Saucony Ride 8 vs. Saucony Kinvara 7 review

Saucony Ride 8 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Kinvara 7 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast.

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The Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 are both neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony with the biggest difference between them being EVERUN and that one is for long runs and the other for performance runs.

While the Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with an upper that consists of mesh and no-sew overlays, the Saucony Ride 8 has an upper that consists of mesh, very light welded-on overlays, and stitched-on overlays on the medial side and at the front and back of the shoe.

Stitched-on overlays are generally more supportive than no-sew overlays, but because the Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with bands on the medial and lateral sides of the shoe that can be adjusted through the saddle, it provides a good hold around the midfoot.

But compared to the Saucony Kinvara 7, the Saucony Ride 8 provides lots of support behind the heel.

And despite the very light overlays that are plentiful in the front part of the Saucony Ride 8, its forefoot is quite open. However, the Saucony Kinvara 7 implements similar light welded-on overlays as the Saucony Ride 8 in the forefoot so should offer a similar degree of comfort.

The midsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Ride 8 differ in that the Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with an EVERUN heel insert of softer foam.

The Saucony Ride 8 does not come with EVERUN. For that you would have to look into the Saucony Ride 9.

However, the Saucony Ride 8 still provides a good amount of cushioning, according to running shoe lab tests.

For women, the Saucony Ride 8 is overall more cushy than the Saucony Kinvara 7 in both the heel and the forefoot.

While the Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with quite a bit of cushioning in its forefoot, it provides a somewhat below average amount of heel cushioning to women.

For men, the cushioning profile is a bit different. Here the Saucony Kinvara 7 turns out to be more cushy than the Saucony Ride 8 in the heel, where both provide an above average amount of heel cushioning.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in both running shoes and is on the high side.

The Saucony Ride 8 sits a bit higher off the ground than the Saucony Kinvara 7, so you will get a bit more protection from the road when wearing the Saucony Ride 8. It is a good running shoe for longer runs.

The Saucony Ride 8 has about 4 mm more midsole thickness than the Saucony Kinvara 7 in the forefoot for women and 2 mm for men. The extra midsole thickness is about 4 mm in the heel for women and 3 mm in the heel for men.

The heel-to-toe drop in the Saucony Kinvara 7 is about 6.2 mm for women and 6.5 for men. The heel-to-toe drop in the Saucony Ride 8 is about 7.1 mm for women and 7.8 for men, so you will still get a performance feel from the Saucony Ride 8 despite it not being a performance running shoe.

Neither the Saucony Kinvara 7 nor the Saucony Ride 8 are meant to provide support because they are geared toward neutral runners.

However, they provide a good amount of stability due to the amount of ground contact they provide and the crash pad under the heel, but running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Kinvara 7 as the one that provides the most stability.

Another big difference between the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Ride 8 can be found in the outsole, where the Saucony Kinvara 7 has a minimum amount of rubber. Rubber can only be found in high-wear areas under the Saucony Kinvara 7.

This makes the Saucony Kinvara 7 lighter but somewhat less durable than the Saucony Ride 8, which has a good amount of rubber in its outsole.

The outsole of the Saucony Ride 8 is also well separated. This should help with shock absorption and dissipation as well as flexibility.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Kinvara 7 is somewhat stiff for both men and women, while the Saucony Ride 8 displays more flexibility for both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs approximately 6.6 oz (187 grams) and the Saucony Ride 8 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 7.7 oz (218 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 7 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable, soft, and smooth ride from a running shoe in which you can run miles and miles, you may want to look into the Saucony Ride 8.

And if you are looking for a running shoe that you can run in on race day, the Saucony Kinvara 7 could serve that purpose because it is lighter than the Saucony Ride 8 and brings you closer to the ground to go faster.

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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