Saucony GRID Omni 3 £69.99

Posted: 9 October 2000

Weight 336g
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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I'm a big fan of the Omni 2's but I must say I'm really disappointed in the Omni 3's. I've done about 50 miles in my Omni 3's and they don't feel good, there doesn't seem to be any cushioning in them, it sounds like I'm running in hob nail boots.

I feel like I've been ripped of by Saucony, as the Omni 3 is nothing like the Omni2.

Can anyone please recommened an alternative shoe please?
Posted: 03/12/2002 at 16:37

I recommend getting some Omni 2 - currently £50 by mail order from most adverts in Runners World. (Just bought a couple of pairs because of a review saying they had changed them so much for this year.)
Posted: 03/12/2002 at 16:40

Cheers Graham I've just ordered apair of Omni 2's from an ad. in RunnersWorld.
I still feel like I've been ripped of by Saucony over the Omni 3's.
Posted: 03/12/2002 at 16:49

Adrian - send them an email - think it's and air your views. A friend of mine has received a couple of replacement pairs over the years when he's been that disappointed with new Sauconys. Worth a try. Mizuno are excellent at getting back to you with queries - I know that doesn't help at the mo. I'm grateful for your info though cos I was about to spend the money I anticipate Santa giving me on a pair having read a review of them on-line. Cushioning is about as important to me as it can get - I'm so disappointed that both pairs of shoes I wear - Mizuno & Sauconys - have been "updated" a.k.a. ruined. Wish we knew in advance when they were being withdrawn and then we could buy 5 pairs of each !!

Posted: 10/12/2002 at 15:48

I actually like my Omni 3s. They're less comfy then my old Grid Jazz but do give me just the amount of support I need.
Posted: 11/12/2002 at 13:04

The New Omni 3 has exactly the same cushioning in them as the Omni 2 - Grid in the rearfoot and HRC in the forefoot. The difference is that the support has been developed somewhat in the newer version. The midsole has been made more substantial, and as this includes the dual density section, this feels more substantial too. The cushioning has not been reduced, but the support improved, which may well give the same sensation. As mentioned by myself before, we DO take notice of feedback, especially from popular and respected sources such as RW. We don't change a shoe for the sake of it, only to improve it. Unfortunately improvements for some are not improvements for others. We try to make shoes suitable for as many runners as possible!
Posted: 11/12/2002 at 23:26

I have to say it's really nice to see manufacturers responding in this way to comments on their products.

For what it's worth, the Omni 3's were my first proper running shoes and I've been very impressed with the support and cushioning. But as they were the first running shoes (before that it was non-specific cross trainers and the like) I don't have anything else to judge them against.
Posted: 12/12/2002 at 09:50

OK - bit of a long shot. After my collection of Omni 2's has run out... Where can I get some - or does anyone have any suggestions about what would be a good replacement?
Posted: 08/02/2005 at 22:15


I think you'll need to be VERY lucky to find an Omni 2 anywhere!

However, as you have probably found from other threads on this site, it's probably worth trying the Onmni 4 if you liked the Omni 2. I'm not an Omni wearer myself, but the feedback seems to be that the 4 is a cross between the 2 and the 3 as far as the all important fit and feel is concerned.

Technically all Omni's have been aimed at the mild to moderate overpronation category.

Clearly I'm biased, so I'll leave the other forumites to mention the competition!!
Posted: 10/02/2005 at 10:41

Graham, I've never actually managed to find a shoe to replace the omni 2.

The omni 3 was in my eyes a horrible shoe and I wasted £70 on a pair. I've looked at the omni 4 and I still think it's too close to the omni 3 rather than omni 2. All the things that made the omni 2 a good shoe have gone, the responsive feel, not to built up at the heel etc etc.

I now run in the nike persues and asics ds trainer.

Sorry Saucony, but you lost a lot of fans when you changed the omni 2's. I've had several emails from people regarding the omni 2's and how they've struggled to find a shoe as good.
Posted: 10/02/2005 at 10:58

All runners buy shoes they don't like, unless they are really lucky. All runners seem to be in either two states: having shoes they like and hope won't change, or having shoes they don't like and are searching for the next good one.

Even if we try them in the shop, that's quite different to 50 miles of real running in them. However, I would argue that a lot of what we 'feel' about shoes is quite pychological in nature.

However, if the companies kept the shoes the same we wouldn't have some of the fantastic shoes we have today.

Posted: 10/02/2005 at 12:21

I agree shoes have to change to get better, but the omni 2 to omni 3 was a complete different shoe!!!
Posted: 10/02/2005 at 12:30

Call me dense, but don't runners replace their shoes quite often - and usually with exactly the same ones? So if you keep a successful shoe pretty much the same there's almost a guaranteed market to build on?

Anyway... I like the DS trainer for speedwork but not for a long run. And I never liked the fit of nike shoes, I always felt like I was falling off them. Will have to reenter the market...
Posted: 10/02/2005 at 15:23

Let me know Graham if you do find that right shoe.

I've made to many costly mistakes to keep looking!!!! Well for now anyway!!
Posted: 10/02/2005 at 15:40

IF you are 10 or 10 1/2 (and VERY lucky).
Posted: 14/02/2005 at 12:08

Sorry - won't be able to let you know what replacement I found... yet.

Got another couple of pairs of Omni 2s from Northern Runner - even cheaper than last time.

Maybe this time next year.
Posted: 21/02/2005 at 10:23

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