Thursday, November 1, 2012

Saucony Women's Guide 6 Review

loy·al {loi-uhl} adjective:
1. faithful to any leader, party, or cause, or to any person or thing conceived as deserving fidelity: a loyal shoe buyer.
4. characterized by or showing faithfulness to commitments, vows, allegiance, obligations, etc.: loyal runner
 I consider myself a loyal person...a loyal friend, a loyal employee, a loyal brand ambassador to the brands I truly believe in, etc.  Since the day I became a runner, I was loyal to a brand of shoes, and everytime I needed a new pair, I would always go back to the same shoe, buying the latest addition.  For a while, this shoe was perfect, but over time it evolved into a shoe that no longer met my needs, but I kept going back to it.  I would tell myself, "You just need to break them in; its the socks you're wearing; your feet should hurt after running that many miles," and the excuses continued.  But finally, after blisters, aches and pains, etc I decided make the switch to Saucony! I knew after my first run {13 miles}that Saucony was the perfect fit for me, and my feet have never been happier.  I started off with Saucony Kinvara 3s {I think I NEED to buy this color!}, and was excited to try another pair of Sauconys: the Guide 6

RUN - Guidance
The latest edition of our flagship shoe arrives with a fit and ride even more attuned to the needs of runners seeking stability in an everyday training shoe. A new sole unit features triangular IBR+ pads integrated with deeper grooves in the forefoot for better flexibility and responsiveness. Three independently responsive pods in the SRC crashpad provide a smooth, efficient transition onto the midfoot, while a midfoot saddle promotes a snug, secure fit in the upper. Weight: 8.9oz.

Offset: 8mm
Heel: 26mm
Forefoot: 18mm

Overlays in the upper have been redesigned to secure forefoot fit. Triangular lug design on outsole and an additional flex groove in the forefoot increase flexibility. Increased ground contact through the midfoot for support benefits. Added 1mm of thickness to the midsole for improved feel under foot. New ComfortLite sockliner is contoured to cradle the foot, support the arch and reduce peak pressures in the forefoot

Upon receiving my shoes, I put 33 miles on them {speedwork, hills, and a long slow run}  in the first week and was once again pleasantly surprised with Saucony! The fit is perfect...comfortable and light, with the just the right amount of support for my longer runs. Having wider feet, many shoes are too snug through the laces, but the Guide 6s have plenty of room. I also have high arches, and started wearing arch supports in my other shoes, but with the added arch support of the Guide 6, I don't feel the need to use them! After the first 33 miles {which I have since ran more} I had no blisters, calluses {which I used to develop below my big toe}, aches/pains, and most importantly NO FOOT pain following my long run!

Now let's talk about what is REALLY important...the color choices! I WILL be ordering the pink/citron ones and the black/purple/citron ones are on my list!

 The Saucony Guide 6 will continue to be my shoe of choice for my long runs!

I was not compensated for this review, but I was given a pair of Saucony Guide 6s at no cost. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.