Saucony Guide 8 strikes a good balance between cushioning, guidance, and support. The Saucony Guide 9 adds more softness, smoothness, and stability to your ride.
The Saucony Guide 9 is the updated version of the Saucony Guide 8, which is a stability running shoe that is geared towards runners looking for a moderate amount of stability and support.
The upper of the Saucony Guide 9 is very similar to that of the Saucony Guide 8 with the main difference being that the Saucony Guide 9 now has lighter FlexFilm no-sew overlays running in its upper.
And whereas the Saucony Guide 8 has traditional stitched-on overlays on both the lateral and medial sides of the upper, the Saucony Guide 9 only has them on the medial side of the shoe where support tends to be needed most.
The stitched-on overlays on the lateral side have been replaced by no-sew overlays. However, there is still a stitched-on overlay cupping the heel on the lateral side.
The placement of the no-sew overlays on the toe box of the Saucony Guide 8 are also different from those on the Saucony Guide 9 with the Saucony Guide 9 being a little bit more open and free than the Saucony Guide 8.
All in all, while the Saucony Guide 9 has done away with some traditional overlays on the lateral side, it offers a supportive upper just like the Saucony Guide 8.
The Saucony Guide 9 also offers heel-to-toe cushioning just like the Saucony Guide 8 does. However, the Saucony Guide 9 now comes with an extra layer of cushioning that lies just under the sockliner, so it lies very close to the foot.
This should soften up the feel of the Saucony Guide 9 a bit compared to the Saucony Guide 8.
Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Guide 9 is overall more cushy than the Saucony Guide 8 for men, especially in the heel where the Saucony Guide 9 has had a big jump in cushioning.
For women, the Saucony Guide 9 has a more cushy forefoot than the Saucony Guide 8, but the heel cushioning is just a tad less, but not by much.
So while Saucony Guide 9 should provide a much softer ride than the Saucony Guide 8, what has not changed is the medial post that provides overpronators with stability and support.
It is still present in the Saucony Guide 9 to provide stability and support, but it is a bit wider than the post in the Saucony Guide 8 and has been filled in down to the ground.
The Saucony Guide 8 has a midfoot shank that hooks into the medial post and that prevents the post from touching the ground.
The Saucony Guide 9 does not have a midfoot shank anymore, which allows it to provide slightly more ground contact than the Saucony Guide 8, thereby also making it a bit more stable.
The Saucony Guide 9 also comes with a new crash pad that has more separation than the crash pad on the Saucony Guide 8, so should provide you with a much smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.
The rubber outsole of the Saucony Guide 9 has undergone a transformation compared to the outsole of the Saucony Guide 8.
Whereas the Saucony Guide 8 has a fan-shaped forefoot with flex grooves that do not always run from side-to-side, the Saucony Guide 9 now comes with a different forefoot pattern with flex grooves that run from side-to-side.
This newer pattern does not do much in terms of flexibility, though, since running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Guide 9 are almost equally stiff.
The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).
The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lightest.
Saucony has done a really nice job with this update. What I particularly liked is that they have kept some stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe, and added a top layer of cushioning for more softness.
They also changed the outsole to provide you with better transitioning and added separation for smoothness, stability, and control.
All in all, the Saucony Guide 9 should give you the amount of support and stability you already got from the Saucony Guide 8, but with a softer, smoother, and slightly more stable ride.
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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