Lightweight, cushioned, flexible and sporting a zero drop platform, the Saucony Virrata is a versatile shoe ideal for both training and race day.
The right shoe at the right time, the Virrata blends the components many runners are currently seeking – a lowered heel for a forward footstrike, ample cushioning for high mileage, and a lightweight construction. And does the Virrata match expectations? We say yes.
The cushioning of the Virrata strikes a balance; it’s soft without being too mushy or losing much responsiveness, and is protective enough to handle longer distances without worry. The platform offers a flexible ride, and though the transition between lugs in the forefoot can be felt at slower paces, testers did not feel it to be a hindrance to their running.
Up top, the internal bootie construction allows the upper to wrap around the foot comfortably, and the seamless construction is a welcome feature. The Virrata offers a snug fit, differentiating itself from many wider offerings in its category. This fit was welcomed among testers, however, as it provides a sense of security and performance.
With a lack of outsole material to save weight, the shoe does wear a bit faster than your typical trainer. Still, testers report being able to get 250 or more miles from the shoe, with an excellent running experience along the way.
“To me, this shoe feels like a cushioned racing flat. With a low weight, zero drop design, and performance fit, the Virrata really lends itself well to fast running.”
“I noticed a mild hotspot where the heel collar meets the tongue. At first I was worried this would be bothersome but after dialing in the lacing, the hotspot went away.”
“Compared to other zero-drop shoes I’ve tried, the Virrata feels much more cushioned and supplies enough protection to keep me going on longer runs.”