Saucony Guide 13 Review

The new Saucony Guide 13! It’s a completely new design for the Guide and even a naming convention change, with Saucony moving away from their ISO lacing technology and therefore dropping “ISO” from the name.

With a new midsole, outsole, upper, and support system, the Guide is a new shoe! It feels, fits, and functions different than the outgoing Guide ISO 2, but maybe not as much as all of the Saucony naming differences might lead you to believe. Here are the main changes:

Saucony Guide 13 vs Guide ISO 2

  • The revised upper is the first thing you notice when trying on the Guide 13 – it is much plusher than the ISO 2
  • Replacing the polarizing ISO system is a technology called FORMFIT – a much more traditional lacing and fit system
  • Saucony has changed their midsole materials – EVERUN is out, and a similar material called PWRRUN takes its place – but the overall feel of the shoe is pretty similar
  • PWRRUN is made of a similar TPU material as EVERUN, providing a little more cushion at a slightly lighter weight
  • Overall weight of the shoe has increased slightly, but thanks to an slightly improved transition you don’t really notice the heft
  • You ride a little higher in the new Guide 13
  • The overall platform seems to have narrowed up a little bit
  • We’re still evaluating the new stability system, which is a denser TPU guidance plate rather than a post – but that seems to be more marketing terminology than actual structural differences

    Saucony Guide 13 Review

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Saucony Guide 13 Review

Fit

The overall fit of the Guide 13 is on the snug side but the one piece upper is soft and flexible, with the ability to give you a secure fit in the heel while allowing your toes room to splay. You don’t really notice the lack of ISOFIT, with the more traditional fit system doing a good job of securing your foot in the shoe. While the 13 seems on the narrow side, the length is pretty standard and overall it runs pretty true-to-size.

Feel

The feel of the upper is nice and soft – a big upgrade from previous Guides. With so much importance now placed on step-in feel, Saucony has done a good job with the new Guide to make it a pleasant first impression. The new midsole and outsole give the Guide a pretty good balance of cushion and response, but it still feels very much like a traditional guidance shoe. The transition isn’t as fast and flexible as some of its light-guidance competitors, but some runners might prefer that firmer, stable platform.

 Function

Saucony has yet again narrowed the platform of the Guide, and this time also introduced a new guidance platform. The new TPU guidance plate seems to provide a similar amount of stability as the previous post, but we’re still evaluating the new Guide on customers and will update this post as we know more!

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Comparisons:

Saucony Guide vs Ride

The big difference between the Saucony Guide and Ride is that the Guide is designed as a guidance (or “stability”) shoe while the Ride is their neutral shoe. Saucony has designed the Guide to be more supportive than the Ride while still featuring the same level of cushion. In their current versions, each shoe feels and functions consistent to those design specifications, but the Guide 13 is now pretty minimal in terms of actual guidance. The Guide feels a little higher than the Ride and doesn’t have as flexible of a transition. The Ride is a little bit softer and provides a little less support, but there is an increasing amount of similarity between the shoes as the Guide has become more firm and less stable. The Ride is lighter, but the shoes feel about the same on-foot.

Saucony Guide ISO vs Brooks Adrenaline

The Guide and the Adrenaline both are designed to provide a moderate amount of guidance in a cushioned, standard-weight package. The two shoes feel pretty similar in terms of overall cushion, but the Adrenaline rides a little lower and feels much more flexible. Their weight is almost identical, with the better transition of the Adrenaline making it feel a touch lighter.  The Guide is narrower than the Adrenaline Рboth in the toebox and throughout the shoe, and it has a deeper toebox. We expect stability to be about the same.

Saucony Guide vs ASICS GT-2000

In their current versions, the shoes have a pretty different feel. With the huge improvement in the 2000, the Guide is now firmer, lower, and stiffer than the 2000. Fit is pretty similar overall. Each weighs almost the same, but the flexibility and improved transition of the 2000 makes it feel lighter on-foot. The 2000, while having lost a little guidance in recent versions, is still more supportive than the new Guide 13.

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