Honest Shoes Review: Saucony Xodus 5

By Egor Ossov

This was one of my trail running shoes I decided to invest in around two years ago. In general, I am quite happy with my shoes, but here is a pro and cons break down:
Pros:
* Excellent grip for relatively technical trails with Vibram sole, not as aggressive as Salomon Speedcross.
* No fancy shoelace system, but my shoes never loosen. Also, they made the similar system as Salomon’s “Shoelace garage” but it appear to be afterthought and I never use it, unlike Salomon shoes.
* Breathable forefoot mesh, excellent for quick drying feature after going through water but not so good for the trails in the rain
* Very stable broad sole with quite a bit of cushioning
* Excellent for broad feet
* Relatively durable apart from upper mesh

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Cons:
* Design and colours are boring for my liking
* Looks a little big bulky
* Not the lightest shoe over 330 grammes
* During the rainy race shoes get wet and you will struggle to get rid of the mud on its inner spikes.
* Expensive as I paid around R1800 2 years back
* Because of its broad sole on the base, I often clipped/hit my opposite leg with the shoes inner sole edge.
* Breathable mesh which is good for the breathability of your foot is great but I got my 1st hole after one of my 1st SpurTrail Series race.

Uses:
* Up to medium difficulty trails
* Good Training Shoes
* Parkruns
In conclusion, these shoes are excellent for the moderate runner where you require a bit of comfort and grip. I will choose other shoes to replace it for my racing. And of course, it isn’t suitable for Obstacle Racing, as it isn’t made for it.