When a shoe company takes an extra six months to design, tweak, and refine its flagship model, expectations start to soar. Unlike after Christmas morning or the college football championship game, you will not be disappointed with the long-awaited and much-anticipated Saucony Men's PowerGrid Guide 7 Running Shoe. The time and effort devoted to the premier model in the Saucony line-up of running shoes is evident with the first step. A flared forefoot and deeper flex grooves increase the spring in your step. The reworked medial outsole offers a hint of motion control for slight pronation problems without causing neutral runners to notice any unwanted intrusion into their gaits. With the lighter and tougher PowerGrid cushioning taking the blows mile after mile, you'll be able to run further without backtalk from your feet. Two layers of Airmesh on top keep your toes well oxygenated, and retooled overlays support your foot without taking away an ounce of flexibility. The Hydramax lining around your ankle won't rub you the wrong way if you're sporting barely-there socks. On the inside, the ComfortLite sockliner helps create a secure fit so sloppy stays in the kitchen and doesn't follow you onto the track. Saucony offers a fresh take on supportive cushioning by combining dual-density SSL EVA with PowerGrid technology. High-density EVA sits in the middle to minimize over-pronation while SSL EVA finishes off the midsole for a bouncy, responsive ride. PowerGrid technology softens each footstrike while propelling you forward. The decoupled Super Responsive Crashpad frees your heel from your forefoot so an awkward heel strike won't ruin your toe-off. A super strong sole takes the pounding of your paws, and a generous stack height of 28mm doesn't detract from a mild 8mm heel-forefoot drop. Instead, your foot stays away from pointy rocks and rude curbs and still stays on a fairly even keel.