The Mach X is a shoe that Hoka fans have been eagerly awaiting, designed to take learnings from the impressively versatile Mach range and combine that with a propulsive carbon plate.

That plate sits between two layers of foam, EVA to provide a supportive ride and a new PEBA section to improve responsiveness and rebound. That combination is built to feel soft for easy sessions but with plenty of pop for faster efforts.

The Saucony Ride 17 receives a big update in the form of a new PWRRUN+ midsole – the same material used in the Triumph 21. This addition dramatically changes the experience of running in the Ride 17 to provide more cushioning, increased energy return, and a smoother transition.

Tom and Kieran have been testing the shoes out to see how they compare.

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00:00​​​​ – Intro
00:15 – Stats
00:39 – Design
01:50 – How’s The Fit?
03:28 – The Run Test
11:40 – Verdict

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