Saucony Guide 10 vs. Saucony Kinvara 9 review

Saucony Guide 10 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Saucony Kinvara 9 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast...

The Saucony Guide 10 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 are running shoes that target two different types of runners.

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The Saucony Kinvara 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is for neutral runners, while the Saucony Guide 10 is for mild to moderate overpronators.

The uppers of the Saucony Guide 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Kinvara 9 are alike in that they have overlays that pull the saddle back towards the heel and they do not come with ISOFIT like other Saucony running shoes.

The forefoot of the Saucony Kinvara 9 is more open than that of the Saucony Guide 10, which has light overlays running over it.

The area around the heel is covered with overlays on the Saucony Guide 10 and with woven material on the Saucony Kinvara 9, so both running shoes provide a good amount of support around the heel.

All in all, the uppers of the Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Guide 10 do not display many differences, and both running shoes should be able to keep your foot on the running platform and provide an adequate amount of support for their respective target runners.

The midsoles are similar in that they both come with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning that is meant to provide heel-to-toe softness.

The midsoles of the Saucony Guide 10 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 differ in that the Saucony Guide 10 has a post on the medial side to control overpronation.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 does not come with such a device, because it is meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such support.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, but the Saucony Kinvara 9 brings you closer to the ground and closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Guide 10 does, because the Saucony Guide 10 has a higher heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Kinvara 9.

While the Saucony Guide 10 gets high marks for stability, lab tests have rated the Saucony Kinvara 9 as providing an above average amount of stability, so it is a stable neutral running shoe.

In terms of cushioning, the Saucony Kinvara 9 delivers a bit more heel cushioning to women than the Saucony Guide 10 does, while the Saucony Guide 10 delivers more heel cushioning to men than the Saucony Kinvara 9, but both running shoes can be seen as having a soft heel.

However, the Saucony Guide 10 has a very cushy forefoot, which is cushier than that of the Saucony Kinvara 9 for both men and women, so the Saucony Kinvara 9 should feel a bit more responsive than the Saucony Guide 10 while still delivering a good amount of forefoot cushioning.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ in that the Saucony Kinvara 9 has rubber only in high-wear areas, while the Saucony Guide 10 has rubber all over its outsole.

Both running shoes display a good amount of separation in their outsoles, but the Saucony Guide 10 has wider flex grooves than the Saucony Kinvara 9.

Lab tests have found the Saucony Kinvara 9 to be stiff for both men and women, while the Saucony Guide 10 delivers a moderate amount of flexibility to both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 9 weighs approximately 6.5 oz (184 grams), and the Saucony Guide 10 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 8.0 oz (227 grams) and 10.1 oz (286 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 9 being the lighter one.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 has been kept light in its upper and in its outsole to be able to help runners go faster. It is a performance running shoe that can be worn by neutral runners.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator, though, the Saucony Guide 10 was made with your needs in mind, and it is a good running shoe for longer runs.

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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