SAUCONY RIDE 13 REVIEW

BRIAN METZLER | May 27, 2020

SAUCONY RIDE 13 - SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE 2020

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Ride has always been known as a versatile, comfy cruiser and the 13th edition will be a fortunate find for runners who appreciate neutral-oriented everyday trainers that can do a little bit of everything well.

There have been several key updates to the Saucony Ride 13 from last year’s version, the Saucony Ride ISO 2 make this one of the best updates on the market in 2020.

Saucony Ride 13 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY RIDE 13

The Saucony Ride 13 has been overhauled with a new foam package, a new upper and a new look. This year’s edition puts more spring in every step, thanks to a more responsive midsole cushioning package. Saucony’s FORMFIT system cradles a runner’s feet with a near-custom fit that can accommodate a wide range of foot shapes very comfortably. There’s just enough room in the forefoot for the toes to flex and splay to optimize the energy output as the foot pushes off the ground.

Finally, a new, seamless upper on the Ride 13 helps provide a better, more accommodating fit, while an updated outsole adds flexibility and durability.

Saucony Ride 13 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Saucony ditched its cumbersome ISO Fit closure and replaced it with a more streamlined lacing system and a new engineered mesh upper. This offers a better, more all-encompassing fit for a wider range of foot shapes on the Saucony Ride 13.

The step-in feel of the Ride 13 feels soft and comfortable, with rear-foot security provided by an interior heel counter and a slightly wider toe box for more wiggle room in the forefoot. The new foam midsole package, in concert with the new upper and updated outsole, really puts a fun, fast and fresh sensation in every stride. The bottom line? The Saucony Ride 13 fits, feels and flows like a dream.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate neutral training shoes will love the vibe and versatility of the Saucony Ride 13. It’s durable and comfortable enough for long runs, but it’s light and fast enough for speedier sessions like tempo runs, hill repeats and longer intervals.

The Ride 13 could be a race-day shoe for 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons and marathons.

PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY RIDE 13

Saucony Ride 13 - Pros

Pros: Saucony Ride 13

The PWRRUN EVA midsole compound offers great impact cushioning and durability like a workhorse trainer, but it’s also very energetic and responsive like a lightweight performance trainer. The new upper has a much cleaner design, not only in appearance but also when it comes to comfort and functionality. It is made from a breathable, engineered mesh with 3D printed overlays that provide for a secure, accommodating fit for a variety of foot shapes. The outsole of the Ride 13 has been updated to include more blown rubber segments, fewer carbon rubber sections and less exposed foam that combine to add to the cushy, lightweight feel of the shoe while also providing durability.
Saucony Ride 13 - Cons

Cons: Saucony Ride 13

There really aren’t any drawbacks to the Ride 13, but there is noticeably less structure and support from the foam midsole than in earlier editions. That’s not an issue for a neutral runner with a sturdy gait, but it’s not something that will benefit runners who mildly overpronate.

TECH SPECS: SAUCONY RIDE 13

Saucony Ride 13 - Tech Specs

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Kicksology", "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."