Since 1977 when Saucony was given an award by a US magazine who wanted to recognize the company for their high quality shoes and clothes, Saucony has worked to build a reputation as the place to go when you want running shoes that support your running goals. The Saucony Progrid Ride 4 continues to prove why the company is consistently honored for their shoe designs.
Runner’s World magazine recently awarded the Saucony Progrid Ride 4 with the Best Update award in their Fall 2011 Shoe Review. An update from the Saucony Progrid Ride 3, this shoe is designed to provide enhanced cushioning for runners with neutral or under-pronation. In this iteration, the shoe weighs less while still retaining the technology that gives runners the cushioning and flexibility they want.
Cushioning is provided in several different ways. The Comfortride sockliner cushions the foot while killing bacteria and wicking away moisture. The HRC Strobel board also contributes to foot cushioning as well as the SRC Xtra Forefoot Cushioning System which worked to give a smooth toe-off as well. Blown rubber is used on the outsole for added cushioning in addition to improving durability and making for a smooth ride.
Other features of the Saucony Progrid Ride 4 include the use of Saucony’s trademarked Heel ProGrid technology. The ProGrid absorbs and dissipates impact shock while working with the Super Rebound Cushioning Impact Zone to set the foot up for a fluid transition from heel to toe. SSL EVA was used to reduce weight and to maximize the rebound.
Runners will enjoy a snug fit courtesy of the Forefoot lockdown feature which secures the food at the midsole. This minimizes slippage and reduces the chances of incurring an injury. If your foot is moving around in the shoe, you can develop blisters and the lack of support can cause you to strain something in your foot. You don’t want that messing up your run.
Reviews of the Saucony Progrid Ride 4 were mainly positive which can be expected when dealing with a company that focuses on producing quality products like Saucony. Runners felt the shoe provided adequate cushioning and support while still allowing them to move freely over the terrain of their choice. They were particularly happy about the shoes and their loss in weight.
Some reported that the Saucony Progrid Ride 4 helped reduce or eliminate previous joint or shin pain. They also felt the cushioning was optimal and they did not feel like they were running with pillows on their feet would could be just as unnerving as wearing heavier shoes that make you feel like you have bricks on your feet.
Overall the Saucony Progrid Ride 4 is a good running shoe that will serve you well as you work to meet your running goals. It is priced in the midrange and offers several different colors styles in men and women’s sizes.