Saucony Guide 10 ReviewFebruary 6, 2017
- Excellent price point for stability shoe
- Comfortable upper
- Sizes narrow
- Rocks stick to outsole
Classified as a stability shoe, the Saucony Guide 10 runs more like a hybrid of neutral cushioning with supportive stability. Offering a much softer ride than other stability shoes, the Guide 10 outperforms the other stability shoes in just about every category making it a great option for those needing mild support while still maintaining great overall performance.
The Saucony Guide 10 blends excellent stability from overpronation while still maintaining great overall performance. Saucony’s EVERUN cushioning is used throughout the topsole and midsole for a energetic and cushioning ride. The upper features a no-sew engineered mesh with Lightweight FLEXFILM overlays for structure and support. A TRI-FLEX outsole is designed for greater ground contact by increasing the flexibility under the forefoot.
Ample padding lines the heel collar and tongue making the Guide 10 one of the more comfortable wearing shoes tested. A newly designed upper for the 10th version of the Guide is a no-sew engineered mesh. Underfoot the Guide 10 blends stability with just enough cushioning to avoid harsh landings.
Like other Saucony’s tested, the Guide 10 fits on the tighter side, so trying a half size up may be a good idea. The Flexfilm overlay throughout the upper really helps secure the midfoot, while flexible engineered mesh in the toe box prevents a crammed feeling up front.
Despite being a stability shoe, the Guide 10 responds more like a neutral running shoe. While the medial support is noticeable, once pressure transitioned towards the forefoot the Guide was rather snappy. There is more of a varied level of cushioning in the midsole compared to others. The Guide 10 feels much firmer medially and softer through the toe off.
Typically you’ll find stability shoes ranking poorly in speed, however the Guide 10 feels surprisingly speedy for a stability shoe. This unusual speedy feel is mostly due to its lightweight. The Guide 10 breaks the stereotype that stability shoes need to be heavy, coming in at a modest 10 oz for men and 8.9 oz for women.
Of all the stability shoes tested this season, the Guide 10 offers a superior ride in both cushioning and smoothness of run. The Guide 10 feels much softer than the New Balance 860v7 and Mizuno Wave Horizon, absorbing more impact, which makes it more forgiving on the legs. The heel is also less predominate on the Guide 10 verses the other stability shoes, making it more suitable for mid and fore foot strikers.
Cory is a Santa Barbara, CA based athlete, online running coach and freelance journalist specializing in running and climbing related content and gear review.