A little trivia: The Saucony's logo actually represents the Sacony Creek in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and the three circles represents the boulders. The word Saucony (pronounced sock-uh-knee) means “where two rivers run together.”
I received this pair of Saucony Ride 7 courtesy of Ms. Nikka Peralta of i-Trend last December 19, 2014, two months after the 1st Saucony Philippines store was launched at Glorietta 3 in Makati City where the new line of Saucony Performance apparels, Kinvara 5, and Saucony Philippine sponsored-athletes were also unveiled to the media and attendees.
Since the Ride 7 falls on the neutral cushioning shoe category, you would never expect the shoe to be lightweight at only 9.4 ounces (266.5 grams) at first glance with the visibly-chunky rubber on the medial side. It isn't even close to minimalist shoe with its 8-mm heel-to-toe drop/offset. Having been used to a neutral Diadora shoe which I previously thought was at par in terms of weight on its category, the Ride 7's weight was really surprising to me.
The Saucony Ride 7's cushioning was also impressive. It is thick and soft but not overly soft that would swallow the energy from your strides. In fact, its responsiveness is also satisfying that I can recommend this shoe for short speed races and even longer distances to 21K and Marathons. Of course the shoe is intended for paved road use only and not on trails.
|Saucony Ride 7's blown rubbers on the heel, mid, and toe areas.|
|Breathable upper mesh in blue / black / citron color|
|The reflective bits of Saucony Ride 7|
As of this writing, my Saucony Ride 7 pair has already logged about 96-kms in combined training runs and two (2) races (at the Run United 1 2015 and PF-Sub 1 Challenge). I cannot conclude yet its cushioning's durability and whether it will be able to survive at least 400-km distance. In contrast, I am already loving its lightweightedness, the aesthetics, flexibility, and cushioning.
The only caveat or needs more improvement is that the tongue still slides sideways despite the presence of the two lace loops. Although it doesn't really affect your strides or the way you run, but it would be better if the tongue stays on its center alignment.
|Powerfoam insoles integrated with grid technology|
|The well-stitched inner sockliner|
|The heel crash pad redesigned to give more cushioned landing zone|
|More blown lightweight rubbers|
|First 21K race (as Pacer) at the Run United 1 2015|
|First 10K (and 2nd race) at the Pinoy Fitness' 10K Sub-1 Challenge 2015|
It is a racing flat which retired after having logged more than 320++ kilometers only of pounding on the road. The retirement was forced as it has already started causing plantar pains with the accelerated wear on the toe area of the shoe's right pair. I'm still using it but only on casual and short walks or strolls.