Saucony Ride 5 Review
Out with a new update to the Saucony neutral running line this fall is the Saucony Ride 5. The Ride 5 is the shoe in your lineup that is good for lightweight training, and short to mid distance running. Some of the new features in the Ride 5 versus the previous version include a 8mm vs 12mm drop from heel to toe in which Saucony is slowly incorporating into many of its running shoes. Coming in at 9.8 oz. for a men’s 9, the shoe is an ounce lighter through removal of excess material in the shoe. Saucony also changed up its midsole and outsole to a more cushiony EVA and rubber which is always welcomed.
The Upper in the Saucony Ride 5 is low cut, similar to that of a lightweight trainer of the days of old. I personally like this style as the less shoe around my ankle, the better. The liner around the heel is incorporated with Hydramax which wicks moisture away while allowing for a snug wrap about the ankle. I found the Ride 5 to have no heel slippage on both short and long runs. The material used in the upper is comprised of a wide spaced mesh pattern on the outside with a much finer liner underneath to keep out debris. The toebox of the Ride 5 was just right, not too small and not too big. For design, there are a number of color options you can choose from. Overall, the upper of the Saucony Ride 5 is super comfortable and a high performer in my opinion.
The midsole on the Saucony Ride 5 is best suited for the neutral runner that doesn’t need a whole lot of support. The only visible support in this shoe is a small plastic cut out that helps keep the arch from collapsing. The primary midsole material used in the Ride 5 is Progrid which is Saucony’s own material that is a little more responsive than standard blown EVA. I personally did not see a big difference in the response of the midsole. Overall, the midsole offers a plush ride without a lot of bulk.
The outsole on the Saucony Ride 5 is comprised of a softer more responsive rubber called IBR+. After logging 100 miles on these shoes, I have found the rubber to hold up very well and it should be able to get you 400-500 miles without too much wear depending on your running style. Instead of having one solid outsole, there are small cutouts that allow the shoe to flex a little more with your foot and this also is where Saucony was able to shave off a little weight. Typically the outsole is one of the heavier materials on a running shoe.
My overall impression of the Saucony Ride 5 was positive. I found the shoe to be light on my feet, but provide a plush cushiony ride. Pair that with an upper that fits like a glove, the Saucony Ride 5 is a great option for the neutral runner.