU guidance frame into the medial side of the Guide 13 to stabilize the ride. The frame keeps the shoe level throughout your run and adds durability where you need it the most.

Fleet Feet testers said in the Saucony Guide 13 review the medial frame does its job without getting in the way or feeling intrusive. One tester said the Guide 13 feels light and responsive for a stability running shoe.

The Saucony Guide 13 is the next generation in the Guide family, taking over from the Saucony Guide ISO 2. Saucony updated its fit system between the two models, changing from ISOFIT to FORMFIT.

Best Saucony Running Shoes for Max Cushion

Saucony Triumph 17

A woman wearing the Saucony Triumph 17 running shoes

The Saucony Triumph 17 wins the award for best Saucony running shoes for max cushion thanks to its pillowy (and bouncy) midsole.

Like the Guide 13, Saucony updated the Triumph family by swapping out the ISOFIT system for FORMFIT, meaning the Triumph 17 is the successor to the Triumph ISO 5. But another big change to the shoe is its all-new midsole.

Engineers built the Triumph on top of a PWRRUN+ midsole for ultimate cushion. Saucony says the new foam is 28 percent lighter and twice as flexible as other Saucony compositions.

In the Saucony Triumph 17 review, Fleet Feet runners loved how the PWRRUN+ felt underfoot. One tester said the foam is so good that it makes a perfect recovery day shoe.

Best Saucony Running Shoes for Speedwork

Saucony Kinvara 11

Two runners wearing the Saucony Kinvara 11 running shoe

Streamlined and fast, the Saucony Kinvara 11 remains the best Saucony running shoe for speed workouts, up-tempo paces and setting PRs.

The Kinvara 11 is a feathery neutral running shoe that gives you just enough cushioning to rack up the miles without adding any unnecessary weight. Saucony lists the women’s Kinvara 11 at 6.9 oz and the men’s at 7.8 oz.

Saucony’s PWRRUN foam is light and responsive, which puts the Kinvara on the line between racing flat and everyday trainer.

Fleet Feet testers in the Saucony Kinvara 11 review said the shoe fits comfortably and packs enough cushion to make it a real option for longer training runs or races.

Best Saucony Running Shoes for Trails

Saucony Peregrine 10

A runner holds a pair of muddy Saucony Peregrine 10 trail running shoe

The Saucony Peregrine 10 flies over rough terrain, making it the best Saucony running shoe for trail running.

Grip on the trail comes via Saucony’s sticky PWRTRAC rubber molded into aggressive lugs that dig into the dirt. Designers shaped the lugs into an arrow pattern, pointing the arrows forward on the forefoot for uphill traction and backward on the rearfoot for purchase on downhills.

A rock plate protects your feet against jagged stones or tough roots in the trail, and PWRRUN cushioning provides a responsive ride mile after mile.

In the Saucony Peregrine 10 review, testers said the Peregrine is a well-balanced trail running shoe that can confidently handle even the most technical paths.

Best Saucony Running Shoes for Customization

Saucony Mad River TR

Saucony wants you to drill into the Mad River TR.

Built for trail running like the Peregrine 10, the Mad River TR has a similar PWRTRAC rubber outsole with a bed of grippy lugs. But if you need extra traction on snow, ice or any particularly nasty trails, Saucony mapped out places to add extra cleats or drainage holes.

Using a power drill, you can drill through the shoe to screw in a few extra cleats or improve drainage after stream crossings. The shoe also comes with two rows of eyelets on each side so you can tweak your fit; a gaiter-compatible D-ring; and a little elastic strap across the tongue to keep your excess laces out of the way.

Trail runners looking for a little extra control over their experience can customize the Saucony Mad River TR to fit almost any need.

Saucony’s Switch from ISOFIT to FORMFIT

For a few years, Saucony used a fit technology called ISOFIT. It showed up in models like the Saucony Guide ISO, Triumph ISO and Peregrine ISO, among others, and it was always denoted by the ISO in the model name.

ISOFIT used a series of finger-like supports across the midfoot to help dial in the fit. Each finger reacted independently when you tightened the laces, giving you a fit that was unique to your foot.

Beginning in 2019, Saucony began to replace the ISOFIT system with its FORMFIT technology. Instead of using the individual fingers above the foot to dial in the fit, FORMFIT uses three layers of material below it:

  • A top layer that conforms to the unique shape of your foot
  • A middle layer of EVERUN foam that adapts to different pressure
  • A reactive bottom layer that’s contoured to the natural shape of your foot

The new system acts like a bucket seat in a racecar to center your landing while it conforms to your specific foot shape, size and weight. The result is a fit that’s unique to you.

How We Chose the Best Saucony Running Shoes

We used data from our fit id® outfitting process, interviews with designers and real-life wear testing to determine the best Saucony running shoes for most runs and the most runners.

You can shop with confidence at Fleet Feet: We offer free shipping and returns on all running shoes, and you have 60 days to return any gear if you don’t like the way it looks, fits or feels. Plus, with our price-match guarantee, you can make sure you never pay too much for a new pair of running shoes.

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