Saucony ProGrid Outlaw
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.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60
Great for gnarly terrain runs, will protect your feet. Lightweight and quick to dry; keeps everything out of your shoe.
- Quick to dry
- Excellent ankle support
- Underfoot protection
- Sides sag at about 200-250 miles
- Can get ripped up by aggressive terrain
I have a couple Bear Mountain 50-mile trail runs on these shoes and can't recommend them enough. Great ankle support for the gnarly root and rocks you will run into and plenty of protection underneath the impact area. Lightweight and quick to dry (throw in some quick-dry socks to ensure this) when your run takes you across water hazards.
Fit: I typically run in minimalist shoes (off piste) or proper barefoot (maintained track or road), but needed something for some runs I was doing on the AT and neighboring trails. This secures my heel and ankle very well while allowing my toes to breathe a bit.
Comfort: Great right from the get-go. My first run in them was a 3-hour training run on some steeper sections. No hot spots to speak of.
Water Resistance: Water gets in quick and gets out quick. The philosophy of this shoe is not to prevent water from getting in (costs too much in weight / has adverse properties for sweaty feet), but to get it out and dry out quick (even while you are on the move).
Traction: Look at the treads... did a snowpack run in these and didn't have any traction issues whatsoever.
Temp Control: You're not going to get much in protection from the cold (see above anecdote... my feet were chilly), but the wind will keep your feet nice and cool in these.
Features: It's a trail shoe — look at the tread. I think there's a lightweight plate in there somewhere based upon some of the things I've trounced upon and not felt.
C & D: Well constructed, but a bit disappointing in the durability side of the house. I only got about 500 miles out of my first pair (six weeks or so) before they were too saggy to keep control of my narrow foot. The next couple pairs have kept up a bit better; don't know why, though, hah.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
Best 4wd, off-road shoe period. Excellent support, excellent grip!
I live in beautiful San Luis Obispo,Calif. We have rolling hills, mountain bike trails, walking trails. Some of the trails are dirt, some mixed rock with pebbles. Hills can vary up to 1000' above sea level. If I run along the rugged trails mixed with rock/hard packed gravel/dirt, I'm very confident in the sure-footedness/traction/grip of the soles.
The ankle support in the Saucony ProGrid Outlaw is a huge plus! Such a great "off-road" shoe for walking, hiking, running. Saucony, resurrect the Progrid Outlaw!
- "Off road any terrain" period!
- No longer available
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60-80
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