Saucony Guide 8 vs. Saucony Omni 13 review

Saucony Omni 13 delivers lots of stability in a lightweight package. Saucony Guide 8 strikes a good balance between cushioning, guidance, and support. Learn more...

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Omni 13 are both stability running shoes from Saucony with the Omni 13 intended to provide more stability and support than the Guide 8. The Saucony Omni 13 basically lies on the border of being a motion control running shoe.

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Omni 13 could be twins if it was not for the length of the medial post that control overpronation and the Arch-Lock in the upper of the Saucony Omni 13.

The uppers of the two running shoes are very similar in that they both consist of a mixture of stitched-on and no-sew overlays.

The biggest differce in the upper is probably on the medial side where the Saucony Omni 13 has Arch-Lock, broader overlays, and more overlays than the Saucony Guide 8 to provide a much snugger fit.

But the bunion window of the Saucony Guide 8 should provide your foot with more room than the bunion window of the Saucony Omni 13.

The last difference is at the back of the shoes where the Saucony Omni 13 has a Support Frame at the sides of the heel to keep the heel in place there, while the Saucony Guide 8 does not offer such support. But the back of the shoes still look very similar to each other.

You can expect either running shoe to provide you with a secure fit, but also expect a somewhat snugger and supportive fit from the Saucony Omni 13.

The midsoles of the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Omni 13 do not differ much in construction or technologies used.

Both running shoes provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their PowerGrid midsoles.

Both the Saucony Omni 13 and the Saucony Guide 8 have a well-segmented and beveled crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot to provide you with shock absorption at heel-strike and then a smooth transition to toe-off.

But the connection between the rearfoot and the forefoot on the lateral side of the midfoot is a bit more seamless in the Saucony Guide 8 than it is in the Saucony Omni 13.

And finally, both Saucony running shoes have a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to control overpronation.

This piece of foam is longer in the Saucony Omni 13, so you can expect to get a slightly stronger degree of pronation control from the Saucony Omni 13 than you would from the Saucony Guide 8.

Because the Saucony Omni 13 is meant to provide lots of support, the cushioning it provides is somewhat firmer than that of the Saucony Guide 8, especially in the heel.

Both are pretty cushy running shoes, but the Saucony Guide 8 is just a little bit more cushy than the Saucony Omni 13 in the heel.

One noticeable midsole difference is that the Saucony Guide 8 has a piece of plastic that reinforces the medial post just under the arch. This prevents the shoe from completely touching the ground.

In the Saucony Omni 13, there is no piece of plastic, so the midsole extends to the ground under the arch.

Therefore you can expect the running platform of the Saucony Omni 13 to be a little bit more stable and supportive than that of the Saucony Guide 8.

The outsoles of the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Omni 13 have a similar layout and construction.

The main difference can be found under the arch where the Saucony Omni 13 provides full ground contact, thereby making the base of the Saucony Omni 13 also much wider than that of the Saucony Guide 8.

Both running shoes have blown rubber in the forefoot for additional cushioning and flexibility. And the flex grooves fan out similarly to give you more flexibility on the lateral side of the shoe during toe-off.

And while the Saucony Guide 8 has a couple more flex grooves than the Saucony Omni 13, it still turns out to be the least flexible running shoe of the two.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Omni 13 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 8 being the lightest.

If you are looking for boat loads of stability in a running shoe that has a very cushy forefoot and can handle your weight as well as the miles you put in, then the Saucony Omni 13 is definitely worth considering. The Saucony Omni 13 provides a lot of support at such a light weight.

And if you are looking for an overall cushy and smooth ride from a running shoe that is stable and supportive enough but not to the extreme, then the Saucony Guide 8 might be able to deliver what you need.

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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