With minor upgrades to an already great shoe, the Saucony Guide 6 continues to provide support and cushioning in a reliable, go-to daily trainer.
Except for a few nitpicky details, we were impressed with the Saucony Guide 5, a near-lightweight supportive trainer with an 8mm offset. Luckily for us, Saucony kept all that was good with the Guide 5 and improved those nitpicks when releasing the Guide 6.
Among the changes is a redesign in the arch wrap for a refined midfoot fit. The result is a more secure, performance-oriented fit through the midfoot and heel, while the toebox remains on the roomier side to accommodate those with a wider forefoot.
We heard from a few runners who felt that outsole durability on the Guide 5 was a bit lacking - the outsole rubber could get chewed up more quickly than expected. Saucony remedied this by switching to a harder rubber in the forefoot to reduce wear.
These changes don’t affect our favorite part of the Guide – its balanced cushioning and a smooth ride. Fans of the Guide 5 will continue to enjoy a soft step-in feel and a responsive toe-off, with underfoot protection for high mileage use and an excellent ride from heel to toe.
As a fan of the Guide 5, I’m happy to see that the changes are minimal in the 6. Those who liked the 5 will continue to like this shoe.
The fit feels a little snugger in the midfoot than the Guide 5. It's not a bad thing, though, as it feels more securely wrapped around my foot.
Though good for heelstriking, the extra material in the heel felt a little weighty for a mid to forefoot landing.