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Saucony Guide 10

- published February 2017

82

2017

RATINGS

Comfort
8
Fit
5
Responsiveness
6
Speed
6
Ride Quality
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
82

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THE GOOD

  • Excellent price point for stability shoe
  • Comfortable upper
  • Lightweight

THE BAD

  • Sizes narrow
  • Rocks stick to outsole

THE VERDICT

Classified as a stability shoe, the Saucony Guide 10 runs more like a hybrid of neutral cushioning with supportive stability. Offering a much softer ride than other stability shoes, the Guide 10 outperforms the other stability shoes in just about every category making it a great option for those needing mild support while still maintaining great overall performance. 

FULL REVIEW

The Saucony Guide 10 blends excellent stability from overpronation while still maintaining great overall performance. Saucony’s EVERUN cushioning is used throughout the topsole and midsole for a energetic and cushioning ride. The upper features a no-sew engineered mesh with Lightweight FLEXFILM overlays for structure and support. A TRI-FLEX outsole is designed for greater ground contact by increasing the flexibility under the forefoot.

Comfort
Ample padding lines the heel collar and tongue making the Guide 10 one of the more comfortable wearing shoes tested. A newly designed upper for the 10th version of the Guide is a no-sew engineered mesh. Underfoot the Guide 10 blends stability with just enough cushioning to avoid harsh landings.

Fit 
Like other Saucony’s tested, the Guide 10 fits on the tighter side, so trying a half size up may be a good idea. The Flexfilm overlay throughout the upper really helps secure the midfoot, while flexible engineered mesh in the toe box prevents a crammed feeling up front.  

Responsiveness 
Despite being a stability shoe, the Guide 10 responds more like a neutral running shoe. While the medial support is noticeable, once pressure transitioned towards the forefoot the Guide was rather snappy. There is more of a varied level of cushioning in the midsole compared to others. The Guide 10 feels much firmer medially and softer through the toe off.

Speed
Typically you’ll find stability shoes ranking poorly in speed, however the Guide 10 feels surprisingly speedy for a stability shoe. This unusual speedy feel is mostly due to its lightweight. The Guide 10 breaks the stereotype that stability shoes need to be heavy, coming in at a modest 10 oz for men and 8.9 oz for women. 

Ride Quality
Of all the stability shoes tested this season, the Guide 10 offers a superior ride in both cushioning and smoothness of run. The Guide 10 feels much softer than the New Balance 860v7 and Mizuno Wave Horizon, absorbing more impact, which makes it more forgiving on the legs. The heel is also less predominate on the Guide 10 verses the other stability shoes, making it more suitable for mid and fore foot strikers.

How We Tested It

The shoes in this test were used by multiple testers over varied terrain including concrete, dirt, grass and track ranging from 4 to 15 miles. Testers covered a wide range of paces to determine performance. All testers used Farm to Feet socks for consistent fit and feeling.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other cushioned road running shoe tests, lightweight road running shoe tests, trail running shoe tests, along with other related running gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Donald Buraglio

Donald Buraglio

Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports. When he's not training for ultramarathons, he enjoys hiking or slacklining with his family in Monterey County, CA.

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MSRP
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$120.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Comfort
8
Fit
5
Responsiveness
6
Speed
6
Ride Quality
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
82

Specs

  • Heel Height: 27mm
  • Forefoot Height: 19mm
  • Heel Drop: 8mm

Weight

10 oz

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