Saucony Stabil CS3 vs. Saucony Omni 13 review

Saucony Omni 13 delivers lots of stability in a lightweight package. Saucony Stabil CS3 is all about delivering maximum pronation control with a plush ride. But there is more...

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The Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Saucony Omni 13 fall in the stability category of running shoes, but the Stabil CS3 is a motion control running shoe, while the Omni 13 is a stability running shoe with motion-controlling features.

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So the Saucony Stabil CS3 is intended to be worn by runners who severely overpronate and the Saucony Omni 13 by runners who moderately overpronate, but might need a little bit more support.

The upper of the Saucony Stabil CS3 consists entirely of mesh with stitched-on overlays, while the upper of the Saucony Omni 13 has mesh with a mixture of stitched-on and no-sew overlays.

The no-sew overlays on the Saucony Omni 13 run mostly over the toe box and on the lateral side of the shoe. The medial side, however, has stitched-on overlays to give you a good lock down over the midfoot.

Both running shoes have more overlays on the medial than on the lateral side, with the one difference that the Saucony Stabil CS3 uses Sauc-Fit on the medial side, while the Saucony Omni 13 uses Arch-Lock.

While both are stretchy, Sauc-Fit is geared towards better movement of heel and rearfoot of the shoe with the foot, and Arch-Lock towards providing a snug and supportive fit.

Both running shoes should provide you with a secure fit. However, the fit might be a bit more secure in the Saucony Stabil CS3 due to the amount and type of overlays used.

Both running shoes also provide a good wrapping around the heel with a support frame, so should keep your heel firmly locked down on the platform.

Both the Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Saucony Omni 13 have a wide toe box. And while there are overlays running over the bunion window, there should be enough space there to move around.

The midsoles of the Saucony Omni 13 and the Saucony Stabil CS3 do not differ much where cushioning is concerned. Both have a PowerGrid midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

Both running shoes also have a segmented crash pad under the heel to soften the impact when you land. The crash pad is a little bit bigger and wider under the heel of the Saucony Stabil CS3, so you can expect to get a little bit more shock absorption from the Stabil CS3 in that area.

The heel of the Saucony Stabil CS3 is wider than that of the Saucony Omni 13, probably because the medial post that controls pronation is larger and covers a much greater area underfoot than that of the Saucony Omni 13.

This is in line with the amount of pronation control expected from each running shoe. The Saucony Stabil CS3 provides maximum pronation control, while the Saucony Omni 13 provides moderate pronation control.

Except for the rubber pieces under the medial post and on the medial side of the heel, the layout of the outsoles of the Saucony Omni 13 and the Saucony Stabil CS3 are pretty similar. This includes the rubber lugs and flex grooves in the forefoot, so they should deliver a similar amount of flexibility.

Both running shoes provide full ground contact. This should not only benefit the amount of stability they provide, but also help you transition more smoothly from heel-strike to toe-off.

The women's version of the Saucony Stabil CS3 weighs approximately 9.9 oz (281 grams) and the Saucony Omni 13 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 11.9 oz (337 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively. So the Saucony Omni 13 is much lighter than the Saucony Stabil CS3.

If you do not need the maximum pronation control offered by the Saucony Stabil CS3 and can live without having lots of heel cushioning, then the Saucony Omni 13 would be the logical step down to suit your moderate overpronation needs.

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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