- Sizes: men 7–13,14; women 5–12
- Weight: 7.2 oz. (men’s 11); 5.4 oz. (women’s 8)
- Shape: semi-curved Fit: snug heel, roomy forefoot
- For: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild overpronation
- Range: efficient runners - up to a marathon; heavy strikers - up to 20K or just beyond
Saucony Mckeesport PA
Saucony Fastwitch 4 $85
Round four of the Fastwitch is well-defined: it’s a light, stable, versatile racing shoe.
Saucony ProGrid Hurricane 12 $140
Over 11 outings, the Hurricane has provided predictable stability, fit, and performance. The Hurricane 12 nudges the shoe more firmly into the high-end, plush, motion stabilizing range.
The upper receives some alterations which, though they seem minor, have improved the fit, principally the Arch Lock, which has a more open design with the stretchy thermoplastic and elastic insert in the medial saddle. Welded overlays on the lateral side are new, as is the switch to a more open and pliable airmesh. The midsole receives a cushioning boost with a larger crash pad and additional stability by extending the second density back to the heel.
The outersole features more rubber through the shank, covering the TPU support for better contact with the ground and improved transition through the gait. The result is a plusher and smoother ride without compromising support or stability.
Sizes: Men 6.5–13,14; Women 5–12
Weight: 14.7 oz. (men’s 11); 11.2 oz. (women’s 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, HRC Strobel board
For: low- to medium-arched feet with mild to moderate overpronation
Saucony Shay XC
Round two of the Shay XC features improved tailoring and a neat way to customize the shoe. The fit has been tailored to wrap the foot more snugly, especially through the arch.
The upper has a sturdy rip-stop fabric on the sides of the vamp with an open stretch mesh on the tongue down to the toes while wrapping the forefoot inside the shoe. Overlays anchor the eyestay under the midfoot/heel. In a nice touch, various colors of vinyl film can be inserted into the overlays to customize the shoe with your team colors. The proven midsole and outersole carry over from round one, providing good cushioning and outstanding traction. The combination of fit, cushioning, and traction earned the Shay XC 2 our award for Best Cross Country shoe.