Saucony Breakthru | First Look

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Saucony Breakthru Men's Shoe Blue/Slime

Available January 2015 – MSRP $100.00

The Saucony Breakthru is a lightweight daily trainer and uptempo running shoe that can handle a wide range of mileage and speeds.

Tech Specs

  • Stack Height: 24mm Heel, 16mm Forefoot, 8mm offset
  • Weight: 8.6 oz (Men’s size 10.0), 7.3 oz (Women’s size 8.0)

Competing Shoes

  • Mizuno Wave Rider 18 – MSRP $120
  • Pearl Izumi EM Road N2 – MSRP $120
  • Nike Zoom Elite 7 – MSRP $110

What kind of shoe is the Breakthru?

While I’m tempted to make some sort of clever play on words about the name of this shoe, I’ll spare you of any terrible puns…for now.  All jokes aside, the Breakthru actually provides an interesting option for runners, which is tough to categorize.  With what is expected to be a more responsive ride and a weight of 8.6 ounces (for men in a size 10), this shoe could be likened to a lightweight everyday trainer like the Mizuno Wave Rider 18.  However, with an 8mm heel-toe offset, this shoe can also draw comparisons to performance trainers such as the Nike Zoom Elite 7.  In this way, the Breakthru seems to straddle the fence between a standard daily trainer and an uptempo running shoe.

Isn’t the Breakthru just a stripped down version of the Saucony Ride 7?

A performance-fitting upper for uptempo speeds

It is easy to compare the two shoes on technical terms, as the Breakthru is a neutral shoe that uses the same midsole materials, has the same heel-toe offset, and is only 0.7 ounces lighter than the Ride 7.  While both can be used for daily training, the Breakthru should provide a altogether different running experience.  With a forefoot stack height of 16mm, the Breakthru sits 4mm lower to the ground than the Ride, which will result in increased ground feel and a more responsive ride overall.  The upper is akin to a racing shoe rather than an everyday trainer, with a lighter mesh, open toe box, and a race-inspired paint design to boot!  We expect the Breakthru to have more of a performance fit for these reasons, meaning it should fit a little closer to the foot than most standard trainers, keeping your feet secure when picking up the pace.

Will developing a firmer ride prove successful for Saucony?

Recently, many running shoe brands have swayed their neutral trainers towards a softer underfoot feel, seen in examples such as the Brooks Ghost, ASICS Gel Cumulus, Nike Pegasus, and Saucony Ride.  Very few have touched the market for a firmer, more responsive trainer, and Saucony will look to tap into this market that features relatively little competition with the Breakthru.  Its main competitors in the category will be the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and Pearl Izumi EM Road N2, both of which sit under 10 ounces for men and provide the most responsive ride in the standard neutral category.  However, the Breakthru has a lower heel-toe offset than these shoes, and its weight is more comparable to uptempo shoes like the New Balance 890 v4.

Where does the Breakthru fit into the Saucony lineup?

The Breakthru will fill in the gap between the Saucony Kinvara and Saucony Ride.  With the Kinvara offering a lightweight, natural option for uptempo running, and the Ride suiting more conventional training runs, the Breakthru will squeeze in between the two and act as the Swiss army knife of running, capable of handling long runs and short runs, slow paces and speed work, and everything in between.  With a price point of $100, if you’re looking for a single shoe that you can lace up everyday regardless of the type of training, the Breakthru is definitely worth testing out.

Check out our first look videos on the Breakthru in Men’s and Women’s models.

Be on the look out!  The Saucony Breakthru hits the Running Warehouse website January 2015!

You can also pre-order the Breakthru now for Men’s and Women’s models.

Saucony Breakthru Women's Shoe Blue/ViziOrange

Saucony Breakthru Men's Shoe Yellow/Blue/Orange

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