Saucony Ride 8 vs. Saucony Kinvara 6 review

Saucony Ride 8 provides a soft ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Kinvara 6 provides a responsive ride to runners who want to feel light and fast on racing day.

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The Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Kinvara 6 fall in the same running shoe category of neutral cushioning running shoes. They look a lot like each other in their features and properties, but differ slightly.

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Both the Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Kinvara 6 have no-sew overlays in their uppers and other stabilizing features.

The Saucony Kinvara 6 has a band on the medial and lateral sides that wraps the midfoot to provide support there.

The Saucony Ride 8 has some stitched-on overlays on the medial side of its upper to provide support there.

However, both running shoes have very thin no-sew overlays running in the frontal part of the upper to really keep the forefoot open and free, minimize irritation, and provide comfort.

The Saucony Ride 8 also has stitched-on pieces at the back and front of the shoe, while the Saucony Kinvara 6 has no-sew overlays in those areas.

While the Saucony Ride 8 may appear to have a more supportive upper due to its stitched-on overlays in all the right places, the Saucony Kinvara 6 provides enough support to keep your foot on the platform, especially due to the midfoot bands.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 6 and the Saucony Ride 8 provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their PowerGrid midsoles.

However, the midsole of the Saucony Ride 8 is thicker than that of the Saucony Kinvara 6 in both the heel and the forefoot, so the Saucony Ride 8 sits higher off the ground.

The Saucony Ride 8 also has a larger heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Kinvara 6. The difference is 2.7 mm for men and 2.8 mm for women.

So all in all, the Saucony Kinvara 6 brings you closer to the ground, so has the potential to make you feel faster.

A thinner midsole does not always mean a less cushy running shoe, though, since running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Kinvara 6 does not lag far behind the Saucony Ride 8 where cushioning is concerned.

For women, the Saucony Ride 8 turns out to be more cushy than the Saucony Kinvara 6, but not by a whole lot. For men, the Saucony Ride 8 has a slightly more cushy forefoot, but the Saucony Kinvara 6 passes it in the amount of heel cushioning.

The difference in cushioning between the two running shoes is not significant according to lab tests. However, Saucony says that the cushioning of the Saucony Kinvara 6 is firm and responsive, and that of the Saucony Ride 8 is plush.

The biggest difference between the two running shoes can be found in the outsole, where the Saucony Ride 8 has more rubber than the Saucony Kinvara 6.

The layout of the rubber compartments is also slightly different, especially in the forefoot. Most of the rubber of the Saucony Kinvara 6 is located in high-wear areas such as on the lateral side and in the center of the forefoot.

More rubber means more durability, so the Saucony Ride 8 can be seen as a more durable running shoe than the Saucony Kinvara 6.

Both running shoes provide full ground contact thereby increasing the chances of providing you with smoother heel-to-toe-transitions.

Running shoe lab tests do not show much difference in flexibility between the men's versions of the Saucony Kinvara 6 and the Saucony Ride 8.

However, for women, the Saucony Kinvara 6 turns out to be much more flexible than the Saucony Ride 8, although the Saucony Ride 8 displays above average flexibility.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 6 weighs approximately 6.5 oz (184 grams) and the Saucony Ride 8 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 7.8 oz (221 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 6 being the lighter one.

The Saucony Ride 8 is a good running shoe for neutral runners looking to get a soft ride on long runs, while the Saucony Kinvara 6 suits those who are looking for a running shoe that is light and can make them feel fast during a race.

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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