Saucony Cohesion 9 Review
Saucony Cohesion 9 Review
Overall the Saucony Cohesion 9 is a great running shoe at an even greater price. You're not likely to find a better running shoe without spending more. In terms of comfort, its cushioning and fitting, the Cohesion 9 provides a great experience. While additional features such as the XT-600 rubber and Heel Grid System only give this running shoe the versatility it needs to compete with some of the best running shoes on the market today.
|Saucony Cohesion 9|
|Weight||-10 Oz (Men)
-8 Oz (Women)
|Previous Models:||Saucony Cohesion 8|
Saucony Cohesion 9 Construction
- Small Reflective for low-light conditions
- Breathable Mesh designed for good air-flow, keeping your feet cool in hot situations
- Plush Tongue and Collor
- Its Heel Grid System offers both cushion and stability for the heel
- The IMEVA midsole provides cushion and comfort
- The flex grooves through the forefoot add flexibility
- Outsole offers its XT-600 carbon rubber, presenting great traction
Upper Construction– Compared to previous models, the Saucony Cohesion 9’s upper is a bit thicker and more tightly put together. This changes a few things in this year’s model of the running shoe. First, it adds definite durability to the shoe. Secondly, it does at least take some away from its breathability, but not very much based on my experience with the shoe.
Midsole Construction– The midsole consists of a complete layer of IMEVA (Injected Molded EVA), which is a pretty standard way of getting cushion into a running shoe these days. Included in the midsole would be the Heel Grid System, which does two thing well. First, it gives the heel more space for additional cushioning, which is a big plus for heel-strikers, since the heel will be the most heavily impacted spot. Secondly, it guides your foot well to help avoid injury. Stability features are a bit rare in a neutral running shoes, so this is a plus for many runners.
Outsole Construction– The Saucony Cohesion 9’s outsole is constructed out of XT-600 materials. The high-quality components are designed to protect against the natural wear of the shoe, as well as provide plenty of protection. The plush tongue and collar on the running shoe also serves two purposes. First, it creates a tighter and snugger fit. Secondly, because it is plush, it provides some comfort as well. If you’ve ever tightened running shoes up with bare tongues, some of them can irk your foot the wrong way, causing irritation.
Saucony Cohesion 9 Performance
In my mind, the performance of a running shoe is determined by three key factors. The first and most important is comfort. If you’re not comfortable while running, you won’t sustain your run. It’s that simple. A second factor is how well can a running shoe keep you out of harm’s way? This can include support features (especially in stability running shoes) as well as simple features such as a running shoe having traction, so you don’t slip and fall. Lastly, can the running shoe improve you as a runner in some way? A running shoe that has great flexibility and gets you off the ground effortlessly not only keeps you happy, but can help you push your pace or distances.
Comfort– Overall, I’m pleasantly impressed with the comfort in the Saucony Cohesion 9. While they probably can’t compare to some of the ultra-comfortable running shoes I’ve tried in the past, such as the Skechers Go Run 4, they do their job pretty well. The cushioning is probably only slightly above average compared to other running shoes in the same market range, but I enjoy the feel that the plush tongue and collar. I’ve ran in plenty of running shoes before where thin tongues on a well-tied shoe can create some irritation spots for me.
Breathability– I think the breathability in the Saucony Cohesion 9 does it job despite a thicker upper make-up. I’m currently running some in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2, a much more expensive shoe, and the breathability in that running shoe is absolutely horrible. It just goes to show that just because the Cohesion 9 is a cheaper shoe, doesn’t mean it performs as a lesser standard.
Flexibility– This is probably my biggest knock on the Saucony Cohesion 9. Despite its flex grooves, even after the shoe has broken in, the flexibility lacks a bit. I don’t think the durable outsole or the thicker upper helps the flexibility at all in this shoe. So you may be increasing the durability in this shoe, but you’re loosing some of the flexibility. It’s a trade-off you may want to consider before purchasing. What do you value more in a running shoe? It could go either way depending on the runner, so I’ll leave that question up to you.
Support / Stability Features– Being a neutral running shoe, the Saucony Cohesion 9 wasn’t created for runners looking for support. If you’re looking for support, you should look at stability running shoes. That being said, the Saucony Cohesion 9 is about average in terms of overall arch support. If you’re a runner that needs arch support, you’ll have to look elsewhere. The Cohesion 9 does of the Heel Grid System, which improves the overall fit as well as help the foot motion (It won’t correct poor motion, only help guide it to a certain extend).
Use– How you use the running shoe is mightily impactful on how you feel about the shoe. The Saucing Cohesion 9 is a neutral road shoe meant to hit the hard forces of the pavement. But realistically speaking, this running shoe is probably meant better for shorter to immediate distances. If you’re running anything under 8 miles, you’re likely fine. But I could see the Saucony Cohesion 9 give up some soreness as runs start to extend too far. Its cushioning simply isn’t built for sustained running.
Weight-At 10 ounces for men, and 8 ounces for women, the Saucony Cohesion 9 sits at about the middle of the pack if you compare it to similar running shoes in the same market range. They’ll still feel pretty light as long as you’re not avid about wearing only the lightest of running shoes. And if you’re looking that hard into the performance of a running shoe, you should probably be headed another direction regardless.
Sizing– The Saucony Cohesion 9 wins in this regard. Not only is it a true-to-size fit, but it comes in a multitude of sizes. If you’re feed are average in width, you can purchase the default (D) size. However on the other hand, if you have feet that are a bit wider, you can also purchase these running shoes in the (2E) size.
Saucony Cohesion 9 Value Check
To truly determine a running shoe’s value you need to look at a few key components (Quick short guide on why each of these components is important to look at).
1)Price. A lower priced shoe increases the value immediately.
2)Updates over previous models. Since previous models can often be found cheaper, we need to evaluate if its even worth the time and money to go with the newest model. There should be definite features that improve the shoe with each new edition of the shoe. If you’ve been around running shoes, then you know that this does not happen often.
3)Pros and Cons. This is simply the list of pros and cons of the running shoe compared closely with similar shoes with a similar market value.
4)Durability. Think about it. If you pay $60 for a pair of running shoes that only last 200 miles, but pay $120 for a better, high quality pair that lasts up to 400 miles, which pair of shoes actually comes out to be worth more? If you’re an avid runner that runs a lot, the second pair hands down. However, if you only run a few miles per week, you can make the argument for that first pair still. Look at the durability of every running shoe you look to purchase.
Evaluation: Honestly if I had a list of the best running shoes priced at $60, this would probably be on the top of it. I mean that so much so, I placed it into the top of my best cheap shoes list. It’ll be difficult to find a well-cushioned true with good traction, that is true to size, and comes in wider sizes for a mere $60. For that reason, the Saucony COhesion 9 would get a 10/10 in terms of overall value.
Updates over previous models
To be perfectly honest, The Saucony Cohesion 8 and 9 don’t offer a lot of differences, and they definitely share the same technology. Both have similar uppers, and nearly identical outsoles. Both have plush tongues and the Heel Grid System. Both pairs of running shoes have high satisfaction rates in terms of fit.
The really only notable change is going to be that the Saucony Cohesion 9 is available in wider sizes, allowing more runners to find their perfect fit with the shoe.
Bottom line is if you can find the Saucony Cohesion 8’s cheaper than the Cohesion 9’s, then I say go for it. Outside of cosmetics, you’re not missing much either way you decide to go.
Pros Vs Cons
- Its sizing is very true to size. And what’s more impressive is that it comes available in a variety of wider sizes, allowing more runners to find a perfect fit.
- Its cushioning, while maybe not quite on par with the ASICS Gel-Contend 3, a similar shoe in the market, it beats out nearly every other running shoe in the same price range.
- Its traction is definitely above average with its XT-600 constructed outsole.
- Features like an extra plush tongue and collar, and a thicker seemed upper (compared to its previous model) adds to the overall comfort levels for the runner
- Its $60 price tag alone will get some runners hooked to give this running shoe a chance.
- Its biggest flaw is its lack of flexibility, which is common in the market range of running shoes. That doesn’t take away from the fact that it could most definitely improve.
Okay Features (features that come out to be about average, and doesn’t qualify as neither a pro or con)
- Sitting at 10 Ounces for a Men’s size 9 and 8 ounces for Women, this running shoe’s weight is about average compared to similar models. It’ll feel extremely light to some runners, while feeling fairly heavy to others. It all depends on your past experiences with shoes as well as your expectations.
There may not be much to be excited about in terms of upgrading from the Saucony Cohesion 8 to the 9, however, the shoe remains an extremely cheap option that offers tons of value for neutral runners looking to add in some miles. In terms of staying on a budget with your running shoes, you’re not likely to find a better value pick than the Saucony Cohesion 9.
Similar Running Shoes
Acis Gel-Contend 3 – Sitting in the same market range as the Saucony Cohesion 9, the Contend-3 is also a neutral runner. I enjoy the Gel-Contend 3’s cushioning a little better because of ASICS’ patented gel system.
Nike Flex Experience 3– At a slightly higher priced, this shoe runs extremely smooth, and offers the flexibility that the Cohesion lacks. Plus for some, it’s got a lot more style to it and can be used casually, as well as athletically. Check out my review for the Nike Flex Experience 3 here.