Little more than a new upper design for this heavy-ish trail shoe for neutral runners. (A review of the previous version is below). Its lugged grip keeps it credibly in the trail
category, and there’s the same GRID
cushioning insert in the rearfoot. The lacing system has mercifully reverted to a normal one for a snugger fit, but you should replace the shoe’s cheap, extra-padded insole with a normal, more responsive one. Even then, its heel sits fairly high off the ground – good for rearfoot cushioning but not for off-road stability.
Saucony GRID Aura TR £59.99
Sizes (m) 6-11, 12 (w) 3.5-7.5
Pros Fair traction; protective cushioning
Cons Poor lacing system
Evaluation If you recognise the GRID Aura, thats because its midsole and outsole are virtually a direct lift from the old GRID Kyotee. That makes it a decent off-road shoe for all surfaces except thick mud, as its small triangular lugs give a decent grip in both the forefoot and rearfoot.
The only change is to the upper, which now has more durable overlays around the lower half. It also has metal hoops instead of normal lace loops, which is a mistake because it makes it harder to tighten the laces properly.
If youre wondering about the difference between the Aura and Sauconys well-received £50 GRID Approach, the Aura is more responsive and slightly more stable because the foot sits lower to the ground. The Aura has a more durable upper, but the Approach has more aggressive grip. Finally, both shoes share the same latticed GRID cushioning insert in the rearfoot, but the Aura is a little firmer.
In short The Aura is Sauconys performance trail shoe. Its not as good in mud as Sauconys £50 GRID Approach, but it has a faster, more confident feel.
Recommended for Biomechanically efficient runners who train in woodland and on grass and trails and want a fairly well-cushioned and responsive shoe