Saucony Omni 13 vs. 12 review

Saucony Omni 12 is a top-rated stability shoe for its ride and comfort. Saucony Omni 13 ups the stability and comfort-level. It's the same shoe with just a few minor tweaks. Read more...

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The Saucony Omni 12 and Saucony Omni 13 fall in the stability category of running shoes, but can also be worn by runners who need a little bit of motion control, so they are for moderate to severe overpronators.

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The Omni can be seen as a step down from the Saucony Stabil CS3, which is a motion control running shoe.

Saucony did not change the Saucony Omni 13 a whole lot compared to the Saucony Omni 12, but there have been a couple of tweaks here and there.

The first change is in the upper, where some stitched-on overlays have been replaced by no-sew overlays on the Saucony Omni 13 – mostly over the toe box.

However, the stitched-on overlays that pull the top and bottom of the midfoot back towards the heel, have remained in place, and the overlays on the medial side of the shoe have even increased a bit to give you more support.

So the Saucony Omni 13 should provide you with a more secure fit than the Saucony Omni 12.

Other than that, both running shoes have Arch-Lock on the medial side and a support frame at the back of the heel to keep your foot firmly in place.

Another change that Saucony made was to the width of the running platform. The forefoot of the Saucony Omni 13 is a tad wider than that of the Saucony Omni 12. This should give you a bit more room in the toe box of the Saucony Omni 13 in addition to extra stability.

The midsole of the Saucony Omni 13 has pretty much remained the same as that of the Saucony Omni 12. It still has a firm post on the medial side to stop you from rolling in too far, it still has a segmented crash pad under the heel, and it still has a PowerGrid midsole to provide you with heel-to-toe cushioning.

So all in all, the Saucony Omni 13 should feel the same way as the Saucony Omni 12 felt under your foot. This includes the heel and forefoot cushioning, as well as the flexibility.

The layout of the outsole has not changed much either. It still has a combination of durable rubber under the heel and blown rubber in the forefoot for extra cushioning and responsiveness.

And while the configuration of the rubber directly under the arch has changed a bit, it should not effect the way the Saucony Omni 12 used to feel on your foot, except perhaps for being just a little bit stiffer.

Both the Saucony Omni 12 and 13 give you full ground contact, which is what you are after if you are looking to get stability from a running shoe.

The women's version of the Saucony Omni 12 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Saucony Omni 13 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Omni 12 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the Saucony Omni 13 for men weighs 10.4 oz (295 grams).

The Saucony Omni 13 is still a relatively light running shoe for its class and for the amount of stability and motion-controlling features it provides.

It has not changed much compared to the Saucony Omni 12, except for providing you with a slightly broader and more stable platform to run on, and removing any irritation points that you may have experienced in the front of the Saucony Omni 12.

Other than that, either shoe will get the job done of providing you with lots of support and cushioning at a pretty light weight. So the choice is yours as to whether you've got $10 to spare to get the Saucony Omni 13.

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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