A few weeks ago, I had to replace my last pair of Saucony Stabil 6 shoes. As I’ve mentioned, I’m an overpronator and there are very few shoes that I’m comfortable in for long distances. The Stabil 6 was the best shoe I’ve used, but the Stabil CS is shaping up to be an excellent shoe. I originally planned for this post to be the final review of the shoes, but after tallying up the miles I’ve put on the shoes, I think everyone will benefit from a third and final review in a few weeks. That said, I’ve put plenty of miles on the shoes and think I can point you in the right direction. To get back up to speed, check out our initial review of the Stabil CS.
I discussed the new design quite a bit in the initial review, so I’m not going to dig too deeply into that, other than to say these shoes are much nicer looking than the Stabil 6’s. Not that it matters, honestly, since I’m pretty much stuck with motion control shoes, but it’s nice to see that Saucony has spent a bit of time on the design, not just the function.
Since I picked up these shoes, I’ve put about 50 miles on them, mostly 10K at a time, but a few longer runs up to 10 miles. I don’t think I’ve used the shoes enough to produce a final review, but I’m comfortable making a few observations:
- The shoes fit very true to size. Make sure you order your exact size. Even with the SuperFeet insoles, these fit very well.
- The Arch-Lock system is, well, mostly for show. I don’ t feel that this provides any more support than other shoes.
- The shoes seem to be more ventilated than my Stabil 6’s.
- The footbed has a bit more spring than the Stabil 6’s, even allowing for the wear on my Stabil 6’s compared to the new Stabil CS
- The shoe is more stable all-around, than the Stabil 6. The sides feel significantly firmer and provide increased support.
In the few weeks I’ve used these shoes, I’ve had no problem with fit or comfort. Though I didn’t really break them in properly, I haven’t had any problems with blisters or hot spots.
Though I can’t offer a complete review, I am comfortable enough with their performance to encourage anyone with plantar fasciitis or anyone that needs a motion control shoe to give this one a try.