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.
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WeightMen: 6.5ozWomen: 5.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
Forefoot heightMen: 14mmWomen: 14mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateFeb 2017
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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
Lightweight, Stability & Speed All in One
My first thought when I got these shoes is that they are not for running slow; they are for speed. It should be illegal to go slow with these shoes on.
I came across Saucony have developed their shoes to be more durable than other sole material. As such, if you see signs of deterioration, it means you have run way too much on that shoe.
I think they could last around 600 km, but I would not be surprised if you wanted to dispose them before that mark.
What I like
- Gentle stability
What I dislike
- Tricky to choose the right size
If like me, you are looking for a (very) lightweight shoe that offers some degree of stability, you should definitely go for these.
Also, unless you are an elite, you may find them suitable for track too; obviously not for a 100-meter race, but for distances of 800 m and further, they do their job well.
They are ideal for 5 km and 10 km races but whether you choose to wear them for distances above half marathons is a personal decision.
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"Good job Saucony for knocking this one out of the park!
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.
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.
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.
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.