Saucony A9

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The A9 has been Saucony’s go to shoe for running fast. Its low profile and lightweight dimensions have made it a go for the run fast crowd. The upper is a breathable mini-mesh with fused overlays in the toe, and lace throat, with lacing loops to hug the foot. The heel features minimal but adequate padding, little structure, a smooth ankle collar to conform to the foot. The midsole is Saucony’s protectively bouncy formulation of EVA, thinnned down to save weight. The outersole is a minimal layer for traction and just enough durability. Race day lightness gets the job done, well… for those prepared to race.

Testers: “Light for race day. Makes you feel ready to run.”  

Price: $100

Sizes: Men 4–13,14; Women 5–12 • Weight: 6.1 oz. (men’s size 11), ; 4.9 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Fit: snug heel, close forefoot • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted • Range: efficient runners: from 30K up to a marathon; heavy strikers: between 15K and 30K