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Get down to earth with the Saucony ProGrid Guide 5. This popular support shoe has moved from the traditional 12mm heel-to-toe drop to an 8mm heel-to-toe drop, bringing your heel closer to the ground and encouraging a more natural forward foot strike. On top of that the Guide 5 looses nearly 2 ounces in weight from its previous model, with greater flexibility and increased cushioning throughout, making this truly the best version to date.

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Weight: 10.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (28mm), Forefoot (20mm) 

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium-low
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: November 2011
  • Model discontinued: Unknown
  • Heritage: Trigon 5 Guide, ProGrid Guide 4


The ProGrid Guide 5 is a moderate featured, moderate support shoe designed for daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-curved shape.


  • ProGrid Lite is a full-length midsole foam for lightweight cushioning.
  • SRC Impact Zone made from Super Rebound Compound extends from the heel to the midfoot for improved shock absorption and a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
  • Dual Density SSL EVA uses high density EVA in the midfoot to control overpronation, and a SSL (Saucony Super Lite) midsole material throughout the remainder of the shoe for lightweight comfort, rebound and durability.
  • Midfoot Support Bridge is a thermoplastic unit that extends from the heel through the midfoot for increased torsional rigidity.
  • Open Mesh covers the entire upper and is a breathable lightweight fabric.
  • Hydrator Collar Lining cups the heel and provides next-to-skin comfort while wicking unwanted moisture.
  • Comfortride Sockliner is an open cell sockliner that is antimicrobial and breathable.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length HRC Strobel Board, for responsive, enhanced cushioning and a soft underfoot feel.
  • XT-900 in the heel is a carbon rubber material that offers durable traction..
  • IBR+ in the forefoot is a lightweight flexible material that offers enhanced cushioning and a responsive ride.

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: Great shoe.  Very comfortable and stable on long and tempo runs.  If I had to do it again though I would go a half size up.  The tow box was bit snug for my liking.  I am overall very pleased with this shoe.
From: Neil, Warrensburg, MO, USA

Comments: First Saucony shoes.  Using Guide 5's for daily 3 mile runs for the last month.  Mostly inside track to check them out. Really like the shoes so far. Fit perfect and no problem with the 8mm heel drop.  Plenty of cushioning. Good support for all the indoor turns.
From: Jerry, Morton Grove, IL USA

Comments: I absolutely love this shoe. It is my favorite among the Mirage, Cortana and Fastwitch. I did not like the Fastwitch at all btw. The Guide 5 is everything I have been looking for- perfect amount of cushion in the forefoot for a mid-foot strike. Perfect amount of stability and they are light. I really like the 8mm of drop - it feels very natural and easy on my body. The 4mm in the Cortana and Mirage would sometimes make my Achilles and soleus overly tight. Love this shoe- want to get another pair. The blue ones are baller but the new orange color looks even cooler. Love it. Thank you Saucony.
From: John, Waterbury, Vermont, USA

Comments: Amazing mix of cushioning and stability, all in a lightweight package. Absolutely have fallen in love with the Guide 5! Previously have ran in Guide 4 and Echelon 1 & 2. No complaints about any of those. But the Guide 5 offers EVERYTHING that I need in a shoe: Less weight, lower profile(but not too low), good cushioning, and light stability for slight over-pronation. The Guide 5 works great for my short speed runs, my mid-distance tempo runs, and my long distance slow runs for marathon training. Very impressive work by Saucony!
From: Billy, Olathe, KS, USA