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Type A

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2017-11-22T18:15:04.710Z 2018-11-22T18:15:04.710Z GBP 57.00
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If you’re wearing the Type A, then running is in your blood. A lower profile is perfect for higher intensity runs, while a firm midsole allows for a faster turnover as you chase your next best time.

OVERVIEW

  • The ultimate road flat designed to be lightweight and responsive
  • Lower provide is ideal for distances anywhere from 5K to the half-marathon
  • Firmer midsole allows faster turnover while lightweight mesh and flex film allow for an ultra-comfortable fit from toe to heel

SPECS

  • Shoe Category: Road, Track, Cross Country
  • Pronation: Neutral
  • Cushion: Plush
  • Construction Type: Neutral
  • Surface: Road, Track
  • Arch: High, Normal (Mid)
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Offset:4mm
    • Heel Stack Height: 16mm
    • Forefoot Stack Height: 12mm
    • Weight: 5.2 oz. | 147 g.

  • Cheat Sheet: technical running term help! Visit our glossary >
Technology

4MM

Saucony 4mm Technology

Shoes with a 4mm heel-to-toe offset deliver a more natural ride, letting your feet and body do more work while relying less on the shoes’ cushioning and stability features.

FLEXFILM

Saucony Flexfilm Technology

A strong, lightweight material is melded to the upper, which allows for fewer layers in the shoe. The result is a seamless, flexible feel.

IBR+

Saucony iBR+ Technology

iBR+ is a supremely lightweight but durable outsole rubber that enhances your shoe’s other cushioning elements.

TYPE A INFOGRAPH

Cushioning

The underfoot feel and amount of impact protection provided by the compressing materials between the foot and running surface.

Support

The level of pronation control built into the shoe. Pronation is the inward rolling of the ankle through the gait cycle.

Offset

The difference in height between the heel thickness and forefoot thickness of the shoe.

Ratings & Reviews (18.0)
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39% of reviewers recommend this product

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1 5
Looking forward to update The previous Type A6 is still my favorite triathlon race shoe, but this model is a bit of a disaster. The upper is a cheaper, stiffer material that forms a firm crease, in the wrong spot. This is not helped by the Saucony logo (more material - adds more thickness/stiffness) being longer than on the 6 model - it now reaches down to the critical area near toes. The shoe is not as breathable as the 6, also because of the upper. The most unfortunate side-effect of the upper is that it does not expand horizontally in toe off sufficiently, which makes this shoe narrow. I return from my first run in these with bleeding outside toes (never a problem in 6). The tongue is a backwards step, too. It much thicker than the 6, which is unnecessary in a race shoe and just makes it more difficult to put on, in a hurry. Overall, it looks like this shoe was put on a very strict budget and no-one thought to get the feedback from the 6's designers and customers. If it's not broken, don't fix it. Hopeful for a return to form on upcoming new model as I have faith that Saucony is still the best out there.

Looking forward to update

Jun 08, 2017
The previous Type A6 is still my favorite triathlon race shoe, but this model is a bit of a disaster. The upper is a cheaper, stiffer material that forms a firm crease, in the wrong spot. This is not helped by the Saucony logo (more material - adds more thickness/stiffness) being longer than on the 6 model - it now reaches down to the critical area near toes. The shoe is not as breathable as the 6, also because of the upper. The most unfortunate side-effect of the upper is that it does not expand horizontally in toe off sufficiently, which makes this shoe narrow. I return from my first run in these with bleeding outside toes (never a problem in 6). The tongue is a backwards step, too. It much thicker than the 6, which is unnecessary in a race shoe and just makes it more difficult to put on, in a hurry. Overall, it looks like this shoe was put on a very strict budget and no-one thought to get the feedback from the 6's designers and customers. If it's not broken, don't fix it. Hopeful for a return to form on upcoming new model as I have faith that Saucony is still the best out there.
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We're sorry to hear about your experience with these shoes. We've reached out to you at the email address you provided. For on the spot service give our team a shout at 800.282.6575.

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1 5
Love the fit and feel, but uppers tear after 40-50 miles Had the 2012 version, which is still going strong. However, both the 2016 and 2017 versions of the shoe were sent back due to the uppers tearing after 40-50 miles. In both cases, the uppers tore on the outer left and outer right of the left and right shoe, respectively. Check my uploaded pic, this is what happens after 40 miles. Sportsshoes.com have been brilliant with their support. I'm now very apprehensive of Saucony Flexfilm uppers and may be forced to switch brand.

Love the fit and feel, but uppers tear after 40-50 miles

Apr 25, 2017
Had the 2012 version, which is still going strong. However, both the 2016 and 2017 versions of the shoe were sent back due to the uppers tearing after 40-50 miles. In both cases, the uppers tore on the outer left and outer right of the left and right shoe, respectively. Check my uploaded pic, this is what happens after 40 miles. Sportsshoes.com have been brilliant with their support. I'm now very apprehensive of Saucony Flexfilm uppers and may be forced to switch brand.
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3 5
REMOVE THE HOLES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SHOES! I run marathons and do triathlons. I've worn the last few generations of these shoes and loved them. Comfortable, lightweight, and fast. My one complaint - Why are there all these holes on the bottom??? On a dry day the holes collect rocks and pebbles. Usually you can't feel them, but they still weigh you down. Sometimes you can feel them and have to stop and pry them out. Very annoying. On a wet day, water gets forced up through the holes to soak your feet with every step. Doesn't matter if its raining - if the ground is wet, your feet will be soaked. Again - very annoying. On a cold/wet day - don't wear these shoes. Now you have freezing cold water bathing your feet. I tried to do a 10 miler in these shoes at temps around 36 degrees and wet. My toes were completely numb and burning. I was seriously afraid I had frostbite. There really is no point to having these holes. I've started using Shoe Gu to seal up the holes with each new pair, but eventually that wears off. PLEASE GET RID OF THE HOLES ON THE BOTTOMS OF THESE SHOES!!!!!

REMOVE THE HOLES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SHOES!

Apr 12, 2017
I run marathons and do triathlons. I've worn the last few generations of these shoes and loved them. Comfortable, lightweight, and fast. My one complaint - Why are there all these holes on the bottom??? On a dry day the holes collect rocks and pebbles. Usually you can't feel them, but they still weigh you down. Sometimes you can feel them and have to stop and pry them out. Very annoying. On a wet day, water gets forced up through the holes to soak your feet with every step. Doesn't matter if its raining - if the ground is wet, your feet will be soaked. Again - very annoying. On a cold/wet day - don't wear these shoes. Now you have freezing cold water bathing your feet. I tried to do a 10 miler in these shoes at temps around 36 degrees and wet. My toes were completely numb and burning. I was seriously afraid I had frostbite. There really is no point to having these holes. I've started using Shoe Gu to seal up the holes with each new pair, but eventually that wears off. PLEASE GET RID OF THE HOLES ON THE BOTTOMS OF THESE SHOES!!!!!
Saucony's reply

We value your opinion and we will forward this to the product team. The Type A is a race shoe designed to be used on a track. The holes allow drainage, if necessary, and breathability. If we can help with anything please let us know at 800.282.6575. Thank you.

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1 5
Poor build quality Loved the saucony type A6 and thought id found the perfect racing shoe but unfortunately this is a step back. Like others have said the upper tears after around 40 miles compared to the 400+ miles i got out of my 2 previous pairs of the A6. I would recomend the A6 but not this shoe.

Poor build quality

Feb 19, 2017
Loved the saucony type A6 and thought id found the perfect racing shoe but unfortunately this is a step back. Like others have said the upper tears after around 40 miles compared to the 400+ miles i got out of my 2 previous pairs of the A6. I would recomend the A6 but not this shoe.
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1 5
Design Flaw in the Upper for new Type A I had been racing and training solely in Type A4-A6 from 5K to Marathons. I log through 6-7 pairs of them a year. I started switching over to the new Type A when it was introduced. Form, fit, and ride are fairly close to A6. The outer sides near the small toe (where front foot flexes) began to tear with just 30-40 miles. Also, the front toe region (where you point your toe up) tore with a hole. I thought it was just the specific pair I was using so tried 2 other pairs, exact same behavior. It did not happen with A4-A6 due to the different upper material, and also with A6 because the thin plastic layer around the bottom edge goes further around the shoe past the fore foot flex. I am very disappointed with the upper build material of the new Type A and I can not wait for a possible fix or revision to come in 6 months or longer. It is not just another revision of running shoe for serious runners like myself. It is very unfortunate but I am trying to transition to other comparable low-drop neutral racers right now. My opinion on the new Type A is shared by other serious runners and on popular running forums. (I tried to upload an image (700kb) of the different versions of Type A upper and new Type A problem, but site is giving me error uploading.)

Design Flaw in the Upper for new Type A

Jan 10, 2017
I had been racing and training solely in Type A4-A6 from 5K to Marathons. I log through 6-7 pairs of them a year. I started switching over to the new Type A when it was introduced. Form, fit, and ride are fairly close to A6. The outer sides near the small toe (where front foot flexes) began to tear with just 30-40 miles. Also, the front toe region (where you point your toe up) tore with a hole. I thought it was just the specific pair I was using so tried 2 other pairs, exact same behavior. It did not happen with A4-A6 due to the different upper material, and also with A6 because the thin plastic layer around the bottom edge goes further around the shoe past the fore foot flex. I am very disappointed with the upper build material of the new Type A and I can not wait for a possible fix or revision to come in 6 months or longer. It is not just another revision of running shoe for serious runners like myself. It is very unfortunate but I am trying to transition to other comparable low-drop neutral racers right now. My opinion on the new Type A is shared by other serious runners and on popular running forums. (I tried to upload an image (700kb) of the different versions of Type A upper and new Type A problem, but site is giving me error uploading.)
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