Published 17th February 2021 by mymo
Saucony has been a firm favourite on the running scene for many years, not just for their running specific footwear but for casual shoes and apparel often in a range of stand out and classic colours. Founded in 1898 in Boston, Saucony has become a Worldwide brand easily recognisable for both recreational and competitive runners including globally celebrated athletes American Molly Huddle and British legend Jo Pavey.
Here’s our run through Saucony’s top models on the market.
Saucony Guide is their stand out stability shoe for runners looking for support. Now in the 14th version, Guide offers support in Guiderail technology while maintaining a lightweight feel for many miles and longer runs. Guide 14 comprises EVERUN which provides continuous cushioning during your run and includes the innovative PWRRUN cushioning system which is an extra layer on top of the midsole and is ultra-responsive.
Saucony Triumph is one of Saucony’s most popular neutral shoes, designed to give runners a soft and cushioned ride with bounce. This is another of their shoes that uses Formfit technology to make it a soft choice. Up to version 18, the changes that keep coming to Triumph keep it fresh and popular.
Another neutral offering from Saucony using the Formfit technology to make longer runs cushioned and comfortable, and similar in the breathable upper and fit. Kinvara has a lower drop for runners who prefer more contact with the ground at 4mm, and also available on a lower budget than Triumph.
Peregrine is Saucony’s most popular trail shoe and it’s made light enough to be fast, so fans of their road shoes will be happy with this switch for the trails. The newly released Peregrine 11 has an aggressive grip which means it can withstand sticky and technical trails and it looks just like the road shoe range if you like to keep your shoe collection matching!
At a glance, other than the price, you might find it hard to see the difference between the Speed and Pro versions of the Endorphin race shoe (this is the cheaper version). Both have 8mm drop and speedroll technology offering the feel of super fast responsive running but Endorphin Speed contains a nylon plate, a structured heel counter and is said to be a slightly slower sister to Endorphin Pro.
Reading AC athlete and Saucony sponsored runner Anna Boniface raves about Endorphin Speed, telling us they are her “favourite session shoe”, giving her more energy with every stride for everything from track intervals to long tempo on the road.
The much-anticipated launch of Pro caused a super splash all over social media with many running reviewers and influencers singing their praises. The great speedroll tech seen in Speed was here to stay but with it came a carbon plate seen in many competing racing shoes on the market now, a brighter colour way and a newly engineered upper that is said to be lighter and thinner adding to the feel of speed. Endorphin Pro retails at around £35 more than Speed. Anna Boniface told us that, “For racing, I would step up to the Endorphin Pro for that race day advantage when it matters most.”
HOKA offers a range of road and trail shoes. Here, HOKA ambassador, GB international and Commonwealth Games finalist Jenny Nesbitt guides us through the HOKA shoe range.
ASICS has a shoe for every runner. Here’s our gentle jog through the most well-known ASICS running shoes to help you choose which might be best for you.