The Saucony Guide ISO is Saucony’s mid-price support shoe and given the quality of most of the other shoes in their range of late, I’ve been looking forward to trying this model.
Too often, the neutral guys get all the fun but for those of us who need a little help in the motion control department, the Saucony Guide ISO come as a welcome addition to our potential buying options.
First up, the shoes look good, not too flashy with the usual Saucony quality build. The shoe runs off an 8mm drop so good for the masses and it’s relatively light for an everyday shoe. It is designed to be a daily training shoe and capable of logging some long mileage in.
The shoe is packed with all the usual technology – Flexfilm upper, Everun midsole, TRI-FLEX outsole so we know what to expect. Let’s see how they stack up.
I guess we knew the upper would fit well but for us unstable guys, we are largely focused on midsole performance. Will they do the job for me? We all know the downside will mean at best, an uncomfortable shoe and probably, a few trips to the physio, more bucks spent and time wasted. Well the good news is that they do the job extremely well!
The midsole is made up of a PWRFoam with a top layer of Saucony’s EVERUN material. The Everun is a lightweight energy return material. The stability mechanism comes courtesy of a firmer medial post; a bit old school now but it does the job perfectly.
The result? A very smooth riding and cushioned shoe. The foam is resilient while the Everun is responsive, giving you that ‘bounce-back’ you expect from an energy-response material. Landings are smooth as you roll through your gait cycle. Very nice.
That said, these are no Adidas Boost. They’re responsive but the EVERUN features as a top layer only, not as a full length midsole. Check out the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 review for maximum Everun technology.
The Guide ISO looks good, we liked the colorways and you notice and appreciate the quality mesh and the seamless overlays. The engineered mesh upper offers a flexible fit and although constructed from a tighter woven mesh, we found it plenty breathable.
The fit is excellent on-foot partially down to the dynamic ISO-Fit upper which adapts to the shape of your foot ensuring that the shoes don’t rub, always a benefit especially on longer warmer days. You slide your foot in and the shoe hugs it seamlessly. There was also plenty enough room in the toe box.
The overlays are made for their FlexFilm material; a strong and lightweight material that is welded on the upper for strength in key areas of stress. This results in fewer and lighter layers on the shoe. Also keeps the shoe ‘clean’ aesthetically.
The heel area is soft and comfortable. It’s lined with RunDry, a material designed to keep your foot dry while adding a plusher feel.
Overall, they're really comfortable - great lock-down feeling when laced, plush but snug heel and plenty of wiggle room in the toe box.
The de-coupled crash pad and chevron outsole grip work well to keep things cushioned and it's been designed to add to that smooth rolling feeling. The outsole pattern has been designed to have a larger surface area to aid this, but it is also flexible and durable. Saucony’s carbon rubber (XT-900) sits on hard-wearing areas while the rest is made up of a very lightweight blown rubber which seems durable enough. We’ve put over 70 miles on these shoes now and they show no sign of wear.
Saucony have succeeded in delivering a responsive, well-cushioned and smooth riding shoe. You’ll enjoy putting the miles in on this new Glide. The shoe looks great and is exceptionally well-made. The midsole is lively enough and offers a decent level of stability, but, if you are someone who needs a motion control shoe rather than a bit of stability, we wouldn’t recommend this model. Conversely, if you’re looking for a shoe to wear on a daily basis and enjoy mile after mile, the consider the Glide ISO. I loved it.
Engineered Mesh - With perforations offering maximum ventilation.
ISO-FIT - Adapts to the shape and motion of the foot for maximum comfort and flexibility.
FlexFilm - Offers a seamless, flexible feel.
Additional Overlays - Over the toe box for extra durability.
RunDry Collar - With a moisture wicking technology for a plush feel.
EVERUN Topsole - Places the cushioning closer to the foot offering continuous contact with the foot throughout a run.
PWRFoam - Ensures high energy return.
Medial Post - Offers a supportive fit to provide effortless transition with every step.
XT-900 - A premium carbon rubber offering traction and durability.
Tri-Flex - Delivers increased ground contact for greater grip and optimal flexibility at toe-off.
IBR+ - 33% lighter and provides more cushioning compared to standard blown rubber.
Heel Stack Height - 27mm
Forefoot Stack Height - 19mm
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