SAUCONY XODUS ISO 3
PRICE: R2 800 WEIGHT: 391 grams (M), 335 grams (W)
The Xodus has been hitting the trails for nearly a decade, and it remains every bit the tank it’s always been, with trail-pounding tread and footcradling protection. The third iteration has been refined and gets a brand-new midsole. Saucony’s Everun foam now cushions the entire length of the Xodus – dishing out a surprising amount of energy return and comfort for a shoe this rugged.
Plus, Saucony thinned out the sole a bit for a lower profile that keeps you closer to the trail. Our testers noted no loss of horsepower. The one knock: it’s become rather heavy. The shoe has packed on 85 grams over the last two updates; but our testers say it doesn’t feel that beefy, and they’re willing to trade the weight for the traction and durability it offers.