Saucony Omni 16 vs. Saucony Ride 10 review

Saucony Omni 16 provides a very stable and supportive ride to overpronators. Saucony Ride 10 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners...

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The Saucony Omni 16 and the Saucony Ride 10 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Saucony Omni 16 being a stability running shoe for overpronators and the Saucony Ride 10 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the Saucony Omni 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 10 are similar in that both have a forefoot that is wide open and free from overlays, and both come with overlays around the midfoot.

The difference is that the overlays on the Saucony Ride 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are thinner than those on the Saucony Omni 16, so the Saucony Ride 10 delivers lightweight support around the midfoot compared to the Saucony Omni 16.

While both running shoes cover the area around the midfoot well to deliver a good amount of support, the overlays on the Saucony Omni 16 connect the saddle better to the midsole and also provides a connection with overlays around the heel.

The Saucony Ride 10 covers the heel well by having a woven area around the heel that also delivers lightweight support.

Both running shoes make use of engineered mesh that is quite open in the forefoot so delivers a good amount of breathability, and the bunion window has been kept free from overlays to provide comfort to those who have big bunions.

The Saucony Omni 16 comes with a Support Frame behind the heel to add a bit more support in that area.

All in all, the uppers of the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Omni 16 look very much alike in construction, but the Saucony Omni 16 delivers support that is more heavy duty compared to what the Saucony Ride 10 delivers, but this is understandable, because the Saucony Omni 16 is meant to deliver lots of support to overpronators.

The midsoles of the Saucony Omni 16 and the Saucony Ride 10 also look very much alike in construction, although the Saucony Omni 16 comes with a long post on the medial side that the Saucony Ride 10 does not have.

The Saucony Ride 10 is meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such support, so its midsole consists of one main layer of foam with a topsole construction of EVERUN cushioning to deliver heel-to-toe softness and return energy to you.

The midsole of the Saucony Omni 16 is constructed in a similar way as that of the Saucony Ride 10, but then it has the additional post on the medial side to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

This post is long and runs high, so the Saucony Omni 16 delivers quite a strong degree of pronation control.

Saucony places the Saucony Omni 16 high on the stability scale, close to motion control, so it delivers a good amount of support.

The Saucony Ride 10 is placed fairly high on the neutral scale, close to the light stability category, so it does deliver some stability to neutral runners.

The stability comes mostly from the fact that it provides a good amount of ground contact just like the Saucony Omni 16 also does.

The goal of the Saucony Ride 10 is to deliver a plush running experience but not too plush to hold you back, so the Saucony Ride 10 is meant to feel responsive.

The Saucony Omni 16 is also meant to deliver a plush running experience, and Saucony places it two notches higher on the plush cushioning scale compared to the Saucony Ride 10, so the Saucony Omni 16 is meant to deliver more cushioning than the Saucony Ride 10.

Lab tests have found both running shoes to be overall cushy, but the Saucony Omni 16 has a very cushy forefoot and delivers more forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Ride 10 to both men and women.

However, the Saucony Omni 16 has a more moderately-cushioned heel and delivers somewhat less heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 10 to both men and women.

Therefore, you can get an overall cushy ride from either running shoe, but the Saucony Ride 10 displays a better balance between heel and forefoot cushioning.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Omni 16 display some similarities with both having a zigzag pattern in the forefoot.

However, the deep flex grooves in the forefoot of the Saucony Ride 10 are less interrupted by rubber than they are in the forefoot of the Saucony Omni 16.

In addition, because the Saucony Omni 16 delivers more forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Ride 10, it is expected to be stiff.

The latter is confirmed by lab tests, which have found the Saucony Omni 16 to be somewhat stiff and the Saucony Ride 10 to be moderately flexible and more flexible than the Saucony Omni 16.

The Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Omni 16 have a crash section under the heel, which should isolate impact at heel-strike and keep shock from affecting your overall ride, which should feel fairly smooth in these two running shoes.

The women's version of the Saucony Omni 16 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the Saucony Ride 10 for women also weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 9.9 oz (281 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 10 being the lighter one.

Making a decision between the Saucony Omni 16 and the Saucony Ride 10 should not be that difficult, because the Saucony Omni 16 was created for moderate to severe overpronators, while the Saucony Ride 10 is meant to be worn by neutral runners.

Both the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Omni 16 can deliver soft and smooth rides, but the Saucony Ride 10 is well balanced and might feel a bit more responsive than the Saucony Omni 16. It is also slightly better for heel-strikers compared to the Saucony Omni 16.

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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