Saucony Mad River – Shoe Review

The Saucony Mad River has become one of my favourite trail running shoes.

It is a wide fitting shoe, with a 4mm pitch and medium amount of cushioning. It has an integrated tongue, so pulls on a bit like a sock making it super-comfortable.

Although it doesn't have a rock plate, there is enough shoe to protect your feet from the terrain. They are firm feeling and responsive underfoot, which combined with the width gives a really good ground feel and plenty of proprioceptive feedback.

I have run about 700km now in this pair of Mad Rivers and I will definitely be going back for more.


Statistics For The Shoe Geeks

• PWRFOAM midsole
• EVERUNTM topsole construction for continuous cushioning throughout the run
• PWRTRAC tacky rubber, combined with a dual compound outsole, and rugged directional lugs for confidence on any surface at any speed
• Natural foot shape allows for wide toe splay for stabilization and power transfer
• Integrated tongue helps keep debris out and has a gaiter-compatible D Ring to give the option of adding extra protection
• Elastic lace keeper holds laces out of the way
• Durable upper materials enhance protection in high-abrasion areas


• Shoe Category: Trail
• Pronation: Neutral
• Cushion: Responsive
• Construction Type: Trail
• Surface: Trail, Grass
• Arch: Normal (Mid)
• Offset: 4mm
• Heel Stack Height: 23mm
• Forefoot Stack Height: 19mm
• Weight: 309 g.