Shoe Review: Saucony Ride 10
To say Saucony is a mainstay in the market is an understatement. You will find loyalists who will literally never buy another shoe as long as they live which is why you find models who have hit their 10+ revision. In this case, we look at one of the most comfortable shoes in the lineup, the Saucony Ride 10. This neutral road runner represents a conversion of all Saucony’s technologies that’s been baked into a single package and then stacked with cushioning… all for under 10 ounces. It’s almost a little crazy, but we are loving it at first glance.
The Saucony Ride 10 upper is a mix of engineered mesh as well as their custom Flexfilm overlays. This combination results in a structured and lightweight feel that provides a solid level of support across the top of the foot and restricts any side to side movement. So you get a fully no-sew upper, with no pinch points, and then on top of that they included a woven heel piece and a nicely padded tongue and collar.
The mid on the Ride 10 is composed of their patented EVA blend, EVERUN, and visually looks like a bit of a Frankenstein. There are several different points of injection across the mid so you’ll notice these little variations across the shoe. Saucony removed one layer of foam from the landing area, but then also improved the mid. This leads to a more comfortable overall feel and it is noticeable. It’s not just comfortable, but you definitely get a little responsiveness out of them. Despite all the cushioning, the shoe remains flexible and even more so than the Ride 9. The heel lands at 27mm so plenty of stack height which means cushion for you heel strikers, coupled with their very standard 8mm offset.
The outsole on the Ride 10 is based on their TRI-FLEX design. The sole is designed in three pieces, allowing for smoother transition from the heel of mid to toe. This should help heel strikers and forefoot runners alike as it aids in responsiveness and toe off. The sole itself is a mix of EVA and rubber, where the rubber is placed at strategic locations to allow increased traction and durability.
Style & Aesthetics
The Ride 10 comes in 6 different color options for men and women giving you plenty of color options. The profile is your prototypical running shoe, not breaking any new ground in that respect like they did with the Freedom ISO. It is nice looking overall, a good mix of technology and visual.
Running in the Saucony Ride 10 is really about comfort. Granted there is a lot of tech from the EVERUN to the TRI-FLEX outsole is integrated, but the primary focus is comfort. There is a lot of give in these shoes, but it still reacts well. At lower distances, meaning 10 miles and under, I found I could maintain a fairly aggressive pace and get a lot out of the shoes. However, event at significant distance they remained comfortable. My foot stayed well cushioned, the lighter weight was welcome as compared to other cushioned shoes, and I still felt I had support.
I do have some gripes though and the majority of it stems from the toe box. I have also been running in the KOA line from Saucony and I love the redesigned toe box they included. It allows for toe splay and keeps the toes relaxed in run. The problem is they didn’t include that in the Ride. Additionally, the slightly wider toe box from the Freedom ISO also didn’t make it in here, so we are left with the traditional pointy toe. Granted it has slightly more width than usual, but I’d love to see that other design on this shoe.
The Saucony Ride 10 is a massive improvement to the 9 and honestly one of my favorite shoes in their lineup when it comes to pure comfort. They are durable, plush, responsive, and perfect for the majority of consumers out there who aren’t ultra performance focused. If you love Saucony and are looking for some comfort, then look no further. I do have some gripes about the toe box shape, but overall I really enjoy running in the shoe and honestly pull it out before a Kinvara when I just want a nice easy run.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 9.5oz (size 9)
- Drop: 8mm
- Stack Height: 27/19mm heel/toe
- MSRP: $120.00
- Available: Now