The new Saucony ProGrid Razor arrived recently and judging by the amount of people who stopped by to pick it up off of Jonathan’s desk, the shoe definitely draws more than its share of attention for its aggressive good looks. The ProGrid Razor is based on the same chassis as the very popular Saucony ProGrid Exodus, so it has the same midsole, Vibram outsole and tough EBO rock guard plate as the ProGrid Exodus. Add to this proven chassis, a waterproof liner, a 3/4 softshell, zip-up bootie upper that allows you to keep debris out, and you have a very nice package for fairly extreme trail running.
After trying it on a few observations. First, for some reason the shoe feels firmer than the Exodus. Not sure why that is, but it’s not a bad thing. The shoe is designed for extreme trails which tend to be soft to begin with, so a super cushy midsole is not needed. Next, the top of the bootie could benefit from a tighter closure. Maybe we have narrow ankles here, but it seemed to be a bit loose at the top, looser than expected. Other than that issue, the fit and feel were very good. Can’t wait to get these on the trails of Montana de Oro during the next heavy rains to see how they perform. See more.