Saucony GRID Domain £49.99


Posted: 9 October 2000

Weight 336g
Evaluation We don’t usually look at £50 shoes, but this is quite a nice one, and it sits at the same price as Saucony’s eternal best-seller, the Jazz 6000. The Domain is a better shoe, too, so it may represent Saucony’s attempt to wean runners off the Jazz. It keeps some key things the same: mainly an outsole with deep, triangular lugs that makes it good for both on- and off-road; and reasonable stability for a neutral shoe. (This has a cutaway midfoot and a plastic shank, which makes it smoother than, but just as stable as, the Jazz 6000.) But it’s still not a shoe for overpronators.
What’s better than the Jazz is a GRID insert in the rearfoot, which creates a sweet spot for better cushioning and foot-strike guidance, and a nicer mesh upper. The only thing that’s worse is the thick, foamy insole that Saucony puts in some of its shoes, which reduces stability and should be replaced.
In short If you like Saucony’s venerable Jazz 6000, you should think about moving to the GRID Domain. It has a similarly nice feel, good grip and better technology.
Try it on if you liked Saucony GRID Jazz 6000 (£49.99); any other £50 neutral shoe


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Just got these a week ago, but initial views are that the sizing is completely haywire (UK8½ = UK 9¼). Padded insole ruins any stability it might have. It also makes the foot sit so high in the shoe that it slips if you don't lace it on very tightly. I'm going to try replacing the insole for next week to see if that helps. Good things are that it does feel quite light and the sole looks hardwearing.
Posted: 03/02/2003 at 18:31

Still testing these for RW, but have a love/hate relationship with them. Tried thinner insole but found that I could feel lumps inside the shoe and it felt too firm. Have had some knee problems which may be down to poor stability and lack of cushioning. Wearing well and that sole is great for off road as well as road. Wouldn't buy them, but worth a look if you've not got much money, have a very neutral style and want a shoe that will do for off and on road.
Posted: 28/05/2003 at 12:33

I bought some of these as a beginner. I've had to move onto some new balance. My knees started to get quite painfull and I had to stop running for three weeks. I haven't run in these since. My new New Balance 854 (?) that stop me rolling about so much are better (so far)
Posted: 26/08/2003 at 12:13

Steve,

As we have ascertained elsewhere, I would like to stress that there was nothing wrong with the shoes at all, simply that they were inappropriate for you. The NB 854 is much more supportive than the Grid Domain. The Grid Omni 3 is more equivalent to this shoe.

The Grid Domain is an neutral cushioning shoe positioned at a value price point.

Dave,

Sizing is a very difficult issue to assess when choosing running (or any other kind of) shoes, since it is entirely arbitrary!

Your UK 8 1/2 Grid Domains will compare to many different sizes in other brands and even styles. We would certainly encourage you to visit your local specialist who will be able to advise how different styles come up. It's almost worth ignoring the numbers on the box and let your feet tell you what size you are when you try the shoes on!

Again, as mentioned, the shoe is not designed to offer stability, but cushioning.

I hope this info helps.

Posted: 26/08/2003 at 15:59

Mr Saucony took the words out of my mouth!

Unless you are a neutral runner, the Domain is not going to be suitable. Especially if you are now running in 854s Steve - these are virtually motion control shoes which are at the other end of the spectrum to the Domain. The knee problems for both of you are fairly predictable if you require stability.

As for sizing, again I agree with Saucony. Ignore the numbers on the box and just find one that fits. If the shoe is moving about a bit, think about trying butterfly (or loop-lacing) lacing if you haven't already. It pulls the heel into the back of the shoe a bit more and keeps it in position better. See http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/news/article.asp?UAN=482 for details.
Posted: 26/08/2003 at 22:02

I did not wish to denigrate or blame the shoes in any way for my knee problems (I may just have bad knees). What I was trying to stress is that if you are in any way prone to erm over pronation, the shoe is not for you although it is lovely and comfy and cushioned. They are a good price and will probably by fine for others. I was given bad advice at the store I got them from and I don't want any other begginer to fall into the trap of 'Wow, aren't these light and soft and cushioned. And what a good price, these are the shoes for me!' There's more to it than that and a specialist running shop is probably the place to go for your first shoes.

Secondly, Saucony UK (the company) have been in direct contact with me regarding this issue and have been very helpful and have offered good advice. I have no problems with Saucony and have been impressed with their customer service.

Steven
Posted: 27/08/2003 at 10:33

Good stuff Steve. I'm a pronator as well, so it rules me out as well which is a shame as it's soooooo comfy straight out of the box!!!
Posted: 27/08/2003 at 21:18

Hi dogwalker

Just to say my shoes are v.comfy. Am still getting pins and needles occasionally though not nearly as much as before. Am up to running 5K comfortably in the shoes sso whichever saucony they were they were good for me. Thank you.
Posted: 27/08/2003 at 21:52

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