I am not usually a long-distance runner and I do most of my short jogs around the neighborhood when I have some steam left over from lifting weights in the gym, or when my dog needs a run. However, I signed up for a marathon a few mounts ago, and before anything else, I needed to buy good running shoes.
I couldn’t decide on one pair so I got two. The only thing left after that was to test them both out and decide who will win the battle between Saucony Guide vs Ride. I thought I’d share my findings with you and let you know which pair won.
- The brand Saucony makes very good running shoes
- The Saucony Guides are guidance shoes.
- The Saucony Ride is everyday running shoes.
- Both are flexible and fit well around your feet.
- Both have a decent amount of toe space for people with wider feet.
Making things simple
If you are looking for a quick overview and don’t care about the specifics, I got you. The main difference between the Saucony Guide and the Saucony ride is that the Rides are everyday cushy running shoes, while the Saucony Guides are guidance shoes.
This means that the Guides offer more support to people that are slight overpronators. Overpronation is when the ankle rolls inward and a bit downward. This means that the Guides are a bit stiffer and the Rides are more flexible.
Don’t get me wrong, the Saucony Guide does offer some guidance, but they won’t help you if you have severe overpronation because they are not specially designed orthopedic shoes.
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Let’s go deeper: Saucony guide vs ride
Now that we got the basics out of the way, let’s take a deep dive into the Saucony Guide vs Ride comparison.
Outsole: Saucony guide & ride
Both shoes have a wide sole that is flexible on uneven terrains. The Rides have a TRIFLEX wide sole with forefoot flex grooves that allow for good push-off action as well as good grip for slippery surfaces.
The Guides also have flex grooves on the front of the foot which serves as a lift-off feature. The blown rubber patterns allow for a good grip and steady pace.
You always want your running shoes to have some type of extra patting on the forefoot, just like the Rides and the Guides, which will give you that extra lift-off push while running.
Midsole: Saucony guide & ride
Saucony Guide and Saucony Ride are both made with PWRRUN cushioning technology which is 28% lighter than the previous foam. It is also adaptive and absorbs around 5% more impact, is 2 times more flexible, and is 3 times more durable than previous versions.
The Rides still use the original PWRRUN cushioning technology in the midsole which is firmer, but still soft enough for a steady landing and a powerful take-off.
The Guides use the PWRRUN+ cushioning technology which is slightly softer and bouncier. They are still good neutral shoes don’t get me wrong. They have a TPU Guidance Frame in the midsole that runs in the middle of the shoe from the heel to the midfoot.
This is what prevents the foot from rolling inward and that is why I mentioned that the Saucony Guides are good for people with slightly pronated feet.
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Heel to toe: Saucony guide & ride
Both the Saucony Guide and the Ride shoes have a heel-to-toe drop of 8mm which makes them fall in the mid-heel-to-toe drop category.
This means that if you have pain in the ball of your foot, the steady drop of both of these models of shoes won’t put too much pressure. Also, both have an elevated heel which means that they are great for people with discomfort in the heel.
They are around the same stack height with the Rides having a 32mm stack height in the heel and 24mm stack height in the toes, and the Guides having a 32,5mm heel stack height and 24,5 toe stack height.
Upper: Saucony guide & ride
Both the Saucony Guide and the Saucony Ride shoes use have a form-fitting mesh upper that helps keep the foot secured while promoting comfort.
Both have a decently wide toe space which will give your toes space to move around. Also, they have plush cushioning on the ankle that will not only keep your ankle safe but will prevent any irritation of the skin from rubbing.
The Ries has an overall mesh upper that allows for breathability and airflow which is crucial when you’re running in warm weather. The logo on the side of the shoes is not only for showing off, but its firmness also offers more structure to the shoes.
The tongue is quite thick which can offer extra cushioning for some, but if you have overall bigger feet, it can cause some discomfort.
The Guides also have an overall mesh upper with a lot of holes for allowing airflow. They also have a logo on the side that adds stability without adding weight to the shoes.
The Guides have traditional flat shoe laces, unlike the Rides that have stretchy round laces.
People prefer one over the other so I really can’t say which ones are generally better.
Both shoe models are stretchy and flexible yet firm and durable and that is exactly what you want to look for in top-notch running shoes.
Pros and cons
- Secure midfoot
- Good heel grip
- Smooth take-off support
- Firm yet supportive
- Good heel fit
- Low reflectivity for night runs
- Can be heavy for some
- Tempo friendly
- Soft ride
- Good for wide feet
- Low levels of reflectivity
- Sole may get firmer in cold temperatures
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Well, after a lot of time spent thinking about which ones I should wear during the marathon I decided on the Saucony Guide. Don’t get me wrong, both of them are state-of-the-art running shoes, but I found that the Rides are better for everyday training and activities that don’t require extra stability.
On the other hand, the Guides gave me extra support for my slightly overpronated feet. I usually don’t have this problem, but if I run for a longer time, my ankles tend to give up and go a little inward which causes discomfort and I constantly have to think about pushing them outward.
With the Saucony Guide, I felt no issue and I ran without feeling like I’m losing the stability in my ankles.
It’s been more than 15 years, and I’ve been running 3-4 times a week ever since then. I’ve achieved goals, won marathons, went through injuries and learnt a lot along the way. That’s why, I created Suzlyfe together with my husband (Ken) to share my findings and help others reach their goals. Both me and my husband are avid runners, and it’s a big part of our life.