Saucony Guide 8 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4 review

Saucony Guide 8 provides tons of stability and a smooth ride in a lightweight package to overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a stability, support, and comfort with a secure fit.

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.

The Saucony Guide 8 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are very similar in what they provide to runners.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the Saucony Guide 8 have sturdy stitched-on overlays in their uppers and especially on the medial side of the upper where overpronators tend to need the most support.

What's also similar is that both have light no-sew overlays running over the toe box. However, the ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has its stitched-on overlays pulled back, which really opens up the forefoot.

The latter should make the ASICS GT-2000 4 feel pretty comfortable in the toe box. In addition, the bunion window of the ASICS GT-2000 4 is more open and free than that of the Saucony Guide 8.

At the back, the Saucony Guide 8 comes with overlays wrapping the heel, while the ASICS GT-2000 4 has an external heel counter to add support in that area.

All in all, you will get a good amount of support from either running shoe, but the ASICS GT-2000 4 might feel a bit more comfortable, especially in the toe box.

The Saucony Guide 8 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 does so through two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between them. The Saucony Guide 8 has one main layer of foam with a crash pad under the heel.

Running shoe lab tests show that there aren't many differences between the men's versions of the shoes as far as cushioning goes, but the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 4 is just a tad more cushy than that of the Saucony Guide 8.

For women, the two running shoes have a similar amount of forefoot cushioning, but the heel of the Saucony Guide 8 is way more cushy than that of the ASICS GT-2000 4, which has above average cushioning in its heel.

The Saucony Guide 8 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are meant to provide support. They do this with the help of a medial post.

This medial post or area of support on the medial side of the midsole has a similar length in both running shoes but goes higher in the Saucony Guide 8 than it does in the ASICS GT-2000 4, since the ASICS GT-2000 4 has a layer of softer foam just under the foot.

Therefore, the degree of pronation control might be a bit stronger in the Saucony Guide 8 than in the ASICS GT-2000 4.

What is nice about the ASICS GT-2000 4, though, is that the layer of softer foam increases at the back of the shoe. This allows the ASICS GT-2000 4 to provide you with more gradual pronation control from soft to firm as your foot rolls in.

Both the Saucony Guide 8 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 have a midfoot shank that reinforces the medial post, but whereas the midfoot shank of the Saucony Guide 8 is only located on the medial side, the midfoot shank of the ASICS GT-2000 4 connects the medial side to the lateral side to increase the amount of support under the midfoot.

However, the Saucony Guide 8 provides more ground contact than the ASICS GT-2000 4, especially under the midfoot, since the midsole of the Saucony Guide 8 is better filled out in that area and rearfoot meets the forefoot on the lateral side via the crash pad.

This extra ground contact should help the Saucony Guide 8 provide you with smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ in configuration and layout, but both offer a good amount of separation and segmentation for shock absorption and dissipation.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the Saucony Guide 8 are almost equally stiff for men, and for women, the Saucony Guide 8 turns out to be more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 4, which is on the stiff side.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 4 for women weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 8 being the lighter one.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the Saucony Guide 8 are good, supportive running shoes that can be worn by moderate overpronators.

If you are a woman, the Saucony Guide 8 may suit you better due to its balanced cushioning profile and flexibility.

If you are a man, you could go either way, since there aren't many differences between the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the Saucony Guide 8, except for how much they weigh. If you want something lighter, the Saucony Guide 8 would be the one to consider.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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