Saucony as a company have slowly but surely been gathering more praise as the years have gone by for their diverse, visually striking, yet most importantly high performing shoes and the Guide 7 is the latest update to their most celebrated shoe style, the Guide 6. Featuring excellent stability and ankle support, making this shoe ideal for mid-strike runners with a slightly flatter running stance than most, the Saucony Guide 7 is a great option to consider if you look to partake in long distance running over difficult terrain.
The Saucony range has always had a unique colour scheme that has made them immediately obvious as soon as they are sighted and the Guide 7 follows this exact same idea. The heel of the Guide 7 in particular has an incredibly bright and thus eye catching colour scheme.
This is where Saucony have employed most of their efforts with the Guide 7. The material has changed from the older generation ProGrid Cushioning System to their latest Powergrid material, that is not only considerably lighter, it is also much more durable over distance. This means that through the front half of your foot, especially through the midfoot the shoe feels a lot more supportive from below and thus more reassuring to exert pressure through.
The integral design of the heel, being a decoupled beveled heel means that inward rolling prevention is still excellent and there are also now newly installed crash pads found on the mid-foot, which helps reduce shank size as well as provide more support to the midfoot region. The sole is also reshaped into much more of a fan design, with a wider toe region and this helps with propulsion throughout the shoe.
The redevelopments have not stopped just at the sole region of the shoe, however. The Saucony 7 has had a lot of redevelopment work occur in the toe box of the shoe, meaning that it is now much more suitable for those with a wider forefoot. The Guide 6 suffered from being rather pointed and thus uncomfortable for those with a wide toe configuration, and this is an issue that has been readily addressed for the Guide 7.
The overlay of the shoe has also been redesigned to reduce issues of cramping and improve comfort considerably. The material is light and breezy, allowing for good air circulation whilst the roof of the shoe is roomier, allowing for greater flexibility through the toes. There is also no additional pressure exerted when peak points are tested, adding to the comfort of the shoe considerably.
FLEXIBILITY AND CUSHIONING
When put to the test, the Saucony Guide 7 came out with excellent results. The redesigning of the materials on the sole of the shoe means that they are a little harder to wear in, but once done so they have good spring in them whilst also being cushioning and supportive on your foot’s downstroke. The general support throughout the forefront of the shoe is also excellent, especially when climbing and there is ample room for the flexibility you will require from your shoe.
Ankle support, as with the Guide 6 is also fantastic due to the relatively high but not uncomfortable ankle configuration. The padding of this part of the shoe, combined with the soft and forgiving material utilized means that you will not experience discomfort and there is virtually no role factor, which is reassuring.
- Saucony have taken the issues raised from the Guide 6 and really worked on them for the Guide 7
- The comfort of the shoes once worn in is excellent
- High quality sole design, aimed to be supportive as well as highly runnable
- Good aesthetic design
- Much roomier toe box, suiting many more runners foot profile
- They do take a while to wear in, especially if you are incredibly light upon your feet
- Insole may feel uncomfortable to those who utilize the heelstrike running technique
The redesign of the Guide brand into the Saucony Guide 7 is incredibly pleasing and the features present will suit a lot more runners than before. The sole material has good support yet enough give, it is durable and there is no issue of rolling your foot thanks to the clever design. The toe box reconfiguration is highly pleasing also. I hope that this Saucony Guide 7 review has been helpful!