Saucony Omni 14 vs. Saucony Guide 8 review

Saucony Omni 14 provide a very stable and comfortable ride. Saucony Guide 8 is a stable and supportive running shoe with a good amount of cushioning and not too heavy.

The Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Guide 8 fall in the stability category of running shoes with the Saucony Guide 8 being a light stability running shoe and the Saucony Omni 14 a strong stability running shoe.

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The Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Guide 8 have a similar upper with no-sew overlays running in the front area of the shoe and sturdy stitched-on overlays especially on the medial where support is needed most.

However, the Saucony Omni 14 adds Sauc-Fit on the medial side to provide a better lockdown around the midfoot.

And while both the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Omni 14 have overlays that wrap the heel, the Saucony Omni 14 has an extra Support Frame at the back of the shoe that cups the heel and provides extra support there.

The Saucony Omni 14 also tends to be more open and spacious in the forefoot than the Saucony Guide 8, since its sturdier overlays are much more pulled-back.

All in all, the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Omni 14 look very much alike in the type of support they provide in their uppers, but you can expect to get just a tad more support and a more comfortable feel in the forefoot from the Saucony Omni 14.

The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Omni 14 implement the same type of midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

They are also similar in that they both have a well-segmented crash pad under the heel that runs on the lateral side till the midfoot to provide impact protection at heel-strike and a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.

On the medial side they also both implement a piece of firmer foam to stop your foot from rolling too far inward. This medial post runs high in both running shoes, but is slightly longer in the Saucony Omni 14 as an indication that it provides a stronger degree of pronation control.

Another difference is that the medial post touches the ground under the arch in the Saucony Omni 14 while it does not in the Saucony Guide 8 but is rather reinforced by a small midfoot shank.

So all in all, the Saucony Omni 14 provides more ground contact than the Saucony Guide 8, so possibly also a smoother and more stable ride.

However, the Saucony Omni 14 does not beat the Saucony Guide 8 in the heel cushioning department, because running shoe lab tests have shown that while both have about the same amount of forefoot cushioning, the Saucony Guide 8 is much better suited if you are a heel-striker, since it offers more impact protection in that area.

The difference in heel cushioning is noticeable especially in the women's versions of the shoes where the Saucony Guide 8 turns out to be an overall cushy running shoe.

While the rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look alike where the general configuration goes, they are different in that the Saucony Omni 14 has larger rubber pods under it and slightly less separation.

The Saucony Guide 8 has smaller rubber pods in especially its forefoot and a great amount of separation. However, this still does not make it a super flexible running shoe, because running shoe lab tests have shown that it is still stiffer for men, but a little bit more flexible for women compared to the Saucony Omni 14.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Omni 14 for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 10.5 oz (298 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 8 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who needs a good amount of pronation control, support, and stability, then the Saucony Omni 14 would be worth looking into.

If on the other hand you just need a little bit of pronation control but still want a shoe that is very supportive and provides a good amount of cushioning, then the Saucony Guide 8 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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