written by staff contributor Dave Welsh
With so many great neutral trainers in the run specialty market, it becomes challenging for vendors to differentiate their product from the competition without pushing themselves into a smaller or niche market. We’ve all experienced the difficulties of finding a shoe that both fits our foot and feels comfortable enough to make us want to get out there and pound out some serious mileage. Well have no fear neutral runners! Behold the Saucony Ride 7, boasting a set of updated and new features that propels it to the forefront of the neutral trainer market.
The 8mm drop, the standard heel-toe offset of Saucony trainers, is just one of the features that distinguishes the Ride from its competitors in the neutral trainer category. In addition, Saucony’s patented PowerGrid cushioning system runs from the heel to the toe of the Ride, ensuring a lightweight (9.4 oz. for men and 8.5 oz. for women) and comfortable feel without overbearing firmness. A new component of the Ride 7 is the implementation of full ground contact, complemented by two SRC crashpads located in the medial heel and midfoot of the shoe. Full ground contact allows for greater torsional flexibility, and consequently a smoother transition while running. The upper of the Ride 7 is laced with seamless overlays that provide a more consistent fit than its predecessor and help to hold the foot in place. Moreover, Saucony’s RunDry material lines the upper of the shoe, ensuring that your foot stays cool and dry even on the hottest Boston summer days.
After taking the Ride 7 out for a few runs this past week, I was impressed by the changes made by Saucony to improve upon the previous model. Over time, we all accumulate wear and tear, mine being the effects of eight years of football on my lower body, so having a shoe that is lightweight yet comfortable enough to ensure that previous injuries and persistent problems do not keep you off the road is crucial. The combination of these features delivers a streamlined, smooth, and lighter ride (haha…get it?) that is sure to keep you a happy runner!
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