Product Review: Saucony ProGrid Guide 4

It’s no secret that I am an Asics lover, so when I was contacted by Online Shoes to see if I wanted to review a pair of Saucony running shoes I jumped on the chance.

I have been wearing Asics for so long that I haven’t bothered to try anything else and who knows there might be something better out there for me!  I asked around and did some research to see which ones I might like based on what I wear now, and ended up picking the Saucony ProGrid Guide 4.

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I received the shoes very quickly, but it was during my marathon recovery so I had to sit and stare at them for a few days.  Then finally I was able to take them out for a spin!

A description from the site:

The Saucony ProGrid™ Guide 4 shoe is the perfect everyday training shoe. This women’s athletic shoe offers a smooth ride and helps to control mild overpronation with a dual-density EVA midsole. The Hydrator lining provides next-to-skin comfort and enhances moisture-wicking breathability; the antimicrobial Comfortride™ sockliner lends extra cushioning in the Saucony ProGrid™ Guide 4 stability shoe.

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Honestly, my first run in them was awful.  I doubt it had anything to do with the shoes, but it was my one of my first runs back after Big Sur and my legs, feet, and whole body were just mad.  I didn’t blame the shoes though and continued on trying them out like a good shoe reviewer.  I took them on various short runs, and the longest was a 9 miler!

Being an Asics wearer I am used to a lot of cushion, gel and spring, and I like that about those shoes.  The Saucony pair still have cushion and some spring, but it’s just different from what I am used to.  Not in a bad way, just different.

Look that’s them on my feet after test runs!
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I have always heard that it’s good to wear more than one pair of shoes training, so I have continued to rotate these shoes into my routine and wear them at least twice a week.  I will continue to do this until they are worn out because I do like them!  Will they replace my beloved Asics?  Not quite yet, but I would definitely consider another pair of Saucony running shoes the next time I am switching shoes.

Online Shoes was great for picking shoes and had a ton of options in type of shoe and options in specific shoes (color!!).  I would order shoes from there again, especially with their free shipping and free return policy.  That makes it a little less risky to buy new running shoes online if you are thinking about trying something new.

Overall: I like them and will continue to wear them, but don’t love them just yet.

Are you loyal to one brand of shoe? 

Although I would be down to try anything, Asics seem to have won my heart feet.  I am always up for a challenge though!

Have you worn Saucony running shoes? 

I will keep you updated on more thoughts on them as I get more miles AND to let you know how long they last for me.  That’s always a big thing I consider in shoes and so far I have about 50 miles on them.  The price on these is also great at $99.99 full price and $89.99 on sale.  I try to keep my shoes under $100 when I have to buy them so often.

***I was sent a pair of Saucony running shoes at no cost in exchange for my review.  As always the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own!

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23 Responses to Product Review: Saucony ProGrid Guide 4

  1. JanaC June 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    I have evolved: Nike > Asics > Mizuno. I found Nike’s to be too clunky and heavy. I LOVED my Asics, but then one day, tried the Mizuno’s and they were slightly lighter and just fit me better. I wear a motion control shoe for pronation. I don’t think there is an elite brand, it really depends on the person: their goal in running, their foot shape, their foot plant, medical needs and personal taste.

    I actually have had the urge to try other brands and likely will in the future. Rotating makes it worth taking the risk, they don’t have to be my race shoe, they can just be one of my running buddies every now & again :-)

    • Aron June 3, 2011 at 10:48 am #

      I have heard a lot of good things about Mizuno too – might have to give those a try as well ;)

  2. Kelsey June 3, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    I was so scared to try new shoes too! But the newest asics 2100 series just didn’t feel right…they did something weird to that shoe! So i ended up impulse-buying a pair of adidas marathons…and am SO IN LOVE!

    Love your reviews!

    • Aron June 3, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      Was it the 2150s or 2160s that didn’t feel right? I am still in the 2150s but haven’t tried on the 2160s yet.

  3. Nancy June 3, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    I’m a Sacouny girl and have been for 7 years….Ride!!!

  4. Michelle June 3, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    I’m a huge fan of my Brooks, I’ve purchased three different pairs in the past few years and wear them to death. For my trail shoes I opted for New Balance and I really enjoy them as well. I’ve heard good things about the Saucony, I think I might have to try on a variety of shoes the next time I invest in a pair. And I definitely agree with the price point, I purchase shoes frequently so I won’t pay more than $100.

  5. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef June 3, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    i’m a brooks girl all the way! i’ve been wearing the brooks adrenaline for years….like, at least the past 8 years and probably before but i can’t remember. i just know i tried them sometime in HS and fell in love! they are the only shoes that don’t give me blisters, and i buy them in bulk when i find a sale. :) my mom used to wear saucony too but then switched to brooks. this model looks alot cuter than what i remember her wearing back in the day! :)

  6. Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee June 3, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    I started running in Asics stability shoes but after knee problems and shin splints I switched to nuetral Mizunos which I loved. But then they updated them and I couldnt find the 13s so i switched to Newtons. I dont know how I’ve been running in any other shoe! No blisters or black toenails and no shin or knee pain! I’m kinda in love :) I do want to try a pair of the lightweight Sauconys for speedwork though!

  7. LeeAnn June 3, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    I alternate between Saucony Rides and my Asics. I love them both! I just got a pair of Brooks Cascadia Trail Runners…fingers crossed!

  8. Amy June 3, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    My first pair of running shoes were Asics. I switched after being properly fit at a real running store. I’m on my 5th pair of Saucony Pro Guide 3′s. Do I need to say that I love them? :) Lately I have been thinking of trying another brand, just to switch it up a little. I keep hearing good things about Brooks shoes.

  9. Beth @ Boston2Berkeley June 3, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    I’ve evolved from Nike –> Asics –> Saucony. I wore the Saucony ProGrids for my first marathon, and for the last few months I’ve been training in the Saucony Kinvara which I LOVE. I actually like them so much it’s the first time I’ve been nervous about trying a new shoe!

  10. Holly {our interestingly boring life} June 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Asics girl all the way. I’m actually running in the Nike Vomero 6′s and theres just something about them that doesn’t feel “right”. Here is the website for the gel blur 33 (asics new shoe)
    I’m leaning toward the hot pink pair!

  11. Jeanette K. June 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Great review. You always post the best pics. Hope to see more shoe reviews from you in the future :)

  12. kristen June 4, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    That is a great shoe. One of our biggest sellers at the running store. Good choice if you wear the 2100 series!

  13. RoadBunner June 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    I think we have some overlap with our shoe history and I was recently fit into this exact model (and color!). I really like them so far. I sized down half a size which is a little concerning for me as far as black toenails but so far so good. I have no shoe brand loyalty. I actually like to be running in and rotating different models/brands at the same time. I think it helps with overuse injurie for me.

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