Traditionally motion control shoes have tended to be heavy, brick-like creatures best suited to big guys. But not all runners who need bags of stability want a heavy shoe.
Sauconys GRID Stabil is lighter than many motion control shoes while still retaining plenty of support, making it a good choice for the stability-oriented, lighter runner. At 368g the fourth incarnation, the GRID Stabil MC is comparable in weight to some stability shoes, but as supportive as a traditional motion control model.
Saucony has completely revamped the Stabil, so its quite different to the previous model. Theres a medial arch lock that tightens up the midfoot for a more secure, comfortable feel. In the MCs forefoot, Saucony has added a plastic wave-like device called GRID Return that provides extra control and, its claimed, energy return. Theres also a third midsole density a small post under the big toe.
The most noticeable difference is the extra posting in the heel, enhanced further by a cushioning GRID with more tightly packed, firmer strings on the medial side, resulting in a more stable rearfoot.
Its a stable shoe but, and this is one of the real plusses, its also incredibly smooth. In short
Extremely stable for its weight, with a great fit and a smooth ride, the GRID Stabil MC has a broader appeal than many motion control shoes. Lighter, stability-oriented runners usually put off by the weight of an MC shoe should try it, but heavier runners should have a look too. Try it on if you liked Saucony GRID Stabil
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