Need a little stability in your (running) life? Our reviewer recommends this updated training shoe.
RUNNING SHOE: Saucony Guide 7
Category: Guidance/stability (ideal for mild over-pronators)
Best for: Training, Racing, Roads
Weight: 10 oz. (men’s size 9)
Heel-to-toe drop: 8 mm
By Robert Ballenthin, Greater Boston Running Company – Lexington
Every once in a while a shoe comes along that you love, but can’t tell why.
The Saucony Guide 7 is just that shoe. As Saucony’s moderately cushioned guidance (aka light stability) trainer for overpronators, the Guide has gained a loyal following. Fans have embraced the natural orientation of the 8 mm heel-to-toe drop that Saucony has integrated across their entire lineup.
It is a shoe that feels great, performs well, looks great, and won’t cause you any trouble. After Saucony found great success with the Guide 6, fans were naturally wary of any update to these dependable shoes. However, Saucony heeded some useful advice, and didn’t mess with success.
This is not to say that the Guide 7 is not without some changes. Perhaps the most significant is a switch to Saucony’s PowerGrid cushioning system from ProGrid. On the surface, this change is probably not noticeable. However, this new system is slightly more responsive than the ProGrid system. Regardless, the shoe still has great cushioning and a soft feel.
Note the slightly more open fit of the Guide 7 (right) vs. Guide 6 (left)
Fitwise, the Guide 7 is similar to the Guide 6. Yet, there are some differences worth noting. The outgoing Guide 6 had a snug fit with a tapered toe box. For this reason, runners with bunions or needing a wider toe box may not have fit this shoe. The Guide 7 utilizes a slightly wider forefoot platform, so it is slightly more accommodating by the toes. Similarly, adjustments of the overlays in the upper were made; luckily, they haven’t caused any problems so far.
Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the Guide 7 is that Saucony has dedicated a notable effort to finding a shoe that not only works, but also one that people like. Saucony conducted nationwide comparison tests between a variety of similar shoes, such as the Brooks Adrenaline, Asics GT-2000 and the outgoing Guide 6. Amazingly, their new shoe was preferred.
What does this mean?
Well simply, the Saucony Guide 7 performs great. It looks sleek and refined. It utilizes great features and materials. At $120, the Guide is a great buy for runners and active individuals searching for a just the right combination of support, looks, and value.