Just took a look at the Spring collection from Saucony. No major suprises which is always a good thing. Saucony is like a silent assassin, not really noticed but does a great job. Their shoes may not be flashy or make anyone real excited but man they always work well. Great fit, great ride and almost never a defect. What more does one need.
The Grid Sinister will be replaced by the Grid Getgo. Nice shoe for a small niche group of runners. It is now softer but still with great transition and power transfer.
No changes to the Progrid Ride 2 other then more color options. The Ride 2 just came out and so far this thing is a home run. Softer then the last version while still fitting great.
There will be a new ProGrid Guide 3 in February 2010. This is a real important update for Saucony as the Guide has been slowly chipping into the lead of the Asics GT series. With Asics having major availability issues right now more people are trying different brands and the Guide is a winner. The Guide 3 will be a little softer and just slightly more stable. The current Guide 2 is working great so these minor changes shouldn't hurt anything.
Hurricane and Omni just get color updates, not real exciting there.
Kids will get a super cool Grid Xodus trail shoe. Now they can play in the dirt with some sweet trail shoes. With Saucony being owned by Stride Rite, they know how to make some great kids running shoes.
The fun stuff.
Grid Fastwitch 4 (pictured on a messy desk). Just a new upper on the same midsole/outsole. The current version fits and feels great so this minor update is a good thing. This is one fast road flat and the new colors and graphics are awesome.For spikes the Crescent and Velocity just get new very nice color updates while the Endorphin MD and LD get reworked. According to Saucony the plate on the Endorphins is the same as this year but it looks like some of the toe spring is taken out of the plate which I think is a good thing. The 2009 plate has a very abrupt toe spring that looks to be placed just a little too far back.
The Endorphin MD should be a winner next spring. Great upper update and the women's has a very nice yet subtle hot pink plaid detail.
There were no updates to any of the trail shoes. I was hoping for a new color in the Xodus as that shoe rocks but really color doesn't matter. The Razor will remain the same and I can't wait for this thing to come out in a few months. This is a monster, take no prisoners trail shoe. 3/4 upper height, built in gaiter, eVent bootie and tons of traction.
That's it. Nothing major for any of the most important shoes and that is a good thing. Consistent good shoes is how you build a brand and that is what Saucony is delivering for 2010.