Putting the Saucony Koa to the test

#Runanywhere is the hashtag associated with Saucony's new Koa range of trail shoes – so where better to test-drive them than the Lake District after a heavy and long downpour the night before?

A small handful of us assembled in Nether Wasdale in early October near England's highest peak of Scafell Pike, an area well chosen to show off the shoes' versatility.

The Saucony Koa ST (soft-terrain) is built to be able to handle almost any sort of terrain you can throw at it and our afternoon run along the side of a mountain was designed to prove that. There were few gravel trail; it was mainly grass with a good deal of standing water. Indeed, halfway through we were forced into a walk as the stream we encountered was almost knee-high.

Still, the 8mm lugs kept us on our feet on the muddier sections and the synthetic upper kept out most of the water.

Saucony's attempt to cover all the basis when it comes to the growing trail-running market is further enhanced by the trail-to-road Koa TR. Our early-morning run around the beautiful Wast Water took us on flat, hard trails and some road. The TR was equally comfortable on both, thanks to the 3.5mm tread pattern. 

Saucony Koa vital stats
Shoe Category: Trail
Pronation: Neutral
Cushion: Responsive
Construction Type: Trail
Surface: Trail, Grass
Arch: Normal (Mid)
Water Resistant: No
Waterproof: No
Offset: 4mm
Heel Stack Height: 22mm
Forefoot Stack Height: 18mm
Weight: 9.0 oz. | 255 g.