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The All-Weather Guide 6 GTX

Guide 6 GTX waterproof

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Runners face a variety of challenges when it comes to sticking to a training plan, and one of the biggest is inclement weather.  As a New England brand, we have a unique appreciation for running in the rain, sleet, and snow, and we feel a special responsibility to engineer shoes that deliver great performance in those conditions.  Once you’re out the door, nothing ruins a run more quickly than cold, wet feet!

That’s one of the reasons we decided to partner with GORE-TEX to create the Saucony GTX Series.  At Saucony we know how to engineer shoes that are incredibly lightweight and move with the runner, and GORE-TEX is the preeminent pioneer of waterproof-breathable technology, so combining the technical expertise of both companies for the benefit of the runner just made sense.  Our first GTX shoe was the Xodus 3.0 GTX, the most rugged, durable model in our trail running line.  When we started thinking about adding GORE-TEX to our Road shoes, the Guide was the obvious first choice. The Guide is that “sweet spot” shoe – meaning the level of stability it provides is appropriate for runners with light-to-moderate pronation issues, but it’s also a favorite of runners with neutral gaits who simply want to run in a trainer with a little more built-in support than a strictly neutral shoe typically provides.  Adding GORE-TEX to the Guide means that a very wide segment runners have gaits and stride types appropriate for this shoe and will be able to experience its benefits.

When we add GORE-TEX to our shoes, we don’t simply add the GTX liner and call it a day.  We also make sure to add other weather-ready features – such as a gusseted tongue and a more durable mesh – that further “winterize” the shoe and make it a better performing product for the runner.   We’re really excited to be able to introduce the Men’s Guide 6 GTX and Women’s Guide 6 GTX this season, and keep an eye out for more performance GTX styles from Saucony in the future!

To further explore the technologies in the Guide 6 GTX, here are some visual renderings from the shoe’s designer, Aaron S.P.

Guide 6 GTX early sketches
Here are some early sketches of ideas for the midfoot wrap and heel design on the Guide 6 GTX

Updates from the Guide 6 to the Guide 6 GTX
Here are the updates we made from the Guide 6 to the Guide 6 GTX. Click the image to see the full size version where text is more legible.

A rear view of the Guide 6 GTX with illustration of the GORE-TEX waterproof bootie
A rear view of the Guide 6 GTX with illustration of the gusseted tongue, and waterproof GORE TEX bootie construction

A lateral view of the Guide 6 GTX showing the midfoot wrap and heel midsole construction
A side view of the Guide 6 GTX showing the midfoot wrap and SRC crash pad design in the midsole heel.

The Guide 6 GTX outsole showing flexible design with traction
The Guide 6 GTX outsole, with Saucony’s trademark triangular piston lugs for feel and traction.

Is there another Saucony shoe that you would love to see an all-weather GORE-TEX version of? Let us know in the comments!

7 Responses to “The All-Weather Guide 6 GTX”

  1. hong guang says:

    hurricane(1st) , kinvera and virrata…to be on GTX.. but hope technology for mid foot strike for all the shoe improve as well…

  2. Cloudarme says:

    Mirage needs the gore-tex hehehe :D

    although, i agree with the Hurricane as well, just based on the name haha

  3. How about an All Weather Omni? Also is the GoreTex windproof?

    • srobbins says:

      Hi Marcia, thanks for the suggestion! The GoreTex membrane is designed to allow some air circulation while remaining waterproof. Because of that, it does not block all air from your foot, but you’ll certainly find it more insulated from wind than the mesh on a standard running shoe.

  4. ben villasenor says:

    I need this on the Hattori,,what is the heel to toe drop on this shoes???

    • srobbins says:

      The heel drop on the Guide 6 GTX is 8mm. You should check out the Hattori AW (all-weather version). It doesn’t have a GoreTex membrane but it does feature an all-weather upper that will protect your foot from moisture and insulate it from wind.

  5. Chris Kunkel says:

    Grid Hurricane is an obvious choice. It has the name that begs to say that you can run in a hurricane with the Hurricane GTX

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