Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Guide 7 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators in a lightweight package. Saucony Guide 7 provides a secure fit, a cushy ride, and stability.

NEW! Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Guide 8

The Saucony Guide 9 is two iterations newer than Saucony Guide 7. Both are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators.

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The uppers of running shoes have evolved away from stitched-on overlays. Therefore, the Saucony Guide 9 has less stitched-on overlays in its upper than the Saucony Guide 7.

Stitched-on overlays are more supportive and durable but may cause irritiation. So running shoe manufacturers – including Saucony – have been adding more no-sew overlays in the uppers of running shoes.

Therefore, you will find more no-sew in the upper of the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com than in the upper of the Saucony Guide 7. These no-sew overlays are located more in the front part of the shoe to provide comfort.

The Saucony Guide 9 still has stitched-on overlays where overpronators need them most so on the medial side and at the back of the shoe.

All in all, while the upper of the Saucony Guide 7 may be more supportive and durable due to its stitched-on overlays, the upper of the Saucony Guide 9 provides support in all the right places and opens the shoe up to feel more comfortable.

Uppers are not the only things that evolve in time, midsoles do too!

In the case of the Saucony Guide, the Saucony Guide 9 has newer midsole material than the Saucony Guide 7 and also comes with a top layer of foam right under the sockliner to increase the softness of your ride.

This added cushioning in noticeable in running shoe lab tests, which indicate that the Saucony Guide 9 provides overall more cushioning than the Saucony Guide 7 for both men and women.

While the Saucony Guide 7 is not a running shoe that will feel firm under your feet because it provides above average cushioning and enough of it for a well-cushioned ride, if you want a very plush ride, the Saucony Guide 9 would be the one to choose.

Other features in the midsole have not changed where functionality is concerned: there is still a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings and a medial post to control overpronation.

The medial post is much longer in the Saucony Guide 9 than it is in the Saucony Guide 7, and the Saucony Guide 9 does not come with a midfoot shank like the Saucony Guide 7 so provides more ground contact under the arch than the Saucony Guide 9.

Therefore, the Saucony Guide 9 would provide you with slightly more stability and a smoother ride than the Saucony Guide 7. The Saucony Guide 7 is still rated as a very stable running shoe, though.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ in configuration with the Saucony Guide 7 having a fan-shaped forefoot and the Saucony Guide 9 a zigzag pattern in its forefoot.

Both running shoes display a good amount of separation for shock absorption and dissipation although the flex grooves under the Saucony Guide 9 are wider and the outsole is overall more segmented, which again will help smoothen your ride.

The large amount of forefoot cushioning, especially in the Saucony Guide 9, may prevent the running shoe from being flexible.

This is evident from running shoe lab tests, which rate the Saucony Guide 9 as being the stiffer one. The difference in flexibility will be more noticeable by men than by women, though, because the Saucony Guide 7 is quite flexible and the Saucony Guide 9 quite stiff for men.

The difference in flexibility is not that big for women although the Saucony Guide 7 is still the more flexible running shoe of the two.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lightest.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability without being a motion control running shoe or a shoe that is too heavy, you could go with either the Saucony Guide 7 or the Saucony Guide 9.

Both the Saucony Guide 7 and the Saucony Guide 9 also provide a good amount of cushioning, but if you really want a very soft, comfortable, and smooth ride, the Saucony Guide 9 may do a better job than the Saucony Guide 7.

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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