Saucony has actually done an excellent job expanding their running shoe offerings over the past year, filling out both the zero decrease and 4mm drop particular niches.
I’ve previously reviewed the Hattori, Kinvara, Mirage, Fastwitch 5, and Peregrine– that leaves the Saucony Cortana as the lone shoe among Saucony’s mainstream, low-drop running providings that I have yet to review.
Truth be told, I’ve had the Cortana’s for rather a long time, so this review is long past due. The main factor, and I’ll honestly admit this at the outset, is that the Cortana is just a little bit excessive shoe for my preference.
This is merely my viewpoint based on my personal running experience, which not to claim that this shoe might not help you (* disclosure: this footwear was a media sample given to me free of charge by the maker).
Saucony describes the Cortana as a shoe that “isn’t really much for trade-offs in between soft and responsive … Built with simply a touch of advice, full-length PowerGrid technology of the Cortana supplies premium cushioning and the 4mm heel-to-toe balanced out provides a super-responsive, close to the road ride.”
When reading this description, the two words that in my viewpoint lowest explain the Cortana are “soft” and “cushioning.” I’m generally not one to complain about a shoe being a little bit on the soft side– nevertheless, I’m a long-time follower of the Saucony Kinvara and have actually run my two most recent marathons in that shoe. Nonetheless, the Cortana really feels simply a bit also deluxe for me.
Some of the sense of cushiness that features this shoe can be credited to the memory foam sole – I am not a follower in any way of a mushy insole such as this. It might make the shoe really feel surprisingly comfortable for a try-on test in a footwear shop, yet it robs my feet of any kind of sense of ground feel out when driving. Granted, it’s very easy sufficient to simply remove the insole and replace it with one from an additional shoe, yet because I’m reviewing the shoe as it’s marketed, it’s worth noting my sensations concerning this.
Actually, it’s rather possible to also just run in the footwear with no insole as there is a slim, soft layer of foam just below it. The memory foam sole on top of another layer of foam is merely too much pillow for me.
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Cortana 4 Review
On the positive side, Saucony Cortana 4 with a elevation of 23mm in the heel and 19mm in the forefoot, the Cortana is middle-of-the roadway in regards to single thickness, and the 4mm differential in between heel and forefoot thickness falls right in my preferred zone for longer runs. In addition, the ample outsole ought to make this shoe plenty sturdy for folks that often grind up the sole of a footwear like the Kinvara promptly.
Truth be mentioned to, the single itself is actually pretty great, and would work well for an individual requiring a high-mileage instructor.
My various other major concern with the Cortana is the top.
Once more, it’s not that the top is poorly made , it’s just that I tend to such as footwear uppers to only give what is absolutely needed– mostly to just keep my foot connected to the single and to keep junk out.
The upper of Cortana is a lot more organized compared to the majority of my other footwears, particularly in the rear part around the heel. There is a fairly rigid heel counter on the rear of the shoe, and plastic overlays cover the sides below the ankle. All of this product adds weight to the shoe, and at just under 11oz in a dimension 10 they are amongst the heaviest shoes I have actually run in in fairly a long time.