By Erin Johnson
Saucony has changed their running game again. The new Freedom is a great debut shoe. This is Saucony's first shoe where the midsole is made entirely out of Everun, a TPU like material. This shoe can be directly compared to the Adidas Ultra Boost.
The upper is made with the ISOFIT system and allows for a wider foot than Saucony's traditional upper. The sock like fit means that if you run out of clean socks, your shoes won't rub you the wrong way if you have to go barefoot. Personally, I love the ISOFIT system due to how customizable it makes the shoe to each person's foot.
This shoe is made with a 4mm drop platform that many are used to with the Kinvara. The Everun material allows for a very plush ride with great feedback from the ground. I normally hate running up stairs, but in this shoe I do not mind it at all. When you first put them on you might want to go for a run right that moment. I love this feeling.
The outsole is made of rubber that covers most of the bottom except an Everun diamond. This means the sole should be slower to wear than the Kinvara or Zealot because they have the sections of exposed EVA. The sole is grooved to still be flexible to move with your foot.
Overall this shoe is going to kick an old favorite out of the rotation, and I am not sad about that. This shoe will be great for my mid to distance runs or races. I plan on my pair making their Half Marathon debut on my feet at Walt Disney World Half Marathon next month.