Saucony PowerGrid Guide 7 First Impressions

I picked up my new Saucony PowerGrid Guide 7’s from the Running Room on the way home from work last night and took them for an inaugural run this morning at Variety Village.

The verdict? They are good.

Saucony PowerGrid Guide 7
First run in the new Saucony PowerGrid Guide 7s.

I’m pretty fussy about my running shoes and when I put on a pair of my regular ones, I like them to feel like home to my feet.

The Guide 7’s didn’t feel all that weird, but they also didn’t fit like my New Balance 860 V4’s do after 400km. That makes sense, since they’ve had a lot of time to get worked in and stretched out in the right places.

But the Guide 7s did feel pretty comfortable almost immediately after I started running. I noticed a bit more noise from these as I think the lower drop meant I was landing flatter than in my current shoe. I also noted a bit less roll which is what I was after in making the switch. I’m hoping the increased stability (guidance, really) takes some of the stress off my shins and reduces the likelihood of shin splints.

I’ll give them a few more treadmill runs before I venture outside with them. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for maybe some drizzle so I’ll wear the New Balance 860 V4’s again so I don’t mess these new ones up right away.

But based on today’s run, I think I’m a Saucony runner again.