Confession. I was a Saucony runner for many years until I switched to New Balance in the summer. I’ve run in either the Saucony ProGrid Ride or Guide for a few years to give you a sense of my loyalty to the brand. Saucony moved to a lower heel-to-toe drop and changed the ProGrid Ride model enough in this year’s model that I didn’t like it anymore.
I ended up trying on a pair of New Balance 860v3’s and immediately felt comfortable in them. It’s a more traditional/conservative shoe with a bit more cushion than I had in the Saucony, but it is very much the kind of shoe I prefer.
Other than a bit of heel lift that I fixed by using the top lace holes, they fit great right out of the box. I’ve run about 600km on this pair and plan to replace them with either another pair of the same or the v4 depending on whether I can find a pair of the older v3’s in my size.
Sorry Saucony…you changed and I found a new love in New Balance.