Running shoe reviews
Fall 2012 Running Shoe Guide
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Saucony Omni 11, $120
Height: 36.9 mm (heel); 27.7 mm (forefoot)
Weight: 10.7 oz (M); 8.9 oz (W)
Saucony has significantly overhauled many of its flagship shoes, making them lower profile and lightweight. It did the same with this update of the Omni. We found the 11 to be a considerable improvement over the previous version, which some wear-testers said felt clunky. According to measurements taken at the RW Shoe Lab, the Omni 11 is nearly two ounces lighter than the 10 (which weighed 12.6 ounces for a men's size 9) and sits closer to the ground. To bring the shoe to an 8 mm drop, Saucony lowered the heel height (to 36.9 mm from 40.9 mm) and slightly raised the forefoot (to 27.7 mm from 24.4 mm). Testers say the shoe felt a bit heavy, but found the ride to be responsive and well-cushioned. "It really wraps around the foot, feels great, and gives nice support," says Michele Belisle, 41, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, a longtime wearer of the Omni.
Bottom Line: Flat-arched runners will find many happy miles in the Omni.
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