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Road Running Shoes • January 17, 2024

Saucony Freedom Crossport Review: Life Finds a Way (To The Gym)

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What You Need To Know

Weight

8.6 oz. (243 g) for a US M9,

7.4 oz. (211 g) for a US W8

Stack Height / Drop

27 mm in heel, 23 mm in forefoot (4 mm drop)

Best For

Light runs and gym work

Key Features

PWRRUN PB midsole, PWRRUN+ sock liner, high collar for stability

On The Run
Bouncy PWRRUN midsole Great, gym-ready lockdown Not enough rocker for the roads
Price

$149

Intro to the Saucony Freedom Crossport

EMILY: The Freedom Crossport is Saucony’s answer to anyone looking for a versatile HIIT shoe that can run them right out of the gym and five miles down the road to the smoothie bar. It’s designed to seamlessly transition from workout to run without sacrificing stability or comfort. Plus, it’s crafted with vegan-friendly and recycled materials, so you can boast about more than your burpees to your bestie.

CHAD: If there’s one thing I’m all-in on in 2024, it’s versatility. I’m fully open to anything that brands can do to make their gear or shoes usable in many different ways. Some of my favorite shoes are the ones that can handle easy miles, recovery runs, speedwork, and long runs. But let’s not forget about one of the other important realms of the fitness world: hitting the gym or fitness classes. That’s where the Saucony Crossport comes in.

The Crossport is designed to be a do-it-all shoe, transitioning well from the run to the gym. Does your day call for a short treadmill run and then a lifting session? Do you run to your gym before you take HIIT or CrossFit classes? Then this shoe might be for you!

What we like about the Saucony Freedom Crossport

EMILY: Jeff Goldblum once said, “Life will find a way…” and while we’re not reviewing dinosaur theme parks here, the Freedom Crossport’s ability to adapt to the demands of both gym sessions and steady-state runs isn’t too different from that of the Jurassic Park velociraptor.

I lived in this shoe over the holidays — from slower runs and light-weight workouts to hanging lights and everything in between. Because December was a recovery month, my typical double-digit trail mileage was swapped for shorter, relaxed road runs, usually supplemented with some combination of push-ups, lunges, and weight training.

With a wide base, affectionate sidewalls, and a low 4 mm drop, the Freedom Crossport provided moderate steadiness on days when I was tired and lacked coordination during workouts. It’s noticeably more flexible from midsole to forefoot than your standard trail shoe, which is typically a little more rigid for navigating technical terrain. This lack of constraint combined with the PWRRUN PB cushioning provides optimal rebound and mobility when jumping or running on the treadmill. Actually, running on the treadmill was nearly enjoyable.

CHAD: Come on, PWRRUN PB in a gym shoe? Sounds crazy, right? Wrong. The lower stack of the cushy and bouncy midsole foam with the PWRRUN+ sock liner made for an enjoyable feeling underfoot during my lifting sessions. One of my biggest concerns with PWRRUN PB was that I would feel some instability during certain lifts. However, the shoe has a pretty wide base under the forefoot and the heel, so stability during lifting wasn’t a problem.

The shoe does run a bit snug and narrow, and the upper doesn’t have much stretch to it, but there’s a reason it’s included in my list of positives. I like my feet to feel secure and in place when I’m doing gym workouts, as any wobble from the feet while lifting heavy could be a one-way ticket to the injured reserve. I had no issues there. Plus, I felt the significant rubber coverage on the bottom provided just the right amount of tackiness for exercises like lunges, burpees, planks, etc.

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What we don’t like about the Saucony Freedom Crossport

EMILY: The Freedom Crossport design also has some drawbacks — maybe it won’t try to eat you for dinner, but no rocker to aid in forward momentum, and a flatter profile translates to a less snappy toe-of — so outrunning the dinosaurs is unlikely. No, the Crossport is not ideal for fast or long runs. It’s also not my preferred choice for hiking or traversing trails, not that it’s intended for those environments, but still, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t take the shoe off-roading a few times. Without lugs or a rock plate, the outsole isn’t very effective at providing grip on slick roots, rocks, or gravel surfaces.

CHAD: To be completely honest, I didn’t log a bunch of miles in this shoe. The midfoot base is EXTREMELY narrow. That stability I felt while lifting and exercising in the shoe went out the window when I did a few light jogs in the Crossport. I don’t have significant stability needs, but in the middle of a marathon training block, I can’t afford to blow up my post-tib tendon. If you need stability, I’d make sure any runs are kept relatively short.

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Saucony Freedom Crossport Conclusion

EMILY: The Saucony Freedom Crossport might not be stable enough for some high-performance tasks such as heavy weight training or technical endurance runs, but it’s an exceptional shoe for those who just want to incorporate shorter road runs into their gym routine.

CHAD: If you’re looking for a shoe that can transition easily from the roads to the gym, the Saucony Crossport is a solid option. It provides a nice and snug fit in the upper to keep your foot secure while providing a stable base for lifting. The PWRRUN PB provides a nice feel underfoot on the run, but be cognizant of the narrowness of the midfoot if you need stability.

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Emily Hanson
Mid-Atlantic Trail Reviewer

Born and raised in Smaltimore (Baltimore), Emily relishes running for hours in the woods. It’s where she works out the kinks in her approach to being a mother, partner, writer, and a better human being.

More from Emily
Shoe Size

9.5

Fav. Distance

50K

PRs
  • 15:02

    100K
  • 5:11

    50K
  • 3:14:28

    26.2
  • 2:23:36

    25k
Chad Zimmermann
Clydesdale Reviewer
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An attorney by day, Chad lives in Central Pennsylvania with his wife and three kids. Never much for running growing up, Chad began running as a way to improve his physical health. He went from his first 5k in 2015 to running the Paris Marathon in 2016.  Given his larger physical build, Chad is the resident Clydesdale runner, providing shoe and gear insights for those with a bigger build and taller stature.

More from Chad
Shoe Size

11.5

Fav. Distance

10K

PRs
  • 5:42

    Marathon
  • 56:33

    10K
  • 26:34

    5K
  • 2:11:05

    Half Marathon
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