Comments: This is the best shoe I have ever worn Now at 100 miles. I've tried Nike Vomero 6, Mizuno Wave Rider 13, Brooks Glycerin 9 and Brooks Ghost 5. I used Vomero for a long time but still had knee issues after long runs. My knees are in heaven with the 8mm drop. They are responsive, flexible, cushioned, and lightweight. These elements make for a Great Neutral Shoe. I'm 5'10" 170 lbs High arches Mid to forefoot striker and run about 25-35 miles a week. I would recommend these to any neutral runner for long and short runs.
From: Jake, Montverde, FL
Comments: After coming out of college, I no longer had to stick with Adidas. I was indifferent to the Adidas Glides and decided to try Saucony Rides. Pros: - Out of the box and for the first 100-200 miles, it is hands down one of the best shoes I've worn. - Light, but doesn't sacrifice cushion/comfort - Triangle lugs are good for absorbing shock - Always happy to have these for uptempo runs or threshold runs. - I am always a fan of 8mm drop because it isn't minimalist, but the heel wasn't so built that you were force to hit the heel. Other shoes like the Adidas Glides have such a large drop, that even if you did stride correctly, the heel looks like it's striking. -Mesh upper kept cool. Cons: - Smelled more than any of the shoes I have owned. It seemed to really stick - Rubber on the sole wears QUICKLY! A few lugs on my forefoot were gone after 300 miles!! I don't shuffle, this was from all 7:30 pace or faster - Upper tears quickly. That same shoe I did have 300+ miles, the mesh started stretching at 100miles, and by 200miles, I had tears on the outside of both shoes along the sole. It will only be accelerated if you like to use these shoes for anything other than running in a straight line. I played 1hr of b-ball in an old pair with torn sides, and on a particular cut, my foot shot straight out the side!!! - Cushion breaks down quickly. The cushioning is soft, but it is quick to go. Every time my shoes get to 250 miles, I begin to really feel bad fatigue in my legs from the absorption loss. I'm 5'11" and 155lbs. If you are lighter, you will get more out of these. Conclusion: Best shoes ever, but break down too much.
Comments: I have become a big fan of the Saucony Ride 5. I've logged over 300 miles on my first pair with no issues. This shoe fits great and provides the right amount of cushioning and support. It allows smooth, responsive and quick transitions for short and long training runs. I recently wore the Ride 5 for a marathon and it performed exceptionally well (the same pair with over 300 miles on them). I am 6'2, approximately 185 pounds with a neutral foot strike. I run 45-60 miles per week, depending on time of year.
From: Gary, Dallas, Texas
Comments: This is my first pair of Saucony running shoes. I'm a chronic heel striker and I'm not trying to transition to minimalist shoes. Just thought I'd give these a try since my racing flats have an 8mm heel to toe drop as well. They do have good cushioning and they feel light and fast. I have noticed some knee pain after running in these though. Shoe could be used for easy runs, tempos, or long runs.
From: Tyler, Outer Banks, NC, USA
Comments: This has probably been the biggest dissappointment I have ever had. Shoe feels comfortable on but has caused problems never experienced before. The first thing I noticed was the pain I experienced in lower legs after the first couple runs (3-4milers). On my third run I experienced heel blisters on both feet. There is a noticable seem that runs along the base of the heel which I believe caused the problem. Would not recommend to anyone!
From: Ray, North East, PA, USA
Comments: I race in the Kinvara 3 and was looking for the trainer to best complement the K3. I was told by a Saucony rep to try the Cortana. Big mistake, as that shoe felt like a motion control shoe to me. Knees and lower legs were in pain. The Ride 5 is the perfect complement to the K3 for me. Feels like the same, neutral ride, only with more cushioning. Love this shoe. 6'1" 170 lb mid-foot striker
From: Roy, Layton, Utah
Comments: Came to this shoe from the Kinvara 3 needing more shoe but not one of those couches you strap to your feet. These shoes are perfect. Light, Flexible, enough cushioning for distance and great for speed work too. They are also very breathable and drain excess moisture pretty quick. These are the best shoes i've tried to date. I'm a neutral runner 5'11,
From: Graham, Tyler, TX
Comments: I love this shoe. Did some comparison shopping with the Guide 5 thanks to Running Warehouse and their fantastic return policy. This shoe is super comfortable and just feels natural and smooth through my entire run. Super shoe for my longer, slower runs.
From: Pedro, Los Angeles, CA
Comments: This shoe is really solid at everything and not bad at anything. Responsive, flexible, plenty of cushion, and lightweight compared to similar shoes.
One of those rare shoes that fit a lot of different purposes for a lot of runners. The fit is in a nice middle-zone, too. Not too loose or tight. I sit between D and 2E for most shoes - 2E fit just fine. A must try-on in this category.
From: Nate, Des Moines, IA