The Vision simply doesn’t look like the sensible Saucony shoes we’ve come to expect. It’s like coming home and seeing your dad dressed like Liam Gallagher. But the GRID Vision is more than just an image makeover for this normally conservative brand – it’s a radical new shoe.
The big story is the shoe’s new Dynamic V-GRID plate. You can see this through the outsole and better still when you remove the insole. This plastic plate, which sits on top of the midsole, runs the full length of the shoe. In the rearfoot there’s GRID – which allows the heel to ‘drop’ into the midsole for cushioning and stability – and, for only the second time, there’s GRID in the forefoot too. The new V-GRID sits in the midfoot. The idea is that the plate stabilises the rearfoot, enhances midfoot support and provides a firm forefoot platform for toe-off. Extra stability comes from the Archlock – an upper material that extends over the outside of the midsole to better support the midfoot – first seen on the 3D GRID Hurricane
The upper isn’t all show either – it’s a seam-free, almost sock-like design. As we went to press the GRID Vision was so new we didn’t have a pair to test, but our US colleagues reported that it does provide a stable ride, with particular stability in the rearfoot.
Saucony has been bold here and, judging by initial reports from the USA, it’s paid off. If you’re after a stable ride without a multi-density midsole, the GRID Vision is well worth a look.