Intended use: All runs except trail and in bad weather.
Surfaces tested on: Road, synthetic track, 21° C/70° F
Upper: Flat type spacer mesh, synthetic leather, TPU welding
Midsole: Compression molded EVA foam, 'Powergrid' perforated foam insert, heel crash pad.
Outsole: Carbon rubber pieces under heel, blown rubber in forefoot.
Weight: 292 gms/ 10.3 Oz for a half pair of UK10/US11
Though it has little to do with the actual review, a little trivia is always fun, with no harm done. Keeps us hapless shoe reviewers from getting jaded too. Here it comes – every second grader knows Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first men to walk the celestial surface. So what connection does Saucony have with mankind’s historic milestone? The moon boots were made by a company named AR Hyde and sons, which after a few years of achieving that feat, bought the Saucony brand.
But the brand existed long before that, and its founding in 1898 makes it the oldest mainstream athletic footwear brand. This is ancient as it can be. To put things in perspective, Adi Dassler, the German founder of Adidas, wouldn’t be born until two years later.
Despite its turtle years, Saucony is still a small brand. Going by Wolverine worldwide’s (its parent company) Q2 2014 revenue reports, Saucony should be around $300 million annually tops. That is a small speck in a running footwear market where $25 billion behemoths run amok and make competing harder for smaller brands. But what Saucony lacks in financial and marketing firepower, it makes up with sheer experience. A century of cobbling shoes together does count for something, and from time to time that cumulative know-how of tinkering with mesh and rubber bears fruit.
Before we jump into finer details, we’d like to callout that we haven’t tried the previous versions of the Saucony Ride. So this review will treat the Ride 7 as a standalone shoe, based on its merits and faults alone. So if you have any questions about how version 7 compares versus the Ride 5 or 6, we won’t have any answers. But hey, this is where you can step in, and make the comment box a busy place with your insights and feedback.
The neutral cushioning category is the biggest when it comes to the running footwear market. The premise is rather simple, really. Create a shoe which feels cushioned but stable, without any of the ‘motion control’ appendages which aim to alter the gait cycle. Naturally every brand worth its logo wants in on this segment, and have met with varying degrees of success. Yet, creating a flawless ‘neutral’ shoe formula is a deceptively hard nut to crack, and more often than not, a few things slip through the crack. The 2014 Saucony Ride 7 in our opinion, is a neutral running shoe which is a fine example of that category – in more ways than one.
The Ride 7’s biggest (and obvious) strength is its ability to deliver a no holds-barred, traditional shoe execution in an extremely lightweight package. By traditional we mean a fully rubber clad outsole, a chunky multi-density midsole and a plush upper which justifies the $120 price. At 292 grams or just a smidgen over 10 Oz ( US 11), it is one of the lightest, non-minimalist, neutral shoes available currently. If you’re less than a US size 11, the weight will drop to below 10 Ounces. It’s hard to beat that.
In what we see as an exception to the norm, weight reduction in the Ride 7 is an added advantage and not a trade-off. Usually, less weight means less rubber on the outsole, a slimmer midsole or at times a combination of both. Robbing Peter and paying Paul isn’t the case in the Ride 7, with all the necessary goodies of a shod shoe stitched in their rightful place. It looks like a traditional cushioned shoe, with the element of surprise coming unmasked only when you pick the shoe up.
There’s a copious supply of cushioning in the Saucony Ride 7, and we’re mighty impressed with the quality of it. By which we mean it is responsive and uniformly spread. Key to that experience is the brand’s ‘Powergrid’ cushioning system. What’s amazing though, that Saucony has relied on the Grid system since the start of the 90’s and over the years, evolved it to make relevant to contemporary footwear construction.
The concept, when it started, went something like this: a trampoline like grid was placed between the footbed and midsole, causing the foot to experience responsive cushioning. While the initial (and some current) Grid cassettes were made from Dupont Hytrel filaments , recent versions have taken liberties with the original design. The Saucony Ride 7 uses heel-to-toe Powergrid which is made out of a resilient foam sheet with holes in them, mimicking the original Grid design. We tried to prise open the Strobel to show you what it looks like, but the layers were tightly bonded together. So here’s a screenshot from the Saucony website instead.
How does it ride? If you have been out window shopping lately, and have been able to try the Nike Pegasus 31 and Brooks Ghost 7, the Ride 7 sits firmest of the lot. Make no mistake, the heel cushioning is deep but it is not of a pillowy soft variety. It just feels enough, with a satisfying degree of responsiveness. We’ve noticed that most Grid featuring Saucony shoes have a chunky midsole, and it appears that the use of ‘Grid’ system mandates a certain level of midsole foam thickness. Which is necessary to make the trampoline like effect come to life, we think. Other minimal Sauconys like the A6 and the zero drop Virrata can’t afford to feature the signature cushioning technology. We appreciate this approach, it just goes to show that Saucony is conscientious about how Grid is used and where. On the lateral (outer) side, the midsole looks less bulky because of midsole paint and crash pad giving an illusion of sleekness, but turn over to the medial (inner) face, and the actual bulk of the midsole becomes apparent.
Sockliner is standard, molded foam fare, with the mid and forefoot area being thicker than the heel. Not so because of design, but due to excess molding pressure during manufacturing, required for the heel curve and Saucony text underneath. So unsurprisingly, the heel sockliner foam feels flat, whereas there’s much padding under your forefoot. EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) Strobel underneath is now commonplace in the footwear industry, and it is used in the Ride 7 too. Adds that extra couple of millimeters of cushioning when compared to a fabric type. The replaceable foot-bed also means that occasionally you can pop-in that aftermarket Spenco or Sofsole, if you so desire.
Stability comes good on the Ride 7, with the foot resting on a wide rear-foot sole base. There’s also full rubber contact beneath, with no gaps below the mid-foot area. As a result, gait cycle comes across as good. Up in the front, the forefoot base has a noticeable and functional flare. It keeps the foot securely planted and makes for a cushioned base when it comes to toe-offs. Besides, it makes the shoe look the part apart from playing it well.
Grip is managed by a generous spread of rubbery parts stuck to the business side of the midsole. In the back, hard ones attempt to prolong the life of the shoe, and under the forefoot, there’s softer blown rubber which combine relative compression with traction. And right under the tip is a logical placement of hard rubber, which should help in taking some of the burden associated with toe-offs. Even with all that rubber, the outsole abounds with a well spread-out network of flex grooves. Which not only make the shoe flexible, but also helps the shoe maintain its composure on less than perfect roads. Though not subjected to long term wear-tests, the Ride 7 shows the promise of acceptable durability stretching into a few hundred miles. We saw some wear on the heel, but only just. The heel bevel and overall rounded off heel edges also help minimize accelerated wear.
Our colorway came with an upper bathed in a sheer lucidness of blue, the latter only broken by twin, florescent green mid-foot logos. But aesthetic nicety is not the only thing scoring high on the Ride 7; the materials and fit also excel functionally. Mesh used is a spacer type, with strands of fibres connecting the top and bottom layers. But unlike other examples of spacer mesh, this one feels flat and there’s no squeeze. That said, there’s plenty of ventilation to go around – right from the toe to mid-foot, where this mesh is applied liberally. Synthetic leather is also part of the upper, but sees judicious use and positioning. Only the toe bumper, eye-stay, heel, medial mid-foot and the lower edges of the upper gets constructed with this material. If the upper stays up, then it partly owes it to the welded overlays, which snake their way around the upper. The toe box area is propped up by these thin welds and does the outer mid-foot and heel area. The good thing, though, is that during runs none of these bend inwards (2014 Nike Free 5.0, remember? ) and only serve as functional, support structures.
Regardless the use of flat spacer mesh, the Saucony Ride 7 upper feels extremely plush, and that’s entirely because of the lining material. The fabric used under the tongue and around the color is very soft to the touch, almost luxurious. Throw in some soft foam between the tongue and conforming padding in the collar area, and that’s a perfect recipe for upper comfort. Not good enough? Top that off with a compliant Achilles dip area. It has an internal heel counter, which goes around the rear-foot. But it sits low inside, only extending two-thirds upwards from its base. The remaining top 1/3rd of the heel is a U-shaped layer of two soft meshes, keeping any potential Achilles irritation at bay.
Fit is snug and uniform, and some extra room opens up once past your small toe. The forefoot sides are somewhere between snug and roomy, both because of actual fit dimensions and choice of material. The forefoot area is nearly all mesh, save for the thin welds which don’t get in the way – and this makes the Saucony feel more roomier than it actually is. The length is near true-to-size, with 1/3rd of US size ahead of the big toe – if that happens to be the outermost part of your forefoot.
Under arch support is so-so; there’s no input from neither the upper pattern, sockliner molding or midsole design. If this happens to rank high on your list of pre-purchase check-list, try the Ride 7 to see how it fits in the arch area before swiping that Visa, Amex or whatever card calls your wallet home.
Do you value low-light visibility in a shoe? Then you’re in for a visual feast of the nocturnal kind. There are enough reflective bits on the Saucony Ride 7 to light up a small apartment, with the heel, lateral midsole, tongue top, U-throat and two lace loops being conductors of luminosity. The heel piece is particularly gigantic, and when helped by other bits, makes the shoe hard to miss at night. Consider the Saucony Ride 7 a running shoe equivalent of a high beam, Xenon car headlamp.
So you have to ask, is the Saucony Ride 7 perfect, even when seen through our overtly critical eyes? It would have been, except for two small, over-lookable nicks in its veneer. One, there is some amount of tongue slide, which is stopped by the centre lace-loop from going completely sideways. The second is the delicate matter of retail price. At $120, there’s a $10 mark-up over last year’s Ride 6. It would have been okay if it wasn’t for the newly released Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 at $100, which does make for an alluring distraction.
But, but. Let’s not ignore that the Saucony Ride 7 is packed to the gills with running shoe goodness. We do think our 1200 word ramble does a nifty job of covering all that, but just in case, we’ll give you the long and short of it. The Ride 7 is neutral cushioning excellence personified, distilled and packaged into 10 ounces of unboxed weight. One that is well cushioned but extremely lightweight. Ideal for long distance, speed work training too. Feels soft at lower speeds, with more than decent levels of plushness sewn in.
Thanks for the comment.
The Pegasus 31 is what we would suggest, much smoother transition from heel to midfoot.Though we’d like to throw in the upcoming Nike Zoom Elite 7 into the picture – we should be done with the review in the next 10 days. Same 8mm drop as the Ride 7 and lighter than Pegasus.
I would also nominate the new Hoka Clifton in the smooth-midfoot category. Seriously lighter than the Peg or Ride 7. My size 13s weigh in at an amazing 9.5 oz. Not enough miles on them yet to judge durability. The Clifton should put the Brooks PureFlow and PureCadence out of business. SoleReview, get your hands on some Cliftons. Would love to hear your take on them.
Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll try to squeeze that in sooner than later.
Haven’t tried any of the Hoka’s yet, so your comment has piqued our curiosity.
And you’ve piqued my curiosity with the Nike Zoom Elite 7, a shoe I’d given up on.
I’m really enjoying your site these days. Keep it up!
Your nomination, our review – the Clifton write-up is online now. Thanks for the suggestion!
Awesome awesome site!! Thank you very much for the in-depth reviews! Enjoyed reading them very much! I’m low arch footed, and looking at covering 20k everyday. Which would be best for me? Saucony 7, Lunarglide 6, Zoom Elite 7, Sonic Boost, Brooks Transcend or others?
Thank you for reading our reviews, and for the comment!
What shoes have you been using so far? A list or history of past likes and dislikes would help us give you some general pointers.
The current one I’m using is New Balance MX624AB3 cross trainer. I admit that I was pretty ignorant about choosing the best shoes for me until they really started to kill my feet! So from my limited experience, I’m seeking a pair whereby comfort and support for my low arch feet are paramount, and next down the list would be good grip, lightweight and springy. Thanks for the fast response!
Going by the information, the Lunarglide 6 seems like something you should try.
But this is just a general guideline. You’ll get to know whether these shoes work for you (or not) only when you start putting the miles on them. This is because every shoe work in different way for runners – because of variables like weight, foot-strike pattern, cadence, stride, overall body movement and running surfaces.
Yeah I understand. Will definitely keep note of my own pattern. Will have a try at the Lunarglide 6 and see how it goes from there. Thanks very much for the pointers and keep up the good work!
I love this site so much! Your review of this shoe is spot on.
As a heavier runner with two very different feet (which I guess many people have) I have been in everything ranging from the Triumph 9, Cumulus 13, Adrenaline14 , Guide7, Dyad 7… until I found the most perfect and beloved shoe (for me) – the Saucony Ride 7.
Its amazing “Ride” with providing adequate stability at a great blend of firm cushioning for me are just what I have been looking throughout my running shoe saga.
Well done SoleReview, and monster props to Saucony on the execution of this supreme trainer. (both of you keep up the great work!)
Thank you for the kind words, and the feedback on Ride 7. It is indeed an excellent shoe!
First I’d like to thank you for the wonderful job. You have the best reivews on the net. If I’m c the correct in term of heel softness you put first the Peg 31, than the Ghost 7 and this in the last place. Overall I think it’s a great shoes but I can’t understand why they use flat shoe laces with round eyelets. Some companies have started using flat eyelets, Saucony did this with the 6 but now they’ve returned to the round ones.
Thanks for the comment!
Yes, in order of heel softness, your summary is correct.
About the flat laces – it is a matter of personal preferences, we did not either like or dislike the flat laces over round. But you can always swap them with round ones :)
Thanks, where would you put the Supernova Glide Boost?
Between the Pegasus and Ghost.
Great site; great reviews!
Between the Ride 7 and the Peg 31, which would you say is more stable?
Thanks! We say the Ride 7.
I am a 52 yr old amateur runner.76kg and quite show at 6 min/km. I do 20-30 km/week in 6-10 km runs and always on hard surfaces (tarmac or hard soil).
I have been using vomero shoes until now (3, 6 and 8 right now, each one quite different…). Also NB 890v3 but I have quite a snug feeling with these. For trail I use mizuno cabrakan 5 with a good Sensation.
Now I want to change and have read on vomero 9 (does not seem an option ), gliceryn 12 (not after your review). So I am considering other options:
Saucony ride 7
Nike pegasus 31
Asics nimbus 16
More data on my feet, quite a wide forefoot and a bit high arch, so room is important.
What are your suggestions? Do not stick to my options, all possibilities are welcome.
Can’t think of anything else except the Nimbus 16 or Gel Evate (which uses the firmer Nimbus 14 sole).
Thanks for your answer. I meant which shoes you think will fit better to me.
It seems I will have to try all three and choose.
The Nimbus 16 might seem like a good fit, but as with every recommendation, this is only a general advice. Like you said, you’d have to try shoes to find out what works for you best.
I have previously loved the Ride (through last years 6) but this one caused me major blisters on the side of my foot. There is a stitched set of overlay’s that meet exactly where the widest part of my foot is on the side and these caused a blister and irritation (and pain!) in anything over 5 miles. Any ideas? There is a bump on the inside of my shoe where the two overlay’s meet and are stitched. Same side as big toe – on side where callus’s form. No one else is saying this so maybe I got a defective shoe? They are a great size for me – fit is just perfect and cushion is great.
It appears likely that you’ve got yourself a defective pair, and had a similar experience to what we had with our Triumph 9 a few years ago (see our review). Just return them, and get a new pair.
I have run in the Ride series since the Ride 5. Ran a marathon in the Ride6. I now can’t run two straight days in shoes with hard,low heel counters and I’m looking for a pair with good cushioning that’s also responsive for long distance and tempo runs to use in rotation. Would the Nike Lunarglide 6 fit the bill? I tried it on and it feels good but jogging very slowly in a small store is completely different than road running. I’m open to other suggestions as well.
* Due to an Achilles spur is why low, hard heel counters bother me.
Gotcha, replied above accordingly.
The Lunarglide 6 has a hard plastic heel clip, so there’s a slight risk it might not be what you’re looking for. By default, most regular neutral/support shoes come with internal heel stiffeners. If you want to avoid that feature completely, it’s worth having a look at the Saucony Kinvara, which has a pliable heel area.
Hi, I’m running 15km at least weekly, been wearing Nike Flyknit lunar 1+, recently I find my foot will easily feel pain (The pain part is always the outsole of the foot) with this pair of shoes when my run approaching 8km or 9km. So, I’m considering to buy another pair of running shoe which got more cushion, not sure should get either Saucony Ride 7 or Adidas Energy Boost 2.0 ESM now.
The pain is superficial (not deep and throbbing), focused on the outer edge of your foot, and goes away after 2-3 hours, correct?
It depends, sometimes it goes away after 2-3hours, sometimes will last for 3,4 days. But after I apply some pain relief cream and massage on it. The pain will take around another 2 days to go away.
Perhaps the Energy Boost 2 ESM is something you can look at. Not sure on the cause behind the pain, but if want more cushioning, then the Boost it is.
Sorry that I missed out your second question on the first reply. The pain is some kind like a tense inside the muscle of that part, when I using some energy from the foot of that part, then I can feel the pain, if I didn’t use the energy from that part, I hardly feel it. The Nike Flyknit actually fit my foot quite well. Sorry for asking another stupid question, Saucony Ride 7 and Energy Boost 2 ESM is actually kind like “same class” for running shoes right? Which is more focus on cushion and stability.
Hmm. might be worth getting it checked, we won’t hazard a guess when it comes to muscular pain.
Yes, the Saucony and Boost are in the same ‘neutral’ class. Pros for the Ride 7 are ventilation, price, and 10% lower weight, while the Boost cushioning/responsiveness levels are higher.
Hi, sure, I’ll have a detail check soon and really thanks for all the advices on the shoes!!!
You’re welcome! It’ll be great to hear your feedback once you’ve got a fix on your new shoes!
Hi, great site! I *used to be* a runner many years ago. Now I’m a HIIT and weights person. About 8 years ago (at 40) I was diagnosed with osteorarthritis. I kept going the best I could but now the knees no longer want to cooperate (and I think I may have also gotten a slight tear/injury to the medial ligament in my right knee). I’ve been lowered to doing the elliptical! Anyway, I thought with the knees (and a few minor foot and back issues) I should invest in a good pair of sneakers. I tried on the Saucony Ride 7 AND the Nike Vomero 9 (also looked up the Energy Boost 2 EMS based on some of your comments). I love the arch support in the Vomero and was determined to get it until I saw your review. So I’d like your opinion on which shoe might work for someone who is NOT a runner but wants a good sneaker for bad knees. Should I go for an entirely different shoe since I’m doing more cardio / HIIT/ crosstraining rather than running?
Hi, thank you for the comment!
Not exactly sure (and will not hazard a guess too) which shoe will work for your knees because it depends solely on the nature of injury – general guideline is to stick to a shoe which is stable in heel and forefoot, lower to the ground and has a decent outsole grip without being very sticky (read as soft or gum rubber).
Throw the cardio, HIIT and cross training in, and what we’ve described above applies here too. We believe something from Nike or UA’s women’s training line might be up your alley. This will be some work, but worth going to these stores and trying a few women’s training shoes specifically meant for HIIT sessions.
I liked the inside arch support of the Vomero 9 (which is the only Vomero I’ve ever tried) but saw that you were not a fan of the Vomero 9 (and I can’t find any place that has the Vomero 3 4 or 5). If I could find the Vomero 6 7 or 8, which would be your choice for a person with arthritic knees (and bunions on both feet as well)? Or would you say to stick with the Saucony Ride 7 or Adidas Energy Boost 2 EMS? (Or is the EMS “too much shoe” for someone who is not going to be running?)
Thank you so much for all the help. This site rocks!
We wouldn’t recommend buying older examples of the Vomero, since age takes its toll even on unused shoes.
If you’ve got bunions, it may perhaps be a good idea to stay away from the snugger Energy Boosts. Out of the two options you’ve mentioned, the roomier Saucony Ride 7 is a better choice.
That said, isn’t the best shoes for HIIT session with multi-directional movements. Also wanted to point out that running shoes tend to leave marks on hardwood – just in case that is one of the gym surfaces you’ll be using.
The overall rating is not 9,5 but 9,2
Our ratings are weighted averages and not simple averages. Our score of 9.5 is correct.
which shoe is better : brooks ghost 7 or Saucony Ride 7 ?
Can you be a little more specific – what exactly are you looking for in a shoe?
Hi , im looking for my first marathon shoes , im 80 Kg ,neutral/pronator, 1.70mts tall and i run in 6.45 min/Km pace , im in doubt to buy Saucony ride 7 or Saucony Triumph 11 whats your advice ? Thanks in advance
We haven’t tested the Triumph 11 (we’re waiting for the Triumph to be launched next month), but the Saucony Ride 7 is a good choice too.
Dang, I thought I’d finally found the shoe for me until I read, “Under arch support is so-so; If this happens to rank
high on your list of pre-purchase check-list, try the Ride 7 to see how
it fits in the arch area before swiping that Visa, Amex or whatever card
calls your wallet home.”
I have seriously high arches and wear custom built orthotics in my daily footwear. Really I should wear these in my running shoes too but I find them uncomfortable and energy sapping when I do so. I’ve been wearing Asics gel Cumulus for a while, currently still on the 15, but I’m not entirely convinced. Can you recommend another shoe for me? I get a lot of injuries.
You could try something out of the following list. Most of the arch support comes from the upper in these shoes.
In descending order of high support to low:
a) Nike Lunareclipse 4
b) Nike Lunarglide 6
c) Brooks Transcend
d) Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14
Hope this helps, and we look forward to your opinion after wearing them at the store.
Nice review. Bought the fast color (red/orange) after reading your review. Just wondering if your summary table’s various ranking is weighted. The math doesn’t seem to add up. Noticed it after comparing the 9.5 vs 9.4 of the Pegasus 31. Can you help me understand?
Good catch, and since this question has been asked multiple times, all new reviews will have a small note explaining this.
We’ve called this out in yesterday’s adidas Response Boost review, please scroll to the bottom:
Hope this helps!
Got it. Thanks. That makes sense. Bought the Ride 7 to replace Sketchers Ultras that are wearing out since I run mainly on pavement when it’s cool (Houston) and on treadmills otherwise.
Hello, your blog is fantastic. Can you help? I’m a supinator 86kg size 14us with neutral gait. I’m looking at either ghost 7 or ride 7. Looking for comfort, flexibility and durability.
We’d put our money on the Ride 7.
Wow, can I start off saying that I’ve done a lot of research on shoes, and this site has been the most helpful by far?
I’m trying to find a new shoe. I’m a fore foot striker and a supinator and wear through shoes very quickly. The purple shoe below are the Glycerin 12s. I’ve had them for a little under 2 months and have put roughly 250 miles on them. (The pink pair is the Ghost 6s, I wore them 2 pairs of shoes ago for roughly 2 1/2 – 3 months to show wear comparison). I also seem prone to shin splints.
The last shoe I ran in before the Glycerins were the ASIC Nimbus 15, the wear was very improved, but they hurt my feet so much I couldn’t bear to run in them.
I was considering the Ghosts 6 or 7 (but after reading your review on the 7, I’m not so sure), Mizuno Wave, and after this review – the Saucony Ride. Curious about your suggestions?
Glycerins.. sorry it seems the pictures won’t attach
Hi, thank you for the comment and sharing your experience (and images) with the Glycerin 12. You’e got some heavy wear in the forefoot!
If you’re coming from a Glycerin 12, the Ghost 7 isn’t going to be that different. The Ghost 6 is a shoe which we rate highly, and the wide forefoot of the Ride 7 might be something which suits your footstrike pattern. From a durability perspective, the Pegasus 31 should fare better than the Ride and Ghost, both of which use blown (soft) rubber under the forefoot. The Pegasus uses a harder rubber compound.
So to cut a long story short, you could look at the Ride 7, Ghost 6 and Pegasus 31 as potential options.
Thank you so much! I am going to go try on some today to see what feels most comfortable. I don’t know if you have any other recommendations? And your opinions on the Saucony Kinvaras and Nike Zoom Elites?
People seem to have conflicting ideas on which shoe is best for a forefoot strike.
And will Pegasus’s be able to withstand high mileage and speed? (Not racing, but interval workouts and such?) (And my average pace for long runs seems to be around 8:30ish range give or take depending on the day?)
I feel like Nikes have always gotten a bad rap for running shoes, but the more I see, the more it looks like I’ve been mislead.
You’re welcome. Did not recommend the Kinvara 5 looking at the wear on Glycerin 12’s forefoot, since the lack of rubber+your footstrike pattern will shred the K-5 very soon.
Yes, the recent Nikes have improved a lot. The Elite has a much firmer forefoot with durability equal to that of Pegasus. It is just that the latter is soft, a little similar to Glycerin so that’s why we put that in the list. But if we had to choose a shoe from an interval running perspective, the Elite 7 would make the cut because of its firmness up front – something which we prefer for doing higher speeds on.
Just thought I’d say that I went with the Pegasus 31s, and after a long run today w/ a slight pickup and sets of sprints at the end I’m very happy. The shoes are very comfortable and lightweight. There seems to be enough cushion because my shins and knees don’t bother me. Thank you so much for all your help! You knowledge of all these shoes is amazing!
Thanks for coming back and sharing your initial ownership experience, and glad to hear the shoes seem to be working out for you!
I thought I was the only person in the world to have a wear pattern like this. I destroyed my ghosts in a few months also. Now trying out the ride 7. I also have kinvara 3s for races which are tougher than you think, and virratas which I love but the wear rate is scary!
How did your ride 7’s turn out for you? I plan on buying another pair of Pegasus 31s because they seem to be the best fit, but I’ve always wanted to try the Ride 7
Hello! I’m currently running in the Adidas Supernova Glide 6 for about a while now. I am looking for a second pair of shoes to be a substitute for it. I found that the Ride 7 has obtained great reviews overall.
I would like to know if there is any particular difference if I were to run on the Ride 7s when I am already been using the Glide 6. Thank you.
The Boost feels a bit more responsive in cushioning, while the Ride 7 feels a bit more softer, yet stable. Two very different shoes though.
Ah, this was what I was concerned that they are both different from one another.
I usually run about 5 km about 2-3 days per week and found that the Glides were pretty responsive with the Boost material and the cushioning doesn’t make it painful at all.
Since they are both different, will I be losing cushioning when it comes to the Ride 7 (hence, making it slightly more uncomfortable) or is there any other effect that will occur?
The Ride 7 is far from being uncomfortable, it just feels different from a Glide Boost, that’s all. Otherwise no issues at all.
Hi.. I currently own Nike’s Lunarglide 5 pair, and i find them too much soft, unresponsive and a bit difficult to perform sprints. Also, i don’t strike my heel too much. I think i land mid foot.
Will i favor Saucony Ride 7 or Kinvara 5 more to Lunarglides?
Thanks in advance.
You could try the Kinvara 5 and Adidas Supernova Glide Boost.
I currently run in Adidas Boost trainers however since buying them I
seem to be having problems with pain in my calves and shins. I never had this
problem when I had my Saucony Progrid Guide 5’s. I’m therefore thinking of
buying the Saucony Ride 7’s as a replacement
for my Boosts. What would be your thoughts?
While we can’t be sure of the exact reason why you’re having problems, the Ride 7 could potentially work for you based on your favorable history with Guide 5. While they are softer than the Guide, the midsole is firmer than the Boost which could possibly sort things out.
That said, shoe behavior vs. individual running form is a complex variable. Trying the shoes on is he only way to find out whether they work for you (or not).
Hi there – marvellous site! Good to see there are plenty of folks with a (healthy?) addiction to running shoes – I just wish I had more space, more cash and more years…
This shoe looks exactly what I need as I am training for my first marathon at 48 years old, which should be a laugh! I just invested in some of those Adidas Energy boost (thanks for the review they are very nice but a bit pricey), but I want to swap my shoes around to reduce the chance of injury (so I read!) so as you also highly recommend these I would like to try on a pair. There comes the problemo – I live in Hong Kong and I can’t find a distributor. Looked on the Saucony website and nothing. Being the ultimate running footwear fetishists, I don’t suppose you would know anyone at Saucony that might point me in the right direction? I bought running shoes online before and it just didn’t work with sizing…
Hong Kong has a fairly large running community so I’m surprised that Saucony aren’t out here, especially such a highly rated brand (that I’d love to try!).
Keep up the great work!
Ah, Saucony and Hong Kong… a couple of years ago, we wear-tested the Kinvara 3 on the pavements of HK (during a brief visit) and immediately got a few questions on where did we buy them. Unfortunately, Saucony was not available then, and still not yet there – yet. From what we gather, there were plans of getting a distributor there last year, but that seems to have fallen through the cracks. As of now, you have a few alternatives, and all of them require either shipping from overseas(mail or carried by a friend) or personal travel:
a) ABC mart in Japan is the distributor for Saucony, but they don’t ship outside of that country.
b) Royal sporting House in Singapore is not listed on the Saucony website, but they sell them.
c) The last option is to order them from US directly through a service like myus or shipto, shipping being the extra cost.
Thanks for the reply – I guess I will have completed the marathon before Saucony set up shop in HK (though that’s not a given at the current rate of training!!). So, with the Ride 7 off my ‘menu’ I went out in search of some Peggies as per your other top recommendation. I was in a shop trying them out and I came across the shoe that makes your blood boil – the Nike Vomero 9. They were on sale (10 coming out as you predicted?) and I have to say they were so damned comfortable that I couldn’t help myself and I bought them (with my heart – my brain was telling me not to as it couldn’t help but remember the slagging off you gave them). I’ll keep you updated as to how I get on with them… I suppose I’ll still get the Saucony’s when they eventually ‘Ride 7’ into town even if the kids have to go without food for a couple of days… Have a good Sunday!
The Vomero 9 isn’t a bad shoe at all, just that we were frustrated with the sameness for last three years! Enjoy your runs in them, though they will run a bit warm, especially when you transition into humid Hong Kong summer next year – you’re good for now.
Hopefully Saucony should be in HK soon!
I have 3 trial in this week for 5km+ in every trial after buying Ride 7 from RSH Singapore. An excellent shoes. D-width is fine to me. I bought a pr of Guide 6 with 2E width in last year and the good feeling of Saucony Running Shoes steal m heart from New Balance.
Ride 7 or Pegasus 31? I land hard when i run, mainly on mid foot sometimes heel. I under pronate when i run although I have low arches.
We’d choose the Ride 7, it’s got a wider flare under forefoot and heel vs the Pegasus. Great for forefoot striking.
Those spiders look scary!
Breathable running neutrals are far and between (leaving the Ride 7 out), but the Adidas Supernova Glide Boost is a good option to consider.
The Lunaracer 3, Adidas Boston 5 and Nike Zoom Streak 5 are good breathable sorts, but all of them snugger and focused towards fast paced running.
I live and (usually) run on Lamma Island. There used to be lots of trails but the hong kong addiction to hard grey stuff got the better of the planning folks and they concreted them all over, so only a couple of true trails left… Still nice running though even on the paths, especially now November is approaching – best weather! The spiders aren’t particularly poisonous, just running into webs doesn’t give you that warm cozy feeling…
Finding larger Glide Boost in Honkers is a challenge and although I’m only a size 11 US so not exactly Sasquatch, they are difficult to find as I looked for them before I bought the Energy 2 ESMs (based on your reviews and that of runners world). Zoom Streaks I couldn’t find here in my size in the usual places and the Bostons are a bit tight for my feet and besides, fast pace is something I’m looking at doing in my next reincarnation… Maybe they’ll have a Saucony shop in Hong Kong by then!!
I should get some therapy and not buy any more shoes anyway… I’ll still read your reviews:)
Thanks for the advice and the banter!
Will try and visit Lamma Island next time. Always seen it on ferry way out to the Chinese mainland, but never stopped by. Some of the running paths look picturesque on tripadvisor!
A little surprised to hear that US 11 is a challenge, usually tourist hotspots like the Fa Yuen street (Mongkok) have them, there are now two Mega Adidas stores there. But then, you live there so you would know far better.
Hopefully Saucony should land up there soon. They also have a huge opportunity in their lifestyle sneaker business, which the Cantonese have an affinity for. Will post here if we hear something about Saucony in Hong Kong – though it is likely you’ll know about it first, considering you are just a 20 minute ferry hop away.
Hi – I have just come across your reviews (which are fantastic) after seeking to replace my lunar eclipses after injuring my achilles in the lead up to the Melbourne Marathon (It was so bad I couldn’t start). I purchased a new pair of lunar eclipse 4 however the forefoot flexibility is basically non existant putting additional strain on my achilles. Would you recommend the saucony ride 7 as a replacement? Many thanks. Very informative reviews!
Thank you for the comment, and sorry for the slightly delayed response.
Not sure if the Ride 7 is a remedy for sore Achilles, but it flexes better than the Eclipse. You could also try the Guide 7 (8 is out too, but haven’t tested it yet)
Hi, excellent reviews. I own a pair of Asics nimbus 15. I am satisfied from nimbus but i want to try something else. I am between Adidas supernova glide 6 and Saucony ride 7. I am 1.77m, 72kg, 28 years. The biggest distance i run is semi-marathons at a pace of 5:20 min/km. What would you suggest?
Actually either of them will do just fine.
We’re biased towards the Ride 7 because of its all round performance, but the Boost midsole rides great too.
Hi, Superb review.. I am beginner and got moderate high arch and wide foot. I am thinking of considering one of below. Your recommendation highly appreciated.
New balance 1080V4
Soucony Ride 7
Asics Nimbus 16. Pls suggest
Thanks for the comment!
Haven’t tried the 1080 V4, so can’t offer an opinion on those. Out of the remaining two choices you’ve listed, we’ll choose the Ride 7.
Check out the Pegasus 31 as well. My foot is also a little wide but they are soft and flexible and feel good on my foot.
First of all, both your site and reviews are incredible. Thank you.
I am looking for an alternate to my current Kinvara 2’s. Something with a bit more cushioning that will handle long runs and speed work. I like the fit and feel of the Kinvaras and the roomy toe box. I have tried the NB Zante Freshfoam (too narrow) and Hoka Cliftons (too plush). I am now considering the following.
– Kinvara 5
– Ride 7
Any advice or further suggestions?
Thank you for the comment, Jason.
Both shoes will do for you, with Kinvara 5 being more likely to be a better fit. It is softer than previous versions, and the forefoot’s opened up a bit. If you need some more cushioning, also consider the 4mm drop Nike Lunar Launch.
Have a feeling you’ll like the Pegasus 31 better than ZE7.
I decided to buy the P31’s and they are the best shoes that I have owned. Incredibly comfortable. Thanks again.
Glad to hear you like them, happy runs!
Great reviews guys, thanks.
How waterproof are the Ride 7 ?
Not waterproof at all.
Hi…Nice review…So i need some advice from you…I’m runner forefoot ,supinator(underpronation) 41 years old 183 cm(6 inch) ,82 kg(176 lbs)..wide foot high /normal arch…marathon runner ( 3:20 marathon, 1:29 half maraton )…I started running 3 years ago with brooks glicerin. After one year i change running shoes with brooks ghost 4, after 5, and at the end brooks ghost 6. This year I wanted somethng new, so I bought brooks pure connect 3 and I’m satisfied with them,but i can’t run with them more than halfmaraton…My plan is to run in 2015 sub 3:10 marathon but I need some running shoes for long distance…maybe Soucony ride 7 ?
What is your opinion?…i would like runnig shoes with 8 or 4 mm drop , less than 300 g with nice cushioning and response…any sugestions ?
Saucony Ride 7 fits in under 300 grams, and seems to be a good choice. If you’re willing to make some concessions on weight, then also consider the Pegasus 31. It should weigh less than 300 gms if your shoe size is US 10 or below (we weigh our shoes at US 11).
Also thinking of the newly released Saucony Triumph ISO, but won’t have concrete details to share till we review the shoe sometime next week.
Great review! Question. I have a neutral gait, and for the past two years I have worn a neutral cushioned shoe. All of them have had 10 or 12mm drops. I have also tried insoles. I tend to strike midfoot. Yet, after getting around ~500 miles in the pegasus 30, the ghost 7, wave rider 15, the shin splints on the inside of my shins remain with varied pain depending on the intensity of my runs that week (usually around 15 miles a week). I would consider myself a beginner runner, but Marine Corps Officer Programs keep me on the move- whether it be with distance or speed. For my next purchase I am looking at the ride 7, cumulus 16, wave rider 18, and pegasus 31. What would you all recommend considering my past experience? I apologize for the wordiness. I can’t wait to read your next reviews!
Also, After trying on the above said shoes, the cumulus and ride 7 really caught my interest. I side with the cumulus due to its extreme neutrality and good cushioning. I honestly that the ride 7 felt even better, but I noticed among all the great cushiony goodness, that it pushed my foot to the outside, as if it had support for an over-pronator. Could that be as simple as an unbroken-in shoe for someone who heel strikes? I am curious to try it but I don’t want to invest in a shoe that might worsen my shin pain by having too much unnecessary support. Thank you!
Thank you for the comment. Sorry for the slightly delayed response, as there was some frantic behind the scenes going on the past few days!
Can’t say what’s causing your medial splints, it might or might not be because of the shoes. What is the surface you run on, and what kind of conditioning routine is part of your training?
You’re right in pointing out the outer bias of the Ride 7. You’d be surprised to know how many ‘neutral’ shoes do that, including the Pegasus 31 and Nimbus 16. The difference between a pronation control and neutral shoe is just the extent of bias. It is definitely not something which will disappear with break-in.
Also spot-on with your observation of the Cumulus, it is the ‘neutral-est’ of the lot. And hence the safest, though a bit heavy.
Thanks for letting me know! My knowledge seems to grow everyday. Do you have any other recommendations besides the cumulus that is a strictly neutral shoe without any outer/inner bias? I have yet to find one. I imagine the amount I run on concrete also contributes to the shin splints, so I have been making a concerted effort to run more on grass or at least blacktop. Thank you for the help!
The new Saucony Triumph ISO is relatively unbiased, along with Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 and Skechers GoRun Ride 3 and 4.
I have been running in ASICS Cumulus for the past several years, although the amount of running has been minimal. This year, I have upped my running but have a problem with a plantar fibroma (large lump basically) in the arch of my right foot. I find that the amount that the Cumulus comes in with its curved last is enough to press up against the fibroma. It isn’t painful, but distracting. I am looking for a shoe with a little more room in the mid foot area. I tried on the Saucony Triumph ISO today and it feels like it might work, but I didn’t think to try on the Ride 7. Does the 7 also have a little more room in the arch/midfoot compared to the Cumulus?
Yes, the Ride 7 has more space than both the Triumph ISO and Cumulus. The Skecher’s GoRun 3 and 4 also have (GRR 3 more than 4) fairly roomy midfoot areas.
Great review guys, thank you for the precious info.
I have one question though: i am supinator and i always try to avoid any sort of inner medial support which aggravates my supination. Ive noticed they have eliminated the shank that was in the 6th version but now the inner mid sole is absolutely HUGE. It causes the foot to roll outwards which is terrible for people like me.
All the companies now seem to be fixated with correcting over pronation and many shoes have bulky inner midsoles. Neutral runners with slight supination are often left in a limbo and cannot really find a shoe that will suit them. The only shoes that somewhat helped me were the pegs 30, but now the 31 version is just not the same.
What would you recommend for people like me? I looked at the supernova 6 from adidas and they seem OK, any other suggestions?
Greetings from Italy
The new Triumph ISO is more neutral than the Ride 7, so that’s an option. Also consider the Supernova Glide 6 Boost (your choice), and Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2, those are fairly unbiased too.
Great review! I currently have the Saucony Triumph 10 and have been looking for a lighter trainer. I have been looking at the Nike Air Zoom Elite 7, Saucony Ride 7, and the Saucony Kinvara 5’s and was wondering what you would suggest. The Ride seems most similar to the Triumph, how would you compare the two? Thanks!
We would suggest the Ride 7.
Haven’t tried the T-10, but can offer a comparison with the new Triumph ISO. The Ride has a better cushioning rebound, breathes better and is lighter too – you should like them.
Have you ever been offered or accepted money to “doctor” a review OR been threatened by a company after trashing a shoe?
Nope, never in either case. We buy all of our shoes (except for two free pairs this year), and our opinions are entirely our own.
Out of curiosity, what two pairs were donated to you guys?
One of the Nike Lunarglide 6 pairs used in the review (we bought the 2nd pair, though) and Nike Lunar Launch. Both given by one of Nike’s PR agencies. No more shoes after that.
Thank you so much for your work!
At the moment I’m using Lunarglide, but I’m not very happy with them, they are kind of “dead”, not so much responsive. I was wondering to change them with the ride 7 or kinvara 5, I run 20sh kl per week at 7 min/kl, which you’d suggest?
Another thing, I use US 11.5 with Lunarglide, do the others have the same fit?
I’m asking because I have to buy on internet, no shops nearby…
Hi, thank you for the question!
Compared to the Lunarglide 6,
a) The Ride 7 has a slightly more relaxed fit in forefoot and heel, but sizing in length will be the same.
b) Kinvara 5 has a more relaxed forefoot fit than both the Lunarglide and Ride, but the toe tip is shallow, making it feel a half size smaller. But we will still recommend to buy the same size.
Hi, great blog and reviews. I normally run in NB890v4 and before that the NB Minimus. Am I going to be catching my heel all the time trying to forefoot/midfoot strike in the Ride 7s? I wasn’t concerned but then saw all the promotional videos seem to have designers talking about the heel strike and then shots of people running with heel crashing going on! I’m starting to think I should of ordered the Kinvaras..
If you’re doing ok with the 890 V4, don’t see how the Ride 7 would pose an issue.
Promotional videos focus on heel strikers because that’s what the majority of runners are – and it’s easier to say things like ‘smooth transitions from heel to toe’ instead of the other way around, which would be less glamorous and marketable :)
However, there’s a bunch of new Saucony shoes headed this spring, so wait up a while.
hi, thanks for the great reply. Just received the Ride 7s and I can see they are fairly similar to the 890v4. I’m intrigued to try the Kinvara 5 now though, so they are on order too. Point taken about upcoming updates but both pairs of my 890s are at end of life and I have lots of training between now and Spring. Keep up the good work :)
You’re welcome. We think the Ride 7 will work out for you just fine!
Hello, please could you tell me the current most cushioned shoe to buy? I’d like the least impact on my knees. Thanks a lot, S
I have been using asics cumulus for 4 years, changed to the kanyo, but I have problems enjoying the run after 10 km’s. I run 3x’s 20 km a week, is the saucony ride 7 a good bet? Or would I be better with the Brooks Ghost
Can you describe in detail what is it you liked about the Cumulus? This might help us narrow down some options.
The front foot cushion I find great as I like to run more on the front foot. On a long distance its nice to still have that spring effect and comfort
If you like forefoot responsiveness, the Ride 7 will feel better than the Ghost. Also consider the Nike Vomero 9, which has a forefoot Zoom Air bag to make things snappy.
Hi,I have been running in Asics 2170’s for a few years and they have finally worn out. Will the saucony Ride be a suitable shoe for me? I am hoping to start training for my first marathon this year, having completed a Half in 2014 but having a few niggling Achilles issues and lateral hip pain which I think can be accounted for trying to run in Nike Flex 2’s! Also looking at Mizuno Wave Rider
If you like the mix of cushioning and support of the 2170, then within Asics either the older generation Kayano 20 (of 2013 vintage and available at discounts) or the new GT 2000 3 might be something you’d want to look at.
The Ride is a great shoe, but also consider the Guide 8 (a firmer version of Ride. And have you tried Mizunos before? They run quite firm, quite unlike other brands. If you’re used to Mizunos, then the Wave Rider 18 is a great shoe too.
Hi guys, awesome review, lots of unbiased info to digest! I am a neutral runner used to Asics Nimbus (have been using the 13/14 during the last couple of years) and want to try something different. My weight is 83 kg. Now training for a full marathon, Would the Saucony’s work for me? I was planning to get the Numbus 16 but after reading your review I am not so sure…thanks for your help!
Actually, if you were running in the Nimbus 14, then the Nimbus 16 is closer to it than the much softer 15. So no reason to ditch Asics unless it is a matter of personal choice.
Ride 7 is a great shoe and they should work for your training. Compared to 2012 Nimbus 14, 10% lighter, better forefoot plant, higher level of cushioning and breathable too.
Hi i have been wearing asics 2160 for a long time until the outsole wore off recently. Looking for a durable, and soft cushioning shoes as my next one. looking for smthing lighter than 2160. narrowed down to ride 7, air pegasus 31(saw good reviews on it) and new balance 870v3 (for the aesthetics partly). which will be more suitable for me? kinda avoiding the gt 2000 as i heard that they are significantly different from 2160. Thank you.
Hi – durable and soft would be the Pegasus 31. Which GT-2000 have you tried? The latest version GT-2000 3 is softer than GT-2000 2.
Hi.. Very nice review!
I own a pair of Mizuno Hitogami for doing fast 5km and 10 km races races . I love the Hitogami very much, especially for mid ranges, cause they are very fast and cushioning! I am thinking of buying another pair of shoes that are stable and cushion, for the regular weekly practices (25-30 miles/week) and I was thinking of buying a second pair of Hitogami. Nevertheless, after reading some reviews for the Saucony Guide 7 I am starting to think of buying them instead of Hitogami, as a training shoe. Nevertheless, I read some reviews in other sites that are VERY BAD (making blisters etc.)! What do you think? Should I buy Ride 7 for my regular weekly training? (I am training for a half marathon in 3 months time and will have some 10k races in between)..Also, is Ride 7 a shoe to run a half or a full Marathon?
Hi – sorry for the delayed response. If you’re already into Mizuno’s, why not buy the Sayonara 2? It’s got a little more structure than the Hitogami.
The Ride 7 and Guide 7/8 (firmer than Ride 7) will do ok for marathon training, but if you can get your hands on a New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, nothing like it. It has all the lightweight cushioning you need!
After reading good reviews on this shoe and it being on sale, I headed down to my local store keen on purchasing a pair. They just didn’t do enough for me. Yes they are better than the Ride 6 but the forefoot just didn’t have enough cushioning or support for me. There was just too much flex in the forefoot and they were too soft. Long time Nimbus user, I just bought a pair of Ghost 6. I would take a nimbus or ghost over these….
Well, not every shoe works universally. It boils down to subjective preferences, that’s what it really is.
Rather new runner here, started 4 months ago. I just returned from the local specialized running shop and after some video analysis and testing it was between these and the New Balance 880v4. Difficult decision since I never really tried and tested multiple shoes. In the end I went with the 880’s, they felt more cushioned and the stride was more fluent for me.
However I did love the ride 7, they felt closer to the ground, enough cushioning and a nice roomy toe box. Absolutely loved the looks aswell (especially compared to the boring blue/white 880’s I got…but hey…functionality!).
Thanks for the feedback! Haven’t tested the 880’s yet, waiting for the V5 to drop this summer.
Great review, thanks.
I am training for a marathon and looking to replace my Saucony Jazz 16’s. Would these be the best replacement?
I have had no problems with the Jazz and have been looking at these. I am new to running, weight 106 kg and the Jazz were recommended by running shop.
Also would you suggest going with the GTX – waterproof version or the standard ones?
Thanks for your help.
Haven’t wear-tested the Jazz 16’s so don’t have any idea how they ride. However, the Ride 7 is from the same category – and on paper both seem matched on many areas, so worth a try.
GTX versions are only useful if you’re running in damp and cold weather.
Thanks for the reply, much appreciated. Running through quite a few puddles or when rains here in the UK, so tempted by the GTX but people have said will cause feet to sweat too much so a bit unsure.
I think your review of the Ride 7 has convinced me its the right update for my Jazz though, thanks.
Yes, any kind of water proof lining makes the shoe warmer, that’s for sure.
Would look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Ride 7 once you buy them, and how they compare to Jazz 16.
J Marathon, please let us know. Your opinion will be appreciated as I am thinking about moving from Jazz 16 to Ride 7 as well.
Great review. Just a quick question. I come from Jazz 16 and was extremely happy.
If I try these Ride 6, should I ask the same size as Jazz 16?
We haven’t worn the Jazz 16, so can’t say about the sizing. One of our readers posted a comment which had a similar question, so you could reply to that comment just below and ask.
HI, great review, I’m currently running in Mizuno WR17’s been in mizuno sine WR15, but with each release they seem to have got a much firmer ride. I find these great for Half Marathon distance, but in training for Marathon I’m finding them too hard, lots of people have recommended the ride 7, but have also had mentioned Kinvaro 5,Sayonara 2 & Paradox, I’m looking for something with a little more cushioning in the forefoot, fit of WR has been great although the height of the back of the shoe seems to have crept up which on the 17’s wasn’t that comfortable, any thoughts which would give me that balance of cushioning while maintaining a good fit, thanks
Have you tried the WR-18? We say that because we haven’t reviewed the WR-17, which makes offering recommendation advice (based on your criteria) difficult. If you’re okay, we can use the WR-18 as a reference point. Would that work?
Hi, I have had a problem with my calm and ITB over the last 6-8 months. After a lot of physio and rest it has finally started to get better. I recently saw a podiatrist who told me I was advised the wrong running shoes a couple of years ago. I had the Brooks Trance 9’s and ran 3-4 times a week only 5-10km. The podiatrist thought this was what caused the discomfort and pain and has told me to throw them away and buy some neutral shoes which don’t throw my foot out. Would the ride 7 be a good choice? If not, what would you recommend? I run on a mix of road and public footpath. Thanks
In the stable neutral category, the Ride 7 is a good option, though we would recommend a model like the adidas Supernova Glide 6 (or 7) Boost.
Hi, great review… Would the Ride 7 work for a bigger runner? I’m 6’1″, 210lbs.
They should, and you can try shoes like the Asics Nimbus 16 and New Balance 1080 V5. See what fits and feels best.
Thanks… I get confused when I go to online shoe stores and they talk about neutral and neutral+ shoes. Their recommendation is that I go with a neutral+ shoe, such as the Saucony Triumph line. But your review rates the Ride superior to the Triumph in terms of cushion. So I figure I should be okay going with the Ride.
Our review, like any other, is a point of view, and yours might differ. Just give both a try and see what feels better.
Yes, buying shoes is probably one of the most confusing things one has to deal with. We’ve reviewed close to 100 shoes the past year, and we still feel we’ve just scratched the surface.
Good job for your review!
I hope you can solve my dilemma here. Im a neutral runny (at least what run analysis) told me. Slight over pronation but still can go for neutral shoes. Im currently doing half marathon and run 4-5 times a week. purchased Asics Kayano 21 month ago and everyone been telling me they are great.
Mostly i use forefronts when running but after an hour tend to land slightly more on my heels. For 2 weeks i experience noticeable soreness on my heels and wondering whether caused by cushioning from kayano 21. I know they are already soft. Do you think Saucony Ride 7 can help
me or im missing something here?
Thank you for the comment. Can’t say for certain what’s causing your heel soreness; perhaps a good idea to get it checked by a physio or doctor. Once you have a diagnosis, shoe shopping should be easier – as you know what exactly you’re seeking in a shoe.
Thank you for the review! Very thorough! I’m shopping for a new pair of track shoes for my 13 year old daughter. During cross country she had a pair of Ride 6 she loved. She developed hip aphophysitis over the course of the season and took the winter off from running. Now she’s in track conditioning and having problems again and back to sitting out, her doctor advised she can return to running next week but to avoid hard surfaces, which here in Ohio is hard to avoid since the ground is covered in snow. Could a more cushioned pair of running shoes make a difference for her?
Thank you for the comment!
Cushioned shoes might feel more comfortable to run in, but hard to say whether it actually benefits recovery.
Might be a good idea to check with the doctor again – he/she might be able to offer a better opinion based on professional insights and experience with other athletes.
This site is fantastic. I just discovered it a few days ago as I started researching for new running shoes and I’ve been reading reviews non-stop for almost a week! Super informative with great photos, it’s an absolute pleasure to read.
Anyway, I want to ask for a bit of advice and if you guys took the time to answer I would greatly appreciate it.
I am a casual runner and have been using a pair of Vomero 3s and Skylons in tandem for about… 5 years. I was really happy with both of them and as I only wear them when I go running they lasted for quite a bit. Now that both pairs have started to really fall apart I started browsing for new shoes again. To my disappointment, Skylon is defunct and Vomero doesn’t look or feel anything like my old 3s.
I decided getting a pair of Pegasus 31s and I am leaning toward Saucony Ride 7 for my second pair based on your reviews. I only ever used Nikes for my running up to now, but I feel this is a good time for a change.
Would you say that the Pegasus 31 and Ride 7 are the right replacement for my old Skylon and Vomero 3?
Thanks in advance!
Thank you for the super nice comment!
You could look at the new Vomero 10 which drops first week April (we haven’t tested them yet, but the changes look significant) or the Asics Gel Nimbus 17 (not 16) in case you’re looking for a very soft, cushioned shoe to replace your Vomero.
The Pegasus 31 can also be considered as an option to substitute your Vomero 3, but it is very different in how it rides.
For your second shoe, also fit try the Under Armour Speedform Gemini – excellent shoe, and does everything well except for forefoot space.
All this said, neither of these shoes are exact-match replacements for the Vomero 3 and Skylon (we’re assuming version 11). A lot of water has flown down the bridge, so those shoes were from a different time and place.
Thanks for the reply!
I’ll keep an eye for the new Nimbus when it comes out but I’ll probably make my purchase before it arrives (I also suppose first week of April refers to the U.S., but I live in Greece and they’ll probably arrive even later).
I’ll also try the Under Armor but, do you think it’s better than the Ride 7?
By the way, the Skylon I have is the one in the picture. Why did they discontinue the line? I loved that shoe.
Nike tends to release at similar times globally, so the Vomero 10 should be in Greece sooner than later.
Thanks for the picture share! That was one very good shoe. Moral of story – if you love a particular shoe, grab at least 3 pairs so that they last for a few years :)
My first purchase strongly based on a Solereview review. Excellent first impressions. Just gave the shoes their first ride, and they perform as promised. Thank you!
So happy to hear that, thank you for the nice comment! You’re welcome!
Hi. Would these be good enough in terms of cushioning, toe box, heel fitting and breathability for a 150 mile road run? Its a toss between these or the Triumph ISO.
No saying which shoe will score in a super ultra, but on the face of it, the ISO seems a better choice. Roomier toe-box, plenty of cushioning and overall better upper fit.
Great review and it’s inspired me to (today) buy a pair. It was a toss up between the Ride 7’s and Brooks’s Ghost 7’s (I tried a pair of nicely-‘squishy’ Ghost 7’s on in store yesterday). I’m currently sporting a pair of Mizuno Wave Enigma 2’s that are probably past their use by date! I’ve just started to get back in to my running after a good 18-24month absence, mainly 5k/10k and half marathon distances at present – not competitively, just for my own amusement!
As a very much amateur runner, I find this site incredibly valuable due to nicely detailed explanations which on other sites are missing (presumably with the expectation that experienced runners know all the terminology without further elaboration).
Fantastic stuff – may you long keep it up!
Thank you for the kind comment, and wish you great runs on the Ride 7 – let us know how it goes for you!
We’ll keep those reviews comin’ :)
Hi. Thank you for your great reviews!
I have not read through all the comments on this shoe, so please excuse me if I am repeating a question already asked.
I am currently training for my second comrades marathon in South Africa, which is a 89km ultra marathon. During the training I will be running a 56km ultra marathon, along with multiple marathons and half marathons.
I have been running in Asics which are due to be replaced. After this review I am tempted to try something new. Are these shoes suitable for ultra marathons?
Hi – none of the shoes tested on solereview have been subjected to an ultra, so the same goes for the Ride 7 – can’t speak from experience on how these perform under those circumstances.
When it comes to ultra long distances, physical conditioning/strengthening/ nutrition/form takes a far greater precedence over footwear, but still…
Our advice would be to select your next footwear based on what has worked for you in the past. For example, which Asics did you wear, what’s the max distance you’ve run in them, what do you like and what would you have changed on them.
Once you have that context, easier to decide which new shoe to invest in.
Bought a pair based on your terrific and objective review and very glad I did. I gave the Pegasus 31 a try and while I liked them, there was just too much ankle flexibility for me. These seem to have some more stability for me in the ankle area. Ordering a second pair as a local sporting goods store has them for $89!! These are my first Saucony’s and while they are light, do you recommend these for shorter races such as 5 and 10k’s? Or, is there another shoe in the Saucony family (or other brand that you can recommend) that has good ankle/heel stability w/o being a stability shoe? Thank you!
Thank you for sharing your experience, and happy to hear that these worked for you. We haven’t tested many Saucony shoes, so can’t recommend a lighter/faster shoe based on personal experience. However, we have heard good things about the Fastwitch, so perhaps worth a try.
If you explore options out of Saucony, then the adidas Boston 5 Boost comes to mind. Mizuno Wave Hitogami is also good for fast short burst, and the heel is pretty stable too.
Do you think I will enjoy this shoe for slow paced long and recovery runs, if the Adidas Supernova Glide 7 fit me fine? When I run my long runs with the Adidas I end up having discomfort in my Calcaneus bone for at least 24 hours, even with my rock solid icing, rolling and stretching routine, so a shoe with a softer (and less “energetic”) midsole might help.
Do you agree with this?
What’s your opinion?
Do you think a different shoe might serve me better? (That’s why I was curious about the Nimbus vs. Triumph in another post)
The Ride 7 does well for long slow pace/recoveries, but however, not sure how it will do with your Calcaneus. The causes for such types of discomfort are often varied, and can’t second guess.
You (or the physio/MD) would first need to isolate the cause, and then select a shoe based on that.
Switched to these in Nov. from Asics Gel Cumulus 14’s as they started to wear out and they are amazing…until I upped my miles after a few months break in period. Ever since I started 10+ I’ve been having knee issues, specifically lower inside bursitis. I recently ran a half and was fine until after/next day when it became swollen and painful. Had to take a week off to rest. Could this be due to a lower arch support or lower heel to toe? I had an ITB issue but thats since gone away as I’ve worked specific stretches. Though I suppose the less arch/heel to toe could have been a cure? Trying to find a replacement what do you recommend? Maybe go back to the Cumulus? I run on average a 7:40 to 8 min mile and not looking for anything to slow me down.
Forgot to mention, neutral runner with a high arch.
Did you get a medical opinion? There are many reasons for the knee Bursitis to flare up, and not necessarily due to shoes.
Upping your mileage could have also led to this – recommend that you isolate the issue after seeking professional/medical advice and then base your footwear purchase in that context.
I had never heard of Saucony until the day I went to buy new runners. The sales guy analysed my run and presented me with Nike or Saucony Ride 7. I said to him I’ve never heard of Saucony (as they are not big in EU) also the colour was slightly off putting, but I decided not to be over influenced by the familiarity of Nike and have an open mind and give the unknow Saucony brand a chance…… Less than 2 weeks later all I can say is……big mistake…I was training for my first half marathon and now with the injuries I sustained from the new runners I have trouble walking….not to mention running!!!
I bought a pair of Saucony Ride 7 and I am so disappointed! They cost me €120, I ran 10k in them on day one and for the first time ever I started to get a sore knee while running. A few days later I did a small 5 km slow paced walk they were ok, but on my second running outing I had to stop 4-5 times. I had very bad pain. I’ve had two physio sessions from the injury I picked up from these runners and another session scheduled this weekend (I had never been to a Physio before I bought these runners) I also had to buy a foam roller €30. So these runners have cost me €300!!! €120 for runners + €180 for after care from wearing them!
So disheartened and upset about my whole experience with Saucony.
Hi, thanks for the great review. I ran through a pair of ride 7 (the best shoe I ever had) through my first marathon, and triump iso through my second marathon, doing about 30-35 miles per week… I liked the ride 7 better than the triump iso which felt a bit too soft and unresponsive… I run with orthotic inserts (which corrects some bio mechanical issues such as leg length differences, etc) and really appreciate the 8mm heel to toe drop of the Saucony shoes – before I got my inserts I was incorrectly sold a variety of stability shoes but this was very injury ridden time with the worst experiences during the time I ran with New Balance 860 v3, which has a very high drop. Ironically I am recovering from ITBS (due to pushing on the quickly for an ultra after the 2nd marathon and running too long on worn out triumps and inserts), but my time on the ride 7s were injury free (and also much faster than the Triump ISOs) So I am definitely getting another pare of ride 7s, but which shoe would you recommend to alternate the ride 7 with as my second pair? I was looking at the ghost 7 (great cushioning and wider toe box, but am worried about higher heel to toe drop), new balance 1080 (but am put off by its average reviews), the adidas supernova glide 7 boost (but am worried it might be a bit too narrow in the toe box, I prefer a wider toe box) and the Asics Kayano 21 (the stability might double up on the inserts though?). I will race in my ride7s but will use the 2nd pair for recovery runs and the occasional slower long run. Thanks!
Sorry – just to add one more in the mix – also looking at the NB Fresh Foam Zanta and then rotating the Zante for shorter and Ride 7 for longer runs. Thanks
The Zante for shorter+Ride 7 for longer runs sounds like a good plan.
Or the second pairing could be Fresh Foam Boracay for recovery/slow long runs and Ride 7 for your races.
Hi – thanks for the advice… I tried a part of supernova glide 7s and really liked them, especially with my inserts in… I know they have a slightly higher drop (10mm)… would you recommend them for the recovery / long slow run shoe in that pairing?
If the Glide 7 fits you well and high heel drop’s not a worry, then we think it is a better choice than the Boracay and Zante for long slow runs.
Can i use this shoes for walking or daily use? Can you recommend any for walking or daily use. Thanks.
Yes, you can wear them for daily use and walking. Also look at the Nike Pegasus 31 and the New Balance 1080 V5.
Awesome site and great review as usual! I switched from Pegasus 30 to Saucony Guide 8. I loved the lower overall profile and 8mm drop despite the slightly firmer ride. I’m not picking up the Saucony Ride 7 because I loved the Guide 8 so much but wanted slightly more cushion. The Pegasus has always had too much room (bunching) in the forefoot area and seemed kind of bulky around the heel for me. Saucony Guide 8 just felt faster, lighter, and less bulky. I’m really excited to try the Ride 7 now.
The Ride 7 you should try, and also fit test the adidas Supernova Glide 6 or 7 too.
Good day! This is the great information! But could you please advise model for marathon? Statistics of Ride 7 is great but i think weight 292 gr, is too much.
You could try the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, Saucony Kinvara 5, or adidas Boston 5 Boost.
I have the saucony ride 7 and normally I’m happy with the shoes. But after 430km at the inner heel side the material is damaged (a hole). So I’m looking for another shoe. Can you recommend something? I’m a neutral runner with a light tendency to overpronation. I’ve tested the Brooks Glycerin 12 and I found them too soft. (Before I had the Glycerin 10 and I found them well too.)
At the ascis gel cumulus my right ankle buckles a little bit. I’m running two times a week for each 10km, sometimes I’m running up to 15km. The underground is street, gravel or forest.
Thanks for your answer.
the UnderArmour Speedform Gemini comes to mind – isn’t very soft, and it’s got support too.
Hi, thanks for your recommendation. I’ve not tested them because Under Armour is no so present here (Germany). I’ve also read your test and the shoes seem to be an alternative. I will try to find the shoes in a local store to test them.
how does the ride 7’s compare to the cumulus 17’s
Not sure, because the Cumulus 17 is untested yet.
First, outstanding job! I bought the Ride 7s based off your recommendation and have really enjoyed them. I was running in the Ghosts. I’ve come to really appreciate the light weight and the 8mm drop of the Rides. I’m wondering though if you could make a recommendation on a shoe I could alternate runs with, specifically for tempo and speed work.
I’m 205lbs, and neutral across the board. I noticed you suggested the Zantes to another guy but I’m concerned about how narrow they run. Im wondering if the Brooks Launch would have a similar fit to the Rides. I’m open to anything but Nike.
Thank you for the comment, Nathan. Happy to hear about your positive experience with the Ride 7!
The problem with uptempo running shoes is that a narrow upper is generally part of the package. We have a relative lack of review experience as far as speed shoes are concerned, but out of the ones we’ve tested, only the Sayonara 2 (Mizuno) comes with a relatively spacious forefoot.
Haven’t tested the Brooks Launch yet, so have absolutely no idea how those fit and feel.
Thanks for that….certainly makes sense….if I decided to simply get another shoe just for the sake of routing, is there one you think pairs well with the Rides (in addition to the Zantes)?
We think highly of the New Balance 1500 V1, never mind the barely-there medial post. Other than that, the adidas Boston Boost.
That as far as we go with recommending lightweights, given our lack of review experience in that category.
How do the ride 7 compare to the Adidas Supernova Glide boost 6? I’ve run with the glide boost 6 and love the cushiony yet bouncy ride…they seemed to make me want to run fast. Unfortunately, I had some plantar fasciatis I was dealing with and the Glides suddenly felt very narrow in the mid foot…I still had time to return them so I did. I purchased the Energy Boost ESM which are slightly wider but they just don’t have the same “zippy” fast feeling of the glides. I’ve determined that the energy boost are just too soft. I tried on the Saucony Ride 7 today and they felt great and not too narrow…but I’m worried that they won’t have the same go fast feeling of the Gilde 6 with the BOOST material combined with eva.
You’re correct, while the Saucony Ride 7 is a great shoe, it does not have the responsive cushioning of the Glide Boost 6.
That said, have you given the Glide 7 Boost a fit try? Based on our review, the G7 Boost fits a little more relaxed than the 6.
Thanks for the response. I didn’t get to try the Glide 7 and Ride 7 side by side so I didn’t know if I was just imagining the superior responsiveness of the Glide 7 boost. I did think that the Glide 7 were a little less narrow so I will try them again once I get rid of this plantar fasciitis. What is with adidas and narrow shoes??
No you’re right, the Glide 7 Boost is definitely more responsive in its cushioning delivery than the Ride 7.
We think narrow shoe fits are a European thing – adidas and Hoka are good examples. But wait, there’s Puma, and they fit quite ok…
so, i have a pair of guide 7’s that i really like. but for longer runs, i wish i had something that was like them but MORE. more cushioned, but still reasonably flexible (i also run in brooks transcends and ravennas, and prefer the flexibility of the ravennas) and with a 8-10 mm drop (possibly smaller, definitely NOT bigger). moving into a neutral shoe looks like a better chance of not too firm cushion and flexibility. i’m mainly a mid-foot striker, so more cushioning in the front, as opposed to the heel would be good. so, ride 7 or triumph iso? or something else? also eyeballing the NB zante and boracay.
How about the adidas Glide Boost? That’s a good one with forefoot strike compatibility. Within the list you’ve mentioned, we’d say the Zante (flexible) instead of Boracay (stiffer forefoot), and the Ride 7 over Triuimph ISO for the same reason – flexibility.
I’m still looking for a shoe to replace the early Vomero’s that I used to love. I miss the cushioning of the Vomero 4 / 5/ 6’s and the newer ones just expensive and less cushioned versions of the pegasus. I tried the Brooks Glycerin’s and still didnt find the feel of my old Vomeros. They still felt too firm. How does the Ride 7 compare?
I do have a pair of Hoka Bondi’s but for some reason, I keep scuffing the ground as I step forwards with them.
The Ride 7 will feel firmer compared to Vomero 4’s cushioning. The best bet right now is the new Vomero 10, or else the New Balance 1080 V5 if you’re considering to buy outside of Nike.
I’ve been running with an Asics GT-2000. I’m now looking for a cushioned and stable neutral shoes, to use with customized insoles. For what I’m reading this seems a good option, but I wanted some more softness/cushion due to some knee problems, and I’m afraid this might not be the solution. What’s your opinion?
I’m also looking at Pegasus 31/32, Vomero 10, Saucony Triumph, ou Asics Cumulus 16/Nimbus 17. Do you think any of these are better options?
We’d pick the Nike Vomero 10. The ride is cushioned, yet not sink-in mushy, and there’s plenty of upper space combined with a thick standard insole. Ideal for using the shoe with custom/aftermarket insoles, enough space to accommodate that.
If you need much more softness, then the Nimbus 17 is the shoe to buy.
I just finished a half marathon training and race running in the Ride 7. I LOVE everything this shoe has to offer, but I suffered from consistent blistering on the sides of my big toes while wearing the Ride. I tried rotating with the Brooks Ghost 7 and Adidas Energy Boost 2. Despite the blistering, I preferred the Ride every time, hands down.
Because I really don’t want to give up this great shoe, I’d like to ask this: What is the best way, in your opinion, to prevent the toe blistering I experienced with this shoe? I run in Balega socks and tried Vaseline to reduce friction, and that has been the extent of my experimentation.
Don’t have a solid answer for this, but nipple chafe balms can also help. Or try a wider 2E fit for the Ride 7. We’re also trying to review the Ride 8 as soon as possible, so let’s see if the fit area sees some change.
I have been running in the Ride 7 and Glide 6 for a while and now bought a pair of the Peg 32. I have always read that the Peg`s are very cushioned,but less so regarding the 31-32. But I must say that the 32:s are much less cushioned in the forefoot than the Ride&Glide. You can really feel the ground in them. This is for the womens shoe. Is there a big difference to the 31?
While we haven’t tested the Pegasus 32, it should ride near identical to the 31 due to shared midsole design. But yes, the front has increased ground feel compared to something like the Glide Boost or Ride, both of which have their cushioning systems (Powergrid and Boost foam) in their forefoot. Nike, in contrast, relies on only EVA foam. Their Zoom Air on the Pegasus is heel only.
The Pegasus 30 was much more cushioned. It will be great if you can find a pair off Amazon or Ebay.
I just discovered your site and want to thank you for providing such detailed information on running shoes. I have been running in a pair of Ride 8s for three weeks now and I’d like to know if there are any differences between the 8s and 7s. I have gone through the Ride 5 and 6 and 7 without any serious consequences, but the 8s seem to strain my lower legs, especially the calf muscle and Achilles tendon, although I did notice this part of my leg felt strained to a lesser extent when I switched from the Shadow 6000s, which I’d been wearing for years, to the Ride 5. I assumed this was due to the offset difference, but the shoes are so radically different it could be many things. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you for the comment and feedback! Unfortunately our review completion for the Ride 8 is a couple of weeks out, so should have some more information in early July. Our review will include a detailed comparison between the Saucony Ride 8 and 7.
As comfortable as the Peg 31 was it was kind of a letdown in the forefoot cushion. I do plan (with giftcard) getting the Vomero 10 but this Ride just went on sale how would you size these (ride7) and the Vomero 10 compared to the Peg 31? Thank you
The Ride 7 sits in between the Vomero and Pegasus when it comes to responsive, forefoot cushioning. The Vomero is the best in the frontend cushioning department by far, though the Ride 7 isn’t bad.
I´m currently running in the Pegasus 31 and I really like them! They could just be a little more cushioned in the Forefoot but really just a little! I also own the Supernova Glide Boost 6
which i am not a huge Fan of because they seem to much cushioned. Do you recommend the Ride 7s for me? Or do you have any other recommendations? Btw when are you going to review the Peg 32s and the Ride 8s since its predecessors are your highest ranked shoes?
I love your Website keep on the awesome work!! and sorry for bad english! ;)
thank you! :)
The Vomero 10 is worth a fit try if forefoot cushioning is what you need. Would also recommend the Saucony Ride 8 – the Pegasus 32 also see a slight bit of change, both these shoes will be reviewed soon, though can’t promise dates.
We already have both the models, so review should be sooner than later.
will we be getting a review of the Saucony Zealot ? looks and interesting shoe…somewhere between triumph.ride and kinvara…top class reviews as always guys…best team on the planet.
Thank you for the suggestion. Will try, but no promises!
Hello. i had a pegasus, after vomero and now have a nimbus. right cushioning but a little heavy for me. I have 1.70mt and 65Kg and i need a fast and lightweight shoe to run a marathon. I bought the new balance Boracay. they are nive but I feel pain in the back and allover the legs at the end of the race and the day after. I feel too much the ground. little boost. less cushioning. for 10Km or 15Km ok. for more no for me. i need boost and cushioning. I am considering buy these ride 7 or the triumph iso to a marathon and keep the boracay to 10K. what you think?
Hello. i have a asics nimbus. good cushioning but a little heavy for me. I have 1.70mt and 65Kg and i need a fast and lightweight shoe to run a marathon. I bought the new balance Boracay. they are nice, the upper is perfect but i feel pain in the back and all over the legs at the end of the race and the day after. I feel too much the ground. they are stiff. little boost. not cushioning enough. for 10Km or 15Km ok. for more no. i dont feel confident to try a marathon with them. i need more boost and cushioning to run 42. I am considering buy these saucony ride 7 or the triumph iso, if ride 7 dont have cushioning enough to run a marathon and keep the boracay to 10K. what you think?
I usually run in Nimbus as well. I just got the Ride 7 and really like it. Only a few miles in it so far, but very impressed.
Thanks. I will try this shoes on the road. I have tried trem on race treadmill and they seem softer than the boracay.
I run with ride 7 and yes, very impress. Soft and cushioning enough. Soft enough and responsive in a lightweight model. So far, so good. But i run only a 17kms. Very satisfied
Either try the new Vomero 10, or the Saucony Ride 8. Both these should work for your needs.
Looking to update my Ride 7’s with the Ride 8. You mentioned last month the review was coming soon. Any update? It looks like Saucony did the same thing as they did with the Guide 8 update. Nothing much new. Should I go with the new model or get the old one on discount?
Our review should be up this mont. Inspite of an all new upper/midsole, very little has changed over the Ride 7.
So worth buying the older model at a cheaper price.
Hello, what is your opinion on rotating shoes? I run two times a day, with about 8-9 hours in between the first and second run. Should I wear a different pair for the runs? I’ve heard that the shoe needs time to recover. Thanks!
You can cycle through different pairs in a day, no problem. We do that here all the time. But it is your body which needs recovery, the shoes do ok. They don’t need to rest.
Hello, will your review of the Saucony Ride 8 come up today? I think you mentioned July in another comment. Looking forward to the review! :-)
No, that got pushed out, needs more time.
Hi, I am new to your website so I am still getting used to reading your reviews. I was wondering if ‘cushioning’ equates to support for any type of pronation and if you would recommend Ride 7’s for me? I (5’8”, 150lb, target- half-marathon in 1hr45mins) am a over-pronator with a mild knee problem (they ache if I run at around 5min/km for 5-6 km, though running at slower speeds is fine).
Really great website, I plan to take running seriosuly and your website is of great help!
And it looks like Ride 7 migh be difficult to find in Spain…could you please recommend any other shoes I should look at? The NB 1500 v1?
How about the adidas Glide Boost? That is a nice one. The NB1500 is great, but far more minimal than the Ride 7/8. Also try the Nike Pegasus 31 or 32.
Just dropping in to say that I settled for a pair of Pegasus 32s. I really liked what you had to say about the 31s and the 32s looked and felt great at the store. Thanks again, I really appreciate your taking the time to reply and for your very detailed reviews!
Glad to hear that. Both are great shoes!
Don’t worry about matching your shoe with pronation type, just get one which feels right in cushioning and upper fit. Hard to pick one shoe and say it is going to work for you 100%.
More often than not, it is a personal learning process – and your shoe needs might change over time as you potentially adjust form/pace/cadence etc. We’ve given a couple of suggestions below.
I see what you are trying to say. I had been using shoes that were designed for stability (New Balance 860 v3) but they never felt very natural on my feet. I used to get the feeling I had to adapt my walking/running style to match the shoes and not the other way around.
That is one thing I kept in mind this round. Pegasus 32s felt very natural when I put them on and walked around a bit. So there…I will keep you posted on how these work out for me. Looking forward to your review!
Yes, that’s our sense too. A cookie cutter approach does not work in case of running shoes, and paradigms such as ‘arch type vs. shoe’, ‘heavy runner vs. this shoe type’ etc need to be relooked at!
Our Pegasus 32 review will be up very shortly. Ended up very long and detailed ;)
Great…cant wait :)
Did you guys notice any problems with the arch make on these? In your review of the Triumph 10 you said you experienced tingling pain in left arch. I got the exact same thing in my Triumph 11s, especially running down hill. Unfortunate since I got good times in them.
Nope, didn’t come across that in these or the Ride 8 (so far).
These shows have fantastic reviews. I have bought them, I have run with them for nearly 200 kms but from day one there is a BIG problem: every time I run on Ride 7, at the end of the session II had a HUGE blister on the big toes of my feet (especially the right one)!
I have run 3 half-marathons this year and after finishing my feet were in such a pain! Plus, after 11-12 kms of running, I had a very ιntense pain in the hip and and the hip bone! After I started running with Pegasus 31 (and recently in Glide Boost 7) the blisters dissapeared and the hip pain too! What can I say…every review is giving them almost perfect 10! What do you think?
The foot shape depends from runner to runner, and at times a shoe which works for most might not be suitable for a few. We found the Ride 7 great, as did many others – but that does not mean it is 100% foolproof in design.
Happy to hear that the Pegasus 31 and Glide Boost is working out well for you!
I know you are a big fan of Adidas Boost 2 so if you could only choose one pair would it be Saucony Ride 7 or Boost 2?
The Ride 7 – much more versatile in its use, and more comfortable for daily training/long runs.
After reading several reviews I’m considering the Ride 7 as a candidate for my next daily trainer. What other shoes you recommend? Glide Boost, Pegasus 31 and 32 I saw mentioned below.
The second question is about racing shoe. Right now I’m using Takumi Sen 2 and I would like to try one with a bit more cushion. Saucony A6, New Balance 1400v3, Asics Hyperseed 6 and Mizuno Wave Hitogami seem to be the best of the pack for me. Any advice what to choose for 10 k/ Half marathon? I’m between A6 and 1400v3 for 10 k and Hyperspeed and Hitogami for Half. Really great reviews you got so far!
The Ride 7 will do great as a daily trainer. If you need something more durable (outsole), then the Glide Boost is the shoe to buy.
We haven’t tested some of the shoes you’ve described (Takumi/1400/Hyperspeed), but from what we gather/heard, the 1400 will do nicely for a half, and the Hitogami for 10k. Also consider the Nike LunarTempo for half.
Thanks for your reply! Glide Boost seems to be at little too heavy for my taste after sometimes even training in Sen 2. It seems I’m not pounding too much my shoes and can get a lot of miles in term of durability.
Try the Boston 5 Boost then. Someplace midway, that shoe.
I have the Guide 8, just got two pairs of Ride 7’s on sale. Is there a difference in sole support? My running store sized me up for the 8’s and it was great. Both have 8mm offset, is there anything else like arch support that is different?
Between the Ride 8 and 7? Not much difference in support, and for the lower price, the Ride 7 is better value.
I meant the Guide 8 and Ride 7. I was fitted for the Guide 8 but they are a bit worn now so I bought a pair of Ride 7’s on sale
The Guide 8 is far more supportive overall than the Ride 7/8. Reasons are firmer midsole and use of hard material/post on inner (medial) side.
Arch support specifically, not so much.
Hi. Needing some advice here.
I’m preparing for my first marathon, in November, and I’m searching the “tires” for the challenge. I have about 60 kg in 1,73m, but have some issues in the left ankle, between February and May.
I tried two shoes only. First, Kalenji Eliorun (more suited to runs not much longer than 10 km). I liked them. Did some 10 km races (the last one beating the 50 minutes barrier), and did 2 or 3 trainings of 17 km’s (I finished with some pain in the knees – I confess I didn’t pay too much atention for strenght training). Then, the possibility to run the marathon come, and I invest in another kalenji model (my budget is not great), the Kalenji Kiprun LD. The inner sole took some of the room for the foot (Eliorun didn’t have inner sole), and that makes the shoe a bit hotter. But I liked the coushioning, related to the Eliorun.
But for the real challenge, I want some more confort and a shoe that makes me confident to approach such a long distance. Because of my low budget, I don’t want to spend more than 100€.
I have some doubts between Asics GT-2000, Adidas Supernova Glide 7 and this Saucony Ride.
I never take the test to know if I’m overpronating, but I think, based in the injury (tendon in the inside side of ankle) and some observations, that I may have a tendency to overpronate, specially in the left foot.
What do you advice for me?
it is always hard to say what the causes of knee pain are – in most cases, it is a matter of training/conditioning, as you pointed out. We haven’t had review experience with the Kalenji, and don’t have any idea how the GT 2000, Glide Boost and Ride compare against them. But out of the three models you’ve shortlisted, the Glide 7 Boost appears to make the most sense.
And we wouldn’t worry about the pronation deal, just run in the shoe which fits and rides best.
Thank you for your answer.
I will definitily give a try to the Glide7.
5 months later, I came here to say that I went for Supernova Glide 7 Boost. And I like them very much!
Made my first half marathon, with some pain in the first 10k, from a new injurie, now in achiles…after first 11k, the pain go away and in the last 10k I almost beated my 10k record :)
Few weeks later, I made my first 30k train. Again with no pain.
One week before the marathon, too much pain in the achiles. One week almost without running, but I wanted to give it a try. I went for the marathon. At 15k I thought to give up. Some pain in achiles, but instead I went for it. 30k, around 3h as expected. But then the muscules give up. last 12k, running, walking, running, walking, etc…I finished it. almost 5h, but I did it! Great job from Glide 7. Sufficient coushion and stability, and even being of dark color, the feet didn’t heat too much, and it was 20ºC to 25ºC!!!!
Now, after 3 months of rest, I restart, hoping to get fit soon. I have a 10k record to beat, this year. Glide 7 are really really light. they will bee a key factor.
thank you for your advice. Keep running :)
Thank you for coming back here and sharing your feedback! Great to hear how well the shoes have worked for you.
The sole of some running shoes is covered mostly with blown rubber (Lunarglide, Ride7, …) while some other models (Pegasus, Energy Boost, Triumph, …) are covered with carbon rubber. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these two approaches? Is that true that carbon rubber is much more durable but heavier and less flexible? Should one expect that shoes with blown rubber are more fast but but less durable? Or it is incorrect simplification?
Blown rubber makes the area more padded, while being lower on durability. Blown rubber is almost like foam, whereas carbon rubber is a dense material.
Yes, the generalization can be applied on weight, flexbility and overall durability.
Hi! I currently run 10km and training for a half-marathon, and so I’m looking for my next pair of running shoes. I’m 6′1″ tall and weight around 220 lbs. Do you think this shoes can fit my needs? Are they durable enough? Thanks!
What does your shoe history look like? Likes, and dislikes?
My first serious running shoes were Saucony Grid Shadow.. 7 I think. They were nice but I had to wear thick socks to avoid blisters. Now I run on Asics Gel Blackhawk.. I’m not sure about the number of the model, but I guess it is 2 or 3. They are better than the Saucony for me, but they are getting old and I’d like to replace them with a shoe with more cushioning… I never ran long distances, and so I’m looking for my first serious shoe for training.
Haven’t reviewed the Grid Shadow or Blackhawk so no idea on how they compare.
That said, the Saucony Ride 7 or 8 is something worth a fitting session, but if you find the forefoot too tight, then try the 2E version. Also try the adidas Glide Boost in a half size up, and the new Nike Vomero 10.
Well I have a good deal on the Triumph ISO, the wide version. From your review I guess they’ll do, right?
Yes, those will do perfectly fine too.
Hi bought these bad boys after your review last February, I am more than happy. But It is time to say good bye. I am looking for an alternative , once again neutral type of shoe. I am going to train for marathon. I am thinking maybe Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10? I am 6′ and 203 lbs. Thanks for the great web site. :)
Yes, the Vomero 10 is a great shoe, worth a try. Otherwise, there is always the Saucony Ride 8 to fall back on.
Hi there, looking for some recommendations. Been running for 2 years, started with the Saucony Triumph 11 which I quite liked but not fan of the ISO update so I switched to the Ride 7 in September. They worked well for me (I ran the Amsterdam marathon in them). Only problem is they’re maybe a bit too wide on the toe box. What shoes would you recommend? Next marathon in April so keen to get a new pair. I am a neutral runner – 161cms, 51 kgs.
Have you tried the Ride 8 in store? Based on our experience, they run narrower than the Ride 7.
Other alternatives we can think of are the adidas Glide 7 Boost and the Nike Pegasus 32.
Sorry, Been going back and forth on Ride 7 and 8. The change in the sole (for me) has created a plank. I feel my foot can not flex normally. When compared to Ride 6, I would tear through the toe area of the shoe ( like many others) but my run felt natural. Strange no one else has had the same response. I am back to the Ghost and having better runs. Have not tried the super nova just but looking forward to trying them. No one sells them in my area.
Thank you for the feedback. Curious how the Everun equipped Ride 9 will feel like. The Ghost 8 is a good all around shoe, and so is the Glide. We’re hoping to review the Glide Boost 8 soon!
Hi, i’m looking for a shoe with some mild support but one which will last and keep me running over long distance, as i’m training for a marathon. I’m trying to decide between the Saucony Ride 7, and the Adidas Sequence Boost 7. Please help!
The Sequence Boost 7 sounds like just the shoe for you.
How does the ride 7’s (or 8’s) compare to the cumulus 17’s. I am currently looking for a new daily workout shoe for distances ~25miles/week. I am 5ft6″ 143 lbs. Oh, and i run on hard roads. What’s Your advice ? Maybe some other shoe suggestions ?
The Ride 7 and 8 are firmer riding than the Cumulus, plus lighter and more responsive. So depends on what you’re looking for.
Out of other models, the Brooks Ghost 8 is the closest to the Cumulus 17.
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