Saucony Omni 22 Review

The Saucony Omni 22 is a moderate stability shoe built for durability with comfort and a smoother transition with lighter weight. In this Saucony Omni 22 review I will go over my experience with this shoe and how it compares to competitors.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factors.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £125

Weight: 286g

Stack height: 35mm

Usage: Daily trainer

Pros

  • Stable base
  • Durable
  • Smooth ride
  • Comfortable, supportive heel fit

Cons

  • Lacks in energy return
  • Long break in
  • Energy return: 7/10
  • Durability: 8/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 9/10
  • Style: 8/10
  • speed: 7/10
  • versatility: 7/10
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Upper breathability: 8/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Width: 8/10
  • Overall rating: 75/100

Saucony Omni 22 First Impressions

The first time I saw this shoe I was happy with how aesthetic it was. I loved the colour scheme and the outer design. Anyways onto the performance.

My first run in these shoes was a mid tempo 10km run and this shoe performed. very well. From the second I put it on I was happy with how comfortable they felt. The shoe was very narrow however it fits long. So if you are someone with wider feet I would recommend going a half size up.

When I started running I was surprised at how fast the transitions felt. They were much quicker than I was expecting. The heel also felt very snug and supported which over long distances really made a difference.

Why Should You Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a high quality stability shoe that has fast transitions then this is a great choice for you. It is also very comfortable and durable which is why I don’t think there is a better stability shoe on the market.

Why Should You Not Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a shoe that allows you to pick up the pace with ease then this is not the shoe for you. If you do want a shoe for speed then I would recommend either the Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash 2 or the Adidas Supernova Solution.

Upper of the shoe

This model has an engineered mesh upper which offers a lightweight and breathable shoe. This helps when running on hot days as it increases airflow.

The tongue was partially gusseted and was made from a flexible material that help keep the weight of the shoe down. The narrow design is a plus for durability and lockdown but the downside to this of course is that it doesn’t accommodate people with wide feet well.

The upper is also very soft and plush which I really liked and it helped offer high levels of comfort. The laces are also very durable and don’t fray which is an issue that I have had with some stability shoes in the past.

Foam of the shoe

The midsole is made from PWRRUN foam which is a standard Eva foam construction that offers structured cushioning. It is durable however it does lack responsiveness. The weight is on the lighter side for a stability which is a key selling point for this model. This midsole is also very soft and comfortable which makes for a very cushioned and comfortable feel.

Sole of the shoe

The outsole is covered in XT-900 carbon rubber which gives the shoes high levels of durability and traction. The shoe is stiff with a slight bend past the halfway point and it does a decent job for moderate support needs.

Conclusions to the Saucony Omni 22 Review

Overall, if you are in the market for a lightweight stability shoe then this is an excellent choice for you. This model is durable and offers great stability however do be aware that this shoe isn’t responsive and doesn’t offer high levels of speed assistance. I use this shoe myself for recovery and slow tempo runs and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for shoes to do the same in.

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