Foot Tools Shoe Review: Saucony Progrid Guide 5

By Brianne, off the injured reserve list

I recently switched from lightweight neutral running shoes to the new Saucony Progrid Guide 5, a light stability shoe that is in no way anywhere near what the Guide 4 was!  Having been injured for the past couple of months, I wanted to try a shoe with light stability to see if it would help take some of the stress off of my knees.  For the past year and a half, I had been running in the Saucony Kinvara and Mizuno Wave Precision, both extremely comfortable and lightweight shoes with no structure.  I have worn the Guide series before and decided to give it a go again.

Saucony Progrid Guide 5 - Women's

Saucony’s latest release of their go-to running shoe, the Progrid Guide 5, is a lot different than its predecessor.  The main difference between the Guide 4 and Guide 5 is the heel differential, dropping to 8mm from 12mm.  Since I was running in a lower profile shoe already, I wasn’t concerned about adjusting to the drop in the heel.  The difference isn’t major, though, so most runners looking for a switch shouldn’t be concerned either.

Saucony Progrid Guide 5

I couldn’t help but notice how much more room there was in the shoe when I first tried it on.  It definitely has a more generous fit, with a much more flexible upper and spacious toe box.  This is something I look for in my running shoes – I don’t have a wide foot, but my feet swell a lot while I’m running and a shoe that can accommodate that is always a bonus.  For those needing a wide or narrow shoe, don’t despair; the Guide 5 comes in all widths for women and in wide for men.

Top view - Saucony Progrid Guide 5

Anyone who runs in structured running shoes understands that sometimes it is hard to find one with cushioning.  At first, I didn’t feel anything different when I put the Guide 5 on; it felt flat and a little boxy, but I walked around in them for a bit and soon noticed the cushion and arch.  I could even feel the flexibility just walking around in them.  The fact that the weight of the shoe had been reduced by up to 1.5 ounces was noticeable also; the shoe was less bulk and more comfort.

Bottom view - Saucony Progrid Guide 5

My first run in them was on a treadmill and I was immediately happy with the smooth transition from step-to-step.  Good bye stiff sole, hello flexibility!  The responsiveness in the shoes was great and I was able to run one of my first pain-free runs in a while.  Running outdoors was no different – I took them out for a 4km run with our Learn-to-Run clinic and could really feel the cushion on the road.  There was less impact per stride, which made my knees very happy.  They even performed well during a heavy snowfall, with slippery sidewalk and road conditions!

Overall, anyone looking for a light stability running shoe for short and long distances should consider trying Saucony’s Progrid Guide 5.  The changes from the Guide 4 are definitely an improvement and should not disappoint those loyal to the brand.  At a comfortable price point of $144.99, the new Guide 5 is available at Foot Tools.  For a limited time, we are offering 20% off, so stop by and give them a try!  Happy running!

3 replies
  1. PhD John
    PhD John says:

    I’d be curious to know what the tread wear patterns on your Sauconys and Mizunos are indicating. Do they indicate any pronation at all? And I suppose its been about a month since you began running in the Guides; how is your injury after having run in these shoes for a while? Additionally, are you still rotating with the Sauconys and Mizunos? If so, what are the approximate mileage percentages per shoe, and for what type of run do you utilize each shoe?

    • says:

      Hey John! I’m sorry – just saw your comment! I actually have one foot that tends to pronate, while the other foot is fairly neutral. For the longest time I wore heavy, stability shoes but after working on strengthening my legs, I found that my knees (messed up from a previous, serious injury) would ache and eventually prevent me from running. I tried out neutral running shoes, heavy and lightweight, and had success until recently. To go back into a heavy, structured shoe would cause the same issues I was having before. The structure in the Guide 5, however, is quite minimal and gives me the right amount of support to take the pressure off of my knee while I continue to keep working on my core and key muscles that are important for running.

      I have tried to switch back to the Mizunos, but every time the pain comes back. For both shoes, I was only running between 4-7km distances. The tread pattern on the Mizuno does show that I pronate more on my left foot. Right now the wear on my Sauconys is even.

      Next time you come for Wednesday night run club, we can talk more! 🙂

  2. Mark B
    Mark B says:

    I never see refrences to this, but I wanted to say that afer a month with the Saucony Pro Grid 5 , it dawned on me that I rarely pick up rocks in my runs. This was an aggravation forme with both Asics and Mizunos. Not sure about the support yet as I am just ramping up again, but seems good so far and Ima liking the lack of burrs in the sole


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