Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Ride 8 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Saucony Ride 8 provides a soft ride to high-mileage neutral runners...

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The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Ride 8 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the Saucony Guide 9 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Ride 8 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 8 have a lot in common in their uppers.

For starters, they both have a combination of no-sew and stitched-on overlays with the stitched-on overlays being located on the medial side of the upper where support is generally needed most.

The Saucony Ride 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Guide 9 also have a forefoot that is quite open with the supportive overlays having been pulled back and the light no-sew overlays adding structure to the forefoot while still allowing the shoe to provide comfort.

And finally, both running shoes have sturdy stitched-on overlays at the back to add support behind the heel.

The main difference between the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Ride 8 lies in the placement of the overlays, which run more horizontally in the Saucony Ride 8 and more vertically in the Saucony Guide 9.

All in all, both running shoes provide enough support in all the right places.

The midsoles of the two Saucony running shoes provide heel-to-toe cushioning with the main difference being that the Saucony Guide 9 has the new EVERUN technology implemented in its midsole.

The Saucony Guide 9 has a layer of softer foam at the top of its midsole, while the Saucony Ride 8 does not.

This does not automatically mean that the Saucony Guide 9 is more cushy than the Saucony Ride 8, though, because running shoe lab tests have shown that they both have a very cushy forefoot for both men and women.

It is in the heel where there are differences to be noted. For women, the Saucony Ride 8 has a slightly more cushy heel, while for men, the Saucony Guide 9 provides much more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 8.

Both the Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Guide 9 also have crash pads under the heel that run till the midfoot to join the forefoot and provide smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The main difference in the midsole is the piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the Saucony Guide 9 that is meant to provide stability and support by stopping your foot from rolling too far inward.

Due to the fact that the Saucony Ride 8 is not meant to provide stability and support, it does not implement such a medial post.

The final similarity is that both provide full ground contact with no midfoot shanks.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Ride 8 differ considerably in construction and layout.

The Saucony Guide 9 has a zigzag pattern going on it its forefoot, while the Saucony Ride 8 has a fan-shaped pattern.

Both provide a good amount of separation under their crash pads and flatness and stability on the medial side.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Ride 8 is the more flexible running shoe of the two, especially for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 8 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women also weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 8 being the lightest.

The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Ride 8 suit two very different crowds of runners.

If you are a neutral runner, the Saucony Ride 8 was built for you.

However, because the Saucony Guide 9 provides almost the same amout of cushioning for women and more cushioning for men than the Saucony Ride 8, you could also choose to run in the Saucony Guide 9.

The Saucony Guide 9 is not meant to provide boatloads of stability like the Saucony Hurricane, although it is a very stable running shoe.

So if you are an overpronator, the Saucony Guide 9 would be the running shoe to consider instead of the Saucony Ride 8.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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