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Saucony Guide 7 Review


We took the Saucony Guide 7 for a week intensive test around the streets to see how good the ‘Ultimate Training Partner’ was. It’s been nearly three years in the making, which is more than any other shoe in Saucony’s history so the expectations are pretty high.

Saucony has been leading the way in the ‘natural running’ range, this shift has seen most of their range evolve from a 12mm heel height differential (the high of the heel relative to the forefoot) to 8mm or less. The thought process behind this shift is to allow the runner to get a little lower to the ground, and more even with the forefoot but ultimately to allow for a more natural stride.

The most notable update from its predecessor is the switch from the ProGrid to the PowerGrid technology. What’s the difference I hear you ask! Well I’m glad you did, Saucony have made the material 15% lighter whilst increasing the durability by 30%, making the shoe feel great but also last longer than the previous model. Saucony has also widened the toe box slightly. Before the narrow taper did effect those with bunions or a wider forefoot.


Note: The Guide 7 (right) has the slightly more open fit than the Guide 6 (left)

The Road Test

As soon as you put the Guide 7 on it feels like it’s part of your foot, the overlays hug to the foot and you sit nice and deep within the shoe; which feel extremely secure around the heel. If you are not a regular user of the Guide 6 you may not notice the difference the PowerGrid makes to the feel under the foot but it’s super soft and very lightweight compared to other shoes on the shoe wall.

When you’re out on the road you immediately feel the cushioning under the forefoot, it’s soft but responsive. There are other shoes out there which feel you lose a lot of the ‘feedback’ when running and it feels like you’re running on marshmallows. Wear-testers have also noted than there is “ an enhanced feeling of support, particularly during latter stages of the gait cycle, when compared to designs with a slightly narrower forefoot platform”. These observations are due to the additional flaring on the forefoot which you can see below, I think you’ll agree it’s pretty cool.



To sum-up the Saucony Guide 7 it’s easy to see why it is one of Saucony’s most popular trainer amongst all levels of runners and the updates which have been made will do no harm to its continued success. If you’re a mild-moderate over-pronator looking to run on road/pavement/paths it’s a great option. For those who you’re looking for a shoe to go off-road this probably isn’t the one for you and you’d be better trying the Xodus as they have a far superior grip and more protection around the shoe to guard the foot from sharp surfaces. The Guide 7 hasn’t been designed with trail running in mind and you will inevitably end up on your backside! But one thing to note is that you will lose a little support in the Xodus.