Saucony describes the Powergrid Cortana as their newest concept car. The shoe features a sporty design that guarantees people will notice you as you run by. Like many of their newer model shoes, the Saucony Powergrid Cortana has the PowerGrid technology under the hood which works to provide premium cushioning. This shoe is for great for the daily run and is designed for neutral to over pronators.
The upper part of the Saucony Powergrid Cortana running shoes was developed with the Sauc-Fit system. This is a unique Saucony design that locks the midfoot into place and secures the heel as well. The Airmesh keeps air flowing freely throughout the shoe while the Comfortride sockliner cushions the foot as it is fighting odor causing bacteria. The Hydrator Collar lining is made of performance fabric that wicks away moisture and the HRC Strobel Board improves cushioning and comfort.
The midsole is the home of the Saucony’s PowerGrid technology. This industry acclaimed feature works hard to cushion the foot and provide optimal responsiveness. Shock is reduced by the Super Rebound Impact Zone which, in turn, gets the foot ready for a fluid transition from heel to toe. The heel itself is isolated by the Impact Interface which provides additional cushioning for the heel strike.
The outsole is designed with two types of rubber. The blown rubber specially created at Saucony is light and more responsive than the rubber used on similar shoes. It enhances cushioning. The XT-900 is a carbon rubber that promotes traction so you can be confident your feet will stick to the ground in just about any type of weather conditions. Both of these rubbers slow down wear and tear by preventing abrasions. This means your Saucony Powergrid Cortana running shoes will be around for a long time.
So far, the reviews of the Saucony Powergrid Cortana have been positive. People like the minimal design and low heel drop of this natural running shoe and felt it provided them with a tremendous return on the energy expended.
One complaint about this shoe is that the heel drop may be too low. However, the reviewer had switched immediately from a shoe with a much higher heel drop and this caused pain in their Achilles. It is important to remember that when you change running shoes to do a gradual step down. Sometimes an immediate shift into a totally different type of shoe can cause problems.
Another issue noted in a different review is that natural shoes tend to be too flexible and don’t provide enough support. However, the Saucony Powergrid Cortana tries to mitigate this with the heel fit mechanism that keeps the heel firmly in the shoe.
All in all this is good shoe if you want a more natural feel with added cushioning. This is also a good shoe to start with if you are thinking of transitioning to true minimalistic running shoes. The Saucony Powergrid Cortana is priced in the mid to high range and comes in three color combinations that are different for men and women styles.