Saucony Omni 13 vs. Saucony Ride 7 review

Saucony Omni 13 offers lots of stability and support to overpronators in a lightweight package. Saucony Ride 7 provides a plush and comfortable ride for long runs.

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The Saucony Omni 13 and the Saucony Ride 7 fall in two entirely different categories with the Saucony Ride 7 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Saucony Omni 13 a stability running shoe. The one thing they have in common is that they are both plush running shoes.

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The upper of the Saucony Omni 13 looks very similar to that of the Saucony Ride 7 in that both have a combination of no-sew overlays and traditional stitched-on overlays.

The stitched-on overlays on both running shoes are located around the heel and on the medial side where runners tend to need the most support.

The no-sew overlays can be found on the lateral side of the shoes and running over the toe box.

Because the Saucony Omni 13 is meant to provide support, it also has a Support Frame cupping the heel to really give you a good lock down around the heel, as well as Arch-Lock on the medial side to really give you a good lock down around the midfoot.

Both these features are missing in the Saucony Ride 7, since its main purpose is to provide you with cushioning; not support.

The midsoles of the Saucony Omni 13 and the Saucony Ride 7 are very similar in that they both have a PowerGrid midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

While both running shoes are meant to provide a great deal of cushioning, the Saucony Ride 7 turns out to be more cushy in the heel than the Saucony Omni 13 for both men and women.

So if you are a heel-striker, the Saucony Ride 7 may suit you better than the Saucony Omni 13.

Where forefoot cushioning is concerned, running shoe lab tests revealed that the Saucony Omni 13 is more cushy than the Saucony Ride 7 for men, but that both running shoes have an equal amount of forefoot cushioning for women.

That being said, both running shoes have above average forefoot cushioning to place them at the top end.

Another similarity in the midsoles is that both the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Omni 13 come with a crash pad under the heel that extends to the midfoot to join the forefoot and provide you with smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

What differs between the midsoles in the piece of firmer foam on the medial side that is used to control overpronation. The Saucony Ride 7 does not have such a medial post, while the Saucony Omni 13 does, since it is meant to provide you with stability and support as your foot rolls inward after heel-strike.

Both the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Omni 13 provide full ground contact not having any midfoot shanks. This increases the stability of the shoes a bit and the smoothness in your ride.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Omni 13 also look very similar in configuration and separation between the rubber pods.

However, the rubber configuration in the forefoot of the Saucony Omni 13 may be a bit more favorable for flexibility, since running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Omni 13 is quite flexible when compared to the Saucony Ride 7, which turns out to be pretty stiff.

The main difference in the outsole is that the Saucony Omni 13 is a bit wider especially in the midfoot area to accommodate the medial post.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), while the Saucony Omni 13 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Ride 7 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Saucony Omni 13 for men weighs 10.4 oz (295 grams).

Deciding between the Saucony Omni 13 and the Saucony Ride 7 is not difficult. Both running shoes are very plush and both running shoe offer similar things.

However, if you are an overpronator, the Saucony Omni 13 would be the logical choice. And if you are a neutral runner, you could go either way, but the Saucony Ride 7 would be the one for you to consider.

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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