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A shoe that just wants to go fast just like you, the Saucony Shay XC3 is intended for 3k to 10k cross country racing.


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Like you, the Saucony Shay XC3 Flat just wants to go fast. The lightweight upper has secure fitting overlays, giving you confidence to take turns with speed. A super light midsole protects your feet, while the aggressive outsole helps to find traction over any cross-country surface from 3k to 10k.

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Weight: 5.6 oz (size 9)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Narrow to medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Low
  • Shoe Shape: Curved


Saucony's Shay XC 3 Flat is a lightweight cross-country racing shoe designed for 3k to 10k distances.


  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.


  • SSL EVA is Saucony's premium midsole material that is designed to maximize rebound and durability while minimizing weight. SSL stands for Saucony Super Lite.
  • Lightweight Ripstop Mesh covers the entire upper and is a breathable lightweight fabric.
  • Flex Film Overlays are made of a thin film that is welded to the upper for a snug, secure fit.
  • XT-600 is located throughout the outsole and is a carbon rubber material that increases traction without sacrificing durability.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I usually wear sizes 10.5 and 11 for my casual shoes and 12 for my Nike Frees v3 so I thought I will play it safe and purchase the Saucony Shay flats at size 11. Enormous mistake since for my feet to fit, I would need at least two more sizes. So in brief, just be aware and purchase about 1 size larger than your casual shoes. The shoes themselves are pretty awful. I typically own Nike flats and spikes for my distance racing events and it clearly shows that these Saucony flats tried to emulate Nike's minimal, light-weight design. So they shouldn't and won't feel sturdy. The setback is their awkwardness. I am not really sure what's happening with the shoe's sole. Due to the ridges and protrusions, I felt as if I was wearing platform shoes. There was a lack of feel between the ground and the shoes that would otherwise be present in other flats. Thus, unless you're planning to race in ankle deep mud, avoid these. Overall, this shoe is maybe a 4/10. For reference, I've been in competitive running for a long, long time.

From: Gene, CA, USA. April 11th 2014

Comments: I bought this shoe at a race because I desperately needed new flats. I can say that it feels cheaply made. Not much padding and it's light. (Not saying it tears apart it just feels cheap). It makes a great flat surface cross country racing shoe. Grass, dirt and asphalt were easy to run on in these shoes. The only downfall is the lack of padding at the bottom. You will feel everything you step on. Rocks are a big no no in these shoes as you get a large amount of pain from the rock stabbing you. Other than that, the shoe gets me out in the race fast and allows for easy foot movement. I'd give this shoe a 7.5/10. You can certainly find better, but if you need a flat you can look here.
From: Michael, California

Comments: Everything about the construction is great! The upper is light, flexible, but secure. The outsole and spike placement is good. The weight, while not the lightest XC spike out there, is still very light compared to many XC spikes, especially considering its durability. The only problem I have with the spike is its fit. It's not terrible, and may be more of a personal thing, but the toe box area just doesn't feel quite shaped right for my foot. I have fairly narrow feet, but I also have long toes (Morton's toes). The toe box could be rounded just a bit more or the length of the shoe extended about 1/4 length would be perfect. Not small enough to go up a half size, though.
 Gavin, Ohio