DiscontinuedUpdate: Saucony Guide 10
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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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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WeightMen: 9.9ozWomen: 8.4oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
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.
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, WideWomen: Narrow, Normal, Wide
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While it scored superlow in flexibility, the upturned toe helps you roll off the well-cushioned forefoot.
Guide 8 carries forward the near entirety of Guide 7’s form and character, making both of them virtually indistinguishable during runs. There’s a nip here and a tuck there, but none too major enough to sway the boat.
The Saucony Guide 8 is a durable and stable everyday trainer with minimal updates in the new edition. It is best for runners looking for a highly durable and well cushioned shoe.
After trying on the Guide 8, we felt that the fit and feel was very similar to the Guide 7. The weight had only been reduced slightly, which wasn’t noticeable at first.
Stability in this shoe comes from a molded and contoured sock liner, which cradles the arch while providing cushioning to the heel, and a medial post in the midsole to support the arch.
They have served me well on my long distance runs and short sprints. I’ve even taken them “off road”, along gravel paths and up sides of hills. There are of course better options for going off-road, but these can handle the less technical trails without any issues.
- Updated feature of the shoe is the plush cushioning system. Both the forefoot and the heel areas are designed with a plush cushioning system. The Super Rebound Cushioning Impact Zone in the midsole is updated also by extending it to the mid-foot.
- Another update made in the Guide 8 is its upper design by placing seamless overlays on the sides and top to accommodate runners with bunions. There is a bunion window in this version that is open and reduced constriction.
The Saucony Guide 8 has a size availability of 7 to 14 for men’s version and 5 to 12 for the women’s version. For the width, the Guide 8 is available in standard width for men’s version and narrow to wide for the women’s version.
The outsole of the Guide 8 is designed with IBR+ materials. This construction provides a durable and more responsive outsole, and with the use of rubber lugs under the heel and forefoot area, this shoe is a versatile one for a wide range of activities on different terrains. The IBR+ is also utilized in the 10th version of the Saucony Guide and in other well-known Saucony shoes for running.
The Saucony Guide 8 still has the dual density SSL EVA foam midsole on the medial side of the shoe and this is for added firmness and responsiveness. This is intended to provide pronation control.
The full-length PowerGrid is also used and placed in the center of the midsole and this is intended to keep the shoe responsive while it helps reduce pressure by absorbing shock.
The midsole is also equipped with the same SRC Impact Zone, but it is extended to the mid-foot in this version.
The upper has the spacer mesh, synthetic overlays, and hot melt overlays. The seamless design maintains a lightweight upper material while the mesh materials and overlays provide breathability, comfort, and support, as well as accommodation for runners with bunions.
The toe box is a bit wider in this version, making it very enjoyable, especially for runners with large sizes. Saucony also make it less constricted for added comfort.
There are also some reflective details on the synthetic overlays in the heel and vamp part for visibility when running even on low-light locations.