Saucony Omni 14 vs. Saucony Ride 8 review

Saucony Omni 14 offers lots of stability and support to overpronators in a lightweight package. Saucony Ride 8 provides a soft and smooth ride to high-mileage runners.

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The Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Ride 8 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Saucony Omni 14 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Ride 8 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 8 are similar in that most of the supportive overlays have been pulled back to really open up the forefoot.

There are light no-sew overlays running on the toe box of both running shoes with the overlays on the Saucony Ride 8 being much lighter than those on the Saucony Omni 14.

So both running shoes should provide you with a pretty irritation free forefoot area.

The Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Ride 8 also have sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoes where you generally need the most support.

However, the overlays on the Saucony Omni 14 are a bit broader and wrap the midfoot better than those on the Saucony Ride 8, but this is mostly because the Saucony Omni 14 is meant to be worn by overpronators who need more of such support.

The Saucony Omni 14 continues to add more support at the back of the shoe in the form of a Support Frame that really cups the heel well. The Saucony Ride 8 does not have such a feature.

All in all, you could see the Saucony Omni 14 as the running shoe that provides more support in its upper than the Saucony Ride 8.

The midsoles of the Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Omni 14 are similar in that they make use of the same type of cushioning.

Their construction is also similar, since both running shoes have a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe around the lateral side to the midfoot thereby providing you with softer landings as well as a smooth transition to toe-off.

In terms of the amount of cushioning, both the Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Omni 14 have a very cushy forefoot, but running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Ride 8 provides more heel cushioning than the Saucony Omni 14, which provides an average amount that is not too soft or too firm.

The main difference in the midsoles is the larger piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the Saucony Omni 14 that is used to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

Because neutral runners do not need such support, the Saucony Ride 8 does not have a medial post in its midsole.

Both the Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Ride 8 provide a good amount of ground contact, but when looking at the outsoles, you can see that the Saucony Omni 14 has a much wider outsole especially around the midfoot.

Therefore, the Saucony Omni 14 is better suited to accommodate runners who have somewhat larger or broader feet, since it provides a more stable platform to stand on.

The outsoles look very similar in contruction, but the Saucony Ride 8 has a larger degree of separation between its rubber pods in the forefoot, which tends to benefit flexibility.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Ride 8 is the more flexible running shoe of the two. While the difference in flexibility is not that great for men, it should be more noticeable to women.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 8 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the Saucony Omni 14 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Ride 8 weighs about 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the Saucony Omni 14 for men weighs 10.5 oz (298 grams).

Making a decision between the Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Ride 8 is not that difficult. If you know that you are an overpronator who needs lots of support and stability, then the Saucony Omni 14 would be the one to look into.

And if you do not need much support and stability, but are rather looking for a running shoe that can provide you with a soft and smooth ride, then the Saucony Ride 8 could offer you what you are looking for.

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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