Saucony Omni 15 vs. Saucony Guide 9 review

Saucony Omni 15 provides a very supportive ride with a good amount of cushioning. Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride in a lightweight package.

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The Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Guide 9 are stability running shoes with the Saucony Omni 15 lying at the higher end of the stability and support category.


The Saucony Omni 15 The preceding link takes you to and the Saucony Guide 9 have a lot in common.

Similarities start in the upper where both implement a combination of stitched-on and no-sew overlays.

The main difference is that the Saucony Omni 15 has stitched-on overlays on both sides of the running shoe, while the Saucony Guide 9 implements them mostly on the medial side, where support is generally needed most.

On the lateral side, the Saucony Guide 9 has lighter no-sew overlays, except for a stitched-on overlay that partially cups the heel.

Speaking about cupping, the Saucony Omni 15 also cups the heel, but uses a sturdier Support Frame to do so, so provides a bit more support at the back than the Saucony Guide 9.

The Saucony Guide 9 has fewer no-sew overlays than the Saucony Omni 15 running over its toe box, so it might feel a bit looser and thus also more comfortable than the Saucony Omni 15 in that area.

All in all, the Saucony Omni 15 provides a small bit more support through its upper than the Saucony Guide 9, but the latter provides enough to keep the feet of overpronators firmly on the platform, while increasing the amount of comfort.

The midsoles of the Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Guide 9 are very similar in the way they have been constructed and the materials that have been used.

They both have a topsole of softer foam that increases the softness in both the forefoot and the heel.

They also both have a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot and provides a good connection with the forefoot to provide soft landings and then smooth transitions to toe-off thereafter.

And finally, they both have a piece of firmer foam on the medial side that helps stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The main difference between the medial posts is that the medial post of the Saucony Omni 15 is just a tiny bit longer and has an elevated section just under the arch.

The structure of the medial post is also different and offers more areas of reinforcement in the Saucony Omni 15. Therefore, you should be able to get a bit more stronger degree of pronation control from the Saucony Omni 15 compared to the Saucony Guide 9.

As far as the amount of cushioning goes, Saucony says that the Saucony Omni 15 is supposed to be just a tiny bit more plush than the Saucony Guide 9.

According to running shoe lab tests, both running shoes display a similar cushioning profile with just minor differences between them.

For women, both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Omni 15 have a very cushy forefoot and a heel that is quite cushy but not as plush as the forefoot.

The differences between the two running shoes is minimal with the Saucony Guide 9 displaying just a tiny bit more cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

The same thing can be said of the men's versions of the running shoes, but here, the Saucony Guide 9 displays noticeably a small bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Omni 15, and the heel cushioning is almost to the max for men.

Both running shoes can be said to be overall very cushy for both men and women.

The Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Guide 9 also have a similar rubber pattern in their outsoles, especially in the forefoot. However, the Saucony Guide 9 is a bit more separated under its crash pad.

The flexibiliity of the two running shoes come very close to each just like their cushioning profiles, but in general, the Saucony Omni 15 is just a tiny bit more flexible than the Saucony Guide 9 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Omni 15 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), and the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.6 oz (301 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lightest.

Although the Saucony Guide 9 is said to provide a light amount of stability, it provides quite a bit of stability and support at a very light weight, so if you are a moderate overpronator, it could provide you with the support you need.

However, if you know that you will need a lot of stability and support but not to the point of needing a motion control running shoe, the Saucony Omni 15 would be a good running shoe to look into.

Both running shoes have similar properties, so the choice will boil down to the amount of support you need and not whether you are looking for a soft and smooth ride, because you can get that from either.

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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