Saucony Omni 14 vs. 13 review

Saucony Omni 13 provided a very stable and comfortable ride. Saucony Omni 14 ups the comfort-level a bit with tweaks to the upper. Read more about the differences...

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The Saucony Omni 14 is the updated version of the Saucony Omni 13, which falls at the upper end of the stability category of running shoes, so can also be worn by runners who need a little bit of motion control; they are for moderate to severe overpronators.

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Saucony has kept a large part of the Saucony Omni 14 unchanged compared to the Saucony Omni 13.

The main differences can be found in the upper and in the outsole.

Starting with the upper, Saucony has maintained a lot of the sturdy traditional stitched-on overlays that provide a good deal of support in the upper to overpronators.

However, some overlays that used to run from the saddle to the front of the Saucony Omni 13 have been removed and replaced by lighter no-sew overlays on the Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com to really open up the forefoot and give you more space and comfort, especially in the forefoot area.

Saucony also replaced the Arch-Lock in the Saucony Omni 13 with Sauc-Fit in the Saucony Omni 14 on the medial side of the shoe.

Arch-Lock gives you a good supportive lock down around the midfoot, while Sauc-Fit provides a secure fit around the arch and heel. Sauc-Fit is also implemented in the Saucony Stabil CS3, which is a motion control running shoe.

You can see that Sauc-Fit is located more towards the back of the shoe than Arch-Lock is.

Both the Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Omni 13 have a support frame at the back of the shoe to really cup your heel and keep it in place, although the support frame of the Saucony Omni 14 has been updated to connect from one side of the shoe, around the heel, to the other side of the shoe.

And while the overlays on the lateral side of the Saucony Omni 14 run slightly different than those on the Saucony Omni 13, you should expect to get a similar amount of support from both running shoes in that area.

Saucony has kept the older PowerGrid midsole in the Saucony Omni 14, so there are no differences in the type of material used to provide cushioning.

In addition, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Omni 14 offers about the same amount of cushioning as the Saucony Omni 13 both in the heel and in the forefoot, so it should not feel different under your foot compared to the Saucony Omni 13.

What has also not changed is the piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the Saucony Omni 13 and the Saucony Omni 14, which is meant to provide pronation control by stopping your foot from rolling too far inward.

While the midsole foam is not the same under the arch, since the Saucony Omni 14 does have a slightly different midsole where grooves in the foam are concerned, you should expect to get a similar degree of pronation control from either running shoe.

The Saucony Omni 14 also still implements a crash pad on the lateral side under the heel, which is similar to that of the Saucony Omni 13, but a little bit less rounded and consisting of three separations instead of two.

The crash pad in the Saucony Omni 14 also more seamlessly joins the forefoot on the lateral side of the shoe, so you can expect to get slightly smoother heel-to-toe transitions from the Saucony Omni 14 than you would get from the Saucony Omni 13.

With this, the configuration of the rubber lugs under the Saucony Omni 14 has also changed a bit compared to that under the Saucony Omni 13.

The Saucony Omni 14 has slightly larger rubber compartments than the Saucony Omni 13, while maintaining the amount of deep flex grooves in the outsole.

This may have affected the flexibility of the Saucony Omni 14, since it is a bit stiffer (for both men and women) than the Saucony Omni 13 according to running shoe lab tests.

The inner side of the Saucony Omni 14 is also a bit straighter than it was in the Saucony Omni 13, so you get a slightly wider and more stable base to run on. Other than that, there aren't many changes to be noted in the outsoles of the two running shoes.

The women's version of the Saucony Omni 14 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), while the Saucony Omni 13 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Omni 14 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the Saucony Omni 13 for men weighs 10.4 oz (295 grams).

All in all, Saucony has done a good job by maintaining the integrity of the Saucony Omni 13, which was already a good and very supportive running shoe, to make the Saucony Omni 14 a little bit more comfortable to wear and run in.

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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