Developing running shoes is a tricky business, runners come to expect a certain fit and feel and don’t necessarily like it when something changes. This is especially true with models that have a significant following and are firm favourites amongst runners. The Guide is one of Saucony’s most popular models and normally undergoes small tweaks when updated. However, Saucony has ripped up the rulebook and created a new generation Guide which is sure to turn a few heads: higher stack, more cushioning, more efficiency and improved geometry. Loyal fans, do not fear, the new Guide 15 encapsulates the essence of the previous version, but offers a radically enhanced underfoot experience that will gain the approval of lots more runners.
Guide 15 tech - Stability Soft
The Guide now boasts 18% more PWRRUN cushioning and features a thicker midsole. Saucony’s signature EVA midsole material has been updated to deliver a plusher and more energetic underfoot feel that improves energy return. A new ultra cushioned ETPU insert, called PWRRUN+ sockliner, has been added to provide more cushioning. Saucony have also taken learnings from their Endorphin models and added Speedroll inspired geometry. This simply means the midsole is curved, which results in smoother landings and faster take-offs - benefits for slower and faster paces.
For added stability, Saucony have updated their trademark technology, Formfit. This means the sidewalls of the midsole have been made higher and wrap up around the foot to create natural stability for the foot. It doesn’t stop there though, an all new stability structure called HOLLOW-TECH dramatically improves performance. This is a lightweight guidance frame, positioned under the arch, that delivers great stability in a minimalist way - reducing the likelihood of a runner noticing the extra support. A flared forefoot area has also been lighter.
Even though it’s more cushioned and supportive, the weight has been dropped by a considerable amount:
Guide 15 stats:
- Men’s: Midsole offset: 35mm to 27mm (8mm drop) & Weight: 269g (29g lighter than previous model)
- Women’s: Midsole offset: 35mm to 27mm (8mm drop) & Weight: 235g (31g lighter than previous model)
How can the Guide 15 improve your run?
Some of the Run4It team have been testing out the new model to stamp their seal of approval and let you know how they perform.
Wear tester reviews:
Rob said: “I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this shoe. As a long-distance runner who heavily pronates, I’ve never really got on with Saucony when trying to find the balance between support and comfort. The Guide 15 has had a lot of upgrades and the first thing I noticed when trying this shoe was how light it was, and how much nicer the upper is. I’ve run around 45 miles so far and tested the shoe on longer/slower runs and tempo runs. The shoes were great on both types of runs but slightly better at tempo sessions because it is so light and delivers great energy return. Overall, the Guide 15 has excelled and exceeded my expectations.”
Please note the Acid/Blue Raz colourway (pictured above) was used for wear testing purposes only. The Sapphire/Black colourway is ranged for Men at run4it.com and in Run4It shops.
Rachel said: “The Saucony Guide 15 is an ideal everyday training shoe with maximum comfort and sufficient stability. At first I was apprehensive about the Guide, as my go-to soft stability shoe is the Adrenaline GTS from Brooks due to the non-invasiveness of the Guiderails. The support system used by Saucony is more of a stability post which I never found as comfortable. However, the Guide 15 seems to have found the sweet spot, offering great support without being too harsh or obtrusive. Similarly, the Guide has a great balance of softer cushioning in the heel and midfoot while firmer in the forefoot for a smoother ride but bouncier toe off.
The minute I put them on they were super comfortable and this translated into my run. The shoe has a true to size fit, similar to Brooks as a comparison, with plush padding in the heel reducing the likelihood of rubbing which I often experience. All in all I’d definitely recommend this shoe for a comfortable, stable and energetic feel.”
Whether you’re looking to replace a pair of Guides which have done a few too many miles or looking for your first pair, the new Saucony Guide 15 appears to be a crowd pleaser. It shouldn’t lead you astray on your next run.