Many small tweaks add up to a minor upgrade for the Saucony Guide 7, an all-around, supportive daily trainer with a twist of performance.
Over the past year, Saucony’s Guide saw a nice little bump in popularity amongst runners looking for an all-around, dependable trainer with a moderate level of support. With the seventh version of the Guide, Saucony refrained from any major changes, opting instead for a number of minor tweaks that add up to a nice upgrade.
Slipping on the Guide 7 yields a fairly average fit that should work for most runners; a wide version is also available for those who need the added volume. Though the Guide 7’s no-frills may lack the seamless overlays gaining popularity as of late, testers experienced few issues with rubbing and were able to run hotspot-free.
Underneath, the midsole provides the cushioning expected out of a daily trainer. The heel-to-toe PowerGrid insert provides a lively feel while absorbing the impact of the ground. This shoe utilizes a traditional dual density post to provide moderate support, and testers found the transition smooth and quick through toe-off.
Like many of Saucony’s other offerings, the Guide 7 is built with an 8mm heel to toe offset as opposed to a more traditional 12mm. Though this doesn’t make a huge difference, it does make the shoe a bit friendlier towards midfoot and forefoot strikers, while also giving the shoe a slightly faster feel.
Expect the Guide 7 to serve as the workhorse in your lineup, ready for daily duty and high mileage, but not afraid to pick up the pace too.
“The most notable difference in this update is the increased toe spring. It makes your foot roll forward from mid-stance, giving the shoe a quicker toe-off.”
“This shoe feels pretty stiff when you first put it on. Though concerning at first, I’ve found that this stiffness adds to the responsive feel through toe-off.”
“With the addition of PowerGrid, I feel this shoe has become just slightly firmer underfoot than the previous model, but I find it still protective enough for longer runs.”