Saucony claim to have spent many hours researching, prototyping and testing their latest shoe the Guide 7, all in an attempt to build on the success of the hugely popular Guide 6.
With such a fine pedigree to live up to, I was curious to see how the Guide 7 would perform?
First Impressions of the Saucony Guide 7
As a man who loves to run in shoes with a bit of personality, I was extremely pleased when I unboxed the shoes to see that they were Black/Citron/Red.
The design is great, with a sturdy look and great sole patterns I couldn’t wait to head out the door to put these through their paces.
The first thing that you’ll notice is that the Guide 7 toebox has been completely reworked.
Some runners complained that the toebox on the Guide 6 was far too uncomfortable; Saucony has listened to this feedback and created a new toebox that is wider and infinitely more comfortable that the previous version.
The upper has been changed and now uses the Saucony Hydranax which does a fantastic job at letting the shoe breath and wicking moisture away.
One of the biggest differences between the Guide 6 and the Guide 7 can be found in the sole. This isn’t simply a redesign, it’s a complete overhaul.
The first change has been made to the material, it’s out with the ProGrid cushioning system and in with the new Power Grid.
The result is a more responsive shoe that with a noticeably smoother transition thanks to a 15% weight reduction.
One downside of the new Power Grid sole is that it’s not as cushioned as the ProGrid but the 30% increase in durability more than offsets this.
As we mentioned earlier, Saucony have made a significant investment redesigning the toebox of the shoe which has meant that the forefoot is now flared leaving the toebox feeling roomy and comfortable.
The flared forefoot design is similar to that of a Nike running shoe which is extremely comfortable.
Overall the Guide 7 is a fantastic running shoe and you can see that real investment has been made in the research and design.
The changes have made this shoe even more accessible. Where as the Guide 6 was only really suitable for those with narrow feet, the Guide 7 caters to all. This is fantastic news for those looking for a plantar faciitis stability shoe.
I’m extremely pleased with the changes that Saucony have made and they have created a fantastic stability shoe.