Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$90
Weight
Men: 6.5oz
Women: 5.8oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The soft mesh upper of the Fastwitch 8 is one of the biggest reasons why some runners loved the comfortable feel of this shoe.
  • It is a value for the money investment, based on the comments of several reviewers.
  • It is significantly lighter than the previous model.
  • The upper gets a boost in breathability because of the large and numerous holes.
  • According to a few testers, the outsole is very grippy, even in wet conditions.
  • A handful of reviewers loved the more forgiving cushioning as it allows them to take the shoe for longer runs.
  • The lightweight support is enough for neutrals and mild over pronators to enjoy.
  • There is substantially more reflective details in this shoe.
  • It runs true to size, as noted by some runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • There is only one color option as of the current release.
  • A few claimed that the heel section does not hold their foot as well as the previous edition of this shoe.

Bottom line

The 8th instalment of the Fastwitch is a very light race day shoe that gets a little more cushioning for runs ranging from 5 to 10K’s. For very efficient and elite runners, this could be a superb option for half marathons as the lightweight stability keeps their form throughout the run. Besides having a more forgiving sole, the improved breathability and exceptional grip makes this an excellent option for those who are looking to lower their PRs.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 16 ratings

5 star
56%
4 star
31%
3 star
6%
2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Dan Biagi • Level 2 expert

    Fast and light shoe that offers some degree of stability, ideal for race day, any distance above 800m. Also suitable for track sessions.

  • 87 / 100 by Doctors of Running • Dr. Matthew Klein • Level 5 expert

    "Good job Saucony for knocking this one out of the park!

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Updates to Saucony Fastwitch 8

  • The changes in the 8th iteration of the Fastwitch are limited to the upper. For this version, the welded overlays are replaced with thin, fused versions that are as sturdy as stitched overlays, but without the weight. It is one of the reasons for the significant weight loss.
  • Another change in the upper is the new engineered mesh with larger and more numerous holes for enhanced ventilation. For those who run in humid climates, this shoe should ensure a sweat-free and dry run.
  • For aesthetic appeal, the plastic-like finishing of the earlier version is now more sophisticated. It offers the looks of a shoe that belies its very reasonable price tag.

Saucony Fastwitch 8 size and fit

Saucony brings back the fit of the earlier model in the Fastwitch 8. But, because of the softer mesh in this version, it accommodates various foot types a little better. The shoe offers excellent midfoot locked down while the rear section has decent security throughout every run. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The Fastwitch 8 utilizes Saucony’s brand-exclusive PWRTRAC outsole with its numerous arrow-shaped lugs from the heel to the forefoot for superior traction, even in slick conditions. For flexibility and a smoother ride, a vertical cut from the heel to half the midfoot is carved in the underfoot. There are forefoot flex grooves that give the shoe excellent roll-offs.


Midsole

The midsole is laid with the very light SSL EVA or injection molded EVA with Saucony’s own rubber properties. It covers the length of the midsole for a quick and efficient transition from landing to take off. The Fastwitch 8’s lightweight stability is mainly due to the medial post beneath the arch to curb mild over pronation.


Upper

An engineered mesh that is softer and more breathable covers a large part of the upper. The mesh works hand in hand with the FlexFilm overlays that are very thin, translucent, and fused for a really sophisticated look and lightweight support. An Ortholite Premium Sockliner provides anti-sweat, anti-microbial and anti-odor properties. It also enhances the cushioning of this shoe. A traditional lace-up closure keeps the fit secured until the run is finished.