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Saucony Guide 7 Sneak Peek

August 13th, 2013


2013 has been a breakthrough year for Saucony’s Guide, with the 6th version of the moderate support daily trainer seeing a nice bump in popularity over previous editions. Never a company to rest on their laurels, Saucony shifted its designers in Lexington, Massachusetts into overdrive to make the Guide 7 even better than its predecessor.

While the Guide 7 is not a radical departure from the popular Guide 6, we do expect a number of tweaks that add up to improve upon an already solid shoe.

What to Watch For

  • PowerGrid: As with most of Saucony’s updated models, the Guide 7 switches to PowerGrid, in this case a full-length PowerGrid insert for lighter and more durable cushioning.
  • Redesigned Midfoot Shank: A larger medial sole unit increases torsional rigidity and is designed to provide overpronators with a touch more support.
  • Broader Forefoot Platform: A new forefoot design offers more support through mid-stance and toe-off.
  • More Flex: Deepened grooves in the forefoot increase flexibility for a smoother and more responsive ride.
  • Same Weight: According to Saucony, the Guide 7 is expected to come in at 8.6 oz for a Women’s size 8 and 10.0 oz for a Men’s 9, weights nearly identical those of its predecessor.

MSRP
$120.00

Release Date
November 2013

Men’s Colors
Blue/Slime/Orange Saucony Guide 7
Silver/Blue/Black Saucony Guide 7
White/Red/Citron Saucony Guide 7
Grey/Orange/Citron Saucony Guide 7

Women’s Colors
Silver/ViziCoral/Purple Saucony Guide 7
White/Teal/Citron Saucony Guide 7
Blue/ViziPink Saucony Guide 7
Grey/Blue/Citron Saucony Guide 7

Saucony Guide 7 Women's Shoe Silver/ViziCoral/Purple

Saucony Guide 7 Medial View

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  • Clinton M

    Hopefully these fit more like the Guide 5 than the Guide 6. The Guide 6 is an odd duck in my humble opinion. Size 11 is too small and size 11.5 is too big. Guide 5 was just perfect at size 11 for me.

  • MannyB

    I agree with Clinton, the Guide 6 was an odd fit. I was a perfect 10.5 in Guide 5 and a not so great feeling 11 in Guide 6. It doesn’t feel like 10.5 or 11.5 would be any better in the Guide 6. Just an odd fit. I think all the “reduced” weight between the 5 and 6 was accomplished by just making a smaller shoe. I also found that the Guide 6 had too much going on around the toe box. The Guide 5 only had one overlay going from the lace area to the midsole around the toe box. The guide 6 has two. I often feel the additional overlay buckle when running at slower paces or walking. It is annoying. Actually, it had too much going on in the overlay department period. Aesthetically it was a step back and probably added to the weight.

  • Mark

    I felt like the Guide 6 was a step back in a lot of ways compared to the 5. The 5 seemed to have a better upper and more cushioning under foot. I wore a pair of 5′s out, while the 6′s I bought I ended selling on EBay and was glad to see them go. Hopefully the 7 will be much better.

  • Nico

    Will there be a Gore-Tex Version of the Guide 7?

  • Matt

    Thanks for the question Nico. The Guide series is not produced in a Gore-Tex (GTX) version. Saucony makes a Ride GTX and the Kinvara 4 will be offered in a GTX version in December. If you need a support shoe, the Asics GT 2000 GTX (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpageMRS-AS2MGTX.html) is available now and the Asics GT 2000 2 GTX (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpageMRS-A2K2M2.html) will be available in October. The Brooks Adrenaline ASR 10 is also available in a GTX version (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpageMRS-BAG10M1.html).

  • Nico

    @Matt
    I will go on the Asics Fuji Trabuco 2 GTX – but i wish a Support-GTX-Shoe with less than 8mm drop …
    I read that the Saucony Xodus is OK for Overpronators too – maybe this could be an option.

  • Matt

    The Xodus is not built with pronation support but it is a very sturdy, stable shoe so we could see it working for some slight overpronators.