Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Ride 9 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners.

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The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Ride 9 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the Saucony Guide 9 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Ride 9 a neutral cushioning running shoe.


The uppers of the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Ride 9 are similar in that they have light no-sew overlays in the forefoot.

The Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to also has no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot unlike the Saucony Guide 9, which has stitched-on overlays on the medial side and no-sew overlays on the lateral across the midfoot.

Stitched-on overlays are more supportive than no-sew overlays but the Saucony Guide 9 needs to provide more support because it is geared toward overpronators.

The Saucony Ride 9 implements stitched-on overlays around the heel to increase the amount of support at the back of the shoe. The Saucony Guide 9 does the same.

All in all, if you are looking for support in the upper, you may want to look at the Saucony Guide 9 before considering the Saucony Ride 9.

The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Ride 9 make use of similar technologies to provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

Both running shoes have a softer layer of foam just under the sockliner, and both running shoes also have a crash under the heel to soften your landings.

Saucony states that the Saucony Ride 9 lies at the top end of the moderate cushioning category, while the Saucony Guide 9 is at the lower end of the plush cushioning category. So both running shoes should come close to the amount of cushioning they provide.

Running shoe lab tests confirm this. Both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Ride 9 provide a lot of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot and for both men and women, but the Saucony Guide 9 provides just a tad more.

There isn't a huge difference between the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes, though. Both are very cushy running shoes.

The Saucony Ride 9 is meant to provide cushioning and no stability, while the Saucony Guide 9 is meant to provide stability but not necessarily as much cushioning as it does.

The way the Saucony Guide 9 provides stability is through a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Saucony Ride 9 does not have such a medial post but still provides a good amount of ground contact under the arch, which increases the stability of the running shoe a bit.

The second part of stability – or rather the first stage – is taken care of by the crash pad at heel-strike. The Saucony Ride 9 also has a crash pad, which again adds to the stability of the running shoe.

However, if stability is what you are after, the Saucony Guide 9 provides lots of it according to running shoe lab tests and obviously due to the fact that it has a medial post and the Saucony Ride 9 does not.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact so also have the potential to deliver a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The outsoles of the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Ride 9 also look very similar in both the heel and the forefoot with a good amount of separation for shock absorption and dissipation.

Because both running shoes deliver a large amount of forefoot cushioning and have a similar pattern of flex grooves in the forefoot, they also display a similar amount of flexibility with both lying at the stiffer end of the spectrum.

However, while both running shoes are almost equally stiff for men, the Saucony Guide 9 displays a bit more flexibility than the Saucony Ride 9 for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women also weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 9.5 oz (269 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft and comfortable ride from a running shoe that feels light and sporty on your feet, the Saucony Ride 9 might be the one for you.

And if you are an overpronator who is looking for a lot of support and stability from a running shoe that also delivers a very soft ride, the Saucony Guide 9 would definitely be worth looking 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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