Superlative & True to its Identify. A New Extremely Benchmark? 20 Comparisons


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Article by Mike Postaski Jacob Brady, Dominick Layfield, Renee Krusemark, Jeff Valliere, and Sam Winebaum

Saucony Xodus Extremely ($150)


Sam: The Xodus has been Saucony’s heavy obligation (and heavy), deeply cushioned path runner. It has been given radical makeovers in recent times however  retained the type’s essence and goal. The Xodus 10 then 11 introduced the shoe from a close to hiker in weight and goal to an throughout if nonetheless heavier path performer which in a shock was really glorious on roads. With the “Ultra ” naming here Saucony signals the Xodus has become their Ultra racing and distances offering. We’ll see!

For the now renamed Xodus Ultra we yet again see striking changes. Most notable is another dramatic drop in weight from about 11.9 oz / 337g to about 9.9 oz / 281g in a US9, It gains 1mm more heel stack height while losing 1mm forefoot stack to move from a 4mm drop to a 6mm, so essentially equivalent cushion stack at far less weight. 

The Xodus returns with a 4mm PWRTRAC outsole in a new 3 segment design with flexible woven rock plate and has a new upper and new ultra focused 6mm last.

How did they manage to so dramatically reduce the weight? Well, the heavy but bouncy and protective  PWRRUN+ of the previous two versions is replaced with an outer carrier of PWRRUN similar to Peregrine 12 with an inner core of PWRRUN PB Saucony’s  “super shoe” expanded beads foam discovered within the highway Endorphin Pace and Professional in addition to Endorphin Path. 

How would this now far lighter mixture of foams carry out on diverse surfaces and for diverse distances and would the Xodus retain its leg pleasant journey?  How wouldn't it examine and compete in opposition to sneakers such because the Speedgoat, Mafate Pace, adidas Pace Extremely, Asics Trabuco 9/10, Altra Timp 4 and Mont Blanc, Brooks Caldera 6 and others is what we got down to uncover.


Mushy, bouncy, protected, forgiving journey – Jacob/Mike P/Renee/Sam/Dom/Jeff

Very clean journey on pavement – Jacob/Mike P/Sam/Jeff

Versatile, agile but nicely protected forefoot (woven rock plate): tech agile and highway pleasant  Sam/Mike P/Jeff V

Extremely versatile – Jacob/Mike P/Renee/Sam/Jeff V

Snug, properly roomy, however nonetheless safe match – Jacob/Mike P/Renee/Jeff V

Very low weight for a high-stack ultra-distance path shoe – Mike P/Jacob/Renee/Sam/Jeff

However for laces and outer tongue, the higher is recycled supplies and vegan – Sam/Mike P/Jeff V/Jacob

Surprisingly quick and adept for highway use: Jeff V/Sam


Lack of floor really feel – Jacob/Renee

A bit tippy and free within the forefoot for quick working on technical terrain – Jacob/Dom/Jeff V/Sam

Lacing system doesn’t permit zonal tensioning – Mike P

Heel counter whereas not over inflexible is lengthy to the entrance giving an excessively inflexible foot movement limiting really feel Sam/Jacob  I feel it is “over rigid”! [Dom]

Midfoot may additionally use a couple of overlays to go together with gusset tongue to higher help the midfoot on tech terrain  – Sam / Dom

Foot form is somewhat bizarre.  Xodus Extremely pressures my massive toe medially – Dom


Estimated weight: males's 9.9 oz  / 281g (US9)

Weight Xodus 11: 11.9 oz / 337g US9

  Samples: males’s  9.6 oz  /  272 g (US M8.5),

        10.2 oz / 288 g (US M9.5)

       10.7 oz / 302 g (US M10)

       10.4 oz / 294 g (US M10)

       11.7 oz / 331 g (US M12)

ladies’s    8.78 oz / 249g (US8)

Stack Peak: 32.5mm heel / 26.5 mm forefoot, 6mm drop

Xodus 11: 31.5mm heel 27.5mm forefoot stack, 4mm drop

Accessible June. $150 

First Impressions and Match

Mike P:  There are two main impressions that stand out instantly, first – the match, and second- the HUGE weight drop.  In testing the Peregrine 12 in US 9.5, I discovered the match tremendous safe and good for shorter, technical working.  So I requested a ten.0 for the Xodus Extremely, hoping for a bit more room for longer runs, and was dissatisfied upon receiving a 9.5.  

After attempting them on, I instantly seen that Saucony adjusted the match to be a extra accommodating “ultra” match – with out having to dimension up which I generally should do.  That is really talked about of their spec supplies – a newly redesigned final with 6mm drop and roomier toe field.  In order I discover the brand new Peregrine match good for shorter, technical working, I additionally discover the Xodus Extremely match good for longer, extremely distance/length working in the identical US 9.5 dimension.  For reference – I had the Xodus 10 in US 10.0 and I did discover these a bit quick/stubby on the entrance, and in addition a bit squeezed within the forefoot.  My Xodus Extremely in US 9.5 is way roomier throughout and extra comfy than my earlier Xodus 10 in US 10.0.  Compared to the Peregrine 12, there’s more room throughout the forefoot, extra materials excessive of the forefoot (so not strapped down), and possibly about ½ thumb’s width additional in entrance of the toes.

The load drop is huge – my Xodus 10’s at a half dimension up, weighed 12.3 oz (348g).  The brand new Xodus Extremely weighs 10.2 oz (288g).  That’s only a huge, noticeable drop, and even underneath spec – which they've listed at 10.3 oz (assuming US 9.0).  This clearly brings the Xodus out of the hiker/coaching shoe into the ultra-distance racing contender class.  We regularly point out how sneakers can run lighter than their weight.  However on the subject of ultras, say 100K – 100M+, weight is weight, and it does have a tendency so as to add up, particularly within the latter levels.  Glad to see that Saucony is actually throwing their hat into the ring right here in a severe manner.

Dom:  If I’m going to run a lengthy manner (like over 100 km) I like my sneakers to really feel plush.  This isn't a trait I like for on a regular basis coaching, however on race day I’ll take as a lot cushion as I can as much as the purpose the place the shoe begins to really feel like an unstable tower of froth.   The Xodus Extremely feels focused at this phase, with a giant, plush sole.  Some would possibly complain concerning the shoe feeling squishy and never being “responsive” sufficient, however for me the Xodus Extremely feels beautiful underfoot.

Dom:  Aside from the pleasingly comfortable underfoot really feel, my first impression of the XU was that the final of the higher was an uncommon form.  Or at the least, not a great match to my foot.  In most locations the match is roomy, however the toe field tapers in such a manner that I felt my massive toe being pushed inward (medially).

Jeff V:  My first impression is one in every of surprise.  The Xodus previous to model 10 was basically a burly mountaineering/backpacking type of shoe, a lot too stiff, heavy and for my preferences, uninspiring even for hikes with the household.  The Xodus 10 and 11 ushered in a giant overhaul, with a big weight drop, new energetic expanded TPU bead PWRRUN+ midsole and a extra versatile streamlined higher.  

The Xodus 10 and 11 had been actually enjoyable to run in, feeling tremendous protecting, safe and beefy, whereas concurrently being energetic, even crossing over nicely to the highway, regardless of the deep lugs and relative heft.  

Enter the Xodus Extremely, dropping greater than 2 oz. in my dimension 10 and including 1mm of cushion, it hardly even appears to be associated to the earlier variations and I'm wondering why Saucony didn’t simply provide you with a brand new mannequin identify (as to not scare anybody off).  Step in consolation is off the charts, with a safe feeling however relaxed match higher, tender however supportive cushioning and a really mild on the foot really feel.  

Match is true to dimension, with a safe midfoot and heel, whereas offering a pleasant little bit of wiggle room within the toe field, a lot of which is attributed to the considerably tender and pliable higher materials that has some give to it.

Renee: I obtained the Xodus 10 final yr for evaluate, however I had so many different sneakers on the time that I forwarded my pair to a different RTR reviewer. The Xodus appeared like an excessive amount of shoe for me, and when it comes to reviewing sneakers, it wasn’t on my checklist of favorites. Large cushion, heavy sneakers are usually not my favorites. 

When the Xodus Extremely arrived, I knew it had a weight drop (yay!). Nonetheless, the Xodus Extremely appeared like an excessive amount of shoe for me. As Micheal famous, the match of the Xodus Extremely is, nicely . . . for ultras. Personally, I assumed my low quantity foot could be floating round in that higher. Not the case. The size and higher quantity appeared “too much” at first, nevertheless it was not a difficulty whereas working. For sizing, I recommend true to dimension. Sure, you’ll get extra size and quantity than related sizes (the Peregrine 12, for instance), however the shoe is supposed for extremely distances. 

Jacob: The Xodus Extremely is an thrilling shoe: the RTR staff gave excessive reward to the final two yr fashions (10 and 11) of the Xodus and the Xodus Extremely is dramatically lighter—I examined the latest Peregrine (12) which is incredible. The neon inexperienced colorway and modern styling of the Xodus Extremely matches the Peregrine 12. It's a maximally cushioned shoe, however doesn’t look or really feel excessive. In hand the shoe felt hefty, however its weight it's fairly affordable, top-of-the-line even, for the stack, safety, and outsole prepared for technical terrain. On foot it was roomy and tender, however felt safe as nicely. There's extra toebox house in comparison with different 2022 Saucony sneakers I’ve run with notably much less strain on my little toes, which is appreciated. The TPU beads sockliner + tender midsole makes it really feel plush however energetic underfoot.  


Mike P:  I lined the toebox in my first impressions and match part above.  I’ll simply add that the additional roominess within the toebox actually works for me, and also needs to be very accommodating for many toes, except for very slim ones.  If you happen to do have very slim toes, chances are you'll need to contemplate sizing down by a half.  Saucony does a great job by “getting out of the way” with the remainder of the higher.  Midfoot maintain is great, in addition to heel maintain.  There’s no fancy heel padding shapes or designs – only a strong, non-rigid, decently padded collar, with a pleasant, safe heel cup form.  I had no irritation from the collar at throughout the ankle and achilles.  Sam mentions that he discovered the heel counter to be a bit inflexible, however I didn’t discover that in any respect.  The journey is a contact bouncy, so I’m positive that helps to stabilize the journey a bit.

[Peregrine 12 vs. Xodus Ultra in equal size US 9.5 – notice the roomier “ultra” toebox]

The gusseted tongue can also be nicely designed in a number of methods.  It’s nicely padded, extra so than the Peregrine 12, and in addition is lengthy sufficient the place there’s no likelihood of it slipping beneath the laces.  

The highest edge is clean, and unobtrusive – no irritation or digging into your ankle.  Just like the Peregrine 12 – there’s additionally a bit of additional materials that sits on the prime of the tongue, located proper behind the place the lace knot is.  It shields the ankle from any chew from the knot.  There’s additionally a mesh “debris shield” behind the decrease laces.  I can’t say for positive but how nicely that works, however that's an space of the shoe the place particles do are inclined to get trapped within the creases and work its manner in.  Paired with a gaiter, you need to be capable to preserve most stuff out.

One “con”, and actually my just one for the whole shoe is the lacing eyelet “rails”.  Relatively than utilizing eyelet holes, there’s a strip of webbing materials that’s sewn on prime of the higher, tacked with thread between lacing loops which the laces thread by which is on the skin of the higher.  I can see this being advantageous so far as conserving particles out, nevertheless it makes it tougher to regulate the stress in several zones of the shoe.  Typically I wish to preserve the decrease laces looser and actually comfortable up the highest close to the ankle.  That’s actually not potential with this lacing system, because the laces simply slide by and stress turns into uniform.  However with the roomier toebox, I haven’t had any points with this but. 

Sam: The others have described the higher nicely. The principle mesh may be very tender and pliable, nearly an excessive amount of so. Accommodating and decently safe this higher is for positive comfy and I feel acceptable for the extremely naming right here. It isn't fairly the massively supportive higher of the Xodus 10 however because the mannequin is now extra racing oriented than lengthy sluggish haul I discover it really works nicely.

I do discover one thing a bit off with the ahead a part of the rear of the shoe extending to the medial midfoot. The exterior additional molded ingredient on the collars offers some rigidity however then ends early with the highest collar and particularly proper round lace up a bit too pliable making a little bit of a disconnect in help. At sluggish paces I discovered the rear higher and heel counter a bit inflexible and blocky. At sooner paces that principally went away and I discovered the lace up space and medial facet beneath laces not fairly as supportive as I would really like. 

There's a further overlay (none on the lateral facet) on the medial facet in direction of the entrance however I feel a contact extra help is required. Perhaps a bit much less stretchy tender gusset or one other overlay additional again. I as soon as was stunned on an off camber touchdown that the lateral facet, the inflexible heel counter and  facet partitions across the collars then the tender prime collar “kicked” me over fairly all of the sudden medially. Not a severe situation however I feel there's a bit an excessive amount of disconnect between all of the tender and pliable of the higher and the strong rear maintain and massive excessive inflexible heel counter and its extensions ahead.

Dom:  The midfoot area, particularly, has plenty of stretchy parts: an elasticated tongue bootie, a further layer (second tongue) excessive to maintain out particles, and the aforementioned deformable lacing anchors (the “rails” as Mike dubbed them).  Even the laces are stretchier than regular.   On the plus facet, all this makes sliding out and in of the shoe a breeze.   However I discovered it had the surprising facet impact of creating it laborious to gauge the lace stress.  After a few runs, I discovered I needed to stress the laces tighter than regular.

Renee: The small print are lined by the opposite reviewers. I’ll add that I had a fantastic match (safe and cozy) with the Xodus Extremely whereas working. On foot, the sneakers appeared too massive (an excessive amount of quantity and an excessive amount of size), however after working in them, it’s apparent that the match is supposed for severe extremely distances (50, 100, 200! miles +) when stretch and room is required. Even on shorter runs (2 hours and fewer), the match is sweet. Throughout a sloppy mud run, I had good safety. For a tighter match, a runner may half-size down, however utilizing that reasoning I might merely put on the Peregrine 12 as an alternative. I've loads of top, width, and size within the toebox. Once more, initially, the roominess appears extreme, however after working within the Xodus Extremely, the quantity is acceptable for its use. 

Jeff V:  I really like this higher and discover it to be exceptionally comfy.  These days I've been coping with a little bit of sensitivity in my pinky toenails (they're a large number and I ought to in all probability have them surgically eliminated) and of my present line up of evaluate sneakers, the Xodus Extremely has accommodated my delicate toes the very best with their forgiving forefoot match and considerably versatile higher.  

For lengthy distance runs/races, I feel it will show to be one of the crucial wanted sneakers on the market, partially due to this exceptionally comfy and forgiving higher, which can also be cool and nicely ventilated.  

After all the draw back is foothold, the place the compliant, non inflexible higher supplies have sufficient give that there's a little bit of a compromise in safety.  For many of my working, I don't even give it some thought and truthfully, the one instances I turned conscious and needed to again off was when descending very steep off path hillsides, steep sidehilling and when transferring quick down steep trails with lots of rocks.  Even then nevertheless, it felt underneath management and never significantly unsettling, however simply sufficient to let me know I wanted to again off a bit.  

Whereas working quick nevertheless on non technical trails, average trails and even technical trails outdoors of the particular extra excessive circumstances beforehand listed, I by no means fear about foothold and really feel assured.  

As to Sam and Dom’s mentions of the heel feeling a bit off, I by no means actually seen what they're sensing and really feel as if it offers good stability and help.  

I agree with my colleagues relating to the lacing and really feel as if this might be improved with a bit extra exact lace retention which Mike so eloquently describes.  I personally like when a lace has sufficient resistance when snugged by the eyelet that the retention is retained, with out having to maintain tugging for stress as you tie (which invariably relieves some and leaves the midfoot snugness lower than supposed).  That mentioned, that is solely a really minor quibble and solely a difficulty once I actually need to over comfortable for tech terrain, however for the lengthy distance cruising for which this shoe is meant, it won't be an issue.  

Higher safety is a bit on the minimal facet with a versatile toe bumper and non steady rand, so watch out in talus fields.

Jacob: The higher is easy, purposeful, tender, and cozy with a excessive share of recycled materials (solely the laces and a part of tongue are usually not). The elevated toebox house in comparison with the Peregrine works very nicely for my foot form, with nice sizing and safety on extra mellow terrain. 

On technical terrain, particularly when working quick, the shoe can rotate round my foot, feeling a bit insecure. This results in the Xodus Extremely not falling into the identical class because the Hoka Speedgoat, which is way more slim and borderline uncomfortable for me but in addition way more succesful in technical terrain and mountainous descents. Lacing generally is a bit tough as there's not a lot friction between the nylon strap and laces and the tongue has a good bit of sentimental compressible materials. Total, I feel it’s a great higher: it's breathable sufficient, retains grime out, is comfy and accommodating with out being sloppy, and has good safety in most terrain. 


Sam: The midsole has an outer service of PWRRUN an EVA/TPU mix with an internal core of supercritical PWRRUN PB PEBA expanded beads as additionally discovered within the Endorphin Pace and Professional highway sneakers and Endorphin Path. 

The stack top is 1mm increased on the heel and 1mm decrease on the forefoot than the Xodus 11 for a full spec stack top of 32.5mm heel / 26.5 mm forefoot with a 6mm drop whereas earlier than the Xodus had a 4mm drop. 

The brand new midsole foams which exchange heavier PWRRUN+ all TPU foam  (and to a lesser extent the segmented outsole and higher) result in the big 2 oz / 56g drop in weight. This weight drop as a result of much less dense foam additionally results in a considerably much less massively and deeply cushioned really feel particularly on the forefoot however a springier far lighter really feel, extra forefoot flexibility if much less deep entrance safety.

The texture is nice and steady with a mix of good central rebound from the PEBA core mixing properly with the firmer extra steady outer service. The woven versatile rock plate is decently protecting and performs properly with the midsole to contour terrain higher if extra thinly than the extra huge and isolating Xodus 10’s midsole which additionally included the woven rock plate. The brand new midsole for positive additionally shares the highway pleasant really feel of the Xodus 10 and as on path is now extra agile feeling with extra sense of the highway. That is one very good midsole for almost any working terrain, distance, or tempo.

Mike P:  I took a guide measurement on the heel (which incorporates lugs in addition to insole) and bought a heel stack of 36mm.  With a spec 6mm drop, that places the forefoot at 30mm.  That’s undoubtedly on the higher/extremely finish, within the vary, cushion and safety sensible, of the large Hokas.  I manually measured the Speedgoat 5 at 36/32 and the Mafate Pace 3 at 38/34.  Backside line, the brand new Xodus Extremely stacks up competitively in opposition to the principle go-to ultra-cushion contenders.  You'll not be missing in relative cushion or safety, so that you’re free to make your ultra-shoe selection based mostly on different options similar to safety, match, and journey.

[As measured – equal 36mm at the heel]

The responsiveness of the journey is improved from the earlier Xodus 10/11 iteration.  I discovered the Xodus 10 did have considerably of a bouncy really feel, however at 2 full ounces heavier, the journey tended to really feel a bit muted by the general weight of the shoe.  No such points with the Extremely – there’s that very same considerably bouncy really feel, with some added softness – probably the PWRRUN PB core within the heart + the thick TPU PWRRUN+ beaded insole. 

At 10.2 ozand 36/30mm (manually measured), the journey is unencumbered by the general weight of the shoe.  The softer core + firmer PWRRUN service does work as marketed – the cushiness of the journey is welcomed, with the firmer service foam doing the job of conserving issues steady.  That is noticeable for me as I don’t have any ankle irritation which I generally discover in a extra bouncy/unstable shoe such because the Endorphin Pace (V1).

Dom:   For me the midsole is the star of the present.   Though I don’t suppose it actually is sensible to evaluate the midsole in isolation, for the reason that working expertise entails all parts in a stack that's rigorously coordinated.   Most notably with the Xodus Extremely, Saucony makes use of an additional bouncy TPU-beaded footbed that actually makes this shoe really feel particular.  (Be aware that Inov-8 additionally do one thing very related with their ‘Boomerang’ footbeds.)

Dom:  The Xodus Extremely feels superb underfoot – supplied you want massive cushion.  As with all super-cushioned sneakers, floor really feel may be very muted, and the excessive heel can sometimes really feel somewhat tippy.   However this shoe can simply absorb the miles and nonetheless depart your toes recent. 

Dom:  The woven ‘rock plate’ seen by the outsole cutouts within the forefoot is great – within the sense that it's not actually noticeable in any respect.  The shoe flexes usually with none sudden discontinuities.   What's noticeable is that rock safety is excellent.  Once I intentionally tried to stomp down on sharp rocks, I may really feel the prominence underfoot, however with none discomfort, but in addition with out the ricochet impact of an excessively stiff plate.  I might say that Saucony judged this trade-off completely.

Renee: I’ll add that I really like TPU footbeds and everybody ought to. The TPU and the midsole are a fantastic mixture. The midsole of the Xodus Extremely is tender, nevertheless it’s not annoyingly plush whereby you don’t have responsiveness. As an ultra-specific shoe, it’s not the quickest midsole or journey, however I assumed it was high quality on rolling gravel roads even for shorter solely 5 mile runs so whereas the midsole is supposed for ultras, it feels nice on shorter restoration runs too. 

Jeff V:  This is without doubt one of the best path midsoles I can consider and I used to be blown away at how full of life, cushioned and responsive the Xodus Extremely feels, be it clean paths, reasonably technical trails, tough trails, roads, uphill, downhill, flat, they'll really feel simply as at residence plodding alongside mountaineering, as they do working sub 6 min/mile tempo on the highway.  

Cushioning is so deep and plush and my legs really feel exceptionally recent after working in them, but they're agency sufficient to present sufficient help and predictable management, which is oh so vital with a excessive stack shoe and when negotiating rocks, roots and different path obstacles.  The woven rock plate integrates very properly and offers superb safety with out compromising flexibility.  Whereas path really feel is considerably muted by the deep stack top, I discover path really feel to be moderately good and the outsole/midsole mixture with woven plate does a fantastic job contouring over rocks and roots with out feeling wobbly or tippy.

Jacob: The Xodus Extremely’s thick TPU bead sockliner above a PWRRUN PB superfoam with a woven rock guard is a wonderful midsole mixture that contributes to a wonderful journey. It's protecting, bouncy, and versatile. The rebound and leg-saving traits preserve me transferring alongside simply. Floor really feel is a bit boring, however I can cruise alongside over most terrain simply whereas nonetheless with the ability to inform that sticks or rocks are there. The midsole contours adequately round options because of the comparatively excessive flexibility. It’s a balanced design for a max cushion shoe, offering a little bit of all I may ask for from a shoe.


The outsole is Saucony’s PWRTRAC with 4mm lugs in a brand new 3 phase configuration for elevated flexibility and traction.

Mike P:  Right here we see the same segmented design as within the Brooks Caldera 6 and the upcoming Divide 3.  The brand new Peregrine additionally has a smaller segmentation on the rear, however that shoe focuses extra on safety over shorter distances, and rides at fairly a bit decrease stack – subsequently the additional rubber protection works.  The Xodus Extremely, at a a lot increased stack, makes use of the segmentation to take care of some flexibility – each entrance to again, and on the rear for heel landings.  The platform total remains to be streamlined, not overly huge, so the segmentation does work successfully.  Compared to the Caldera 6 – I discover that shoe so overly huge that it’s laborious for the tail segmentation to have a lot impact. 

[Peregrine 12 vs. Xodus Ultra.  The Xodus features more outsole segmentation to maintain flexibility with the higher stack.  Both have flexible, woven rock plates]

The PWRTRAC outsole has been up to date with the same lug design and sample as the brand new Peregrine.  Compared to each the earlier Peregrine and Xodus 10/11, there’s a a lot much less dense array of lugs.  Traction is definitely higher because the lugs get extra “bite”, and with more room between the lugs, it really works significantly better to shed mud.  Saucony’s PWRTRAC is a identified commodity when it comes to sturdiness – there will likely be no points there.  With the added stack, I didn’t discover these segmentation gaps affected safety in any manner.  I've not seen any rock zingers underfoot, so the tradeoff for flexibility and journey smoothness is worth it.

Dom:  As Mike describes above, Saucony have made good selections with the outsole.   Most notably in segmenting the outsole, dividing between back and front (to cease the shoe being too torsionally stiff) and additional splitting the heel between left and proper.  

The latter step partially decouples the 2 sides, permitting one to deform extra independently.   This helps lower the issue of the heel tipping over when the rear of the shoe lands off-center on a rock.

Dom:  When it comes to traction, I've no quibbles.   On the paths in LA, the grip was glorious.  On dry rock, sand, and grit the PWRTRAC outsole was nice .   I sought out a creek and wallowed round within the mud and water:  all the things felt good.   My benchmark for grip on moist rock is Vibram Megagrip, and once I in contrast a Speedgoat on one foot and an Xodus Extremely on the opposite, I couldn’t actually inform any distinction, which implies that moist traction is great.  The one unknown is sturdiness.  I don’t personally have another expertise with Saucony outsoles to understand how lengthy the “PWRTRAC” outsole lasts.

Renee: I’ll add that the outsole works nicely in mud, as is the case for all Saucony path sneakers with related lugs and outsole. I ran on free grime, packed grime, and gravel.

Jeff V:  The outsole has a really efficient lug sample and can also be indicating a excessive degree of sturdiness to this point.  I've discovered traction to be glorious total, having run on steep rocky trails, talus, free off path and steep grime, rocky slab scrambles, gravelly singletrack, grime roads, some mud, snow and moist circumstances.  

My solely hesitation is on moist rock, the place I discovered myself slipping some and being somewhat hesitant, although to be truthful, these had been circumstances that may have had most sneakers at or close to their restrict.

Jacob: The outsole is a superb all-arounder. It makes use of an efficient spaced directional chevron sample and a rubber compound that has above common traction in all circumstances I’ve examined in (grime, gravel, mild mud, roots, granite, pavement). The outsole materials is clean, quiet, and responsive on pavement, which is superb contemplating it offers superb grip on trails.

Sam: All I can add is that the outsole whereas sensed on highway blends nicely with the midsole with no agency slapping (typically a perform of stiffness and rubber firmness and right here we're versatile and comparatively tender)  as typically present in path sneakers on pavement so along with any path the Extremely is one high quality door to path and even highway shoe.


Mike P:  I’m a giant fan of the up to date Xodus journey.  As talked about above, the clear feeling of bounciness together with the softness underfoot – actually works for longer distances.  The actual check will likely be taking them out for a 50M+ race.  I’ve had success with very cushioned sneakers similar to Speedgoat 4 and Mafate Pace 3, however nothing fairly as “bouncy” feeling because the Xodus Extremely.  I don’t foresee it being a difficulty, and I see the lighter weight being a giant constructive issue.

The journey feels clean to me as a forefoot striker.  I didn’t discover any instability within the rear as others have talked about, outdoors of working in some very rocky terrain.  I feel a few of that comes with the territory although, at a measured 36/30mm stack.  The expectation is that over an “ultra” distance, you’d probably be working at a slower tempo and extra rigorously in very technical terrain.  At the least that’s how I see this shoe positioned.  Additionally remember the fact that you will have a narrower platform than among the extra excessive stack extremely sneakers on the market.  Whereas that may make them really feel “tall” on one hand, it additionally makes them a bit extra maneuverable and agile, particularly with the lighter weight.  I.e. foot placements are simpler to seek out so long as you’re paying consideration.  

[Much narrower platform in comparison to SG5]

They really feel fairly versatile for a excessive stack shoe – you don’t really feel such as you’re simply touchdown on one uniform slab of cushion.  The flex makes the journey really feel extra pure, and contours nicely over terrain, although floor really feel will not be fairly there (a great factor although for extremely distance working).  I do just like the 6 mm drop compared to the earlier model’s 4 mm, and the 4 mm of the Peregrine.  There’s only a contact extra consolation and constructive ahead lean is simpler than with 4mm.  I discover basically 5-6mm is the candy spot for ultra-oriented sneakers.

Dom:   Extra excellence right here. The Exodus Extremely is plush with out being mushy, and bouncy with out feeling uncontrolled.

Dom:  I assumed the one damaging was within the heel.   With any high-stack extremely cushioned shoe, there's at all times the danger of the shoe feeling unstable.   I didn’t expertise any instability with the entrance finish of the Xodus Extremely, however the again finish by no means felt fairly as finely tuned.   It’s troublesome to choose aside the entire, however my opinion is that (1) the only real stack is simply a few millimeters too excessive on the rear.  The thicker the only real, the better it's to tip over.  (2) The heel counter is tall, stiff, and somewhat huge.  The additional house round my heel meant that I didn’t have a great sense of when the again of the shoe was beginning to twist, however as soon as it’s twisting, it has a stronger tendency to rotate your ankle with it.   Don’t get me mistaken: this isn't a showstopper in any respect.  It’s extra that as a result of the journey is so usually nice, you need it to go all the best way to perfection.

Sam: A most nice and any terrain succesful journey right here. On the softer facet, with noticeable rebound because of the central core of PEBA expanded beads with sufficient stability from the firmer outer service there's loads underfoot right here if not fairly as bottomless in cushion because the prior Xodus which was a lot heavier. Versatile and agile, straightforward flowing and quick that is one versatile and enjoyable driving shoe. I do agree with Dom that the rear of the shoe (heel counter plus narrowish touchdown)  is a bit inflexible and tippy at slower paces.

Renee: Right here’s the magic of the shoe. Large stack, heavy sneakers are my least favourite. Saucony has managed to create a excessive stack shoe with an honest weight for its goal with a clean journey. The bottom really feel isn’t the very best for quick efforts, and I can see how the safety and stability is perhaps a difficulty for runners who don’t have a great match with the higher. For me, the flex, cushion, responsiveness, and midsole cushion is an ideal steadiness for a diverse terrain throughout all day efforts (true ultras). The woven rock plate works nicely for steadiness and stability, which I feel helps the excessive stack from changing into uncomfortable, which is an issue I had with the New Steadiness Extra Path v2. I agree with Mike P. that the journey would possibly work greatest for forefoot strikers. 

Jeff V:  The journey of the Xodus Extremely is among the many greatest on the market with deep cushion, springy response, steady, predictable, versatile with a pleasant clean and energetic transition.  I'm a heel striker and have not likely seen any instability until transferring actually quick over technical terrain, particularly steep downhills, the place  I really feel like I have to train a little bit of warning.  The Xodus Extremely additionally has significantly good highway manners, the place I had a current run touching within the sub 6 min/mile vary and so they felt so quick and energetic that I'll as nicely have been working in a carbon tremendous shoe (utterly forgetting that I had simply dropped over 1,000 toes of steep 30% gradient free off path down onto the bike path).  

Jacob: The Xodus Extremely journey is a ten/10 for me. It's protected and easygoing when my legs are drained and fast and propulsive once I need to go quick. It's enjoyable to run, feels prefer it retains my legs recent, and is pretty much as good on the pavement as it's on the path.  I'm a fan of door to path runs with at the least ⅓ of the time on pavement, so having a shoe that runs nicely on the highway with out sacrificing something on the path is really superb. As well as, the journey offers a balanced quantity of a number of traits (flex, rebound, softness, safety) whereas staying maximal-leaning. I usually like a softer, bouncy journey as  the Xodus Extremely offers, however it's a standout even on this class as I don’t really feel prefer it has something I might enhance on.

Conclusions and Suggestions

Mike P:  I can’t say that I’m shocked by how a lot I just like the Xodus Extremely.  Based mostly on RTR’s earlier reporting, we had been conscious of among the new options – it was only a query of how Saucony would put all of it collectively.  The massive headline of the huge weight drop doesn't compromise cushion or safety in any respect, which was one of many query marks I had in thoughts.  Additionally together with the brand new TPU PWRRUN+ insole is a giant standout characteristic – I’ve mentioned it earlier than, insoles of TPU or some related materials is the longer term.  Low-cost foam insoles that pack down and do nothing for you ought to be a factor of the previous.  

One factor that did shock me – in an excellent manner – is the up to date ultra-oriented match of the brand new Xodus.  As a stickler for forefoot house and luxury over very lengthy distances, for me Saucony hit a house run with this one.  Good steadiness of safety, house, and luxury.  Worth-wise, you'll be able to’t go mistaken.  The Xodus Extremely will likely be tremendous sturdy, and deal with runs of any distance.  With the low weight, they’d even be a fantastic decide for shorter runs over straightforward/average terrain should you want some consolation underfoot.  Saucony Path 2022 on fireplace !!!!

Mike P’s Rating:  9.85/10

Journey: 10 – Mushy underfoot, a contact bouncy, versatile, and clean

Match: 10 – Safe with good quantity throughout within the forefoot for extremely distances

Worth: 10 – Extremely versatile for medium-ultra distance coaching and racing, even quick runs

Type: 9.5 – I like refined and modern

Traction: 9.5 – Confirmed PWRTRAC rubber, up to date & higher lugs & sample

Rock Safety: 9.5 – Not absolute, however you received’t really feel a lot, if something

Dom:  I actually loved the Saucony Xodus Extremely.   True to its identify, it offers loads of cushion for lengthy ultras at a aggressive weight, touchdown inside a couple of grams of the benchmark Hoka Speedgoat 5.   The journey is plush and springy, with out feeling unstable.   The higher is mild, stretchy and cozy.   

Nevertheless, when a shoe is so usually nice, it makes the niggles appear way more vital.   For me there have been three key downsides.  Firstly, the shoe final simply didn’t swimsuit my foot.  However there was sufficient room within the higher that my forefoot didn’t really feel crunched.  Like Mike, for me forefoot house is non-negotiable and the Xodus Extremely passes that check.  Secondly, the stretchiness of assorted parts within the midfoot, whereas making the shoe very comfy, compromised the foot retention.   Thirdly, one thing concerning the again finish felt barely off: rather less heel-to-toe drop and a softened/downsized heel counter would possibly assist right here.  

Dom’s scores:

Journey: 9/10 – Very nice.  Plush, bouncy, however nonetheless steady.  I cherished the forefoot really feel: heel not fairly so nice.

Match: 8/10 – Respectable, however not an ideal match for my foot.  I wished a narrower heel, and fewer midfoot stretch.  Toebox additionally pushed my massive toe inwards. 

Worth: 8/10 – At $150, sneaks just below Hoka Speedgoat ($155), Altra Timp ($160)

Traction: 9.5/10 – No outsole is perfect underneath all circumstances, however that is darned good.

Rock safety: 9.5/10 – Nearly good for an extremely distance shoe.

Dom’s abstract:  Total a very nice product from Saucony.  On their first foray within the extremely path market, I might say they're proper up there with the very best of breed.


Renee: I share related conclusions as the opposite reviewers. The Xodus Extremely is without doubt one of the greatest sneakers in its class. So far as excessive stack/cushion extremely sneakers go, the Xodus Extremely will not be overly heavy. Underfoot, the midsole is comfy with a great steadiness of bounce and responsiveness. Whereas the match and size appeared too voluminous and lengthy for me at first strive on, I had no points whereas working and I feel that the match is ideal for extremely distances. Even on shorter runs, the additional quantity/size was not a difficulty, though its true goal and use is for true ultras. 

Renee’s rating: 9.5/10 (-.25 match size/quantity is perhaps a tough steadiness for slim toes, -.10 focus and management wanted to take care of management/velocity downhill on uneven terrain, -.15 value/use is proscribed to true extremely distances)

Jeff V:  I’ll admit that despite the fact that I used to be conscious of an upcoming new Xodus, I knew little or no about it and this one caught me completely off guard, however after the massive revamp and superb weight drop and efficiency increase of the Peregrine 12, I shouldn't have been stunned in any respect.  

The Xodus Extremely is in my view a do all of it type of shoe, that's equally adept at any distance, any tempo, nearly any terrain/floor and has superb versatility.  I actually benefit from the enjoyable and energetic journey, the deep cushion that leaves my legs feeling recent, the exceptionally comfy and accommodating higher, all the things simply integrates so nicely into a really nicely rounded package deal.  There's a lot cushion and safety in an impressively mild and streamlined package deal, in no way feeling like a giant, cumbersome maximal shoe.

Jeff V’s Rating:  9.8/10

Journey: 10

Match: 9.5 

Worth: 10

Type: 9.5

Traction: 9.5

Rock Safety: 10

Jacob: Saucony did quite a bit proper with the Xodus Extremely—decrease weight, a TPU-bead sockliner and PEBA within the midsole, a brand new extra accommodating final, and utilization of recycled supplies for the higher—which led to it being an superior shoe total. It has a performant and gratifying journey that's tender, bouncy, easygoing, protected, and glorious on highway, a flexible and succesful outsole, and a snug and safe match. 

For cons, I agree with Sam and Dom that the inflexible heel counter interferes with my movement in a damaging manner, and on technical terrain the comfy, comparatively roomy higher feels a bit tippy and limits my capability to run. In abstract although, the one weak level for me is quicker working on technical terrain, which is a high quality tradeoff for a way glorious the efficiency is in any other case.

I like to recommend the Xodus Extremely for all runners. It's versatile and enjoyable to run; any runner would get good use out of it. For me, its competence on the highway will make it very helpful for weekly door-to-trail runs of any distance and tempo (exercise or restoration). It's a contender for me for extremely distance racing as nicely relying on the course. It’s a fantastic companion shoe to the lighter, nimbler Peregrine 12 and if you wish to do all the things on the paths, get each and get working.

Jacob’s rating: 9.5/10

Journey: 10 (30%), Match: 9 (30%), Worth: 9.5 (10%), Type: 9 (5%), Traction: 9.5 (15%), Rock Safety: 10  (10%)

Sam: Nothing however superlatives for the Xodus Extremely. Mild in weight with an brisk and steady deeply cushioned midsole, a snug higher and a clean versatile journey on all surfaces. Saucony units the bar very excessive right here, difficult in lots of classes and never solely within the extremely recreation however as an all arounder and door to path shoe. Given its versatility it's a nice worth.

It's differentiated from the Peregrine, their extra tech trails shorter distance providing to supply runners clear selections or why not each! It retains many of the journey consolation traits of the Xodus 10/11 at far, far much less weight if in a bit much less protecting much less dense underfoot package deal.

My solely quibbles and they're minor is that I feel the heel counter is overly inflexible with the midfoot in distinction on the medial facet needing a bit extra help, so a small disconnect. And a lighter heel counter may save but extra weight!  

Sam’s Rating: 9.47 /10

Journey: 9.7 (30%), Match: 9.2 (30%), Worth: 9.8 (10%), Type: 9.3 (5%), Traction: 9.5 (15%), Rock Safety: 9.3  (10%)

20 Comparisons

Index to all RTR evaluations: HERE

Saucony Xodus 10/11 (RTR Overview)

Mike P (10.0):  The Xodus Extremely is a whole revamp from the earlier full revamp.  I did some lengthy coaching runs within the Xodus 10, however I by no means thought-about racing in them because of the weight creeping up on me on the finish of these lengthy coaching runs.  The brand new Xodus is over 2 ounces lighter!  I discover the match significantly better as nicely, the brand new toebox is great.  I additionally need to stress that the Xodus Extremely in US 9.5 is extra roomy within the toebox than my Xodus 10 in US 10.0.  Saucony actually adjusted for an “ultra” match – no have to dimension up for additional house.  Midfoot and heel safety for me doesn't undergo in any respect with the brand new “ultra” match.   

Jeff V:  Mike nails it.  I’ll add that I examined each the ten and 11 and all the things holds true for each fashions. 

Sam: I might solely add that the Xodus 10/11 had denser and but extra protecting cushion.

Saucony Peregrine 12  (RTR Overview)

[Little brother, meet big brother]

Renee: I agree. The Xodus Extremely is the large brother (or sister!) to the Peregrine 12. Saucony’s staff did nice with this match up. The Peregrine 12 misplaced weight from the earlier model with out compromising its journey. Likewise, the Xodus Extremely is lighter than the earlier model. For shorter efforts when floor really feel is required, the Peregrine 12 is the higher shoe. For distances previous 50k, the Xodus Extremely will work higher for runners needing extra cushion and safety underfoot. I wore a ladies’s dimension 8 in each. The Xodus Extremely has extra size and quantity, however I don’t suppose it is value half sizing down, significantly as a result of the Xodus is supposed for extremely distances. 

Mike P (9.5):  Renee sums it up completely.  Saucony actually hits the mark with this one-two punch.  If the match and really feel of those sneakers works for you, you'll be able to just about cowl all your path working wants with a quiver of two.  Final weekend I went for a visit with some blended mountain working, muddy trails, and ski hill vertical climbs – these are the 2 sneakers that I introduced with me.  I’d probably carry these two alongside for any journeys the place the paths and terrain is new and unknown.

Jeff V:  Agreed with all that Mike and Renee acknowledged, particularly the 2 shoe quiver remark, as you'll hardly want something extra (nicely, possibly add Gore for winter months.  I'll add that the Peregrine has a way more locked in higher, that along with its decrease to the bottom stability, makes the Peregrine an ace within the techy terrain.

Saucony Mad River TR 2 (RTR Overview)

Mike P (10.0):  The Mad River TR 2 has one of many roomiest toeboxes on the market, however the higher is kind of free and insecure.  That’s about the one side the place these sneakers are vaguely relatable. The journey of the TR 2 is flat and boring, it’s over an oz heavier, and the traction is greater than a reduce beneath.  Go Xodus Extremely for any and each run.

Jeff V:  Agreed with Mike on all factors.  The TR2 is a strong shoe for an inexpensive value, nevertheless it by no means actually impressed me and after finishing evaluate, by no means touched it once more.

Salomon Extremely Glide (RTR Overview)

Sam: At basically the identical stack top and weight and each with energetic softer midsoles, the Saucony is solely extra shoe. Its higher is considerably safer, its journey extra steady, its rock safety superior and its cushioning a considerably higher mix of forgiving cushion and stability particularly on the forefoot the place the but softer all Vitality Surge midsole Salomon is a bit thinner and shakier.

Saucony Endorphin Path (RTR Overview)

Renee: I’ll be trustworthy. I've not run within the Endorphin Path since I reviewed it. The higher match and safety weren't nice for trails and its goal/use turned muted by different/higher sneakers out there. The outsole was nice for mud although. In the identical dimension, the Endorphin Path is nearly one ounce heavier than the Xodus Extremely. For informal efforts in mud, I'd select the Endorphin Path merely to save lots of my Xodus. Overwhelmingly, the Xodus Extremely is the higher shoe. 

Jeff V:  Like Renee, I discovered the Endorphin Path to be a flop and the identify actually deceptive, as it's an obese, overly stiff mountaineering shoe (although a fairly good mountaineering shoe if you need plenty of safety and traction).  I’ll forgive Saucony although and neglect it ever occurred, because the Xodus Extremely (and Peregrine 12) is that good.

Jacob: The Endorphin Path is a wierd shoe that's outdated by the Xodus Extremely, which is best in each manner. I used to be undecided when to make use of the Endorphin Path—the journey is lighty bouncy and enjoyable on clean terrain however it's a bit beefed up for that, sketchy within the moist, and has too poor foldhold for the mountains. The Xodus Extremely remains to be bouncy and propulsive but in addition smoother driving, lighter, has higher traction, and higher foothold.

Asics GEL-Trabuco 9/10 (RTR Overview)

Mike P (10.0):  A shoe that I actually like, however sadly the Xodus Extremely makes it fairly irrelevant now.  It simply does all the things a bit higher.  The Xodus higher options extra fashionable supplies and has a safer match, with as a lot house within the toebox (which was a standout characteristic of the Asics).  The Xodus cushioning is softer and in addition extra full of life, and traction is about the identical, with the Xodus shedding mud higher.  The Asics is perhaps preferable should you like firmer cushioning, in any other case Xodus is a greater shoe in all departments.

Altra Timp 4  (RTR Overview)

Mike P (10.0):  I've the Timp 4 slotted in for simple effort days on mild/average terrain once I actually desire a consolation really feel round and underfoot.  The higher is tremendous plush, however not safe sufficient to contemplate for legit technical or mountain days.  Traction can also be missing compared to the Xodus.  I’d say the Xodus may also cowl many of the floor that the Timp 4 covers (so versatile!).  The Timp 4 is a full ounce heavier. 

Altra Mont Blanc  (RTR Overview)

Sam: The Altra is a couple of tenths of an oz lighter and has the same energetic midsole and about the identical stack top on the heel of 31mm with extra on the forefoot. As a zero drop and stiffer it not as clean flowing for me and never almost as versatile because the Xodus. In a pointy distinction, the Mont Blanc’s rear development is at greatest minimal whereas the Saucony’s could also be a contact overdone. 

Brooks Caldera 6  (RTR Overview)

Mike P (9.5):  The Caldera undoubtedly wins within the bottomless cushion class – however that comes with the tradeoff of an especially huge platform for stabilization.  I a lot choose the almost-as-big stack of the Xodus paired with a a lot narrower platform.  Match-wise, the Caldera is kind of roomy, however I detect only a hair of additional house and luxury throughout with the Xodus.  My Caldera 6 is 1.1 ozheavier (noticing a sample right here?)

Jeff V:  A little bit of a toss up right here, relying and there are commerce offs.  The Caldera 6 is impressively bottomless within the cushion class, with full of life and lightweight feeling foam.  I discover the higher to be very accommodating and a bit safer, with out as a lot give to it when in comparison with the Xodus Extremely,, however the give will not be as essential given the marginally wider design.  The Caldera 6 is a a lot larger shoe (larger than nearly any shoe besides the Hoka 10/9), so takes some finesse and a little bit of a studying curve, the place the Xodus Extremely is extra nimble, responsive and total sooner/race oriented.

Brooks Cascadia 16  (RTR Overview)

Jeff V:  The Cascadia will not be as mild, fast or responsive, however is extra protecting, has higher traction, a safer and rock resistant higher, whereas nonetheless sustaining a great mix of speedy response.  Xodus nevertheless is best for going quick/lengthy on extra average terrain and roads.

Jacob: The Cascadia and Xodus Extremely are equally max cushion, roomy, and cozy. The Cascadia nevertheless is far stiffer, extra muted, and fewer leg-saving or energetic. The Cascadia is a little more tank-like and my foot is much less susceptible to sliding round in it than within the Xodus Extremely. I choose it for mountaineering and informal mountain working. For many path working on blended terrain at a varied of paces, the Xodus Extremely is extra enjoyable, sooner, and extra comfy.

Hoka Tecton X (RTR Overview)

Jeff V:  For my type of working, the Xodus Extremely is a significantly better shoe, the place I recognize the softer, bouncier, extra energetic journey, the extra accommodating and nicely vented higher, the superior outsole and even highway highway efficiency (whereas saving $50 as well).

Sam: If you happen to plan to run fairly a little bit of pavement, grime roads, and average grade smoothe trails I feel the Tecton X is a more sensible choice as its plate and but extra energetic if firmer midsole with twin carbon plates give it a snappier journey with Xodus not far behind however way more versatile. At a full ounce / 28g much less in weight with about equal stack top it's extra pure quick race machine in focus and pricing. As the paths flip extra tech, Xodus pulls away with higher steep climbing capability however… for me the Tecton X curiously extra versatile rear maintain and total higher match whereas snugger and fewer comfortable nonetheless is safer. The Xodus is clearly a greater worth and extra versatile. 

Hoka Speedgoat EVO (RTR Overview)

Mike P (10.0):  This can be a actually shut comp because the stack heights are related, and the EVO SG is only a bit lighter.  I struggled with the match of the EVO SG – the higher was too insecure and had my foot shifting round over the midsole in technical terrain.  I additionally discovered the heel a bit too vertical and laborious to lock down with out over tensioning.  The Xodus includes a superior higher.  I didn’t discover the EVO SG foam as responsive as the brand new SG 5’s, though they're apparently the identical.  I felt it was a bit mushy at instances, however at sub 10 oz, nonetheless quick for the stack.  The Xodus feels much less mushy relative to the EVO SG.  The relative narrowness of the Xodus probably helps with this sense.  Selecting between the 2, I’d decide the Xodus, as I’ve discovered that higher consolation and safety issues A LOT in a really lengthy extremely.

Jeff V:  I may simply copy what Mike mentioned, phrase for phrase.  I wished to love the EVO and located the midsole to be mild and fast, although a contact too mushy, mixed with the stretchy higher that didn't maintain my foot nicely, they had been a no go in technical terrain, which was too dangerous given the outsole is without doubt one of the greatest on the market and the cushion eats up tough trails.

Hoka Speedgoat 5  (RTR Overview)

Dom:  Till I really went for a run with a Speedgoat 5 (in ‘wide’) on one foot and the Xodus Extremely on the opposite, I didn’t notice how related these sneakers are.  The 2 sneakers are startlingly related on the foot.  With its squishy TPU footbed, the Xodus Extremely cushioning begins somewhat softer, however underneath strain corporations as much as really feel about the identical.  The extent of rock safety can also be comparable.   SG5 sole has somewhat extra rocker to it, however is somewhat firmer within the heel.   Speedgoat higher is much less stretchy and in addition shallower, a lot extra “locked down”: it offers extra safety in technical terrain, however much less consolation.   (Simply to reiterate, I discovered the common width SG5 too slim, and returned my pair for the huge model.  However even the “wide” SG5 will not be very huge in any respect.)  Xodus Extremely and SG5 huge model have comparable forefoot width.  Heel retention of Speedgoat is clearly higher.  With my slim heels, the Xodus felt somewhat free.    In case you have slim toes, and/or are super-focused on technical terrain and actually worth foot safety (<cough>JeffV!) the common width SG5 in all probability has the sting.  In case you have medium to huge toes, I’d steer you strongly in direction of the huge model of SG5.  In that case, it’s actually laborious to name a winner right here.  Perhaps I’d give the nod to Xodus as being somewhat smoother on mild terrain.  

Mike P (10.0 – common):  Large variations within the toebox.  SG5 is shallow and slim – way more so than the Xodus in addition to the earlier SG4.  I battle with discovering the best (free) stress and as you'll be able to see within the pic beneath – I’ve even been attempting window lacing to alleviate the tightness.  I don’t suppose I may take the SG5 (common) past about 50K, whereas I ran a full 100M within the SG4.  Hopefully the huge will present some aid.  When it comes to journey, the Hoka foam feels firmer and a bit extra responsive.  Xodus is softer and feels extra cushioned underfoot – particularly up entrance.  It feels to me just like the SG5 massive entrance rocker compromises the forefoot cushion a bit.  This can be a very shut name – when you have a slim foot, SG5 is an superior shoe.  Xodus is true there although, with only a barely otherwise tuned journey, and higher higher consolation.  I’m selecting Xodus proper now, nevertheless it might be extra of a toss-up as soon as I strive the SG5 huge model.

Jeff V: (10 – common): Dom and Mike cowl the details.  I recognize the locked higher of the SG5, but don't really feel adversely affected by the narrowness and even discover the higher to have sufficient give to not really feel confining and permit for some swell/splay, however that mentioned, for longer distances (assumed for longer distances) and fewer technical terrain, I might decide the Xodus Extremely.  For lengthy days on technical terrain, the Speedgoat 5 could be the higher decide.

[SG5’s shallow, pointy “triangle” toebox vs. XU’s roomier, more rounded version]

Jacob: I ran the SG 3, 4, and Evo. All are related sufficient that my feedback usually apply to the SG 5 as nicely. I discover the SG is a bit too slim for me within the forefoot and borders on uncomfortable. I like it when going quick within the mountains. The SG feels extra bombproof, much less tippy, and extra locked in than the Xodus Extremely. I've raced the SG within the White Mountains and wouldn't think about using the Xodus Extremely for that. For smoother terrain, straightforward days, highway sections, and flatter or longer races the distinctive consolation and journey traits of Xodus Extremely make it my decide.

Hoka Mafate Pace 3  (RTR Overview)

Mike P (10.0):  I simply ran Canyons 100K in these, and so they had been nice.  They’re undoubtedly appropriate for 100M.  I discover the Mafate Pace 3 the most suitable choice once you want essentially the most forefoot cushioning.  I’ve bought my pair measured at 38/34 vs. the Xodus at 36/30.  The MS3 higher is a bit narrower, however simply sufficient for me, because the toebox doesn't taper sharply because the SG5’s does. The Xodus higher has more room and is extra comfy.  MS3 cushion is firmer and the shoe is far stiffer, making them fairly quick.  Xodus is way more versatile, probably not fairly as quick, however extra comfy underfoot.  I actually like each sneakers – they’re my Prime 2 lengthy extremely sneakers in the intervening time.

Jeff V:  I agree with most of what Mike mentioned, however I really feel like I may run sooner within the Xodus, plus they're an oz lighter, the place the MS3 is a little more stiff with a extra rockered really feel.

Scarpa Spin Infinity  (RTR Overview)

Mike P (10.5):  I’ll simply name this one the anti-Xodus match.  I discovered the higher manner too slim and manner too tight throughout the forefoot- to the purpose of being unrunnable for me.  The journey was good, but in addition almost 1.5 ozheavier.  If the match labored for me, I’d nonetheless take the Xodus.

Jeff V:  I actually benefit from the Infinity and I feel a more sensible choice for extra mid distance on tech terrain and rocky underfoot as a result of higher safety, however will not be as fast and energetic because the Xodus.

Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT  (RTR Overview)

Mike P (10 ⅓):  A unique shoe, as marketed, suited to shorter, extremely technical ultras similar to sky working.  A lot firmer underfoot, carbon plated and quick, but heavier (+1.3 oz).  I take them out generally for some technical mountain runs, nevertheless it’s actually a distinct segment shoe.  Xodus Extremely is far more versatile and appropriate for many path runs, particularly longer. 

Jeff V:  Agreed with Mike, however I personally didn't ever really feel impressed to go quick within the Kima RT, however they're a strong above treeline type of shoe.  I did discover the Kima RT to be a bit stiff laterally when rock hopping, however is a very totally different shoe in my view.

Sam: Whereas not plush I didn't discover the Kima overly agency. Sure it's significantly heavier and that's felt nevertheless it climbs like loopy and is extra steady, predictable, and protecting. t’s versatile carbon plate is a transparent plus 

For positive because the others have mentioned, it's extra massive mountain targeted and shorter distances however I might go and have gone significantly additional in it than say a Peregrine 12 as it's in the long run forgiving and quick.

Nike Terra Kiger  (RTR Overview)

Renee: I’m undecided I might put on the Kiger 8 for an extremely distance. The midsole is an efficient combo of sentimental and responsive, however my forefoot tires even on mid distance runs. Oddly, the Kiger 8 weighs barely greater than the Xodus in my ladies’s dimension 8. For sooner efforts and higher floor really feel, I’d select the Kiger 8. For all the things else, particularly extremely distances, I’d select the Xodus Extremely. For sizing, the Kiger 8 runs lengthy (so does the Xodus Extremely), though I’d choose the Kiger 8 in a half dimension down. 

Jeff V:  Whereas I actually just like the Kiger, it might be laborious for me to suggest it over the Xodus for any purpose, although the Kiger does have a safer higher.

Mike P (10.0):  This shoe didn’t work for me.  I had V7, so take into accout the higher was up to date with V8.  I discovered the V7 higher plush to the purpose of being insecure.  They really feel bizarre underfoot, with a rock guard, bulbous air pod underneath the forefoot, and straight rows of lugs that are clearly felt.  Xodus Extremely is way superior throughout the board, and as Jeff V says – renders the Terra Kiger a bit irrelevant.

New Steadiness Extra Path v2 (RTR Overview)

Renee: One other excessive stack, excessive cushion path shoe, the Extra Path v2 weighs a noticeable 0.8 ounces extra in my womens’ dimension 8. The match of the Extra Path is extra slim (much less stretchy/lengthy/voluminous). Each have sufficient consolation for ultras, however I discovered the excessive stack of the Extra Path v2 unstable/painful on uneven terrain previous 20 miles. The beaded rock plate within the Xodus Extremely helps the journey in that regard. 

Topo MTN Racer 2  (RTR Overview)

Renee: The MTN Racer 2 is a superb shoe, higher suited (for me) at shorter, sooner distances. The heel and midfoot maintain are excellent and the shoe runs a lot lighter, sooner, and extra nimble compared to the Xodus Extremely. For lengthy distances, I’d select the Xodus Extremely. For sizing, I put on a ladies’s 7.5 within the MTN Racer 2 as in comparison with a dimension 8 within the Xodus Extremely. The Xodus runs lengthy, however I’m undecided I might half dimension down. 

Mike P (9.5):  3 most important points for me with the MTN Racer 2 – 1) forefoot cushioning feels a bit skinny, 2) tongue is skinny and non-padded, 3) heel feels blocky underfoot.  All three of these points are non-existent with the Xodus Extremely.  The Xodus Extremely has extra cushion, and in addition feels extra bouncy and responsive compared to the extra dampening really feel of Topo’s Zipfoam.  For me the MTN Racer 2 has been surpassed by different current extremely sneakers, together with the Xodus Extremely.

Jeff V:  MTN Racer will not be as fast, bouncy or responsive, however has a safer higher and superior traction.  Xodus is far sooner and energetic.

VJ Extremely  (RTR Overview)

Mike P (10.5):  Pay attention to the sizing distinction – and my Xodus Extremely in 9.5 nonetheless feels roomier than the VJ Extremely in 10.5.  The VJ is nicely suited to shorter ultras whereas the Xodus is way superior for longer ultras.  I discovered some points with the VJ Extremely higher over time – the ankle collar may be very excessive and stiff, and the toebox taper turned a difficulty throughout an extended race.  The VJ additionally feels tender and versatile underfoot, however the Xodus has far more cushion and is extra protecting.  I really choose the Peregrine 12 over the VJ in some areas the place I beforehand appreciated the VJ Extremely.  I might suggest going with the Peregrine/Xodus combo over the VJ at this level.  IF VJ can rework the higher in a V2, it might probably slot someplace between the Peregrine and the Xodus Extremely. 

Jeff V:  Mike nails it. VJ higher is safer, however can really feel confining after a couple of hours and I might not run an extremely distance in them principally for that purpose.  VJ has superior traction too, however I  discovered that the lugs peeled off after 40-50 miles of use on tough trails.  Regardless of having Extremely within the identify, the VJ is significantly better for shorter, sooner technical trails, the place Xodus is greatest for the lengthy haul on much less technical.

Jacob: The traction and foothold of the VJ Extremely is best than the Xodus which makes it my decide for shorter races and tougher terrain—I don’t suppose the Xodus Extremely compares in functionality on this house; I agree with Mike that the Peregrine 12 is extra appropriate. For basic use, coaching, and longer races I might decide the Xodus Extremely as it's extra comfy, protected, propulsive and leg-saving, and smoother driving.

The Xodus Extremely releases mid to late June 2022

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