Being a Saucony Progrid Ride fan, I was waiting to lay my hands on the latest Saucony Ride 5. When I finally got mine, I wasn’t disappointed. For a $10 increase in price, I got a shoe that was definitely a step ahead of its older versions as well as some of its contemporaries. The most striking difference is possibly the weight. The new Saucony Progrid Ride 5 is almost two ounces lighter than the Ride 4 version. Majority of the weight cuts have occurred in the midsole and outsole sections. The reduced rubber content in the outer sole has made the shoe more flexible. I feel my feet are closer to the ground. If you are looking for comfort and ride, the Saucony Ride 5 is the shoe for you.
Almost every feature of a Saucony Progrid Ride 5 has been added to improve your speed and comfort. When I held the shoe in my hand, I was amazed by the attention to detail. The plush HydraMAX lining around the collar is ideal for absorbing moisture and proving some additional cushion without adding weight to the shoe. The Ride 5 also comes with a Comfortride Sockliner. This trademark Saucony sockliner is made up of special open cell foam which makes the inner layer of the shoe more breathable. The ventilation will also prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria, especially during long runs in humid and cold environments.
The Saucony Ride 5 has an additional 1.5mm of EVA cushion in its strobel board. The padding gave me a great feeling when I stepped into the shoe for the first time. In fact, the plush comfort has often motivated me to go on long runs. The ProGrid technology found in Saucony shoes also prevents your feet from sinking in every time my feet rest on the sole. They rebound immediately for the next step. The shoe offers great cushioning and is relatively light.
The super light EVA technology adds to responsiveness and durability while reducing the weight. The Impact Zone component also acts as a shock absorber and helps your feet make a smooth transition. The outer part of the sole is made from iBR+ Injection blown rubber. Compared to the Saucony Ride 4, the rubber also adds to the light weight, responsiveness, improved cushioning, and durability of the Ride 5.
I love the Saucony Progrid Ride 5. It offers the right balance between comfort, performance, durability, and stability. The support is great for long runs. The shoe is also appropriate for fast sprints and short runs. Neutral runners and those looking for additional heel support will enjoy their runs with a Saucony Progrid Ride 5. Midfoot strikers who prefer neutral shoes will also like the shoe.