You’ll notice something rather familiar about the Jazz 7000. It looks a lot like the Saucony GRID Domain. It is, and that’s because Saucony are continuing to wean runners away from its GRID-less Jazz series. If you love the old Jazz, worry not as the current shoe in that range, the 6000, is still available, but do try the 7000 because it is actually a better shoe at the same great price. The grip, and decent stability of the 6000 are all there but the rearfoot GRID insert means the cushioning is superior.
(A review of the previous version follows:)
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