2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Saucony ProGrid Guide 5 $100

The Guide 5 weighs a full 1.5 ounces less than its predecessor, the Guide 4.  It’s just 10.2 ounces in men’s size 9. This was partly achieved with a 4mm reduction in the heel lift, which also gives the Guide 5 a smoother transition from heel strike to toe-off than the 4 and promotes a mid-foot striking gait. These changes were made without any sacrifice to the robust stability features that have earned the Guide series so many fans. Saucony.com