Saucony Breakthru vs. Saucony Ride 7 review

Saucony Breakthru is a lightweight neutral running shoe with a good amount of responsive cushioning. Saucony Ride 7 provides a soft and smooth ride to high-mileage runners...

The Saucony Breakthru and the Saucony Ride 7 are both neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony that have similar features, but which are still different.

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The Saucony Breakthru The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 7 are similar in their uppers in that they both have a combination of no-sew and stitched-on overlays.

They both have sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe where runners tend to need support and no-sew overlays on the lateral side.

In addition, the Saucony Ride 7 has extra no-sew overlays running over its toe box and over the bunion window on the medial side, while the Saucony Breakthru does not.

The toe box of the Saucony Breakthru is completely open and should make your foot feel very comfortable and non-constricted in that area. So if you have large bunions, the Saucony Breakthru would suit you better than the Saucony Ride 7 would.

Both the Saucony Breakthru and the Saucony Ride 7 have a PowerGrid midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Breakthru offers almost as much cushioning as the Saucony Ride 7 for men, while the Saucony Ride 7 has a very cushy forefoot and slightly less heel cushioning than the Saucony Breakthru for women.

The Saucony Breakthru is meant to feel responsive under your feet, which is why it is moderately cushioned compared to the Saucony Ride 7. The Saucony Ride 7 is meant to feel soft under your feet. However, especially men may not feel a big difference in softness between the two running shoes.

While both the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Breakthru are meant to be worn by neutral runners so do not provide stability, they both offer full ground contact, so provide some degree of stability and should give you a smooth ride.

In addition, the Saucony Ride 7 does have one stability feature in the crash pad that it provides that runs from the back of the shoe under the heel around the lateral side to join the forefoot at the midfoot.

Crash pads typically help absorb shock when you touch down and also start slowing down the movement in preparation to transition to toe-off.

The Saucony Breakthru does not have a crash pad, but should provide you with enough impact protection at heel-strike, since it offers more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 7 for women and an equal amount for men.

The outsoles of the Saucony Breakthru and the Saucony Ride 7 have good separation between their rubber compartments to provide shock absorption and dissipation.

And while the layout of the rubber compartments is slightly different in the two running shoes, running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are equally stiff for men, but that that Saucony Breakthru is a little bit more flexible than the Saucony Ride 7 for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Breakthru weighs approximately 7.3 oz (207 grams) and the Saucony Ride 7 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 8.9 oz (252 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively.

If you are looking for a relatively lightweight running shoe that offers a good amount of cushioning for longer runs while still feeling responsive under your feet, then the Saucony Breakthru might be the one for you.

And if you are looking for a plush and smooth ride in a running shoe that can handle lots of miles, then the Saucony Ride 7 would be one to look into.

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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