DiscontinuedUpdate: Saucony Ride 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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WeightMen: 9.4ozWomen: 8.5oz
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.
Heel heightMen: 26mmWomen: 26mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateJun 2015
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The SRC crash pad on the Ride 8 is softer than the 2014 component it substitutes, while retaining similar dimensions and placement. And the insole is softer too, a result of more foam below the laminated top fabric.
Midsole a mite softer, and a slightly narrower forefoot upper than the 2014 model - that's the Ride 8 for you.
The effect of the two aforementioned things on flexibility becomes clear from running shoe lab tests, which rate the Saucony Ride 8 as being the more flexible running shoe of the two for both genders, but especially for women.
This well-constructed neutral trainer continues its legacy with a nice addition to the upper.
Updates to Saucony Ride 8
- If a runner is in the pursuit of a comfortable daily running experience, then the Saucony Ride 8 should be able to give great service to them. Featuring a set of technologies and components that efficiently assist the runner is performing well on the roads, this shoe is reliable and precise in its purpose. It even has the signature appeal of a Saucony shoe because it has a modern design and a set of colorways that are vibrant.
- The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of an open mesh, which encourages air to easily enter the interior foot-chamber to keep the foot cool and dry. A thin film placed over the mesh helps in providing a snug and secure fit to the wearer. A moisture-wicking capability is even added to the internal sleeve, making sure that the cover system won’t be able to retain sweat or water.
- The platform of the 8th version of the Saucony Ride is lightweight and responsive. It features technologies that work together in order to deliver reliable cushioning to the foot. Shock absorption is even viable, because it is capable of handling the impact forces during the foot striking phase. Natural flexibility is still afforded because it doesn’t have a stiff nature.
- The durability of the outsole unit isn’t to be taken lightly. It is very capable of shielding the mid-sole from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. The heel uses a different rubber compound, one that is meant to deliver durable protection and traction with each step. The forefoot area’s rubber is still durable, but it also has the ability to add a bit more cushioning and springiness to set the forefoot area towards a more efficient toe-off.
Saucony Ride 8 size and fit
The Saucony Ride 8 has a regular running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the regular measurements and it’s going to make things easier for men and women. The available width is medium, therefore allowing it to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape assists the runner in acclimating well to it when wearing it.
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 mid-sole 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.
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.
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.
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 mid-sole foam units used in most running shoes.
The SRC Impact Zone is a unit that goes from the heel and ends at the mid-foot area. It attenuates shock while preparing the foot for a better and a much smoother transition through the gait cycle.
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.
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 under-pronators.
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.
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 of bulk to the façade of the shoe.
The RUNDRY collar lining is a fabric that’s able to stave off moisture during the running sessions. It also assists in keeping the heel in place.