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When you are serious about race perfomance, turn to the Type A4. With a minimal drop from heel to toe and a low profile, the Type A4 is smooth and fast. It's lightweight and provides enough protection for 5k and 10K road races.

Model Number:

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Weight: 5.4 oz (size 8)

Stack Height: Heel (14mm), Forefoot (10mm)

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

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Narrow 
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium width
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch height: Low

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: May 2010
  • Color update: February 2011
  • Model discontinued: Unknown
  • Heritage: Grid Type A3


The Grid Type A4 is a moderate feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for racing. It is built with a curved shape.


  • 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.
  • Open Mesh covers the entire upper and is a breathable lightweight fabric.
  • XT-900 is located in the heel and is a carbon rubber material that increases traction without sacrificing durability.
  • XT LITE is utilized in the forefoot and is a lightweight design with improved gripping properties.

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 bought these for my smaller races 5K's, nothing over 4 miles. I ran 1 5K in them and the soles on the bottom came off already. I'm pretty disappointed in this shoe, as they are up there in price, not as much as my asics kinsei's but still for a what I thought would be a descent shoe to wear for short races and relays ended up lasting not even a week.
From: Jenna, San Antonio, TX

Comments: I am a racewalker and use this shoe for speed workouts on the track. I love its lightweight flexibility. Even though I bought a half size larger than normal, I probably should've gone up a full size. The toebox is a bit too "egg-shaped" and not quite roomy enough.
From: June, South Bend, IN, USA

Comments: Not really sized for women yet. This is going to be a great shoe when they get it right though. Too roomy in the toe box and not narrow enough. Seems like they took the mens shoe and changed the colors. Too bad because it has great potential otherwise.
From: Amy, Reston, VA, USA