Based on the feedback we’ve heard from customers, the Saucony Fastwitch 5 was a bit of a dud for some fans of the Fastwitch series. We’re happy to see a more forgiving ride with the Fastwitch 6, which we think will put the supportive distance racer back among the competitive ranks.
But don’t just take it from us. Our good friend Pete Larson at Runblogger is a longtime fan of the Fastwitch dating back to version 2. We sent him a pair of the 6′s to see if he felt the shoe was back on track. Long story short, after being disappointed by the Fastwitch 5, he’s now considering wearing the 6 in an upcoming marathon – possibly some of the highest praise one can give a running shoe.
We encourage you to read the Runblogger Saucony Fastwitch 6 review yourself. For even more info, check out our written review of the Fastwitch 6 and video review of the Fastwitch 6.
Saucony Type A5
The Saucony Type A4 is a favorite racing flat around the office here, so we were excited to find out that Saucony planned to cut even more weight when introducing the Type A5. The midsole and outsole is unchanged from the Type A4, so all the weight reduction happens in the upper, which now uses a lightweight breathable mesh and FlexFilm™ overlays.
Weight is expected to drop from the current 6.3 oz to 5.6 oz (Men’s size 9). That’s over 10% weight loss in an already light shoe. Pretty flippin’ sweet, if you ask us.
The Type A5 is coming soon – the middle of February, to be exact. For men, the first colorways will be the White/Red/Citron shown above and a Slime Green/Black color. Women start out with Blue/Citron/Pink and White/Purple/Black.
View our Men’s Type A5 Sneak Peak video or Women’s Type A5 Sneak Peak video for even more details.
What to Watch For
- Lighter Upper: How do you go lighter than open mesh? Well, Saucony found a way with its new lightweight breathable mesh upper combined with bonded FlexFilm overlays for structural support. The FlexFilm also anchors the foot more securely to the platform of the shoe.
- Same Ol’ Sole: The midsole and outsole of the A5 are unchanged from the A4. That’s welcome news for all of you who loved the low heel-to-toe drop, low stack height, and light, responsive ride of the A4.
- New Pricing: MSRP is up five bucks compared to the A4, which isn’t all that bad considering the A4 came out almost two years ago and a bunch of technological development went into shaving almost three quarters of an ounce from an already lightweight shoe.