We give our verdict on these new running shoes in our Saucony Xodus 3.0 GTX review.
Saucony Xodus 3.0 GTX
A complete redesign of the Xodus has added a stronger heel counter with a perforated plastic exoskeleton. The mid-foot features Saucony’s popular Pro-Lock to control foot-roll through the phases. The forefoot retains the seam-free construction of the 2.0 but with a welded plastic frame to add stability. The toe-box is deeper, with soft plastic toe bumpers.
The entire upper on the GTX is Gore-Tex Lined (non-Gore version available for £10 less). A bellows tongue helps keep debris out and the tongue in position. The midsole now has ProGrid along the full length and a new stiff rock plate to cope with rocky trails. In keeping with the trend du jour, heel drop has plummeted from 12mm to a road racing-like 4mm, though with 23.9mm and 19.3mm heel and forefoot heights, the Xodus 3 rides high to fit in the midsole tech, though the flared midsole helps maintain good stability.
Saucony have an all-new Vibram outsole and it’s the undoubted star of the show. Its high grip rubber is shaped into deep, stable trail-gripping lugs that allow genuine freedom to roam off-road. The sole self-cleans effectively and even feels OK on hard surfaces and any bits of linking road you may use to get on the dirt. The shoe feels natural and neutral through heel-strike to toe-off and will please, we think, most real off-roaders most of the time.
Best incarnation of the Xodus yet, real four-wheel drive shoes .
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