New Balance 870v3 vs. Saucony Guide 7 review

New Balance 870v3 is a very lightweight stability shoe with enough cushioning for long runs. Saucony Guide 7 offers a good balance of cushioning and stability. Learn how they differ.

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The New Balance 870v3 and the Saucony Guide 7 fall in the same category of light stability running shoes that are geared towards runners who require a moderate degree of stability and support.

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The uppers of both the Saucony Guide 7 and the New Balance 870v3 consist of a combination of mesh with overlays.

However, all of the overlays that wrap the midfoot on the New Balance 870v3 have been welded on instead of stitched on to keep the upper very light, yet supportive.

The only stitched overlay is at the back of the foot in the form of a heel counter to keep the heel in place. Almost all of the overlays on the Saucony Guide 7 are thick and contain stitches.

While the New Balance 870v3 should feel more comfortable on your feet, both running shoes have overlays running over the toe box that can make that area feel tight especially if you have wide feet or large bunions.

Because both running shoes are meant to provide stability, they both have a medial post to control and stop pronation.

Both also have a crash pad (Absorb crash pad on the New Balance 870v3 and SRC impact zone on the Saucony Guide 7) under the heel running from the back and outside of the heel till the midfoot to start slowing down the overpronation as you land on your heel and roll inward.

Because the medial post is a bit longer in the Saucony Guide 7 than in the New Balance 870v3, the Saucony Guide 7 should provide you with just a little bit more stability and support than the New Balance 870v3. The difference is not much, though.

The Saucony Guide 7 has a PowerGrid midsole to provide cushioning and in the New Balance 870v3 it's REVlite midsole foam that provides cushioning. Two different technologies that should get the job done, however, the heel of the New Balance 870v3 might feel much softer than that of the Saucony Guide 7 due to the Absorb shock absorption cushioning in the crash pad under the heel.

The forefoot should feel similar if not a bit softer in the Saucony Guide 7. Speaking of forefoot, the forefoot of the New Balance 870v3 should feel more flexible than that of the Saucony Guide 7 thanks to the rubber configuration. The rounded pods of rubber in the forefoot allow the forefoot of the shoe to flex better compared to the rubber lugs and flex grooves in the forefoot of the Saucony Guide 7.

The outsole of the New Balance 870v3 consists of Ndurance durable rubber under the heel and in high-wear areas with blown rubber throughout the forefoot. The forefoot of the Saucony also consists of blown rubber (iBR+), which provides extra cushioning, and XT-900 carbon rubber under the heel and other high wear areas.

So there aren't many differences between the outsoles besides the configuration. The New Balance 870v3 provides more ground contact than the Saucony Guide 7 on both sides of the shoe around the midfoot shank, so it is expected to also provide a smoother heel-to-toe transition than the Saucony Guide 7, but not by much.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), while the New Balance 870v3 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Guide 7 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the New Balance 870v3 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

So the New Balance 870v3 is very light, which is surprising for a shoe that offers as much stability as it does.

Either running shoe will do if you are looking for a trainer that provides a moderate degree of stability and support. However, if you are looking for something extremely light, flexible, and that has a good amount of heel cushioning, then the New Balance 870v3 would be the one to look into.

If weight is not an issue, but forefoot cushioning is, then the Saucony Guide 7 might be the one for you.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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