The Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS tops the list when it comes to running shoes for heavy runners and overpronators (those whose feet roll inward too much) who need a sturdy motion-control shoe. Reviewers say Saucony has greatly improved this running shoe, making it more flexible and responsive than previous models. The support post provides superior inward support so feet don't roll inward too much, and testers are generally happy with the control. Like all motion-control shoes, the ProGrid Stabil CS is heavy due to the extra cushioning -- the men's version is nearly 14 ounces, while the women's version is almost 12 ounces. The New Balance 1123 (*Est. $150) is another well-reviewed option for serious pronators, although it is just as heavy as the ProGrid Stabil CS and slightly more expensive.
The best reviews of the Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS come from the editors at Runner's World magazine. Ample runner feedback and rigorous lab testing make Runner's World the best source of information on this running shoe. We also found helpful user reviews at Zappos.com and Amazon.com.
1. Runner's World
Runner's World magazine editors give the Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS a Best Update designation, praising the improved flexibility and serious pronation control. What's not so hot is the $25 price increase for 2009.
Review: Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS, Warren Greene, March 2009
2. Outside Magazine
Outside magazine editors praise the Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS for correcting pronation without a "straitjacket, clunky feel." They also note that it fits well for both wide- and narrow-footed testers.
Review: Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS, Lisa Jhung, Summer 2009
3. Runner's World U.K.
Editors at the U.K. edition of Runner's World magazine give the Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS an overall rating of 3.5 stars and recommend it for large runners and overpronators. However, some testers find its cushioning too soft.
Review: Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS, Editors of Runner's World (U.K.)
About a dozen reviews have been posted for the new Saucony running shoe here. So far, ratings are split, with some complaining that the shoes feel too heavy and other saying they are perfect for correcting pronation problems. Overall, the shoes get a 3.5-star rating out of 5.
Review: Men's Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS, Contributors to RoadRunnerSports.com
Twenty users review the Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS at Zappos.com, giving it a 5-star rating. Reviewers especially like that the shoes provide excellent pronation control, but some say it feels too heavy and bulky.
Review: Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS W, Contributors to Zappos.com
Right now, there aren't many reviews posted yet for the Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS running shoe, but more are added regularly, so this site is worth a look for user ratings.
Review: Saucony Men's ProGrid Stabil CS Running Shoe, Contributors to Amazon.com