Saucony Guide 7 vs. Ride 7 review

The Saucony Guide 7 delivers a good balance of cushioning, stability, and value. The Saucony Ride 7 provides excellent cushioning and arch support. How else do they differ? Find out.

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The Saucony Guide 7 is a stability shoe from Saucony, while the Saucony Ride 7 is a neutral running shoe from Saucony.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 7 and Saucony Ride 7 consist of breathable mesh with synthetic overlays. The overlays in the shoes are placed and distributed differently, especially across the midfoot.

The Saucony Ride 7 does not have many overlays and many of the overlays are thin. But there are still enough to hold your feet down on the running platform.

The overlays are a little bit wider and thicker towards the back half of the shoe and also on the medial side of the shoe to give you a good lock through the midfoot.

The Saucony Guide 7 has mostly wide and firm overlays, so should provide you with a more secure fit than the Saucony Ride 7.

The midsoles of both the Saucony Guide 7 and Saucony Ride 7 consist of PowerGrid for cushioning, shock absorption, and bounce back.

The cushioning in the Saucony Guide 7 is a little bit firm, but that's appropriate for a stability shoe. The Saucony Ride 7 provides a little bit more cushioning than the Saucony Guide 7 with the forefoot cushioning being softer than the heel. So the Saucony Guide 7 is a very good shoe for long runs.

There is an SRC impact zone on the lateral side of the heel of both running shoes. This impact zone is beveled and helps with shock attenuation. On the Saucony Ride 7, this crash pad extends into the midfoot to provide you with a smoother transition.

But the biggest difference in the midsoles of the Saucony Guide 7 and Ride 7 is that the Saucony Guide 7 has a firmer post of foam on the medial side of the shoe to resist inward rolling of the foot as you land and overpronate.

The Saucony Ride 7 does not have such a post, since it is a running shoe designed for runners who do not overpronate or overpronate very mildly.

But while the Saucony Ride 7 is a neutral shoe, it does have some stability features with its segmented crash pad and full ground contact that should give you a stable base to smoothly transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The Saucony Guide 7 does not provide full ground contact, but it has good ground contact through the forefoot and the heel with a midfoot shank to provide structural midfoot support. All of these features should help stabilize the foot and provide almost twice as much stability as the Saucony Ride 7.

The outsoles of both the Saucony Guide 7 and Saucony Ride 7 consist of durable rubber especially under the heel and blown rubber especially in the forefoot.

The design of the outsoles are slightly different with the Saucony Guide 7 being built for responsiveness and flexibility. The fan-like forefoot design should provide you with support during toe-off and an improved toe-spring should give you a more responsive ride. The flex grooves in the forefoot should help with flexibility.

The outsole of the Saucony Ride 7 was designed with cushioning and smooth transitioning in mind. And while there are flex grooves on the outer edge of the forefoot, they do not extend seamlessly all the way towards the inner edge of the forefoot, so the forefoot remains somewhat stiff.

And while the Saucony Guide 7 is not an extremely flexible running shoe, it should feel more flexible than the Saucony Ride 7.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the men's version of the Saucony Guide 7 weighs approximately 10.1 oz (286 grams). The Saucony Ride 7 for women weighs about 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the Saucony Ride 7 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams). So the Saucony Ride 7 is a bit lighter than the Saucony Guide 7.

If you are a neutral runner looking for good cushioning, some support, and a smooth transition from heel-to-toe in a running shoe, then the Saucony Ride 7 might be the one for you.

And if you are an overpronator who requires stability in a running shoe with a bit of flexibility and cushioning, then the Saucony Guide 7 might fit the bill.

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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