First off, I'm sure you want to know how the heck you pronounce the name of this brand for real. Here you go:
Saucony was founded in 1898 in Kutztown, PA. The word "Saucony" comes from the Lenni Lenape Native American word "saconk," meaning "where two rivers run together." Inspired by the original location on the Saucony Creek, the logo represents a running fiver marked by three boulders.
My experience with Saucony running shoes has been fantastic!! I think they make a very high quality shoe and I haven't found one that I don't like yet. As you will see, I've run the gamut of their neutral line from super light racers to full cushion pillow top trainers.
The Ride (Version 7, 8.5 oz, 8 mm drop)
Quintiles Wrightsville Beach marathon at this time and although there was a little more to this shoe than I was used to, I thought extra cushion might be a good thing considering the mega miles I was about to start running. Turns out I was right - The Ride is a mid-weight, mid-cushioned shoe in which you can log some serious miles! I wore out two pairs of these between training for Quintiles & some for Savannah.
The Cortana (Version 3, 7.9 oz, 4 mm drop)
I love love love these shoes!!! As soon as I saw them I loved them and I loved the way they ran just as much as the way they looked! They are very similar to the Kinvaras, however I think they have just a touch more cushioning and as per the website they have the slightest hint of stability. To me, they felt like light-weight neutral shoes with just enough cushion for racing long distances. I bought 2 pairs of these and used the blue ones for a lot of training heading into Savannah and then I saved the orange ones for racing and they ran me all the way to my sub-3 :)
The Triumph ISO (9 oz, 8 mm drop)
After returning to triathlon and signing up for an Ironman, I decided to try Saucony's premium cushioned shoe to help save my legs from all the running & cycling I was doing. This is the heaviest shoe I've worn in a while and by FAR the most cushioned. At first I wasn't sure if I'd be able to keep running in them because they are SO soft. It's like running on a trampoline and I felt like I wasn't getting the type of road feel and energy return that I usually like in a running shoe. I was springing along on every run like a bunny. However, I stuck with them and I didn't get injured while Ironman training so they served their purpose! Another interesting thing about this shoe is that is has a seamless sock-like upper, which I like and felt very comfortable on my feet.
The Zealot ISO (7.4 oz, 4 mm drop)
I like to say that the Zealot is the Kinvara on steroids. What I mean is that like the Kinvara, it has a low drop and is very light! But with a little bit more added stack height made from a super compressed foam it gives you maximum cushion. This shoe is made to compete with the Hoka Clifton and it is indeed very comfortable and very cushioned (not quite as cushioned as The Triumph). I honestly haven't run that much in it (for no particular reason) but I have worn it a lot around town and while traveling. This shoe has the same comfortable, seamless sock-like upper as The Triumph.
The Type A (Version 6, 5.2 oz, 4 mm drop)
So I guess that about sums it up. If you've never worn Sauconys before, I encourage you to give them a try! Who knows, you just might #findyourstrong...