Who should buy the Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat

The Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat is a wallet-friendly spike best recommended for:

  • beginner XC runners who need a reliable spike for training and races
  • all-level cross country athletes who look for an affordable spike that delivers a solid performance on shorter races

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Who should not buy the shoe

This XC shoe is not for first-time spike wearers who have a wide foot. Testers of the shoe will not recommend it if you have wide or even normal width feet. It would be best to look for a different shoe.

Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat Who should not buy the shoe

For competitive cross country runners, they should better look for more elite XC spikes such as the Carrera XC or the Havoc XC from the same Saucony brand. They weigh less (about 1.5 ounces) than the Kilkenny XC8 and provide a better fit. 

Provides moderate support 

The Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat is a moderately supportive and lightweight cross country shoe created to provide sufficient comfort during competition and training sessions.

Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat Provides moderate support 

It features state-of-the-art materials that made it lighter and more comfortable compared to most XC spikes in the same price range. 

Kilkenny XC8 Flat enhances speed and performance 

The overall construction of the Kilkenny XC8 allows runners to focus on speed and performance.

Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat enhances speed and performance 

One reviewer said that the XC flat gives him a boost in speed to dominate the dirt during a cross country season. 

A little narrow around the arch of the foot 

Utilizing a full textile upper, this XC shoe offers a more relaxed glove-like fit, which is perfect for first-time spike wearers.

Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat A little narrow around the arch of the foot 

“My only complaint,” one reviewer writes, “is it is a little narrow around the arch of the foot.” This is probably by design thanks to the minds behind the Kilkenny XC8 who created it to suit narrow-footed speedy runners. 

Affordable price range

At an affordable price range, the Kilkenny XC8 flat is not only effective at tearing up cross country courses but also on the track.

Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat Affordable price range

A runner, who used the shoe for 800 to 1500-meter races, was surprised the XC8 flat made him run faster than his track spikes.

Offers moderate traction

Like many XC spikes, the Kilkenny XC8 flat offers moderate traction, thanks to its light-weight EVA foam midsole, as well as carbon rubber outsole.

Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat Offers moderate traction

3D printed overlays integrated in the overall construction provide sufficient support, while at the same time keeping the shoe lightweight.

Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat is a breathable shoe 

Lastly, 360-degree breathable mesh upper gives the XC8 flat the finishing touches. This allows a good amount of air flow in the interior.

Saucony Kilkenny XC8 Flat a breathable shoe 

Unlike some other XC shoes, the Kilkenny offers a relaxed fit that makes it a solid choice for beginners.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 4.6oz / Women 4oz
Base model: Saucony Kilkenny XC8
Closure: Lace-up
Event: Running
Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Wood, Rubber, Grass, Indoor
Use: Cross Country
BRAND Brand: Saucony

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Zack Dunn
Zack Dunn

I race distances between 800 meters and 10K whether it be on the track, the roads, or on cross country courses. My typical training consists of easy days, long days, workouts (fartleks, tempos, interval training, etc.). My typical training paces range from 7’30 a mile on easy days to sub-5 minutes a mile on fast interval days, and with many paces in between. I run anywhere from 40-60 miles a week. My personal bests are 2:00 for 800m, 4:30 for 1600m, 9:50 for 3200m, 15:57 for 5K, and 34:10 for 10K.