No one really does long term reviews because we are such a disposible society. We’ve been programmed to ditch the old and covet the new.
Manufacturers come out with new product at least yearly because they have us trained to think there is something wrong with last year’s model, even if it’s working perfectly fine.
All this is a prelude to bashing one pair of running shoes I have. So be forewarned.
Back in 2016, when I started running again on a regular basis, I picked up my first real pair of running shoes that actually fit (I had a pair of Asics that were 2-1/2 sizes too big).
Early in June of 2016, I picked up a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 from our local (and soon to be closed) Fleet Feet in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
And no, those aren’t the shoes I’m going to bash, so don’t jump ahead of me. I used them soley for running.
Then in August, I decided to get a second pair of running shoes to alternate between. I picked up a pair of Saucony Grid Cohesion 9.
I alternated running between the two shoes, but then after running in the Saucony for about six consecutive runs without switching off, I noticed a hip pain that sidelined me for over a month. I don’t know what caused it, but to ne safe, I retired the Saucony to walking shoe status, while I continued to run in the Brooks (until March 2017, when I bought new shoes and retired the GTS16).
The Saucony I took to work to wear only for my mall walks. Usually when there is inclement weather, I wear my hikers to work because of snow or rain and then change into the Saucony.
The rest of the year, I wear either one of my many Pumas to work, or the Brooks GTS 16, in which case I don’t switch to the Saucony at all.
So theoretically, the Saucony, over the last two years have only gotten limited use, 5 days a week and only during the winter, whereas the Brooks GTS 16, have been my go-to shoe for any activity outside of work regardless of the weather (except for possible near 0°F temperatures).
In other words, the Brooks had logged nearly a full year as my principle running shoe and then a year of being my casual activity shoe, whereas the Saucony are strictly a workday shoe in the winter.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 look almost like new, as shown below:
Whereas the Saucony Grid Cohesion 9 are beginning to show signs of wear on both sides of the upper as the mesh tears away from the toe trim, as shown below:
And yes, I’m wearing red socks. So you can see the upper is wearing through at the point where my little toe resides.
That is unacceptable. I know, I know. It is two years old, after all. Still, that shows there is a durability concern with Saucony.
As you can see, the Brooks are still almost like new. Brooks has much more durable construction. In fact, I have a pair of 11-year-old Brooks Beasts that didn’t start thinning and separating like this pair of Saucony has for nearly six or seven years of constant every day use. They were pretty much my everyday walking, running, working, hiking, and everything else in between shoe and are probably still in better shape than these Saucony.
The Beasts are hiding under my bed and if I can find them, I’ll post a picture of them.
“But wait,” you say, “The Beasts have a wear hole by your little toe as well! Why call out Saucony?”
Why? Because the Saucony are only a little over a year and a half old, worn irregularly whereas the Beasts are 11-years-old and were worn all the time.
I not only can forgive the Beasts their flaws, I would commend Brooks on creating such a long lasting shoe.
My biggest gripe about anything I purchase is a lack of durability. I want things to last, if not forever, at least five years or more.
But many manufacturers believe in planned adolescence. They want us to spend money unnecessarily and to do that they make the old stuff so it falls apart before it should.
In this case, it was Saucony. Too bad for them because I’ll never buy another pair of their shoes again.
Another brand of running shoe I won’t ever buy again is Under Armour. I bought a pair of their shoes and they didn’t even last the summer. They fell apart so badly I threw them out.
If you know me even a little bit, you know I never throw anything out.
Yet I threw out the UA running shoes after only a few months. They were essentially unwearable, they were that shitty. As a consequence, I refuse to buy anything with a UA label on it.
If you want my business, then build it to last, dammit, or I’ll find a business that does.
Show some pride in your work.