Who should buy the Saucony Ride 8

The Saucony Ride series is built for road running activities and is dependable for daily use. Go for the Ride 8 if:

  • You need a running shoe that is comfortable enough for all-day wear
  • You have a moderate to high arch looking for a long-distance running shoe

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Updates to the Ride 8

  • More lightweight platform, but still responsive as ever.
  • An enhanced outsole unit that supplements the responsiveness of the midsole.

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Protective outsole of the Saucony Ride 8

The XT-900 is a carbon rubber material that’s mainly used in the heel area of the Saucony Ride 8. It’s durable and long-lasting, basically protecting the midsole from the potentially harmful effects of surface friction and continued use. The XT-900 is also used in the Saucony Ride 10 for sturdiness and grip.

Saucony Ride 8 xt-900

Grippy outsole enhanced by flexibility

The IBR+ or Injection Blown Rubber is a flexible material in the forefoot section that actually adds a bit more cushioning on top of its traction capability. It gives a bit of a boost to the toe-off, as well.

Saucony Ride 8 grippy

The Ride 8’s effective cushioning system

The SSL EVA or Saucony Super Light ethylene-vinyl acetate foam is a comfortable underfoot cushioning system that is true to its name. Aside from being lightweight, it is able to propel the runner forward efficiently because of its rebound capability.

Responsiveness without sacrificing comfort

The Powergrid is a comfortable mid-sole system that is able to absorb the impact forces when landing the foot on the ground. It makes each step smoother and much easier. It’s even touted to have 20% more cushioning than the standard midsole foam units used in most running shoes.

Saucony Ride 8 outsole

The SRC Impact Zone is a unit that goes from the heel and ends at the midfoot area. It attenuates shock while preparing the foot for a better and a much smoother transition through the gait cycle.

Elements of the Ride 8 that aid natural movement

Flex grooves enhance the platform’s capability to move along with the natural motion of the foot. It’s particularly helpful when it comes to the toe-off phase.

Saucony Ride 8 flex grooves

A molded sock liner called the Comfortlite adds contoured support to the underfoot. It basically adds a bit more cushioning while also making the platform more balanced for neutral runners and even underpronators.

Uniquely constructed upper

The upper unit uses the Open Mesh, which is a soft material that employs an open construction. It basically enables air circulation to keep the foot cool and dry while inside the shoe.

Saucony Ride 8 comfort mesh

The Flex Film Overlays are made of a thin film that’s fused with the main fabric of the upper. They help in providing a snug and secure fit for the wearer’s foot. They’re lightweight, so they won’t add any unnecessary weight to the façade of the shoe.

Saucony Ride 8 overlays

Moisture-wicking feature

The RUNDRY collar lining is a fabric that’s able to stave off moisture during running sessions. It also assists in keeping the heel in place.

Saucony Ride 8 collar

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.4oz / Women 8.5oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Saucony Ride 14
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 26mm

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