Saucony Guide 8 vs. Saucony Kinvara 7 review

Saucony Guide 8 provides a cushy and smooth ride to moderate overpronators. Saucony Kinvara 7 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast.

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Saucony Guide 8 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Kinvara 7 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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In addition to the difference in type of running shoes, the uppers of the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 also differ quite a bit.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a seamless upper with no-sew overlays to keep things light.

The only very supportive feature is a band that is located both on the medial and lateral sides of the midfoot to strap you in and give you a good hold around the midfoot.

The Saucony Guide 8 is different in that it has stitched-on overlays around the midfoot and especially on the medial side of the upper, where overpronators tend to need the most support. Stitched-on overlays continue around the back of the shoe, and no-sew overlays can be found on the toe box.

So all in all, the Saucony Guide 8 provides a much more supportive upper than the Saucony Kinvara 7. However, the band around the midfoot of the Saucony Kinvara 7 should give neutral runners enough support for their runs.

While the Saucony Kinvara 7 is meant to provide somewhat firm and responsive cushioning, running shoe lab tests have found it to provide quite a bit of it.

The Saucony Guide 8 is not meant to provide tons of cushioning, because it is a stability running shoe, but it has also been found to provide quite a bit of it.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that both running shoes provide an equal amount of forefoot cushioning to men and that the Saucony Kinvara 7 provides a bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Guide 8.

For women, the Saucony Kinvara 7 provides just a tiny bit more forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Guide 8, but the Saucony Guide 8 provides way more heel cushioning than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

The heel of the Saucony Kinvara 7 might feel a bit firm and the heel of the Saucony Guide 8 might feel quite cushy to women.

The midsole of the Saucony Guide 8 is somewhat thicker than that of the Saucony Kinvara 7, which means that the Saucony Guide 8 sits higher off the ground and offers more protection for long runs.

For women, the Saucony Guide 8 has about 5 mm more height in the heel and 2 mm in the forefoot. For men, the difference is 5 mm in the heel and 1 mm in the forefoot.

The heel-to-toe drop is also larger in the Saucony Guide 8 at about 10 mm for both men and women. The drop in the Saucony Kinvara 7 is about 6.5 mm for men and 6.2 mm for women.

So the Saucony Kinvara 7 also brings you closer than Saucony Guide 8 to a neutral plane.

The biggest difference, however, can be found in the construction of the midsole, where the Saucony Guide 8 comes with a medial post to control overpronation and a small midfoot shank to reinforce the medial post.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 does not come with a medial post nor a midfoot shank, because it is not meant to provide pronation control. It is a running shoe for neutral runners who want to go fast and do not need any kind of stability or support.

It does come with a crash pad under the heel just like the Saucony Guide 8 does, but the crash pad of the Saucony Kinvara 7 is more integrated into its midsole.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 also provides more ground contact than the Saucony Guide 8, which increases the amount of stability a bit.

But if you are looking for tons of stability and support, the Saucony Guide 8 would be the way to go.

The outsoles of the two running shoes also differ quite a bit. The Saucony Kinvara 7 does not come with much rubber under it. This is to keep the running shoe light.

So whereas you can find rubber only in high-wear areas under the Saucony Kinvara 7, you can find rubber almost everywhere under the Saucony Guide 8, so the latter is a bit more durable than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

As far as flexibility goes, running shoe lab tests indicate that the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Guide 8 are equally stiff for men, but that the Saucony Guide 8 is just a small bit more flexible than the Saucony Kinvara 7 for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs approximately 6.6 oz (187 grams), while the Saucony Guide 8 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs about 7.7 oz (218 grams), and the Saucony Guide 8 for men weighs 10.1 oz (286 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a very stable and supportive running shoe that provides a good amount of cushioning, the Saucony Guide 8 would be the one to look into.

And if you are a neutral runner who is looking for a lightweight running shoe that you can use for performance runs, the Saucony Kinvara 7 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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