Saucony Omni 14 vs. Saucony Stabil CS3 review

Saucony Omni 14 offers lots of stability and support to overpronators in a lightweight package. Saucony Stabil CS3 delivers maximum pronation control with a plush ride.

The Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Stabil CS3 are stability running shoes that are at the higher end of the spectrum with the Saucony Stabil CS3 being seen as a motion control running shoe.

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The uppers of the Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and Saucony Stabil CS3 differ in that the Saucony Stabil CS3 makes use of only stitched-on overlays to provide support and structure, while the Saucony Omni 14 has a combination of stitched-on and no-sew overlays in its upper.

In addition, the overlays that provide most of the support have been pulled backward in the Saucony Omni 14 to really open up the forefoot to provide you with a comfortable fit there.

And no-sew overlays have been added in the forefoot to provide additional lightweight structure and support.

While both the Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Saucony Omni 14 have overlays running over the bunion window, the Saucony Omni 14 may provide a more comfortable fit in that area, since its overlays are much lighter than those of the Saucony Stabil CS3 in that area.

And finally, both running shoes cup the heel well with the Support Frame that they have at the back of the shoes. All in all, both the Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Saucony Omni 14 provide lots of support in their upper with the Saucony Stabil CS3 providing perhaps just a tad more.

Both the Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Saucony Omni 14 provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their midsoles that consist of the same type of material.

Running shoe lab tests have shown different degrees of cushiness between the male and female running shoes. For men, the Saucony Omni 14 has a very cushy forefoot, but the Saucony Stabil CS3 has more heel cushioning than the Saucony Omni 14.

For women, both running shoes turn out to have an almost equal amount of forefoot cushioning with again the Saucony Stabil CS3 having more heel cushioning than the Saucony Omni 14.

Another similarity is that both stability running shoes have a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot to provide you with a soft landing followed by a smooth transition to toe-off.

The joining of this crash pad with the forefoot seems a bit more seamless in the Saucony Omni 14, but nonetheless, the Saucony Stabil CS3 should provide you with a similar running experience.

What makes the Saucony Stabil CS3 really stand out is the huge post on the medial side that is used to control overpronation and stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This medial post is a little more discrete in the Saucony Omni 14 as a good indication that you would get a stronger degree of pronation control from the Saucony Stabil CS3.

The post also widens the platform a bit, thereby making the Saucony Stabil CS3 sit on a much wider base than the Saucony Omni 14. Both running shoes can accommodate wide feet, but the Saucony Stabil CS3 should be able to do so more than the Saucony Omni 14.

The Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Stabil CS3 provide a good amount of ground contact, which aids with the stability of the shoes but also helps you achieve a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The rubber outsoles look very similar under the forefoot with a fan-shaped structure. They differ somewhat in configuration under the heel and arch, but still both display a good amount of separation.

These two running shoes are suitable for heavier runners who can deal with and are likely to appreciate stiffness in a running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Stabil CS3 is surprisingly flexible compared to the Saucony Omni 14, which turns out to be a bit stiff, especially for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Stabil CS3 weighs approximately 9.9 oz (281 grams) and the Saucony Omni 14 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Stabil CS3 weighs about 11.9 oz (337 grams), and the Saucony Omni 14 for men weighs 10.5 oz (298 grams).

Both the Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Saucony Omni 14 are very supportive running shoes. Your choice should depend on how much you overpronate.

If you are a severe overpronator who also happens to be a heel-striker and wants an overall soft and smooth ride, then the Saucony Stabil CS3 would be the one to look further into.

And if you need less pronation control and a running shoe that is a bit lighter, then the Saucony Omni 14 would be the one 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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