Friday, February 25, 2011

Saucony Fastwitch 5 Review

Sorry, Yes, I know this was supposed to be blogged about Yesterday but when you are ticked about not getting in the pool again in the morning because the lifeguard fails to come to work, Work was crazy with the flu bug, and you have to get the little one to gymnastics, then watch American Idol, The priorties shifted a tad bit!

Onto the review

 Coming in two awesome colors as shown here, I couldn't decide which one I wanted so I eventually went with the white ones for now. I have been running in the Fastswitch 4s for the last 6 months and frankly they were getting a bit stinky from me not wearing socks.

This is what Saucony is advertising about this shoe: The Saucony Grid Fastwitch 5 shoe is lightweight and responsive for fast training days to fast race days. This women's racing flat sports a breathable mesh upper with a dual-density SSL EVA midsole. The XT-900™ outsole of the Saucony Grid Fastwitch 5 flat provides enhanced traction and durability.

This shoe is a stability shoe for the moderate pronator when running and since my gait is off a hair, I am a mild pronator with my right foot. These shoes are perfect.

When I got them I was surprised to see that they changed alot to this shoe. More mesh openings to the forefoot and a little more tread to the sole. Not to mention the sole says "u R Losing" so when Im running ahead of someone they see my message, If I can get my leg that high!!

They do run a little small so I do a half size bigger in these shoes.

Lightweight yet durable to stand the impact sprint up to marathon distance
Attractive Design

Not as soft inside as the FastSwitch 4s- the 4s were like a pillow!! LOVED them!
Stiffer in the mesh upper area than last model
Skimped on the padding on the collar and tonge than last model

I really like this shoe but there is something that keeps aggravating my Left Big Toe and causing a blister which never happened with my 4s and I think it is because it is a stiffer design.

Happy Training!!


  1. I just came across your blog. I'm pretty new to the blogging world. I love reading about other people who are a little more advanced in the sport than me - gives me ideas and things to aspire to. I look forward to following your journeys.

  2. Great review. I hope I can race in a lighter shoe but first gotta get the gait right.

  3. I run in the fastwitch and have the 4's...looking forward to the 5's :) they need more bright colors though. I love my lme green ones. The teal are nice but how 'bout some pink or orange!! :D

  4. By far Saucony is my favorite shoe of all time. I have yet to find anything that can replace them.
    About those lifeguards...must have been hatched from the same rotten pod that the Y near my house hired. That's why I no longer go there. I can't even begin to tell you how many of my blog post last year were of me ranting on and on at least once a week about them either not showing up on time, or at all for that matter and when they did, they hadn't even started to pull the pool covers off which takes a good 30 minutes. It was extremely frustrating so i do feel you pain on that.

  5. I am very disappointed in the 5's. I love, love, love Fastwitch's and been loyal to them since I bought a pair of 2's many years ago. But one run in the 5s caused me to send them back. I agree, they've made LOTS of changes to this shoe, and I'm sick about it. I hope Saucony get lots of complaints and gives us back the version of the Saucony Fastwitch that so many runners are crazy about.