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After many years of striving to provide the perfect fit, the Saucony Ride 14 finally reaches fit perfection. Previous models left runners wanting a more secure fit; updated FORMFIT technology in this year's model fulfills that need.
The Saucony Ride 14 is provides a blissful ride for a daily trainer that can tackle heavy mileage but also turn up the speed for tempo runs and races.
The Ride's PWRRUN midsole provides a snappy yet supported feel that perfectly partners with a formfitting heel making it a shoe that's ready to get down to business.
While marketed as a neutral support shoe, the Ride 14 provides enough stability for lateral workouts, such as weights and lunges, and cross-training.
This year's model raises the bar for daily trainers and is a close competitor to New Balance's 880 and Brook's Ghost 13 - but more than a half an ounce lighter.
HEEL TO TOE OFFSET: 8mm (32mm / 24mm)
WEIGHT: 8.4oz/238g women's, 9.4oz/266g men's
USE: Everyday trainer, road running
SURFACE: Road, track, urban
Keith: The toebox is ample with no rub spots. There is a rigid toe bumper but I don't feel it on my foot at all. I enjoy the way the midfoot wraps around the foot using Saucony's FORMFIT and attached tongue which stays perfectly in place. Nothing throughout the shoe moved around during my runs and the heel cup is deep and shaped to cradle the foot well. The upper on the Ride 14 is light and breathable and felt especially comfortable throughout the ankle collar and heel where it provides a plush softness with no chance of blisters.
The PWRRUN cushioning on the Ride 14 surprised me a little. I expected a softness and comfort provided by most everyday trainers, but the bounce caught me off guard. There is a lot of spring in this shoe! The first mile felt almost too firm, but after that it softened a bit and just felt so smooth! My first run was on wet pavement and I noticed the outsole traction took a similar minor break in period before I felt like I had good grip on the road. Each subsequent run felt flawless.
Toni: When I first stepped into the Ride 14, I instantly felt the upper hugging my foot thought the fit in my midfoot was little tight. After a few wears it loosened up and felt more natural.
The heel cup fit is a big improvement for the Ride. Saucony Rides of the past would be slightly loose in the heel area. This is not case with the Ride 14. The tongue has a great level of cushion as it disappears on top of my foot.
But can we talk about these shoe laces? Saucony makes the softest-to-touch shoe laces that just makes you wanna lace and re-lace your shoes again!
The PWRRUN midsole has a snappy yet supported feel. The cushion has a supported feel in the heel and arch area of the Ride 14. PWRRUN is a dynamic midsole that it cushions on impact yet stays cushioned throughout the run.
The length of the Ride 14 is spot on. The width is slightly snug but the width DOES relax with each wear.
Keith: My foot felt locked in and there is plenty of arch support. The slight flare on the medial side of the heel creates plenty of surface area for the foot to feel balanced.
Toni: Most supportive neutral shoe I have worn in a long time. I really feel the arch support.
Keith: I would recommend this shoe for any distance up to a marathon. Although its bread and butter is going to be as a daily trainer that can handle the bulk of training miles, it definitely has enough snappiness to pick up the pace for some tempo runs and speed workouts.
Toni: The Ride 14 should be your reliable go-to-shoe for long runs. This shoe stays supportive from the beginning to end of the run. I did some cross training (elliptical and weights) in it and it complimented my workout well.
Keith: The Ride 14 is a mid-cushion daily trainer that blends cushion and performance very effectively. It is just as comfortable as its competitors with a lighter feeling and more responsive ride. Similar to the Brooks Ghost, Mizuno Waverider, New Balance 880, Nike Pegasus, On Cloudswift, Hoka Rincon.
Toni: I find this shoe is comparable to the Brooks Ghost 13, New Balance 880v11, ASICS Gel Nimbus, and even the Mizuno Wave Rider.
Keith: In the Ride 14, Saucony really dialed in and improved the fit over version 13 and they made it look better while they were at it. The shoe now looks a little more like it was built for speed. The PWRRUN midsole from the Ride 13 simply carries over to the Ride 14, which is just fine by me.
Toni: Best Saucony Ride I have worn in 5 years! Saucony lost its way with the fit when many of their shoes went to the ISOFIT. The Ride 14 fit is dialed in and the cushion is reliable.
Keith: Every run I've had in the Ride 14 has been blissful. A shoe that fits this good is easy to ignore, but in a good way! There was zero discomfort, no rubbing, and no movement or sliding on my foot. With nothing drawing attention to my feet I was able to focus more on other aspects of my run and my surroundings, which made it very easy to get into a nice zone where the miles just flew by.
The Ride 14 is for nearly any neutral runner, but is especially well suited for someone who does not want to sacrifice performance for comfort.
Toni: Before the run, I felt that I needed a little more volume in the shoe. I removed the EVERUN top-sole to give myself the toe-splay I needed and BOOM! The spark was ignited! The shoe seemed to disappear on my foot. I didn’t needed to re-lace my shoes and definitely didn’t have any heel slip. On a long run the midsole would soften and give my run a little more cushion response. This shoe is so dynamic because when I’m wearing it for short runs, it feels snappy and responsive. I even took on the elliptical for some cross training and my arches felt nicely supported the whole time.
I would recommend the Ride 14 for a customer looking for a quality running shoe that wants to train for their first 5k or run a marathon. The support of this shoe is endless.
37 year old
Wears men's size 11
Running has always been a part of my life. When I was younger it was mainly a way to stay in shape for soccer; running track in the off-season was a way to train hard and stay competitive. I liked it, but it wasn't until my first marathon in my late 20's that I really fell in love with running. Since then I have completed 7 marathons and a 50 mile ultra while also competing in countless 5k, 10k, and half-marathon races. I enjoy running just about anywhere except the treadmill. I prefer trails in the woods to the road and my favorite spot is the Corsair Trail System in the Huron National Forest near East Tawas, MI. I also frequent the many trails we have in Southeast Michigan. I currently work at Running Lab and have worked there for a total of just over 2 years. My favorite thing about running is that it can be super competitive yet the running community is so supportive of each other.
38 year old
Wears women's size 10.5
I have been running since 2011 and am in it for the long haul. The longer the event's distance and the more challenging the better. I've been cultivating the running and walking community managing the Running Lab in downtown Brighton since 2015. Running is grownup recess. When your life is lacking joy, go run. When you need to be moved by nature, go run. When you want to celebrate your abilities, go run!
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