One of the trends amongst running shoe companies that we’ve noticed recently is the increased focus on more mainstream, traditional footwear options. Though minimal and lightweight were very much in vogue over previous years, manufacturers are realizing that their core traditional trainers continue to be the driving forces within the running world, as most runners are sticking to their tried and true cushioned and supportive shoes. Read more…
When more “minimal” footwear was on top of runner’s minds just a few short years ago, Saucony delivered a powerhouse performer with their Kinvara. It stripped away a lot of structure and offered a nearly level platform, but was still enough shoe for runners coming from a traditional trainer who wanted to play around with the whole minimalism idea.
Now, the pendulum is definitely swinging, and while the Kinvara continues to be a go-to shoe for thousands upon thousands of runners, Saucony is investing their energy in polishing up their already-accomplished traditional running footwear models.
Earlier this year, we saw a well-conceived refresh of the Ride, Saucony’s popular neutral daily trainer. The new Guide 7, their traditional support shoe, officially launches November 1, and over on the Saucony Blog they have a great post detailing the nitty gritty of the changes from the prior model. We love the design highlight sketches that Saucony has been including in their blogs on recent product, such as the ones shown to the right.
Read the blog for more information and more sketches showing off what makes the Guide 7 such a flagship model for the Saucony brand.
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.
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