For a smoother ride.
Look to the Saucony Women's Ride 9 Running Shoe for a smoother stride down sidewalks and paved roads. This neutral runner uses an Everun topsole to ensure a smooth transition from heel to toe, and the sole's IBR+ Injection Blown Rubber strikes a balance between cush and traction. Saucony designed this shoe's sole with Tri-Flex to deliver better ground contact, pressure distribution, and propulsion at toe-off. The Ride's mesh upper has a FlexFilm exoskeleton support frame that ensures a secure fit.
- Neutral runner with moderate cushioning and more energy return
- Mesh upper with FlexFilm exoskeleton for a flexible fit
- Everun topsole provides smoother landings in the heel
- Tri-Flex sole made with cushy IBR+ Injection Blown Rubber
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- Q & A
Such A Smooth Ride
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9
- Height: 5'3"
- Weight: 110lbs
Saucony's Kinvara shoe has been my go-to for awhile, but I wanted something that could give me a little more structure and support underfoot when running longer distances, which is why I picked up the Ride 9.
I took the Ride out for a 6-mile test spin and I was really, really impressed. The upper breathed super well and seemed to have a hint of stretch to it for mobility. I was most impressed with the midsole - it was firm yet forgiving and offered dependable energy return, while the outsole seemed to hold up to varied cadences really nicely - without obstructing my overall mobility, dexterity, or "road feel." Also, the midsole didn't collapse throughout the heel-to-toe transition, unlike the Kinvara.
By the end of the run I did have a hot spot on my left foot, but I think that's more based off of "human error" and my occasional flipper foot than it was the actual shoe. I typically wear a size 8.5 but ordered a 9 and they fit gloriously.
I was a little apprehensive of the 8mm drop, simply because I prefer a 4mm drop, but I found that the 8mm was really nice to have while road running. Not that noticeable of a difference, admittedly.
The laces are kind of long and a little too skinny so if you really batten down the hatches they're a little hard to loosen mid run or what not.
Bottom line: They're plush, comfortable, supportive, and seem to be really sturdy. I'm really looking forward to taking these out on longer runs and seeing how they fair. I'd say if you're looking for a more sturdy and neutral alternative to the Kinvara, the Ride is a great option.
Go To Running Shoes
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Fit: True to size
I bought these for my wife, who is an avid runner/marathoner. She loves them. Her feedback is below:
The Saucony Ride have been my go to running shoes for over a decade now. They provide the perfect amount of cushion and support for me and I can count on them being the same high quality shoe with each new version.