Saucony is one of the most trusted brands in running. With a few models that have been released to rave reviews. And today we will be comparing two of those shoes, the Saucony Ride vs Guide. Going over what we love and what we hate. To help find the perfect running shoe for you.
One is considered a classic running shoe, no frills but trusted mile after mile. While the other offers the same base and design with more features designed for a specific set of runners. So which Saucony model is right for you? Let’s take a look as we compare them side by side below.
Saucony Ride vs Guide
- The Saucony Guide is the high arch support version of the Ride. So if you are someone with high arches, you may want to check this model out.
- The Guide’s are noticeably heavier than the Saucony Ride. At 10.5oz the Guide is on the heavier side of most running shoes. If you make the switch from the Ride, you will notice it on the first few runs.
- Both the shoes are known for high mileage soles. You should get 300+ miles out of either of these pairs of shoes.
- The Guide is considered a supportive shoe. This probably adds to the weight. And if you are looking for a high arch stability shoe the Guide is a great choice.
- The Ride is one the most popular shoes that Saucony makes. These shoes have been around a while with a lot of people that love running in them..
If you are interested in a cushioned road runner that feels fast then both the Ride and the Guide are great models to look at. Saucony is one of the most trusted brands in running for a reason. And known for their quality shoes.
The Saucony Ride is one of the most popular shoes in the brands line up. The Ride finds away to give you a cushioned feel while still being responsive. I do wish they would have used the same sole material as some of their other models. Which isn’t a problem if you haven’t tried other shoes in their line. They have also been working on making the shoes lighter with each model. Which is great to know since they are a bit on the heavy side for me. Overall a great shoe for training and racing.
The Saucony Guide offers everything runners love about the Rides. With the addition of support for higher arches and added upper ankle stability. Making them a good fit for running looking for a stability running shoe. The added support does mean they are less breathable than other models. And could be noticeable in the hotter months. I also enjoy the wide toe box. And as with most Saucony running shoes, both the Ride and Guide hold up well to repeated use.
Below is a side by side comparison of the Saucony Ride vs Guide.
Saucony Ride Profile
Saucony Guide Inside
The top view of both models. You can notice slightly more stability passing on the outside of the Guide.
Saucony Ride 14 Top View
Saucony Guide 14 Top View
As you can see below, the sole patterns of the two shoes are very different. With added support and less flex on the arch of the Guide to help prevent ankle roll.
Saucony Ride Sole
Saucony Guide 14 Sole
Conclusion – Saucony Ride vs Guide
There is a reason so many runners choose the Saucony brand. And both of these models live up the brands standard of durability and real world performance you would expect. My only real complaint about the Ride is that they don’t seem to use the same updated material that some of their other model shoes use. They are sticking with what works but it is doing so leaving behind some room for growth. Although they did step up with design on the new Ride 14 compared to the 13.
As for the Guides. When I tried these out, it was on a very humid day and I was a bit disappointed with the ventilation. I live in the south. And in the dead of summer when it’s 100 with 90% humidity, if it doesn’t breathe I’m not putting it on. That said, I’m a bigger fan of the Guides than I thought I would be. They are really comfortable and I can see how they would benefit anyone looking for more ankle stability in a shoe.
Which running shoe would I buy?
If you’re looking for a stability shoe or something with a little more upper support then the Guide would be the better choice for you. If you’re a neutral runner that’s looking for performance for training mid to long distance races. Then go with the Rides for the lighter weight and better breathability .