Saucony Ride 9 vs. Saucony Kinvara 8 review

Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Kinvara 8 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast.

The Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 are both neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony for runners who do not need any kind of stability or support.

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The uppers of the Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Kinvara 8 differ in that the Saucony Ride 9 covers more of the upper with no-sew overlays than the Saucony Kinvara 8 does.

This increases the amount of support provided by the Saucony Ride 9 but also gives you a tighter fit, especially in the forefoot.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with less no-sew overlays but has a strap as an underlay that wraps the midfoot to increase the amount of support there and provide a secure fit.

The bunion window of the Saucony Kinvara 8 is also more open and free than that of the Saucony Ride 9, which should increase the amount of comfort in the toe box.

The Saucony Ride 9 comes with stitched on overlays around the heel to increase the amount of support there.

While the Saucony Kinvara 8 does not come with stitched-on overlays, it does provide some extra support on the medial side of the upper at the side of the heel.

All in all, both running shoes should be able to keep your foot on the platform, with the Saucony Kinvara 8 providing lightweight support while maintaining comfort. The upper of the Saucony Ride 9 might prove to be a bit more durable, though.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Ride 9 come with EVERUN at the top of their midsoles, but whereas Saucony lists the type of cushioning provided by the Saucony Ride 9 as being moderately cushioned, the Saucony Kinvara 8 is listed as being firm and responsive.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 was built for runners who want to go fast and feel light, which is why that type of cushioning was used.

However, when you look at the results from running shoe lab tests, there are almost no differences to be noted between the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Ride 9 have a very cushy forefoot for both men and women and come with a somewhat less cushy heel that still lies way above average.

The difference in cushioning between the two running shoes is very minimal with the Saucony Kinvara 8 displaying a tiny advantage over the Saucony Ride 9.

However, by looking at the cushioning profiles you could think that you were looking at the same running shoe, so whether you choose one or the other, you should be able to get a soft ride from either.

While the crash pad of the Saucony Ride 9 is more evident and pronounced, the Saucony Kinvara 8 also comes with a landing area under its heel on the lateral side.

Both running shoes also provide a good amount of ground contact, which should help you to better transition from heel-strike to toe-off and to smoothen your ride.

The outsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Ride 9 differ quite a bit, with the main difference being that the Saucony Ride 9 comes with more rubber in its outsole than the Saucony Kinvara 8.

This means that the outsole of the Saucony Ride 9 is a bit more durable than that of the Saucony Kinvara 8.

However, the Saucony Kinvara 8 has rubber in high-wear areas so only where it is needed to add a bit of durability while still maintaining the lightness and flexibility of the running shoe.

Both running shoes come with a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, but running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Kinvara 8 is extremely flexible for both men and women, while the Saucony Ride 9 is somewhat stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 8 weighs approximately 6.8 oz (193 grams) and the Saucony Ride 9 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 8.0 oz (227 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 8 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Saucony Kinvara 8 or the Saucony Ride 9.

The Saucony Ride 9 is good for those runners who are not concerned with going fast but rather with going for long runs.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 is good for runners who are concerned about going fast and who want to feel light during performance runs.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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