We take the new Saucony Ride 13 running shoe for a test run
We’ve got our hands on a pair of the Saucony Ride 13, out now, and we’ve been finding all about this latest update to Saucony’s classic neutral shoe.
What they say
Saucony says that this iteration is designed to offer the smoothest miles yet, giving runners comfort due to its advanced cushioning, with a new streamlined fit.
In terms of cushioning, it has this new foam underfoot, called PWRRUN (pronounced power-run. This is the thing that gives the Ride 13 its big difference from its predecessor, giving you a springy and responsive feel as you stride on it.
And going against the grain of recent releases from other brands with small mileages attached to them, the Ride 13 has a blown rubber outsole, providing durability.
The underfoot cradle construction is called FORMFIT, which is then topped with cushioning that shapes to the individual foot – meaning that the Ride 13 offers a bespoke fit every time.
What we think
Oh yes to all of that, but look at it! We love the styling, and the bright colours of our ‘mutant yellow’ version (it’s also available in more subdued hues of blush and dusk, and alloy and black) – it certainly turns heads. The fit is brilliant – absolutely spot on, so we have to give a thumbs up immediately to that FORMFIT stuff.
On a first run, it’s a surprise: the Ride ISO 2 was deeply plush, offering a very cushioned ride, but this is much firmer. It’s not hard, exactly, there’s cushioning there, but it’s undeniably more solid underfoot. We like this: it feels supportive on the stride, and appears to offer energy return – instead of feeling as though you’re sinking into pillows. Our first run was comfortable, with no niggles from a new shoe, and no hot spots. We love the drop, the fit, and the weight is brilliant too. A great choice for long runs, and marathon training.
But don’t take our word for it. Jo Pavey is also a fan, and this is what she thinks.