Saucony Ride 8 vs. Saucony Guide 8 review

Saucony Ride 8 provides a soft ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Guide 8 is a stable and supportive running shoe with a good amount of cushioning and not too heavy.

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The Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Guide 8 may look a lot like each other, but they fall in two entirely different categories with the Saucony Guide 8 intended to provide what the Saucony Ride 8 provides, but then with stability and support added.

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The first big difference between the Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Guide 8 can be found in the upper, where the Saucony Ride 8 has very light FlexFilm overlays running in the front half of the shoe, and where the Saucony Guide predominantly implements traditional stitched-on overlays.

Stitched-on overlays are more supportive than no-sew overlays, and since the Saucony Guide 8 is meant to provide support, it makes use of them.

The Saucony Ride 8 is meant to provide cushioning to neutral runners, who do not need much support. That being said, the Saucony Ride 8 does have traditional stitched-on overlays on the medial side and at the back of the shoe to provide you with good support in those areas.

The Saucony Guide 8 also has no-sew overlays running over its toe box to provide you with structural support there while not constricting your feet too much.

All in all, you can expect to get more support from the upper of the Saucony Guide 8 than you would get from that of the Saucony Ride 8.

The Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Guide 8 offer a similar amount of cushioning with the Saucony Ride 8 having just a bit more, but not a whole lot.

This is probably because both running shoes make use of the same type of midsole, a PowerGrid midsole, that provides heel to toe cushioning.

Their midsole thicknesses differ by 0.7 – 1.6 mm, but the Saucony Guide 8 has a larger heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Ride 8, so the Saucony Guide 8 should feel more like a performance runnning shoe than the Saucony Ride 8.

The big difference between the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Ride 8 can be found on the medial side of the midsole, where the Saucony Guide 8 has a piece of firmer foam to control overpronation.

The Saucony Ride 8 does not have this, since it is not meant to provide runners with stability and support like the Saucony Guide 8 is intended to.

The other stability feature in the midsole of the Saucony Guide 8 comes in the form of a crash pad under the heel that runs along the lateral side to the midfoot to join the forefoot.

The Saucony Ride 8, while not being a stability running shoe, also implements a crash pad under its heel similar to the Saucony Guide 8.

The medial post in the Saucony Guide 8 is reinforced by a small piece of midfoot shank on the medial side. This midfoot shank does not entirely touch the ground.

The Saucony Ride 8 does not have such a midfoot shank and offers full ground contact. Therefore, the ride you get from the Saucony Ride 8 might be a bit smoother than that of the Saucony Guide 8, but not by much, since both running shoes offer good ground contact on the lateral side.

While the rubber outsoles of the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Ride 8 look very similar to each other where their configuration is concerned, they do differ a bit in the forefoot area where the cuts in the rubber are concerned.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Ride 8 is much more flexible than the Saucony Guide 8, which is quite stiff especially for men. The Saucony Ride 8 while flexible for both genders, is very flexible for women.

There is also a small difference in placement of rubber on the medial side of the outsole, but the good segmentation in both outsoles should allow shock to be efficiently absorbed.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Ride 8 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 8 being the lighter one.

Making a choice between the Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Guide 8 is not that difficult. They both offer about the same amount of cushioning, but if you are an overpronator, so need stability and support, the Saucony Guide 8 would be the way to go.

And if you do not need any kind of stabilty or support and are looking for a pretty flexible and cushy running shoe, then the Saucony Ride 8 could fit the bill.

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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