Saucony Guide 8 vs. New Balance 1260v4 review

Saucony Guide 8 provides good stability and lots of cushioning in a package that is not too heavy. New Balance 1260v4 is a very supportive running shoe for overpronators.

The Saucony Guide 8 and the New Balance 1260v4 are stability running shoes with the latter being more for runners who require a whole lot of stability and support, and the first for mild to moderate overpronators.

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Both the Saucony Guide 8 and the New Balance 1260v4 have a good supportive upper.

The Saucony Guide 8 has mostly traditional stitched-on overlays wrapping the midfoot and the heel to provide good support.

In addition, there are lighter no-sew overlays running over the toe box to provide structure in the upper there.

The New Balance 1260v4 differs in that it has mostly no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot and traditional stitched-on overlays wrapping the heel.

Nonetheless, either running shoe would be capable of providing the kind of support required by runners who overpronate.

The biggest difference in the upper is probably the heel counter, which is asymmetrical in the New Balance 1260v4 to provide more support on the medial side than on the lateral side. The Saucony Guide 8 does not have such a heel counter.

The biggest difference in the midsole lies in the piece of firmer foam used on the medial side of the midsole to control overpronation.

This piece of foam is longer in the New Balance 1260v4 than it is in the Saucony Guide 8 as an indication that you can expect to get a stronger degree of pronation control from the New Balance 1260v4 than from the Saucony Guide 8.

The rest of the midsole features are very similar in both running shoes including a crash pad that runs under the heel from the back of the shoe till the midfoot, and heel-to-toe cushioning provided by the midsoles of both running shoes.

But there is a difference in softness felt when wearing the shoes, since the New Balance 1260v4 has three different types of cushioning in its midsole, and its cushioning tends to be somewhat firmer, except for the crash pad under the heel.

So overall, you can expect the Saucony Guide 8 to be more cushy than the New Balance 1260v4, especially in the forefoot.

The outsole of the Saucony Guide 8 is similar to that of the New Balance 1260v4 in that they both provide almost full ground contact, making them very stable running shoes, and allowing them to provide you with a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

They both also have a midfoot shank to provide structural integrity under the midfoot, but the shank is more centered under the New Balance 1260v4, while it is only located on the medial side under the Saucony Guide 8.

As far as segmentation goes, the Saucony Guide 8 has a wider separation between its individual rubber lugs and compartments in its outsole, and more flex grooves than the New Balance 1260v4 in its forefoot.

But running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are quite stiff for men and that the Saucony Guide 8 is a bit more flexible than the New Balance 1260v4 for women.

The women's version of the New Balance 1260v4 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Saucony Guide 8 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.2 oz (318 grams) and 10.1 oz (286 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 8 being lighter.

If you are an overpronator looking for lots of stability and support from a running shoe, either the Saucony Guide 8 or the New Balance 1260v4 could do, but if you are bordering needing a motion control running shoe, the New Balance 1260v4 would be the better option.

And if you are after an overall soft and smooth ride with a good amount of stability and support, then the Saucony Guide 8 might be able to deliver that more so than the New Balance 1260v4.

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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