Saucony Ride 8 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Saucony Ride 8 provides a soft ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a soft ride with a smooth heel-to-toe transition to neutral runners.

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The Saucony Ride 8 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that are not comparable, since the Brooks Glycerin 13 is a competitor of the Saucony Triumph, not the Saucony Ride.

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The uppers of the Saucony Ride 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 13 differ in that the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a broad overlay that wraps the midfoot on both sides of the upper.

The Saucony Ride 8 has sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side and at the back of the shoe, but the overlays lie more toward the back of the shoe than the front and are not as centered as those on the Brooks Glycerin 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

This causes the Saucony Ride 8 to give you a comfortable fit in the forefoot area because there aren't thick and heavy overlays running in the forefoot area; it has mostly light welded-on overlays there.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 is a bit different in that it has a multitude of 3D Fit Print overlays running everywhere in the upper. All in all, the Brooks Glycerin 13 offers a slightly more secure fit, especially around the midfoot.

The midsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Saucony Ride 8 provide heel-to-toe cushioning and both are meant to be quite plush.

However, running shoe lab test results reveal that they are not super cushy running shoes, at least, not for both genders.

For women, the Saucony Ride 8 turns out to have a pretty balanced cushioning profile and is very cushy and cushier than the Brooks Glycerin 13 in both the heel and the forefoot.

For men, the cushioning profiles lie closer to each other with both having an almost similar amount of heel cushioning and the Saucony Ride 8 having slightly more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

The amount of heel cushioning is above average but not super plush in both running shoes for men, and the Saucony Ride 8 has a super plush forefoot.

While the Saucony Ride 8 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are not stability running shoes, they come with a couple of stability features.

The Saucony Ride 8 has a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot on the lateral side of the midsole. This is to soften your landings and then give you a smooth transition to toe-off.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 does not have a separate crash pad under the heel – although its outsole does have a separate landing area under the heel – but there are shock absorbers that are integrated in the entire midsole.

Therefore it should be able to give you a much smoother ride than the Saucony Ride 8. This also increases the stability of the running shoe compared to the Saucony Ride 8.

Both running shoes offer a good amount of ground contact overall and especially under the midfoot. This again slightly increases the stability of the running shoes and also the smoothness of your ride.

Both the Saucony Ride 8 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 have midsoles that are well segmented with small rubber compartments and lots of flex grooves, but they have a different layout.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 is more lineair from side to side, while the Saucony Ride 8 has a fan-shaped pattern in its forefoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 also consists of three separate zones to distribute pressure and has a heel that is more rounded and smaller to take stress off joints and tendons.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 is all about making your run feel as smooth, soft, and comfortable as possible.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Ride 8 is quite flexible for both men and women, which is surprising since it has quite a bit of forefoot cushioning.

The flexibility of the Brooks Glycerin 13 varies between men and women with the running shoe being quite stiff for women but very flexible for men.

In fact, the Brooks Glycerin 13 is more flexible than the Saucony Ride 8 for men. For women, the Saucony Ride 8 wins.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 8 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Ride 8 weighs about 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a neutral runner looking for a very soft ride, you could get that from either the Saucony Ride 8 or the Brooks Glycerin 13.

However, if you want to add a touch of stability to your runs and feel more comfortable and secure on the road, then the Brooks Glycerin 13 might do a better job for you than the Saucony Ride 8 would.

And if you are looking for something lighter, the Saucony Ride 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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This review falls under: Brooks | Saucony

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