Saucony Omni 15 provides a very supportive ride with a good amount of cushioning. Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners...
The Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Ride 9 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Saucony Omni 15 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Ride 9 a neutral cushioning running shoe.
The main difference between the uppers of the Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Ride 9 is that the Saucony Omni 15 has more stitched-on overlays than the Saucony Ride 9.
The Saucony Ride 9 comes with a stitched-on overlay that wraps the heel but uses welded-on overlays around the midfoot and on the toe box.
The Saucony Omni 15 is different in that it has sturdy stitched-on overlays around the midfoot and the heel. These are the locations where overpronators need support.
And then on the toe box, the Saucony Omni 15 has welded-on overlays just like the Saucony Ride 9.
Another difference is that the Saucony Omni 15 comes with a Support Frame that keeps the heel in place and provides extra support, while the Saucony Ride 9 does not.
All in all, you should be able to get much more support from the upper of the Saucony Omni 15 than you would from the upper of the Saucony Ride 9.
While the Saucony Ride 9 was built to provide cushioning to runners, the Saucony Omni 15 is more concerned with providing a lot of stability and support.
However, this does not mean that the Saucony Omni 15 does not provide a good amount of cushioning, because according to running shoe lab tests, it does.
In fact, the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes look very similar, and both running shoes provide almost an equal amount of heel and forefoot cushioning.
Women should enjoy a very cushy forefoot and heel cushioning that is way above average but not to the max. The differences in cushioning between the Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Ride 9 are almost nil for women.
While there are some tiny differences to be noted between the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Omni 15 for men, the differences are minimal.
The forefoot of the Saucony Omni 15 is just a tiny bit more cushy than that of the Saucony Ride 9, but both provide an amount that is almost to the max.
In addition, men get a little bit more heel cushioning than women from both running shoes. The difference is again tiny, with the Saucony Ride 9 providing just a little bit more.
Both the Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Ride 9 come with a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot.
And because both running shoes also provide a good amount of ground contact, you should be able to get a smooth heel-to-toe transition from either.
The main difference between the Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Ride 9 can be found on the medial side of the midsole, where the Saucony Omni 15 comes with a long piece of firmer foam and the Saucony Ride 9 does not.
This medial post helps stop your foot from rolling too far inward. The Saucony Ride 9 does not come with such a support system, because it is a running shoe for neutral runners who do not need that kind of support.
The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Ride 9 look quite similar. There are just minor differences to be noted in the zigzag flex grooves in the forefeet of the two running shoes.
Other than that, both display a good amount of separation, but the Saucony Ride 9 displays a bit more separation than the Saucony Omni 15, especially under the crash pad and in the size of its flex grooves.
Running shoe lab tests show that both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Omni 15 fall on the stiffer end of the flexibility spectrum.
However, the Saucony Omni 15 turns out to be a tiny bit more flexible than the Saucony Ride 9 for both men and women, but more for women than for men.
The women's version of the Saucony Omni 15 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), and the Saucony Ride 9 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).
The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.6 oz (301 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 9 being the lightest.
If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft, comfortable, and smooth ride from a running shoe, the Saucony Ride 9 would be definitely worth checking out.
And if you are an overpronator who is also looking for a very soft, comfortable, and smooth ride, but then with a lot of stability and support added to that, the Saucony Omni 15 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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