Comments: Let me start by saying that I bought about 30 shoes from all the major brands over the past 3 months. Out of those 30, the best of the best are the Saucony Ride 7, Adidas Energy Boost and Glide 6, and Mizuno Sayonara. I prefer the Energy Boost for distance/recovery runs, and the Sayonaras for speed work. The Ride 7s are such well-rounded shoes that they can be used for distance or speed work, but the sweet spot is between those two, such as a fast 3-4 mile run. But if I could only own one shoe, the Ride 7 would be at the top of my list.
From: Matthew, Tampa, FL, USA. June 3rd 2015
Comments: I have about 320 miles on my Ride 7s and just ran a goal half marathon last weekend in them (got a PR!). I've enjoyed them a lot. Pretty lightweight for a well-cushioned trainer. My previous shoe was the Brooks Ghost 7, which I also liked. Think I prefer the Ride 7, but it's a personal preference thing as they are both great shoes. Here are what I see as the differences for those considering both shoes: --The Ride 7 is a bit lighter. --The Ride 7 is firmer, particularly in the forefoot. Still a good amount of cushion, but not as squishy as the Ghost 7. (I'm a little puzzled by reviews talking about the Ride 7 being squishy, to be honest.) This makes the Ride 7 feel slightly peppier. --The Ride 7 is a bit narrower, particularly in the forefoot.
From: Scott, IA, USA. May 31st 2015
Comments: The Ride 7 is a all-purpose, do-anything workhorse that would be on my short list if I were faced with the question of which shoe I would want if I could only have one type of shoe in my closet. It's a well-cushioned trainer that is most suited for long runs and easy miles, but it's light and responsive enough to allow for some speed work. It's durable with plenty of rubber on the outsole, so it should last a long time. It's got a nice wide stable platform with just a touch of arch support. The shoe has an 8mm drop, but from my subjective point of view, the drop is hard to notice since the footbed is otherwise pretty flat and not biased to one side or the other. The midsole cushion is well-balanced. I would characterize the midsole as well-cushioned, very good at dispersing shock, and more firm/responsive than plush/soft. It does feel like there is a bit of extra cushion under the forefoot, but I found this to be a welcome addition since I have a midfoot/forefoot strike as it acted like a reminder of where my foot ought to be landing. The collar and tongue are well-padded but not excessively so, and the flat laces stay tied. The upper is flexible and stretchy without unnecessary stitches or embellishments and it breathes well. The toebox allows for a comfortable amount of toe splay. The Ride 7's light-reflective elements, including a huge patch on the heel, are a very welcome bonus. As other reviewers have noted, the Ride 7 is comparable to the Brooks Ghost, but I disagree that the Ride 7 is squishy in the midsole or narrow in the midfoot & toebox. I have a size 11, normal width foot that borders on narrow width, with a touch more pronation on the right foot due to a lower arch. The Ride 7 fit perfectly out of the box for me, with an initial 8-mile run producing not the slightest bit of discomfort. For some context, I previously ran in Brooks Ghost 6's and Hoka Conquests, Cliftons, and Huakas, and I struggled with narrowness issues, resulting in hots pots and blisters on the medial side of the forefoot, in all of those shoes. The Ride 7 has yet to give me any such problems. In conclusion: this is a solid shoe that has quickly become my default option for almost any run.
From: JM, Topeka, KS, USA. April 22nd 2015
Comments: Excellent shoe. The cushion is the best I've experienced in my many years of running. It's not mushy, but disburses shock well. Regarding fit, the midfoot is a little too roomy for me. But, I will definitely get another pair because I like the cushion so much.
From: Tom, Las Cruces, NM, USA. December 30th 2014
Comments: Just got the new Ride 7 and the shoe fitter came up with a 9.5 based on the fit of my Ghost 6. The Ride 7 is too narrow and runs small. Returning and going with the Brooks.
From: Joe, Huntsville, AL, USA. December 8th 2014
Comments: Not much toebox room and I agree with Graham ..whatever they switched to is too squishy. But those with normal forefoot(not on the wide side)will probably like the fit.
From: Derry, Potsdam, NY, USA. October 16th 2014
Comments: Cannot say enough about this amazing shoe. Been looking for the "perfect" shoe through many trials of everything ranging from the Adrenaline 14, Cumulus, Hoka Bondi, and Dyads. These by far are the exact (granted, for me, obviously) mix of great long lasting cushioning, support without pushing my foot out at all and the great Goldilocks "just right" feeling. Kudos, Saucony. Kudos. P.S. As much as I love my new Ride 7s, can't wait to test out the new Triumph ISO series.
From: Anonymous. September 27th 2014
Comments: This shoe is incredible. It holds together very good, and is a good shoe for sprinting workouts and long runs as well. I much prefer the Ride to the Brooks Ghost.
From: Justin, WI, USA. August 29th 2014
Comments: I've found that the newer Saucony foam compounds are too squishy and don't have good energy return. The sock liner breaks down way too fast also. I much prefer the Brooks Ghost to the Ride.
From: Graham, Tyler, TX, USA. August 14th 2014