The Saucony Freedom 3 is a lightweight but high cushioned shoe that’s been in Saucony’s arsenal for a few years now. I loved the original Saucony Freedom, but the second failed to wow me.
There have been some major updates in the Saucony Freedom 3, including the dropping of the “ISO” lacing (as Saucony has done with most of their shoes). So the Saucony Freedom 3 is just the update to the Saucony ISO Freedom 2. Plus, now, the Freedom 3 uses PWRRUN+ midsole. It’s different but not in a bad way.
Saucony Freedom 3 Quick Facts:
Weight: 7.8 oz
Heel to Toe Drop: 4 mm
Saucony Freedom 3 Fit:
The upper of the Saucony Freedom 3 is flexible and soft. It’s simple and well put together. According to Saucony, the Freedom 3 now uses “Formfit” instead of ISO. The Formfit mesh upper stretches and adapts for light and unrestrained feeling. It’s similar to both the Saucony Triumph 17 or Saucony Kinvara 11.
Your feet have plenty of room with the Freedom 3 and don’t feel as though they are inhibited. However, there is a lack of structure in the upper too. That being said, I like the simplicity of the upper. It’s basic, and it works.
One thing to note if you’ve never run in Saucony is the lower back in almost all of their shoes. The lower back is something people either love or hate. You won’t slip out, but it does affect the feeling of the shoe.
The original Saucony Freedom ran on the shorter size, but with the removal of the ISO fitting, the Freedom 3 fits true to size. I usually wear between a 10-11 wide in women’s running shoes, and the size 10.5 fits well.
Saucony Freedom 3 Ride:
The Freedom 3 has been given a complete update on the ride. It no longer uses EVERUN and has been converted to the PWRRUN+. According to the Saucony, the PWRUN+ has all of the features:
- 3x more durable and 3x less temperature-sensitive than EVA
- 2x as flexible
- 25% lighter and absorbs 5% more impact than Everun.
What claims, but what does that actually mean?
You can feel that it’s a much lighter and more nimble ride than the previous versions. It’s energetic, and you feel like you are getting energy return with each stride. This is one of Saucony’s better shoes of the year, and I think it’s best described as a more durable Kinvara.
The traction of the Saucony Freedom 3 is good, and it’s a shoe that I would take in inclement weather. There is plenty of highly durable rubber in the heel, toe, and midsole, which Saucony calls their “Tri-Flex Crystal Rubber.”
The Saucony Freedom 3 is a shoe I can keep in my car if I have no idea what kind of run I want to do. It’s smooth and cushioned for easy runs and energetic if I want to go faster on a long run or tempo effort. With how light it is, you don’t feel like you are being weighed down.
Saucony Freedom 3 Conclusion:
The Saucony Freedom 3 is a good jack of all trades shoe. I like how light but cushioned it is as well as the upper being unnoticeable and simple. (I hate worrying about any upper). For me, it will probably stay as a daily run and durable shoe. The problem with the Freedom is that Saucony has so many different shoes these days that it sometimes gets lost between the Saucony Ride, Saucony Triumph, or Saucony Kinvara.
My Current Shoe Rotation:
Long Runs: Hoka Clifton Edge, Under Armour Sonic HOVR 3
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Questions for you:
Have you tried the Saucony Freedom 3?
What is your current favorite shoe?