As I mentioned in a training log a few weeks ago, I have been running in the new Saucony Ride 9. The Saucony Ride 9 was originally supposed to come out on June 1st, but as you can see, Christmas came early.
I had run a little bit in the Saucony Ride 8 but never enough that made me comfortable to write a review. My favorite Saucony shoes are the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Zealot; I’ve now put just over 100 miles in the Saucony Ride 9.
Right off the bat, this is the only thing I’m not sold on. It fits more narrow than any other Saucony shoe. I’m normally a size ten but with some experimenting, I’ve found a size 10.5 wide to be the most comfortable. Once I found a better sizing, it was a lot easier to run. Unlike both the Triumph and Zealot, the upper fits and breathes like a traditional shoe.
The Saucony Ride 9 removed most of the overlays and seams on the shoe. Since many people (like me) need a wide toe bed, the seams don’t irritate the toes as much. However, in the process of removing the seams, the shoe is more narrow. Sizing is easy to accommodate and I just tried on different sizes to find the “perfect” fit.
Let’s talk about the Ride’s Ride…
The Saucony Ride 9 went through a substantial update. The Powergrid was removed and replaced with the new EVERUN cushioning system. What does that mean? The shoe is more cushioned, responsive and soft. While it does feel different, it’s going to last the same.
As someone who likes the feel of the EVERUN in the Saucony Triumph, Zealot and Kinvara 7, I prefer the update of the shoe. It feels like a better-cushioned shoe.
- More responsive and cushioned
- Less seams on the upper
- Price remained the same despite significant updates
- The fit but that can be adjusted accordingly
Anyone running in a neutral shoe (Such as the Saucony Triumph, Saucony Zealot, Saucony Kinvara, Brooks Ghost, adidas Boost, or Asics Cumulus.)
Current Shoe Rotation:
Saucony Triumph ISO 2 (majority of running)
Saucony Kinvara (speed work)
Asics FuzeX AND Saucony Ride 9 (race warmups/cooldown, pretty much any run)
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Questions for you:
What are you currently using?
What is your all time favorite shoe?
Still a Brooks girl, but I need to try that Kinvara! Thanks for another great shoe review.
Hollie, you have great shoe reviews! I recently emailed asking you for shoe advice. I actually went to a running store to get my gait analyzed like you always recommend. I ended up getting the Saucony Ride 9 which I’ve been wearing with orthotic arch supports. I love the feel of them, especially the seamless upper. Coming from Asics GT-2000, I love how much lighter and more responsive the Ride 9s are.
I’ll give this a shot. I have so much trouble finding good running/walking shoes! And good to see others liked the Saucony Ride 9 too.
Let me know if you do Susan!
I wore Rides before I switched to Brooks. I keep meaning to go back and try some Sauconys, either the Ride 9 or the Triumph. Currently using Brooks Pure Flows, Newton Gravity and Hoka Clifton. All time favorite would probably be Pure Flows.
I think you’d like them a lot Steve. If you do try them, let me know.
Love your shoe reviews. Especially all the saucony since I am a convert from Mizuno! I am waiting on a pair of zealots to reach me but have 3 triumph iso’s in rotation and 2 kinvara’s. Will be interested in trying this on although with a wider foot wondering if I will encounter issues.
I would definitely try them on before you buy because my guess is you’ll probably need to go up a size.
I’m so excited about this shoe! I’m a fan of the EVERUN cushioning system in the Triumph and can’t wait to see how it feels/rides in a less cushioned model.
I use the Brooks Ghost, so I’m sure I’d like these shoes! They’re so colorful. Love!
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