Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Omni 14 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators in a lightweight package. Saucony Omni 14 offers lots of stability and support to bigger runners.

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The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Omni 14 are stability running shoes with the Saucony Omni 14 being at the higher end of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Omni 14 are very similar in that they both consist of a combination of no-sew overlays and traditional stitched-on overlays.

Both the Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Guide 9 have similarly placed stitched-on overlays on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support.

However, the overlays on the Saucony Omni 14 have been pulled back more than those on the Saucony Guide 9, which allows the Saucony Omni 14 to feel more comfortable in the forefoot, but at the same time, not provide as much support that is centered directly around the entire midfoot.

However, the Saucony Omni 14 counterbalances this nicely by having light but broad no-sew overlays in the front part of the shoe. The Saucony Guide 9 implements very light and thinner overlays in that area.

Both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Omni 14 have sturdy overlays wrapping the heel, but the Saucony Omni 14 throws in a Support Frame to really lock the heel and keep it firmly in place.

All in all, both the Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Guide 9 provide a good amount of support through their uppers, but the Saucony Omni 14 can be seen as providing just a tad more.

The Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Guide 9 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

The big difference is that the Saucony Guide 9 comes with a topsole of softer material. One may therefore expect the Saucony Guide 9 to provide more cushioning than the Saucony Omni 14.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests confirm that the Saucony Guide 9 is overall more cushy than the Saucony Omni 14, but that this difference is more prominent in the heel than in the forefoot.

The cushioning in the heel of the Saucony Omni 14 turns out to be not too soft nor too firm, while the running shoe has a very cushy forefoot.

So if you are a heel-striker, the Saucony Guide 9 may suit you better than the Saucony Omni 14.

Both running shoes have a crash pad to soften your landings and provide you with a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter, and both running shoes have a medial post to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The medial post is just a tad longer in the Saucony Omni 14 and has a different structure under the arch. And when you look at the outsole, you can see that it also a bit thicker and broadens the platform right under the arch.

All this makes the Saucony Omni 14 a bit more stable and perhaps also more suitable for bigger runners.

Continuing with the outsoles, one can also see that the rubber in the Saucony Omni 14 is larger and thicker than in the Saucony Guide 9, and the flex groove pattern is different in the forefoot.

The Saucony Guide 9 displays overall more segmentation for good shock absorption and dissipation, however, both running shoes still wind up on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

For women, the Saucony Guide 9 turns out to be the slightly more flexible one, but not by much. For men, the Saucony Omni 14 is the more flexible one, but not by much.

The women's version of the Saucony Omni 14 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lightest.

If you are an overpronator looking for a very supportive and stable ride, you could go with either the Saucony Omni 14 or the Saucony Guide 9, bearing in mind that the Saucony Omni 14 provides a slightly stronger degree of pronation control.

If you are a heavier runner or have large feet, the Saucony Omni 14 may suit you better than the Saucony Guide 9.

And if you want an overall very cushy ride in addition to a good amount of support, the Saucony Guide 9 would be the one to consider above the Saucony Omni 14.

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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