During the summer I learned that Saucony would be releasing a brand new running shoe sometime in winter 2016/2017. As a Saucony fan and shoe nerd I was beyond excited to learn this. Partially because this is a completely new shoe not just an upgraded model, but mostly because I heard the shoe would have a full-length Everun midsole. In case you don’t know, Everun is a newer innovation from Saucony. It is their form of cushioning which boasts energy return, durability and it’s closer to the foot than other performance brands place their cushion. In the past, the Everun has been used solely in the heel insert or top sole.
Weight: 8.1 oz
Heel drop: 4 mm
Price: $ 199.99 CAD
I had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of these shoes since I found out Saucony was sending me a pair and again supporting my running! Plus, like I mentioned earlier, I first heard about these shoes in the summer, so I was waiting for them to launch and the shoe nerd in me created a lot of hype around this product. When I heard they had arrived I abandoned the idea of running home and instead took transit so I could get the Freedom ISO’s on my feet and running in them ASAP. I ran in them for the first time on Monday night, it was my 7th day in a row running. I had already covered about 80km for the week, not my highest mileage ever, but right now I’m building back up so let’s just say my legs are feeling it. Anyway, I headed out in the dark with no real route planned with the sole purpose of testing the shoes during a 45 minute run. There ended up being quite a few hills in there. No problem, I felt like I was flying!
The Freedom ISO hugs your foot nicely, and feels super light, I almost forgot I was wearing shoes, seriously! Saucony certainly delivered on their promise of energy return. I felt like I was spending more time on my forefoot, barely working , while still running far too fast for an easy run. Normally I try to keep it slow, but I just couldn’t, the shoes felt great, I felt great and the runners’ high followed.
The next day I took them out again for a 75 minute run, again they were amazing. The way they feel on your feet is incomparable to anything else I have tried. It is evident Saucony put a lot of reasearch and effort into the creation of the Freedom ISO and it was well worth it.
I have decided to compete in The Island Race Series in 2017, so I think I’m going to reserve these for speed work and racing. The Freedom ISO’s slogan is “starts amazing, stays amazing” and from what I have seen that’s certainly the case.