Star rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Pros: Rugged, durable shoe which offers extra cushioning and support for trail runs or road runs. Ideal for runners who train on rough or hard surfaces or who need extra cushioning for their legs.
Cons: Slightly bulky
Runner: Marnie Kunz
When my Nike Free Run shoes failed to make the grade on long runs, I wound up with sore ankles and knees. So I set out to find more supportive shoes. I hit up Sports Authority because they have a large selection of shoes and also offer a $10 discount if you follow them on Foursquare (and follow me).
When you go to the mall or large sports stores, you usually don’t get the expertise of the running-centered staff at running stores, so you need to know what you’re looking for. I’ve been shopping for running shoes for about 15 years, so I have a pretty good idea by now what shoes work for my feet. I have normal arches and no history of injury except for occasionally sore ankles or knees from long runs. I was looking for shoes that were marked high in stability and cushioning features, and narrowed down my choices to a few. A helpful sales associate recommended the Saucony Women’s Grid Excursion TR 5 for being comfortable and supportive for trail running or long road runs.
These Saucony shoes were a nice surprise, at about half the price of most Nikes, and distinct looking. I’ve always wanted black running shoes because I tend to get shoes dirty quickly, and black looks sleek. I liked the pink contrast on the black as well.
I’ve been happy with how the shoes have held up on long road runs, trail runs, and through ice, snow and mud. The extra cushioning in the bottom offers support to lessen the impact of pavement-pounding long runs. I wore these shoes for the St. Louis Frostbite Series of races this past winter, and they held up well on 10-plus mile races over icy paths and salty pavement. The black mesh helps keep dirt and mud from sinking into the shoes, so they have stayed fresh looking. The only obvious signs of aging on the shoes after six months is the ends of the shoe laces have become frayed, but this is easily taken care of with a new pair of laces.
Overall I am very happy with the Saucony Women’s Grid Excursion TR 5, and I would recommend them to runners in search of a supportive shoe that works well for trail runs and long runs. The shoes have performed well for everyday training runs as well, although they are a bit bulky. If you are a serious racer, you may want to don lighter shoes for race days.