Saucony Guide 10 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners.
The Saucony Guide 10 and the Saucony Ride 9 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the Saucony Guide 10 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Ride 9 a neutral cushioning running shoe.
While in recent years, the Saucony Guide has always come with stitched-on overlays in its upper, the Saucony Guide 10 changes this and therefore has an upper that looks quite like that of the Saucony Ride 9 .
Both the Saucony Guide 10 and the Saucony Ride 9 come with no-sew overlays around the midfoot and lighter no-sew overlays running on the toe box.
In addition, the mesh used by the Saucony Guide 10 is more open than that of the Saucony Ride 9 so might prove to be a bit more breathable.
At the back of the shoe, the Saucony Ride 9 comes with some stitched-on overlays, while the Saucony Guide 10 continues having no-sew overlays at the back.
All in all, you should be able to get a similar amount of support from the upper of these two running shoes.
While the Saucony Guide is a stability running shoe, it has almost always provided a good amount of cushioning to runners, just like cushioning running shoes. The Saucony Guide 10 is no different.
Running shoe lab tests show that both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Guide 10 provide a good amount of cushioning to runners.
Women should experience a very cushy forefoot from either running shoe, but the Saucony Ride 9 might feel a bit more cushy than the Saucony Guide 10 in the heel.
However, both the Saucony Guide 10 and the Saucony Ride 9 provide an above average amount of heel cushioning to women.
The differences in cushioning should be a bit less noticeable to men because both the Saucony Guide 10 and the Saucony Ride 9 provide almost the same amount of heel and forefoot cushioning to men.
Both running shoes turn out to be very cushy to men and approach the maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.
The big difference between the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Guide 10 comes in the form of a medial post in the midsole.
The Saucony Guide 10 has one because it is a stability running shoe that is meant to stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.
The Saucony Ride 9 does not have a medial post because it is for runners who do not need such kind of support.
Therefore, while the Saucony Guide 10 provides a ton of stability, the amount of stability offered by the Saucony Ride 9 falls slightly below average, according to running shoe lab tests.
However, both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, especially under the midfoot, so runners should be able to experience some stability as well as smooth heel-to-toe transitions from both running shoes due to this feature.
The pattern of the rubber in the outsoles of the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Guide 10 look quite similar, and both running shoes provide a good amount of separation throughout their outsoles.
The separation should benefit the smoothness of your ride as well as the flexibility of the running shoes.
However, while the Saucony Guide 10 displays a good amount of flexibility, the Saucony Ride 9 turns out to be somewhat stiff for both men and women, according to running shoe lab tests.
The women's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams), and the Saucony Guide 10 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).
The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 9.5 oz (269 grams) and 10.1 oz (286 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 9 being the lighter one.
Because the Saucony Guide 10 and the Saucony Ride 9 serve two different crowds, making a choice between the two should not be that difficult.
If you are a neutral runner, the Saucony Ride 9 would be the one to look into because the large amount of stability offered by the Saucony Guide 10 could get in your way and even feel uncomfortable.
And if you are an overpronator, the Saucony Guide 10 would be the logical choice because the Saucony Ride 9 does not offer pronation control to runners.
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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