The Kinvara isn’t the only Saucony shoe slated to receive a significant upgrade in 2014. Today we take a look at the Ride 7—the latest installment to Saucony’s popular neutral running series.

Given the success of the Ride 6, the seventh edition of the shoe is hardly a complete redesign. Though, while core features like a PowerGrid midsole and 8mm heel-to-toe offset remain the same, the Ride 7 has been tweaked a comfortable, more snug fit. Saucony has replaced the plastic shank seen in the current version with an additional pod of cushioned rubber for improved ground contact, which in turn should result in a smoother stride. The removal of the shank also reduces the overall weight of the shoe, which sits at 9.4 ounces (a half ounce drop from the Ride 6). The shoe’s base, particularly in the forefoot, has been widened for increased stability, and its redesigned SRC crash pad in the heel creates a more cushioned landing zone.

There’s much more to discuss in regards to the Ride 7 in the coming months. The shoe is scheduled for a June 1 release.

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