Saucony Cohesion 10 Review

Overview

The Saucony Cohesion 10 can best be described as an overwhelmingly average running shoe that does the job, but doesn’t impress in all facets except price. Other than it’s very affordable price (It is sold at MSRP $120 and can be found online for as low as $40) there are not that many remarkable features on the Cohesion 10, most are in fact features that were popular a few years ago and have mostly been replaced by newer and arguably, better technologies, which is perhaps why it is so affordable.

Most of the features represent what one would have seen in a Saucony trainer a couple of years back. The shoe is solid, however, and many reviewers seem to like it. While it is definitely not a high performance shoe that will grab you that extra second or two in your next race, its durability and affordability are quite appealing to buyers looking for an athletic shoe to stay in shape on runs and for workouts in the gym.


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Function

The Saucony Cohesion 10 is a designed as a neutral shoe appealing to runners with a moderate arch and neutral pronation, although the shoe does have some slight stability features that may be appealing to some runners. The stability features are not overwhelming though, so if you are a runner with a neutral foot strike or very slight over pronation, this may come in handy.  On the other hand, if you require a stability shoe, the Cohesion 10 will likely not suit your needs as it is not a true stability shoe.

The shoe is also more on the firm side than the cushioned side, but would be considered a moderately cushioned shoe, offering plenty of support for your everyday runs but certainly not overly plush.  The shoe is designed primarily for roads, although it seems to be able to handle some moderate trails or gravel roads without breaking down too quickly. Although, if you intend to use this shoe solely off the roads, I would recommend looking into the Cohesion TR10 as it is a very similar shoe but is designed more specifically for off-road running.

The Cohesion 10 is geared towards runners closer to the middle and back of the pack, with a moderate amount of comfort, and is also an excellent choice for runners looking to mix a bit of walk into their runs as well. It is also more than feasible to use this shoe during circuit training, weight lifting, or other athletic activities other than running and is quite versatile. While it is obviously not designed for this specifically, if you are looking for one shoe to sort of “do it all” for a reasonable price the Cohesion 10 is a good choice.

The Specs

General

The Saucony Cohesion 10 is a low-cost, general everyday trainer with many of Saucony’s older features. The shoe seems to be designed to be a versatile shoe. The brand seems to have sacrificed a few of Saucony’s top features and technologies in favor affordability. The main features on the Cohesion 10 are a heel grid system, an EVA midsole, a mesh upper, and well cushioned tongue. Other than the outsole of the shoe, the vast majority of features on this shoe would have represented the best of Saucony running technology about 2-3 years ago. The outsole though, features many of Saucony’s top features, many of the same featured on their flagship shoe, the Ride 9.

The Cohesion 10, like most of Saucony’s shoes seem to be, is on the lighter side of what would be expected from a shoe in this class, a moderately cushioned trainer, weighing in at 8.5oz on the women’s side and 9.9oz on the men’s side, a bit heavier than the Saucony Ride. Both men’s and women’s shoes have a moderately steep 12mm drop, much more than what would be found in the Ride or the Kinvara. The men and women’s version of the shoe also have the same stack heights, as reported by Saucony’s website, have a 29mm heel profile and a 17mm forefoot profile.

I would also like to make a small note regarding sizing. The Cohesion 10 seems to be running about a half size small so you definitely want to try this shoe on at a store before you purchase it or simply order a half size up and hope for the best, but you may want to make sure there is a solid return policy.

Upper

The Upper of the Cohesion 10 is relatively boring. There are quite a few overlays, much more than are usually seen in most shoes, as the general trend in the shoe industry has been taking away as many overlays as possible. But the two major overlays cradle the side of the shoe, offering slight stability. Under the overlay is a mesh upper, a staple in nearly all running shoes on the market right now, offering breathability and extra support. Inside the mesh is a good amount of cushioning on the lining of the shoe but especially on the tongue. The upper also features a few reflective surfaces for safety purposes.

As for the appearance, it is unlikely that anyone is calling either the women’s or men’s version of the Cohesion 10 a pretty shoe any time soon. The shoe reminds me of an uglier, more colorful version of the Brooks Chariot, which is a throwback style shoe designed more for style than function, but the Chariot’s appeal is in it’s retro style where the Cohesion 10 looks like it is an old shoe but has none of that retro appeal present in the Cohesion. Furthermore, with the exception of the black and blue color scheme in the men’s and women’s the other options for colors, in my opinion, are downright awful and make this shoe look about ten years behind the times of what anyone nowadays would consider style.

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Topsole / Midsole

While the rest of Saucony’s shoes have been leaning toward their new Everun technology, Saucony did not deem it necessary to put their newest and arguably their best tech in the Cohesion 10. Instead, the midsole of the Cohesion 10 utilizes Saucony’s former IMEVA material, which has since been replaced by Everun in nearly all their other models. Using this midsole, however, instead of the Everun is one of the reasons why the price has come down.  And, while the midsole may not be the newest and best in running technology, it is well known for its durability. Basically, it won’t be super responsive and will not be that helpful to runners trying to work their way to the front of the pack, but it is certainly reliable and an excellent deal for the cost.

Outsole

The outsole of the Cohesion 10 is really the only part of this shoe that can be considered up to date with the rest of Saucony’s technology.  The outsole features the same XT-900 carbon rubber as the Ride does. The material is a carbon rubber that coats the Tri-Flex configuration, also the same configuration that is used in most of Saucony’s top of the line shoes like the Ride 9.  The outsole is then wrapped in Saucony’s IBR+ technology to maximize traction on the roads and add a touch extra cushioning to the shoe’s bottom most layer.  The IBR+ is described by Saucony as a “durable outsole rubber that enhances your shoe’s other cushioning elements.” This all represents the newest and best technology that Saucony has to offer, a stark contrast from the technologies used in the midsole and the upper.

Awards

The Saucony Cohesion 9, the Cohesion 10’s predecessor, was ranked as the best Saucony running shoe of 2017 by Runnerclick but this was before the release of the Cohesion 10, being advertised as a high quality shoe for an excellent price.  Very few running shoe awards have come out since the release of the Cohesion 10 so we will have to wait a little bit to see if the Cohesion 10 wins anything.

Similar Shoes

The first shoe I’d like to compare the Cohesion to is what can best be described as its fraternal twin. The Cohesion TR10 is advertised as basically the same shoe as the Cohesion 10 but designed more for trails.  This is not entirely true, however, as the transfer over to the trails required some other changes. However, the trail shoe does have the same 12mm drop and the same heel and forefoot stack height as the regular Cohesion 10 and is about the same on the cushioning and support scale. The trail version is also neither waterproof nor water resistant and has a very similar weight (just .1oz off). The shoe, however, does have a lot more cushioning in the Heel GRID system and the outsole is the XT-600 which, contrary to the XT-900 is much more geared for traction and durability.

The next best shoe to compare the Cohesion 10 to is Saucony’s flagship shoe, the Saucony Ride 9. Like the Cohesion 10, the Ride 9 is relatively light for its class compared to most of the market and is considered neutral in both pronation and cushioning. The Ride 9 also features many similar features in the outsole, such as the IBR+ and Tri-Flex technology. The primary differences come in the midsole and the upper. Where the Cohesion utilizes the somewhat outdated but “old reliable” IMEVA midsole, the Ride 9 utilizes the Everun midsole, arguably one of the best midsoles in the running market right now. Furthermore, in the Upper, the Ride 9 uses Flexfilm, which allows the Ride 9 to rid itself of the overlays that are so prevalent in the Cohesion 10. The Ride 9 also has an 8mm heel to toe drop, in contrast to the Cohesion 10. This will mostly be a matter of preference.

Plantar Fasciitis

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, the Cohesion 10 may not be the optimal shoe for you.  It will likely prove a better option for you than most lightweight neutral trainers, but the shoe lacks the latest technology in stability that can be seen from a shoe like the Saucony Guide or the Brooks Adrenaline. the only real stability features on the shoe are the heel grid system and the double overlays cradling the upper, neither of which could be considered quite significant.

Summary

Saucony made some major upgrades in the Cohesion 10 from its predecessor, the Cohesion 9, specifically in the outsole, bringing in the IBR+ and Tri-flex features. This should present a major difference in the way the shoe hits the ground both in cushioning and in traction.  The Cohesion 10 also took out a few midfoot and forefoot overlays but still has much more than what one would expect from the general trend of removing as many as possible.  Overall, the Cohesion represents an excellent value but with no real all-star features.  But, if you are on a tight budget and want one shoe for all of your athletic activities that will last you a good amount of time, the Cohesion 10 may be your best bet. Just make sure you try it on in the store first or, if you are ordering online, make sure there is a return policy as the sizing is sometimes a bit small.

Overall Review

The Saucony Cohesion 10 represents one of the best values you can get in running shoes. While its MSRP is a bit high ($120), the shoe can be found for a very solid price if one does enough digging. The shoe offers solid features with excellent durability and is versatile enough to use during your non-running workouts as well.

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Ratings

Comfort: 75/100


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Support: 75/100

Durability 85/100

Cost (MSRP: $120): 70/100

Aesthetics: 35/100

Value: 92/100

2017-07-10T21:08:28+00:00

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