New Balance 870v4 vs. Saucony Guide 8 review

New Balance 870v4 is a lightweight running shoe that provides a moderate amount of everything. Saucony Guide 8 provides a cushy and smooth ride to mild overpronators.

The New Balance 870v4 and the Saucony Guide 8 fall in the same category of light stability running shoes that are geared towards runners who require a moderate degree of stability and support.

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The upper of the New Balance 870v4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com consists of a combination of no-sew and stitched-on overlays, but more no-sew than stitched-on overlays.

Stitched-on overlays are generally more supportive than no-sew overlays, which tend to prevent irritation points.

The upper of the Saucony Guide 8 has more stitched-on overlays than no-sew overlays, especially on the medial side of the shoe.

The no-sew overlays generally run over the toe box and on the lateral side of the shoe.

However, the lack of sturdy stitched-on overlays does not make the New Balance 870v4 less supportive than the Saucony Guide 8, though, since the New Balance 870v4 has bands that run under the mesh from the midsole to the top of the saddle.

So you should get a good amount of support around the midfoot anyway. In addition, the New Balance 870v4 has an asymmetric heel counter that adds more support on the medial side of the shoe.

Therefore you can see both running shoes as providing quite a bit of support in their uppers.

The midsoles of the New Balance 870v4 and the Saucony Guide 8 differ in materials used. The Saucony Guide 8 provides heel-to-toe cushioning with its PowerGrid midsole.

The New Balance 870v4 does the same with its RevLite midsole. However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the cushioning of the New Balance 870v4 is somewhat firmer compared to that of the Saucony Guide 8.

The Saucony Guide 8 turns out to be more cushy than the New Balance 870v4 in both the heel and the forefoot for men. For women, the Saucony Guide 8 is overall very cushy, but the New Balance 870v4 provides more heel cushioning than the Saucony Guide 8.

This might probably be because the New Balance 870v4 has an Absorb crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot, with Absorb cushioning being on the softer side to absorb impact.

The Saucony Guide 8 also has a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot, so both running shoes should provide you with a soft touchdown and then smooth transition to toe-off.

Another similarity is that they have a medial post to control overpronation and that this post is of a similar length in both shoes. However, the medial post of the Saucony Guide 8 goes higher than that of the New Balance 870v4, which has a thin layer of softer foam above it.

So while the Saucony Guide 8 may provide a slightly stronger degree of pronation control, the New Balance 870v4 may give you a more gradual control of overpronation.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are quite different with the New Balance 870v4 having larger rubber compartments than the Saucony Guide 8, especially in the forefoot.

But while the Saucony Guide 8 tends to have more separation between its rubber pods in the forefoot, running shoe lab tests have shown that it is the stiffer running shoe of the two. For example, the New Balance 870v4 for women is almost twice as flexible as the Saucony Guide 8.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the New Balance 870v4 weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the New Balance 870v4 for men weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

Both the New Balance 870v4 and the Saucony Guide 8 are very stable and supportive running shoes.

However, if you are looking for an overall cushy ride for longer runs, then the Saucony Guide 8 may do a better job than the New Balance 870v4.

And if you want a stability running shoe that is somewhat lighter that provides cushioning that is not too soft or too firm, then the New Balance 870v4 would be the one to look into.

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: New Balance | Saucony

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