Review: Saucony ProGrid Razor

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

The ProGrid Razor shoes are a high-end winter trail-runner with integrated gaiters and a lightweight Vibram outsole touted to provide “exceptional traction and grip.” An eVent lining adds waterproof protection to the upper for puddles or slushy days on the trail.

I have run more than 100 miles this winter in the ProGrid Razors. The $135 shoes fit well and run fine on packed snow, wet pavement, plowed city sidewalks, and winter trails. Grip is good on snow, though the rubber still slips on ice.

Saucony ProGrid Razor Winter.jpg

Saucony ProGrid Razor

The shoe’s cited weight is 13.8 ounces (men’s size 9) or 12.5 ounces for a women’s size 8. This is reasonably light for a winterized trail-runner.

In my test this winter, from training runs to competitive footraces, the shoes have been warm to temps down around 10 degrees Fahrenheit. They excel for wintertime road running. On the trail, there is some give and take.

Namely, Saucony’s gaiter system is lacking. The zip-up gaiters go ankle high and keep the snow out for packed snowy trails. But the gaiters don’t cinch tight around the ankles, which I find somewhat annoying. You cannot run through deep snow and expect to keep your feet dry.

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The ProGrid Razor’s “winterized” sole

On a recent orienteering event, where I ran on and off trail, snow had packed inside the gaiters by the end of the 1.5-hour race.

To be sure, the shoes were fast. And my feet felt warm enough the whole race. But when I took my shoes off in a warming hut at the finish line, snow clogged the area between the gaiters and the laces.

Overall, the ProGrid Razors are solid. I use them multiple times a week for training runs in the city on plowed paths. Add a better gaiter for deep snow and off-trail runs and the ProGrid Razors would be one of my favorite new shoes this year.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com.

Posted by Dennis Wiesnoski - 03/01/2010 09:47 AM

I have these shoes as well and the comments are right on. They work very good for suburban street running in the winter, better than some Montrail GoreTex shoes I have. They look a bit funny – my daughter calls them my “gazelle” shoes :-)

Posted by Matt - 03/01/2010 09:58 PM

I think the gaiter design might be something that they have the scale off on. I haven’t had any trouble with it being too loose. I wear a size 12 and have no problem with snow or any debris falling down the gaiter. I’ve found the shoe to be fantastic and comfortable in all kinds of conditions. I love the fit on these, and they don’t feel much different than my regular pair of running shoes.

Posted by aaron - 03/03/2010 05:26 PM

I have these shoes. At 114 miles of running in them they started leaking water when running through puddles. The eVent liner kept my feet dry when I first bought them (stood around in water with no issues), now the slush is getting my feet wet where the soles meet the rest of the shoes on the sides. I’m bummed. I’ve used these only on snowy and icy trails and loved them until I came back with wet feet. Even trudging through powder my feet were dry when I first bought them.

Posted by Chris - 12/21/2010 04:57 PM

PLEASE HELP! I’m trying to decide between the Saucony Progrid Razors and the La Sportiva Crossover GTXs. I want a shoe that will keep my feet warm and dry while running through 6 inches of snow and snow-shoveled pavement on the same day. I run in Nike Frees and prefer a mid-sole strike. Are the Razors and Crossover GTXs my best options for the winter? If not, what do you suggest?

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