Saucony Ride 9 Review

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.

Saucony Ride 9 Review

The Fit: 
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.

The Ride: 
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.

Pros: 

  • More responsive and cushioned
  • Less seams on the upper
  • Price remained the same despite significant updates

Cons: 

  • The fit but that can be adjusted accordingly

Recommended for: 
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?