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Saucony ProGrid Xodus Trail Running Shoes

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3 reviews

Shoe Type: TRAIL (Performance)

MSRP: $75 - $98

added on 3/27/09 by Chris Barber


Product Description
Offering a premium ride and response on uneven surfaces, the Saucony ProGrid Xodus trail runners provide cushioning and protection to keep you going wherever the trail leads.



* Lightweight and highly breathable, the ripstop nylon mesh uppers feature synthetic leather overlays for structure and durability; Arch Locks supply a snug fit midfoot

* Nylon linings breathe well, wick moisture and dry quickly to keep your feet cool and comfortable

* Gusseted tongues keep trail debris out; uppers are compatible with gaiters for increased protection, sold separately

* Heel ProGrid? units offer transition from foam at heel to foam under forefoot, delivering excellent response to your stride

* Molded thermoplastic urethane arch shanks provide torsional rigidity

* Dual-density EVA midsoles are lightweight and durable, and maximize rebound

* Special impact zones isolate and cushion heel and forefoot impact, and reduce shock while setting foot for a smooth transition

* Vibram?Ǭ rubber outsoles provide lightweight performance without compromising on grip or stability

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Chris Barber on 6/29/09
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Review: I got a pair of the Saucony Progrid Xodus Trail Running Shoes this past week and took them on the trail Sunday morning to try them out. I had already worn them for a couple of days around town and at the house to break them in; although I?ǨѢm not sure if I even needed to, they felt snug and cushioned as soon as I put them on, and this was after I had been wearing my road running shoes! A trail running shoe that feels better on my foot than a road running shoe? I didn?ǨѢt buy it, so I had to test it.

I went on a 6 mile road run before hitting the trails, 5 miles in my road running shoes and then one mile in the Saucony Progrid Xodus Trail Running Shoes to see if this fit and comfort level really did compare on the road. I found that the Progrid Xodus provided the same cushioning, support, and lightweight-ed-ness as my road running shoes but with the biggest difference coming from the Vibram Trek Outsole which is made specifically for the trail. These running shoes are strong enough for the road, but PH balanced just for the trail.

The first thing I liked about these shoes when I put them on was their tight fit. It is very unusual for me to get a perfect fit out of the box (no pun-intended). I have normal width feet but most running shoes still feel too loose to me when I first lace them up. It usually takes me 5 or 6 runs until my running shoes feel snug enough when I lace them up, but not with the Saucony Progrid Xodus Trail Running Shoe. You get the tight upper fit because of the Arch-Lock technology that provides a snug midfoot upon first lacing. Even with this tight fit, I still pulled the laces as tight as I could and tied them off. As soon as I tied my double knot I noticed how tight the knot was. It was like the laces were wedging against each other for an extra tightness, or maybe the bumblebee pattern made it look tight, either way, these shoe laces were not coming loose and I looked ?Ǩ?tight?Ǩ in these bad boys. I?ǨѢm just glad I was able to run fast enough to avoid being mistakenly cross pollinated with by a bumble bee. I imagine that would hurt.

I also really like how lightweight the shoes are. The Sockliner makes the shoes feel extra lightweight and is breathable with a moisture wicking anti-odor and anti-microbial insolses with rebound properties. I got them pretty wet from water crossings and about 3 gallons of my sweat that rolled down my legs into these shoes. They seemed to dry pretty quickly but I still left them outside to dry out a bit more. It?ǨѢs been less than 24 hours so I?ǨѢve yet to see how well the rebound properties really are. With my amount of sweat, these shoes will need to be able to rebound like Charles Barkely or Dikembe Mutumbo to feel and smell like new again.

With the Saucony Progrid Xodus Trail Running Shoes?ǨѢ lightweight and comfort I was a little concerned that Saucony skimped on the durability, but I didn?ǨѢt find this to be the case. The shoe gave a smooth ride on the trail with a good response to the uneven terrain. These are my first Progrid style running shoes but I found that they were able to absorb the impact and dissipate the shock which set my feet up for a great transitions.

Speaking of great transitions, the Vibram Trek Outsole which is why the Saucony Progrid Xodus feels good enough for the roads but are perfect for the trails. The Vibram sole feels like a rubbery/plastic material (it?ǨѢs a shoescientist term, don?ǨѢt worry if you don?ǨѢt understand) that has a lot of teeth for grip but they are far enough apart that you don?ǨѢt have to carry the trail with you on your run. It?ǨѢs material and pattern make it a lightwieght sole which does not compromise the grip, traction, or durability. Brilliant! This is why I think Saucony got this shoe right, they focused on the most important part of a trail running shoe, the sole.

Recommended for: serious trail runners that want a lightweight shoe without giving up durability

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5 out of 5 readers found this useful
 
Review: Totally legit performance trail running shoe. It has a fast, lightweight, race type feel. Built like their road shoes, the Xodus has a tight heel, narrow midfoot and a wider toebox. The archlock system on the medial side wraps to the midfoot as you tighten up the shoe, providing a more secure fit. Progrid cushion in the heel, soft foam in the forefoot for a smooth transition. Forefoot rockplate for protection from roots, rocks and other obstacles. Sticky rubber for better traction, the tread is thicker, like a truck tire, to handle any trail terrain. The upper is also more durable, water resistant, and prevents debris from entering shoe.

Recommended for: Serious trail runners looking for a lightweight and protective ride.

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