Post-collegiate runner and go-to gear guy Chris DeRose explains the perks of this lightweight shoe, but does it suit his fancy?
RUNNING SHOE: Saucony Ride 6
Category: Lightweight, Neutral
Best for: Training and racing
Weight: 9.9 oz. (men’s size 10) and 8.8 oz. (women’s size 8)
Heel-to-toe drop: 8 mm
By Chris DeRose, Road Runner Running Store, Richmond, Va.
The Saucony Ride 6 is a light, fast-feeling shoe that doesn’t compromise on cushioning. The Ride 6 swaps it’s traditional ProGrid cushioning system for the lighter and more durable PowerGrid traditionally found on Saucony’s higher-end models.
This upgrade in cushioning allows the Ride to not only feel softer, but also be lighter than ever, weighing in at 9.9 oz. on the men’s side (size 10) and 8.8 oz. (size 8) on the women’s.
The platform features deeper flex grooves in the forefoot as well as a higher toe lift to make the heel-to-toe transition more fluid. The Ride 6 still features the 8 mm heel-to-toe offset that its predecessor had, giving it a very natural feel underneath the foot.
As a mid-range neutral shoe, the Ride is comparable to the Brooks Ghost or Nike Pegasus. In my opinion it’s on the softer, more relaxed-fitting side of the spectrum, so it’s most similar to the Pegasus.
I don’t have any complaints about this shoe. However, it’s a little too soft for my preferences. I prefer a firmer, more responsive shoe. But that’s more of a personal preference thing.
*For an extra $20, this style is available with Gore-Tex waterproofing to combat rain and other elements; that version is called the Saucony Ride 6 GTX.