Evaluation The nicely-balanced and very agreeable GRID Omni was doing well for Saucony in this country, so it’s a shame that they seem to have ripped up the blueprint and started again. Not that the new version doesn’t have its own strengths – deeper cushioning, beefier stability and a weight saving of 15g. It’s just that the old version had a wide appeal of its own – combining a slightly low midsole and a quick forefoot feel with terrific cushioning and decent stability.
So what’s the new model like? The Nike Air Structure Triax, to a large extent. The Omni’s midsole is similarly thick and protective (if not as springy); the outsole combines blown rubber for cushioning with carbon rubber for durability; and the fit combines a snug rearfoot with plenty of toe-wiggling room.
There is one bonus, though: the GRID Omni is 25g lighter than the Triax, and it comes in two versions: ‘moderate’ and ‘ultimate’ stability (though the difference is minimal).
In short The old GRID Omni was a £70 shoe to challenge the responsiveness of the Asics 2070. Now it’s beefed up to go alongside the protectiveness of the Nike Air Structure Triax instead.
Try it on if you liked Nike Air Structure Triax (£69.99); Saucony GRID Web (£69.99); New Balance 1021 (£74.99 – less stable)
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