Saucony ProGrid Outlaw
A very comfortable shoe, but not my favorite Sauconys.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60
A very comfortable shoe, but not my favorite Sauconys. A sufficient trail runner with ankle support, but I question Backpacker Magazine's reviewer supporting the idea of backpacking with these.
- Nice sticky tread/aggressive pattern
- Good ankle support
- Light weight
- Questionable quality of construction
- Low quality insoles/poor arch support
- Tubular style laces loosen/untie
I purchased these trail runners on clearance from a running store, and decided to give them a try. The size is true to fit (9.5), and parallels Saucony's other products in size. I have been a long time supporter of this brand.
The lacing eyelets do not have metal rings, and after wearing them for about 20-ish miles, I fear the laces may tear the material by the eyelet. I am also not a fan of this tubular style shoelace; they tend to untie/loosen easily if one is not super careful. The shoe is very comfortable, but my feet tend to ache after a day of activity, regardless of the insoles in them.
The stock insoles in these shoes have to go immediately, especially if you have any kind of arch. Please bear in mind this review is from a person with a narrow foot with a high arch. I have used several varieties of Sof Sole, and Superfeet in these shoes. For me, this corrects the poor arch support. Ankle support is sufficient, which can really help people that like or need additional ankle protection.
These trail runners are not designed to be waterproof, or water resistant. They are made just like a standard sneaker, with good breathability. One nice addition, like the Exodus series, Saucony has added a gaiter hook at the bottom of the tongue. There is a hard outsole on the heel that increases heel support, and also protects the heel area.
I am impressed with the aggressive tread pattern of soft, sticky rubber. Due to excellent grip, I wouldn't expect a long lifespan of the shoe. The shoe is said to have a 4mm offset from heel to toe, I personally don't find anything radically different in feel than any other shoe out there.
After several dayhikes, and urban use in the mid-atlantic region, I'd estimate 20+ miles of overall use. I have found the tread is beginning to separate from the inner arch area prematurely. Not sure if this is a defect, but I wouldn't expect this to happen so soon. There are several areas of loose stitching, all primarily on the tongue. I don't typically expect too much otherwise from a shoe made in China. Overall, this is a good product in my opinion, however not nearly as satisfying as a pair if lowtop Saucony Xodus 2.0's.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Built on the same minimalist platform as the awardwinning Peregrine trail running shoe the 34 cut Outlaw offers added protection for the mountain runner who needs aggressive traction and ankle support to take on extreme terrain All in a lightweight package that wont weigh you down Weight 115 ozFeatures Antilacebite pads External Bedrock Outsole EBO Gaitercompatible Gusseted tongue Heel and toe caps Heel ProGrid LITE HRC Strobel Board SaucDry SSL EVA Weight 115 oz XT900 Outsole
- Bentgate.com refers to the men's version
The Saucony ProGrid Outlaw trail running shoe is suited for rugged mountainous terrain or muddy adventures. The Progrid Outlaw protects you from the elements with a water-resistant membrane, heel and toe caps, and a gusseted tongue. The External Bedrock Outsole (EBO) protects the foot from rocks and other debris, while the XT-900 carbon rubber provides exceptional traction in the Saucony ProGrid Outlaw trail-running shoe.Heel ProGrid LITE for low-profile, lightweight, flexible cushioning keeping the foot close to the ground giving greater control and promoting a more natural running style 4mm heel-to-toe drop encouraging more stronger running position SSL EVA for durable, plush cushioning Water-resistant upper can be coupled with a gaiter using the D-loops height ankle padding with Achilles notch and heel and towe welds protect the extremities of the feet and hold the foot securely yet still allow a full range of motion. Gusseted tongue to keep out debris and padded to prevent lace bite.Gaiter compatible with eyelet connections Memory Foam Heel Pods to hold your foot in place and mould to the shape of YOUR foot. Breathable Hydrator fabric collar and tongue lining for moisture management and blister prevention EVA Sockliner for full length, anti microbial cushioning HRC Strobel Board for a more cushioned ride High Traction Rubber outsole for great grip, but soft underfoot flexion XT 900 for durability on impact areas (around the outside of the heel)
- Campmor refers to the men's version
Your legs crave more than a mere jog through the park, so slip on the Saucony ProGrid Outlaw Trail Running Shoe and find a long, rugged trail outside of town to get your heart-pounding fix. The breathable, weather-resistant upper features a Sauc-Dry membrane and a tongue gusset to keep mud and showers from disturbing your quick pace over mountain terrain.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Mountain runners will appreciate the cut of the Saucony Progrid Outlaw Trail Running Shoes for men. Featuring the same low-profile platform as the award-winning Peregrine trail shoe, the Outlaw extends the design to include valuable ankle support and incredible traction. The Outlaw Trail Shoe is the perfect choice for fast-paced hiking and aggressive mountain running. Saucony's Sauc-Dry membrane provides water resistant protection to thwart wet trails and the inevitable afternoon mountain shower. Saucony loaded these trail runners with features including protective heel and toe caps, a gusseted tongue and anti-lacebite tongue padding. The Saucony Progrid Outlaw Trail Running Shoes provide the support, traction and comfort that you need to log the mountain miles without concern for your feet.
- Altrec Outlet refers to the men's version