Saucony Guide 9 Reviewed and Rated
Saucony are well known for incorporating specific technology into their range of running trainers. Specifically, the Saucony Guide range are best described as mid-range stability support trainers. The technology used throughout this range of shoes provides extra stability and cushioning support for a responsive wearing experience. The Guide 9 remains similar to its predecessors, but has been made much lighter in design. It features an EVERUN cushioning topsole to provide shock absorption and excellent flexibility to the runner.
Features an EVERUN topsole
True to size fit
Price represents good value for money
Flexibility may not be good enough for some runners
The shoe laces are longer than they need to be
- Great fit and great support
- If you need extra support this is the shoe to purchase.
- After my second run with these shoes they were broken in and I got at least 600 miles out of them.
- I purchased two pair because I love Saucony Guide 9. They offer a great running shoe at a great price.
- I recommend these shoes if you overpronate and are prone to shin splints, which I am. These shoes are extremely comfortable.
- As a woman runner I only wear Saucony. Additionally, I only buy the men version because they fit better and there are more color options.
- These shoes were perfect for my fallen arches. The padding was exceptional. I run on track and road with no issues
- These are so nice that I wear them as my everyday shoe
- Much better than the Guide 8 in my opinion
- I work 12 hour shift almost entirely on my feet and these shoes are amazing.
- The Guide 9 is very dependable. I took a chance on the Guide 10 only to come back to the 9, which has a better fit.
- The Guide 9 is my go to shoe for cross country running.
- I am never disappointed with Saucony and this holds true with the Guide 9—great arch support, and great fit.
- I’ve run over 100 miles in these with flat feet with no problems.
- I work out in these shoes at the gym five days a week and run on average 8 miles. Would definitely recommend.
- The Saucony Guide 9 is the best running shoes I’ve ever owned
- When I first got my shoes I wasn’t sure I like them. The toe felt stressed but I am pleased to say that these shoes adjusted nicely to my feet.
- These shoes live up to their purpose especially if you are a heavier person. Great arch support and the cushion is amazing.
- I’ve only run in these twice but I am confident to report that these shows fit well and are very comfortable.
- Standing for hours on my feet isn't a problem anymore. Not the case for my Nike shoes which after work I could barely walk.
- Depending on where you purchase these shoes the fit might be tighter. Go a half size up.
- I prefer the fit of the previous series more.
- The fabric at the toe is flimsy. After only a few miles my toe is showing.
- Once I got to about 250 miles, about 3 months in for me, the soles of the shoe started to come off.
- Much more narrower than the previous model.
- The heel cup isn’t durable at all. A hole appeared after only a few short weeks of wearing these shoes.
The entire outsole is constructed using XT-900, which is a highly durable carbon rubber element. This enhances both the durability and the traction of the shoe. The outsole also incorporates iBR+ midfoot outsole pods, to add cushioning and make the shoe more responsive. Finally, the outsole has flex grooves throughout it to enhance flexibility, allowing for a more controlled running experience.
EVERUN technology is 3 times more durable than EVA, allowing a consistent level of performance. It can also provide 83% energy return for a more responsive stride and is twice as flexible as standard cushioning. Additionally, EVERUN can distribute the force of landing impact for maximum shock absorption. The midsole also incorporates SSL EVA technology for enhanced rebound and durability with limited weight.
A RUNDRY collar lining material holds the heel in place and acts to absorb moisture, enhancing the fit and the feel of the shoe at the heel. Finally, a ComfortLite sock liner provides support for the arch, to ensure a more comfortable and secure fit.
The Guide 9 weighs 9.7 oz for men's and 8.6 oz for women's. This is fairly typical for similar shoes of this style.
These factors work to ensure that the feet do not become sweaty within the shoe and that they are well ventilated at all times.
The EVERUN topsole has been designed to provide optimal durability even with heavy use.
As it has been designed as a stability trainer, the Guide 9 is suitable for those with running issues, for example plantar fasciitis and weak knees. The Guide 9 also provides great arch support and is suitable for runners with mild or moderate over pronation. Additional rubber has also been added to the forefoot area of the shoe, allowing protection from impact in this area as well.
As the Saucony Guide 10 has been recently released, prices of the Guide 9 have subsequently been reduced. Given that the Guide 10 holds on to many of the features of the Guide 9, this may be an opportunity to get a good deal on this shoe.
• Flex grooves add flexibility to the movement of the sole
• Suitable for runners who over pronate or have flexible arches
• iBR+ outsole is extremely light weight, yet very durable
• Available in a wide range of attractive colour combinations, with a bold design