Saucony Ride 14
The Saucony Ride 14 is a comfortable and versatile shoe with a high stack cushioning: 32 mm under the forefoot and 24 mm under the forefoot. However, the platform is quite firm, according to the testers. Thus, shock absorption is good, but the ride is somewhat rigid. In terms of cushioning, as on the previous model, some runners noted a slight bounce, while others found the ride a bit dull. Let's note that the R14 still uses PWRRUN foam instead of the newer PWRRUN PB, which has the reputation of packing a punch in the energy return department. In other words, what was suitable in 2020 seems a bit dated in 2021.
The upper is very comfortable and offers an ideal lockdown with the right amount of flexibility and support. Also, the upper is much more breathable than before, thanks to a more open mesh design. Not only it allows air to circulate better, but it also makes the upper more flexible. The only slightly negative point is the tongue, which some testers deemed too thick.
Finally, the outsole does not skimp on rubber to ensure effective traction and make the shoe more robust. The other advantage of this configuration is that the shoe is quieter—pedestrians will no longer turn around when they hear you coming (beware: this stealth mode can scare people at night!).
In summary, the Saucony Ride 14 remains an excellent choice for daily training, thanks to its comfort and versatility. The firm cushioning may not be to everyone's liking, but overall it's effective. We only hope that the next iteration will benefit from a more responsive foam!
- Great comfort
- Upper that offers an impeccable lockdown
- Effective cushioning despite its firmness with a touch of bounce
- Reasonable weight considering the high stack sole
- Sturdy shoe
- The tongue is a little too thick
- Cushioning too firm and not responsive enough, according to some runners
Model: Saucony Ride 14
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- The outsole of the Saucony Ride 14 uses blown rubber: a soft material that offers good flexibility to follow the movement of the foot while running. This element is especially important at toe off. This platform also provides effective traction on the road.
- PWRRUN is lightweight and energetic EVA and TPU-based foam thats equips the entire midsole.
- The Saucony Ride 14’s upper is an engineered mesh that comfortably keeps the foot secure inside the shoe. This year’s version is especially more breathable with a more airy design.
- The Formfit is an upper technology that allows targeted and pleasant foot lockdown.
- The gusseted tongue prevents it from slipping to one side to run worry-free.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Does this road running model fit true to size?
I have overpronation. Can I run in these shoes?
I'm a heavyweight athlete. Can I run in the Saucony Ride 14?
Is this shoe recommended to run a marathon?
Comparisons – Saucony Ride 14 vs:
Saucony Ride 13
No big change from one model to another. The main improvement is in the upper, which is better ventilated and slightly more flexible.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37
The Pegasus is lighter with softer cushioning. However, many runners find the Zoom Air unit under the forefoot a bit awkward. Overall, the popular vote seems to be leaning towards the Ride for its impeccable comfort.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11
The 1080v11 is lighter, and its Fresh Foam X foam is softer and more bouncy than the PWRRUN of the R14. However, many runners have found the heel collar to be less comfortable and, in some cases, even painful. Also, despite its softer foam, its build is stiffer. Victory goes to the Ride, therefore, even if the 1080 remains a very good shoe. See the side-by-side comparison.
Saucony Triumph 18
The Triumph features PWRRUN+ foam, which is softer than the PWRRUN of the Ride 14. However, despite the almost identical stack height, the Triumph is much heavier, with 30 grams (1.1 oz) more! Therefore, the Ride seems a better choice even though the Triumph may be more suitable for runners looking for more softness underfoot. See the side-by-side comparison.