Meaghan: The Saucony Ride 7 surprised me – in a good way. We reviewed the Guide 7 a few months ago and it wasn’t my favorite shoe in the world. I had a very different experience with the Ride 7. The fit is near perfect. The toebox is large enough for my wide feet, but it feels snug and secure through the midfoot. The welded overlays mean no stitching or seams to create hot spots, so they’re comfortable right out of the box. The mesh upper offers plenty of ventilation and the Rundry lining helps wick away any extra moisture. This shoe comes with plenty of cushioning. It’s lined heel-to-toe with a power grid foam that’s meant to efficiently distribute pressure and return energy to the runner. I can’t speak to the energy return, but the transition from heel strike to toe-off is definitely smooth. I noticed the cushioning is much stiffer in the heel than in the forefoot, which made for a nice balance; particularly for someone who tends to heel-strike. I also noticed a nice bounce to this shoe. I figured all the cushioning would slow me down, but I had several speedy runs in the Ride 7.
Thomas: The Saucony Ride 7 is a traditional trainer and I was not expecting a lot from the shoe. Usually I feel slightly clunky in this style of trainer. Instead I found myself thoroughly enjoying the runs in the Ride 7. The shoe gives a lot of cushion without feeling like a maximal shoe or feeling sloppy. The feel of the shoe through the stride is surprisingly nimble and smooth with an 8mm drop. At 9.8 oz for my 10.5 shoe the Ride 7 offers lots cushion in the midsole and almost full coverage of blown rubber on the outsole. This shoe is a workhorse. The upper fit my narrow high arched foot perfectly. No hot spots at all. The shoes still look brand new after more than 100 miles.
Meaghan: I wish I had a little more ground feel. I suppose that is a lot to ask from such a well cushioned trainer, but it might be nice to have a slightly smaller drop. I also wish the Ride 7 came in a few more colorways. They offer three options for both the men and women, none of which I love.
Thomas: I had one bad rain run where the insole got wet and slid down folding under my toes and I could not get it to lay right again during the run. Once the shoes dried the issue did not repeat itself. I would like to see some different styling on the upper. I think the shoe would benefit from losing the shiny plastic looking overlays.
Meaghan: The Ride 7 is what I would consider the ultimate marathon trainer. It’s perfect for long runs. Your feet feel just as good on mile 18 as they did on mile 1. Plus, it’s extremely durable. I’ve put around 100 miles on my Ride 7 and there is no sign of wear. At all. I will definitely be keeping this shoe in my summer rotation.
Thomas: Saucony has a real winner here. If I could only have one shoe in my closet this would be the shoe. It feels great and can handle just about any run challenge you could throw at it. Like I said earlier this shoe is a workhorse, durable, light, and responsive. This shoe will be a contender for BITR best in gear 2014. I can recommend this shoe to any runner at any level. I love this shoe.