Saucony Ride 8 vs. 7 review

Saucony Ride 7 provides a soft and smooth ride to high-mileage runners. Saucony Ride 8 has upped the level of comfort with more flexibility and a light, strikingly-looking upper...

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The Saucony Ride 8 is the updated version of the Saucony Ride 7, which is a top neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony.

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The first thing you will notice about the Saucony Ride 8 is the way it looks.

And there is where most of the changes between the Saucony Ride 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 7 can be found. That is, in the upper.

While Saucony has kept most of the way the overlays were running in the upper of the Saucony Ride 7, especially the stitched-on overlays that were located from the midfoot running to the back of the shoe, they replaced the overlays in the front half of the shoe with very light FlexFilm no-sew overlays.

This really opens up the forefoot of the Saucony Ride 8 to provide you with more comfort in that area.

Especially runners who have large bunions would appreciate such a change, since the FlexFilm overlays should feel less constricted than the overlays that the Saucony Ride 7 has running over its toe box.

Do note however that FlexFilm overlays are light, but also slightly less durable and supportive than other more traditional no-sew overlays.

The midsole of the Saucony Ride 8 is similar to that of the Saucony Ride 7. Both have a PowerGrid midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

The crash pad that ran under the heel of the Saucony Ride 7 till the midfoot is also present under the Saucony Ride 8, so there are no differences there.

However, what is different is that the Saucony Ride 8 sits just a little higher off the ground than the Saucony Ride 7 for men. The difference in height is negligible for women.

In addition, running shoe labs tests have shown a difference in the amount of cushioning delivered by the two running shoes. While both the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Ride 8 have about the same amout of heel cushioning, the Saucony Ride 8 has a little bit more forefoot cushioning for men.

For women, the two running shoes offer about the same amount of forefoot cushioning, but the Saucony Ride 8 has more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 7.

For men, the difference in cushioning can be said to be minimal with both running shoes having a very cushy forefoot. For women, the difference may be noticeable with the Saucony Ride 8 being extremely plush in both the heel and the forefoot.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Ride 7 look very similar to each other. They both have good separation between the rubber compartments for good shock absorption and dissipation, and offer full ground contact for smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

However, there is a slight difference in how the rubber is cut in the forefoot area. The rubber pods of the Saucony Ride 8 have larger grooves in them than those of the Saucony Ride 7.

This may have benefitted the Saucony Ride 8 to be more flexible than the Saucony Ride 7, which is a pretty stiff running shoe. For women, the Saucony Ride 8 now offers above average flexibility.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 8 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the Saucony Ride 7 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 8 being a bit heavier than the Saucony Ride 7.

If you are looking to switch or upgrade to the Saucony Ride 8 from the Saucony Ride 7, you can do so knowing that not much has changed.

You will get a more comfortable and flexible running shoe in the Saucony Ride 8 compared to the Saucony Ride 7. And women should get a softer running experience from the Saucony Ride 8. If nothing else, just the look of the Saucony Ride 8 may make you want to run in it.

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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