Saucony Type A6 Review Facts
The Type A6 runner is Saucony’s attempt at creating a lightweight and breathable running shoe. The design of the shoe is one that incorporates various materials that allow for a high range of motion as well as a decent level of flexibility. The lightweight design and flexibility combined to allow the shoe to be used by runners who require ease of movement and that can keep up with the rapid motion that is usually associated with activities such as races and the like.
The outsole of the A6 is one that incorporates the use of a hardened rubber material. This layer of hardened rubber material allows for a high level of longevity and improves the overall feel of the transitions while the shoe is in use. The heel portion of the shoe is designed from a carbon material that allows the shoe to have a decent level longevity and improves the feel of the shoe for those who strike on that portion. The A6’s uses a combination of both hardened rubber and carbon material on the outsole allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a very high level of stability as well, due to the rigidity of both materials.
The A6 utilizes a combination of both EVA and Saucony Super Lite EVA in the midsole’s design. This material allows the shoe to function at a very high level for the wearer while in use while also ensuring that the foot receives a great level of cushioning. The use of these materials (sparingly) also allows the shoe to keep its overall weight down and provide the high level of functionality
that it does. The funny thing about these materials is that they both have a decent level of longevity and ensure that the wearer won’t have to worry about constant replacement of their shoe.
The upper of the A6 is designed from Saucony’s Flex film material. The use of this material allows the shoe to retain a very high level of flexibility while not opening the shoe up to the possibility of constant damage from the high levels of use that come with shoes of this type. The material on the upper of the shoe allows for a lot of air flow due to the ventilation that is present on the flex film; despite being rather durable, the material is rather thin and allows for a high level of airflow because of this.
A key feature of a functional running shoe is that it provides a lightweight design for runners; this is the area that the A6 takes care of the best. Overall, the A6 weighs in at an astonishing 5.1 oz. The upper of the shoe is designed from a highly breathable and flexible material promptly dubbed “open mesh”. The material is rather porous and does its job to keep weight off the shoe. Much in the same way, the midsole of the shoe is rather thin and aids the shoe in being extremely lightweight as well.
The make of the upper of the A6 allows the shoe to retain an extremely high level of air circulation
during use. The material on the upper itself is named open mesh and is perforated in certain areas to allow the wearer to retain a rather high level of air-flow while the shoe is in use. The level of breathability that s made available by the upper of the shoe reduces the possibility of smells sticking to the upper, which in turn allows the for an enhanced level of comfort to be made possible by the shoe itself.
The A6 is designed from various materials that were put in placed to enhance the user experience and provide a high level of comfort during
wear. The upper of the shoe utilizes both flex film open mesh in its design; these materials allow the shoe to be rather supportive while also providing the wearer with a snug fit during. The open mesh make of the majority of the upper allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of air flow as well, which adds a certain level of comfort to the shoe’s design. The sole unit of the shoe, while being relatively thin, allows the wearer to have a decent level of cushioning while also adding a certain amount of bounce to the wearer’s movements.
The A6 is what most would call an extremely stylish shoe. The cut of the shoe is rather thin an allows the shoe to be worn in various environments outside of the traditional track one. The shoe comes in a plethora of colorways, which also provides the wearer with a decent level of variety
to choose from. The shoe itself is designed for use in the track environment and works best for those who require ease of movement coupled with an overall lightweight design. The lack of various overlays in the shoe’s design allows the shoe to appear somewhat minimalist, an effect that would’ve been fully present if the design of the shoe lacked the various colors that were made present throughout it.
The sole unit of the A6 experiences a decent level of longevity
during use. The use of hardened rubber in the outsole of the shoe allows for a high level of flex to be made present in the shoe without opening the shoe up to the possibility of constant breakage. The midsole of the shoe is designed from a combination of SSL and EVA material which work to provide the wearer with a responsive overall ride that doesn’t break down after a few uses of the shoe; the materials do just that and, it should be added, do it without requiring copious amounts of cushioning to be made present in the shoe.
The design of the A6 is one that allows the wearer to have a decent level of protection while the shoe is in use. The upper of the shoe dries rather quickly and keeps the foot from getting overly wet
while the shoe is in use; this is a necessary component of a running shoe for obvious reasons. The sole unit of the shoe is where the real protection comes from though. The outsole of the shoe is designed from a carbon/ hardened rubber material that protects the wearer foot from injury while the shoe is on foot; this means that the wearer wouldn’t necessarily have to worry about the materials that their feet may encounter while the shoe is on foot. The midsole of the shoe is also shock absorbent and keeps the foot from feeling constant fatigue while the shoe is on foot.
The midsole of the shoe is designed in such a way as to promote overall flexibility and provide the wearer with a decent level of bounce while the shoe is on foot. The shoe utilizes a combination of EVA and SSL in its design which work in tandem to cushion the ride and to absorb the impact that is taken in during the constant running
. The impact absorption allows the shoe to provide a decent level of energy return during runs, which translates into a better feel for the wearer of the shoe. The open mesh on the upper of the shoe provides the wearer with a snug fit that also allows for decent and snappy movements while the shoe is on foot; this compliments the abilities of the sole unit of the shoe.
The upper of the shoe utilizes flex film technology; this material conforms to the shape of the wearer’s foot and allows for a decent level of support to be provided to the wearer of the shoe. The flex film is placed in areas such as the sides of the shoe and gives the shoe the structure necessary to support the wearer’s foot
. The midsole of the shoe is also extremely responsive and provides a very high level of support for the foot; the arch of the foot gets supported the most because of this materials’ ability responsive nature. The design of the shoe is one that is meant to reduce the overall levels of pronation of the wearer’s foot.
The look of the shoe is one that tells the wearer that it was meant for use on developed terrains such as roads and the like. The outsole of the shoe is flat and wouldn’t necessarily handle its own on the more developed terrains such as trails due to the lack of lugs and protrusions coming from the outsole of the shoe. The grip provided by the shoe is probably the only thing that a runner would have to worry about in terms of terrain though; the shoe still can still hold its own on various terrains and wouldn’t rip very easily when worn on them.
The A6 is priced in about the midrange of things; the shoe, when compare to other models of the same class provides everything that the runner is looking for and has the technology to back up the design. The technologies incorporated into the shoe’s design allows for a high level of grip and improves the functionality that is present while the shoe is in use; things such as the flex film and the carbon rubber in the outsole ensure that the wearer gets a high level of value while the shoe is worn.
The outsole of the shoe is designed from a carbon rubber material and allows the wearer to achieve a rather high level of grip while the shoe is in use. Designed for use primarily on developed terrains, the A6 has a tread design that in place throughout the shoe’s outsole; the tread design allows for a high level of flex which utilizes the carbon rubber’s gripping abilities to the fullest. The outsole of the shoe is primarily in place on the outer portions of the wearer’s foot and allows the shoe to receive optimal grip on the terrains that the shoe was designed for use on.
Both the upper and the sole unit of the shoe receive a very high level of flex during use. The upper of the shoe is designed from open mesh material; this material bends rather easily and moves to the will of the wearer’s foot; this is the nature of the material itself, it is designed to provide the wearer with a decent level of flex during use. The sole unit of the shoe also works to this extent by allowing the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of movement; the outsole has flex grooves and minimal, treaded design that works to provide the wearer with a high range of motion.
The upper of the shoe incorporates Flex film into its design; this material provides a decent level of support and added stability for the wearer of the shoe. This added stability allows the wearer of the shoe to have security in their movements that wouldn’t have been present otherwise. The cushioning in the midsole of the shoe also gives the shoe a level of stability
that wouldn’t have been present otherwise.
The drop on this shoe, as with most shoes, is insignificant. The A6 features a heel-to-toe ratio of about 4mm; this allows the shoe to provide the wearer with amazing transitions and ensures that the feel of the shoe is natural overall.
• Open mesh upper
• IBR rubber in the sole unit
• XT-9000 carbon rubber incorporated into the sole unit’s design
• Water draining features
• Flex film overlays
Overall, the design of the A6 is one that provides for runners whose top priority is speed. The design of the upper of the shoe is one that allows the shoe to provide for those who need a high range of motion as well as bit of security in their movements while the shoe is in use. The sole unit allows the shoe to have a decent level of flex and is quite durable as well. On top of these things, the shoe does it while being priced comparatively low.