Saucony

ProGrid Guide 3

$95 (purchase latest version HERE)

Test Period: 10 months

Field Tester: Scatman

The ProGrid Guide 3’s were suggested to me after the first shoe I tried gave me blisters within a few miles.  Right away I could tell the Saucony was a better fit for my foot.  I’m a firm believer that if you have the right shoe you shouldn’t get blisters.

I made the classic rookie mistake and my first run in these was a long one but it worked out as the shoes performed great.

The construction of the Pro Grid Guide is top notch.  It is slightly heavier than the Guide 2 with small changes to the collar and the shape of the overlays.  The Guide 3 is designed with a thick sole for extra protection and plushness.  It’s great for the new runner since it offers some stability.

Most experts say you should get around 6 months out of them or 300-500 miles depend on your size and frequency of running.  Personally I’ve had mine much longer but most of my miles are off road so they only have about 100-150 miles on them.

I did have an issue with them squeaking but it was not the shoe itself but the insole.  I also had some trouble when using green Superfeet in these.  I kept getting a hot spot right on my arch.  I switched the greens for oranges and problem solved.

The Facts:

RUN – Light Stability

  • Light stability everyday training shoe
  • Second density post incorporated to slow down mild pronation
  • Smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off
  • Weight: 11.9 oz

The Technology:

UPPER

  • Hydrator collar lining: Saucony�s performance apparel fabric that provides next-to-skin comfort and maximizes wicking
  • Comfortride Sockliner: Breathable, moisture wicking, anti-odor and anti-microbial Comfortride insole provides improved step-in comfort with rebound properties
  • Air Mesh Upper: Provides lightweight breathability
  • HRC Strobel Board: Increases cushioning and comfort.

MIDSOLE

  • Heel ProGrid™: Saucony�s latest impact deflection technology, ProGrid™, absorbs impact, dissipates shock and sets the foot up for a smooth transition
  • Dual Density Impulse EVA: Provides increased shock attenuation, responsive cushioning, stability, durability and rebound properties
  • SRC(Super Rebound Compound) Impact Zone: Provides shock attenuation and sets the foot up for a smooth transition
  • SRC Xtra Forefoot Cushioning: Saucony�s premier forefoot cushioning system provides a smooth toe-off

OUTSOLE

  • Blown Rubber: Lighweight flexibile material provides added cushioning while maintaining durability and a smooth ride
  • XT-900™: A carbon rubber outsole material that offers exceptional traction properties without sacrificing durability

Pros and Cons: The big Pro for me with this shoe is the fit.  I have a slightly narrow foot with an even narrower heel.  Being new to running I like the extra support the sole offers as it makes me more sure footed when I run.  I’m yet to find a Con with these shoes.

Overall: This shoe has been a solid performer.  As I mentioned before any issue I had wearing these shoes where not the shoes problem but my insole.  I love these shoes and can only hope the new Saucony Peregrines are as good.

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Scatman

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