The Saucony Ride 5 may look like a traditional trainer, but its design conceals a number of updates that make for a more responsive, lighter weight shoe.
- Lighter Weight: The Ride 5 drops an ounce compared to the previous model, thanks to the removal of the midfoot shank and the use of lighter materials.
- More Level: Thanks to a 4mm decrease in heel stack height, the heel-to-toe offset moves down to 8mm in the Ride 5, from 12mm in the Ride 4.
- Expanded Cushioning: Full-length ProGrid is added to the Ride 5 for whole foot cushioning. In addition, IBR+ replaces blown rubber in the forefoot for additional cushioning.
Saucony has shifted all of their traditional running shoes from a 12mm heel-to-toe offset to an 8mm offset. But don’t be scared away by the change; the 4mm difference is less than a sixth of an inch, and not extremely noticeable to our testers who regularly run in traditional running shoes. No, the biggest benefit we found with the reduced offset of the Ride 5 is that is allows for the use of less material, which equals weight reduction.
The Ride 5 feels very light for all the features it packs in. It also feels a bit firmer than prior Ride models, with a smoother transition. Testers felt that the resilient cushioning offered good protection for pretty much any distance a typical runner will want to go.
The upper is also a nice place for your foot to be, thanks to a heel collar that feels locked in and custom-molded to your foot, along with open mesh that sheds heat well and very high quality materials throughout. Testers found it easy to dial in the midfoot fit just the way they wanted thanks to good positioning of the eyelets and laces with just the right amount of give in them.
The ride of this shoe is more taught, with more pep than I thought possible in the daily trainer category.
I like is the shoe’s versatility. It would be a great choice for a heel striker who wants to transition to a more midfoot strike, or for someone who feels right at home heel striking and just wants good cushioning and a smooth ride.
This is a good feeling shoe. The cushioning has a bit of bounce to it and the 8mm drop gives it a touch of performance.