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- Synthetic and mesh
- Synthetic sole
- HydraMAX Collar lining
- ComfortLite Sockliner
- HRC+ Strobel Board
- Full-Length ProGrid
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Men's Guide 6 Running Shoe
At a Glance:
- ProGrid cushioning provides a smooth, natural stride
- Flexible, lightweight leather-and-mesh upper
- EVA dual-density midsole for lightweight support and rebound
- SRC padding absorbs shock and reduces torque
- iBR+ on the outsole provides soft, smooth underfoot feel
A sleek, stylish update of one of Saucony's original designs, the Men's Guide 6 Running Shoe offers exceptional stability with every stride. A reengineered sole includes integrated, responsive IBR+ pads that improve flexibility, as well as three independently responsive pods for smoother transitions. Comfort and fit features include a mid-foot saddle, a HydraMAX collar lining, and a breathable, supportive ComfortLite sockliner. Available in a range of sporty styles and in both men and women's sizes, the Guide 6 helps you get the most out of every run.
Full-Length ProGrid Foam and Dual-Density EVA
At just 10 ounces, the Guide 6 is lightweight and flexible with a breathable mesh-and-leather upper. A Saucony Super Lite (SSL) EVA dual-density midsole provides lightweight support and maximum rebound with every step, while ProGrid cushioning runs the entire length of the shoe for a smooth, natural stride.
ComfortLite Sockliner and HydraMAX Lining
A molded sockliner built from premium EVA cradles the heel in contoured comfort, offering arch support while reducing pressure on the forefoot. HydraMAX lining on the collar wicks away moisture. For additional comfort, an extra 3 millimeters of foam covers the strobel board.
SRC Impact for Shock Absorption
To minimize the effects of impact on muscles and joints, the Guide 6 includes Super Rebound Compound (SRC) padding at the crashpad for durable shock absorption and torque reduction. This also allows for smoother transitions to the middle of the foot.
XT-900 and iBR+ Outsole
The Guide 6 has XT-900 carbon rubber on the outsole offers incredible traction on a variety of surfaces. iBR+ (injection blown rubber) is lighter and provides three times more cushioning than standard blown rubber.
What's in the Box
Saucony Men's Guide 6 Running Shoe.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0084XWHHY
- Item model number: Guide 6-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 1, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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Top customer reviews
It does seem that the cushioning/support is better than the older model, so that is good. The main frustration is that it seems to be longer and narrower than the previous model. Changes like this to a shoe design drive me crazy--I've experienced this with other brands/models as well. It makes it really hard to stick with one model. As it is, with this shoe, I have to tie the laces pretty tight at the ankle to make sure I have a good fit, and even then I run the risk of cutting off circulation.
Worse is the pain I feel after running. This may get better once I learn where to make impact. There does seem to be improvement lately, but no guarantees on that. I will update if I see significant improvement.
UPDATE: the shoes seem to have broken in and my feet don't hurt anymore while running. It might be due to hitting at the right stride. Also, I've had some success with patella bands around my knees. When you have flat feet, there are just a variety of issues related to heel, feet, and knees.
As daily trainers, I don't think you can do much better (well, let me make a caveat here. I'm not a crazy shoe person. I tend to find a brand that I like and stick with them as I did with the Omni's for years. So my knowledge of all the running shoes out there is really limited). Let me rephrase that, for my money, there is not a better shoe out there. I plan to use these in a half marathon I have coming up as I don't really see the benefit in switching out race day shoes with trainers. I'm not a competitive runner, more recreational but I do take my running seriously.
In terms of fit, I find that the sizing is accurate. If you've worn saucony before, these will fit no differently. I do not get blisters or anything after a long run. The toebox is spacious enough for my feet. The laces properly help hold my foot in place so there is little to no movement.
In short, I love everything about these shoes. I got the ones with the bright green accents and I think it looks pretty cool. YMMV obviously.
I run marathons, and taking care of my feet are a priority.
I would definitely recommend these shoes!
The comfort is superior to the Guide 5 in my opinion, particularly initial contact and midstance, which always feel stable yet agreeably cushioned. The shoe is branded for neutral to mild overpronation and in this regard it doesn't disappoint. Like its predecessor, I find the shoe's performance increases in proportion to session distance, especially after mile 5 or so, rather like an invitation to go farther. This attribute alone is worth the price. The mesh upper breathes nicely but not too much -- a windy upper 30s 7-miler presented no chilling discomfort.
So far durability seems to be improved over the Guide 5. That was really my only serious complaint with the shoe: the sole simply wore out too quickly for the kind of mileage it was taking. My gait is mostly neutral and I rarely clear 160lbs -- with New Balance (of equivalent class) this was good for 500+ miles no problem. But the Guide 5 consistently began to break down between 250-300 miles, and the ride noticeably suffered around 350-400 miles. The current Guide 6 have about 50 miles and the sole looks no worse for wear at this point. Time will tell.
The red/yellow color is actually quite subdued. The picture suggested something brighter, but really it's not so bold at all. I normally choose the blue versions but the price was better on the red so I figured what the heck -- it's exercise, not a fashion show. It turns out they are probably less aggressively styled than the blue Guide 5. All in all this shoe is a great choice.