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Saucony Omni 12 Running Shoe Review

Information! This is a researched gear review for the Saucony Omni 12 running shoe. Researched gear reviews are based solely upon information and critiques found online. We take the time to read, sort, and make sense of all the voices out there – providing you with a well-rounded review of the gear you’re interested in.

Saucony Omni 12 Overview

The Saucony Omni 12 running shoe is a lightweight stability shoe designed for the runner with moderate-to-severe overpronation. The Omni 12 sports upgraded features such as an improved midsole and a new sockliner. The Omni 12 is a by most accounts a great stability shoe. Notably, the Saucony Omni 12 received an Editor’s Choice award from Runner World’s fall 2013 shoe guide. The Saucony Omni 12 comes in both men’s and women’s models and is listed at $120.

Omni 12 Product Specifications

  • Category: Stability
  • Geometry: Offset-8mm. Heel-26mm. Forefoot-18mm
  • Sizes: Men: 7-13, 14, 15. Women: 5-12
  • Weight: Men’s size 9 is 10.9oz. Women’s size 8 is 9.7oz
  • Widths: Narrow, Medium, Wide. Certain widths only avaiblable for particular colors.
  • Arch-lock
  • ComfortLite sockliner
  • PowerGrid (heel-to-toe-insert)

Features

The Omni 12 is a stability shoe. In other words, the general point of the shoe is to provide support for runners dealing with overpronation. According to Saucony, the Omni 12 is designed for those dealing with moderate-to-serious pronation issues. If you are looking for a neutral running shoe you may want to check out our reviews for the Brooks Ghost 6 and the Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+.

In terms of specific features, the Saucony Omni 12 sports a relatively straight last (shape) and a wide outsole. Simply put, the base of the shoe is fairly wide, even through the midfoot, which provides a large platform of support for the runner. The general shape of the shoe is semi-straight which is also helpful for stability. You can view a picture of what I’m talking about at this Run.com blog.

The Omni 12 also boasts a substantial medial post. According to Saucony representative, Dan Sullivan, the medial post runs all the way from the heal to the midfoot and goes from the base of the shoe to the upper. The medial post helps stabilize the foot. On the lateral (outer) side of the shoe the Omni 12 has a rounded heal edge which according to Runner’s World provides a smooth lay down that won’t thrust your foot inward.

The Omni 12 is constructed to have an 8 mm offset, meaning the height difference between the heal and the forefoot is 8 mm. Saucony claims that their shift to an 8 mm offset, “…allows runners to easily adjust their stride and land further forward without reducing cushioning or stability. So runners can now land further midfoot,” setting them up for a better running position overall. I posted Saucony’s promo video explanation below.

The Saucony Omni 12 has a list of other features such as an upgraded sockliner, flat laces, a heal counter that locks the heal in place, and several supportive overlays on the midfoot. However, the most noteworthy may be the addition of Saucony’s Powergrid midsole insert. According to Saucony, the Powergrid insert provides 30% more durable cushioning with 15% less weight. I’m not an accredited shoe scientist, but more durable cushioning for less weight sounds like a pretty good trade off to me.

Performance

The Saucony Omni 12 was awarded Editors Choice and received high marks for its comfort and ride from Runner’s World. The magazine reports the forefoot cushioning in the Omni 12 is an inch thick and very soft. This is a positive feature, but Runner’s World cautions the foam is hard to bend making the shoe stiff. The company says their bigger runners, who naturally exert a bit more force on their shoes, didn’t have an issue with foam stiffness.

RunningShoeGuru (RSG) reports that the Omni 12, “…combines a medium to high level of control with relatively light weight and an above average level of cushioning.” The RSG shoe tester states, “The midsole of the Omni 12 is really where the shoe excels for me. The cushioning is on the softer side of firm but never mushy or soggy. I also really enjoyed the reinforced area under the big toe as it adds a solid and secure foundation at toe off.” The RSG review wasn’t all sunshine as there were a couple of potential concerns mentioned. For example, the RSG tester claimed the shoes overlays didn’t lay properly on his foot, but instead “…buckled and creased at odd angles.” This didn’t cause any harm to his foot, but affected the fit of the shoe. To be fair, after reading tons of feedback on the Omni 12 I can’t recall anyone else complaining about the overlays not laying down correctly. The RSG tester also found the mid-foot to be wide for his “average” foot size. 

In addition to more professional reviews, I read close to 100 customer reviews across multiple sites. Based on customer reviews, I found that overwhelmingly people are happy with their Saucony Omni 12’s. I did notice that people with flat feet and/or who used orthotics seemed to enjoy the the shoe. Not to say that people with normal arches weren’t happy, but there were a handful of people specifically mentioning their comfortable flat feet. In terms of negative performance there wasn’t enough consistency with complaints to warrant too much concern in my opinion. Negative experiences seemed to be mostly related to the individual foot then to a general defect with the shoe. That being said there were some reviewers that mentioned developing holes in the mesh upper of the shoe prematurely. Once again, these reviewers were only a handful out of a large bucket, but it caught my eye.

The buzz* 

  • Runner’s World – Editors Choice Award Winner for the Fall 2013 shoe guide.
  • Running Shoe Guru Review – 8/10
  • Amazon Customer Reviews: Men 4.5/5 stars (24 reviews), Women 4.5/5 stars (31 reviews)
  • RoadRunnerSports.com Customer Reviews: Men 4.8/5 stars (8 reviews), Women 3.8/5 stars (8 reviews)
  • Saucony.com Customer Reviews: Men 4.3/5 stars (6 reviews), Women 4.3/5 stars (15 reviews)

*Figures accurate as of 1/14/14

Conclusion

The Omni 12 is reported to be a relatively lightweight stability shoe that works well. Runners like the Omni 12’s feature rich construction and comfortable performance. If you are looking for a stability shoe then you may want to try the Omni 12. I base my conclusion on the landslide of positive feedback surrounding the shoe. The Saucony Omni 12 comes in Men’s and Women’s models and is available in narrow, medium, and wide widths. The Omni 12 is listed at $120.

Runner’s World Review


 

Saucony Rep. Mark Johnson talks about the Omni 12

 

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  • BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

    I am an avid runner and l have been using Saucony Omni for 10 years. Best brand and shoes .

    Prior to use Saucony Omni I had knees pain and my shins would always hurt. I was recommended by a foot doctor to see a sports Store that specialize in running shoes. I tried a few brands and I felt immediate comfort with Saucony Omni. I have not had any knees or shins problems since.

    I would advice anyone to see a running shoe store and have them evaluate your feet and the way you run and if you over pronate as I do ask to try Saucony Omni, however you can go for any other brands that is conformable for you. I just order Saucony Omni 14 I can’t wait to run with a more improved shoes from the last model.

    Enjoy the natural high and stay away from synthetic high.