This is a big step forward from the Guide 8 with Saucony introducing their new cushioning system "EVERUN" into this shoe. This was my first time to try the new EVERUN cushioning system and it definitely feels a lot softer more cushioned under foot.
I'm a big runner so I like very cushioned shoes, but I do overpronate and need a little bit of support at the same time. Previously i've run in the Brooks Transcend (which I loved but it wasn't a very popular shoe) and my go to shoe for the past few years has always been the Saucony Omni.
I felt really comfortable in the Guides. I've probably clocked close to 150k on them at the moment so I can't comment on how long the EVERUN lasts but i've been told that it doesn't break down as quickly as previous EVA models.
I haven't been that comfortable at 8mm drop shoes, I usually prefer a 12mm drop shoe as my Achilles tends to flair up on lower drop shoes. I will continue to use these shoes but alternate between a 12mm drop shoe.
We've only had them in the shop a little over two weeks at this stage so it's interesting getting customers reactions to them. Existing customers of the Saucony Guide notice a real difference in the new shoe, it's been all positive so far.