Saucony Axon 3 vs Ride 17: Which One? (2024 Comparison)

Saucony Axon 3 vs Ride 17

The Saucony Ride is, along with the Triumph, one of the Saucony brand’s most popular road-running collections. It’s a shoe that ticks many boxes in comfort, versatility, durability, and stability. In short, it’s an all-around great value for most runners, beginners, and experienced alike, including supinators and light overpronators.

On the other hand, the Saucony Axon is a rather recent new model, as we are only in its third version in 2024. Saucony launched this series to expand its entry-level range. It has some features of the brand’s more premium models but with a slightly inferior finish and comfort.

The heel stack height is the same on both shoes: 35 mm. This configuration ensures shock absorption for comfortable long distance running.

However, the heel-to-toe drop is lower on the Axon 3 (4 vs. 8 mm), giving more stack under the forefoot. Such a low heel-to-toe drop may come as a surprise if you’re not used to it, so caution is advised.

Cushioning is firmer on the Axon, which allows good stability (the Ride also does very well in this respect). In terms of energy return, the Ride 17 is clearly more responsive with its more advanced PWRRUN+ foam.

Finally, another important point: the rubber of the outsole. The Axon 3 uses a generic compound, while Saucony Ride 17 benefits from XT-900, a highly resistant material that offers greater durability.

Axon or Ride: Which One Should You Pick?

Overall, the Ride is a more versatile and comfortable choice, thanks in particular to its more balanced cushioning and greater responsiveness. However, the Axon may be a good option if you’re looking to make a few savings and prefer more firmness underfoot.

Side-By-Side Comparison Table

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Overview
Description The Axon 2 is Saucony's entry-level road running shoe. This value-packed daily trainer comes with minor tweaks to the original Axon that runners already loved. The Saucony Ride 17 is a highly versatile running shoe that runners love for daily training.
Comfort
9
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9.5
Durability
9
Value
10
Design
8.5
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9.5
Stability
9.5
Durability
9
Value
9.5
Design
9
Facts
TerrainRoadRoad
Support NeutralNeutral
Heel stack height35 mm35 mm
Forefoot stack height31 mm27 mm
Heel-to-toe drop4 mm8 mm
Weight (men)286 g270 g
Weight (women) 259 g238 g
Features Vegan, Heavy runner, Recycled materials, Rocker
Athletes
Release year20222024
Technologies
Outsole Carbon RubberXT900 Rubber
Midsole PWRRUN, Speed-Driven Geometry PWRRUN+
UpperEngineered MeshFORMFIT
Cushioning
Cushioning Firm Balanced
ResponsivenessMedium Medium
Use
DistanceMid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon Mid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon
Speed Slow, Moderate Slow, Moderate
WorkoutsDaily running Daily running
Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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