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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 9.4oz
Women: 8.5oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most runners were impressed with the shoe’s FlexFilm upper which gives an adequate fit without sacrificing weight.
  • A few users noticed that the Ride 8 has a more appealing design than its predecessors.
  • Many reviewers took note of the shoe's flexibility.
  • The mid-sole unit is essentially a smorgasbord of great technologies that would help the runner move forward in a much more efficient way.
  • The durability of this 8th version of the series is also lauded.
  • The outsole has components that improve traction and protection against abrasion.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Sauncony Ride 8 his slightly expensive.
  • There were testers who thought that the forefoot area also deserved more cushioning because the systems were mostly found in the heel and mid-foot sections.
  • Some runners noted that the Open Mesh upper isn’t as breathable as intended, making their feet warmer inside.

Bottom line

Many athletes recognized the Ride 8 because of its moderate weight, great heel cushioning, and overall durability. It’s a neutral running footwear that anyone can pick up and enjoy. It may just be the perfect shoe for runners who are looking for a dependable daily trainer.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 504 ratings

5 star
72%
4 star
15%
3 star
5%
2 star
4%
1 star
4%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 83 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Midsole a mite softer, and a slightly narrower forefoot upper than the 2014 model - that's the Ride 8 for you. 

  • 82 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    The outsole is wonderfully packed with a mix of rubber patches. Most of the outsole is Saucony’s iBR+ rubber that is 33% lighter and provides more cushioning than standard blown rubber.

  • 83 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    It seemed like you could feel the 8 compress upon contact, roll forward through a couple of transition points and then rebound at toe-off.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Magazine • Canadian Running • Level 4 expert

    This well-constructed neutral trainer continues its legacy with a nice addition to the upper.

  • 86 / 100 by Foot Pro • Foot Pro • Level 3 expert

    The difference in weight is noticeable, Ride 8 is 266 grams as opposed to the Guide 9 which is 275 grams.

  • 85 / 100 by Endurance Magazine • Mwangi Gitahi • Level 3 expert

    The Ride 8 is a durable trainer designed for both speed and for higher mileage.

  • 84 / 100 by Run Haven • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    The breathable upper also features reflectivity and stretch lacing for dynamic comfort and impressive security.

  • 78 / 100 by The Running Centre • The Running Centre • Level 3 expert

    This can lead the Ride to possess a slightly wider feel than other neutral shoes, so ensure you are testing for any sideways movement at the front of the shoe when trying the Ride on.

  • 84 / 100 by Running Ramble • Chris Johnson • Level 2 expert

    They felt soft and provided a gentle foot plant, not squishy, but you could definitely feel the cushioning.

  • 84 / 100 by Rebecca • Rebecca • Level 2 expert

    They have a great amount of cushion while still allowing your feet to do their job.

  • 78 / 100 by Running Ramble • Chris Johnson • Level 2 expert

    Runners can expect an exceptionally smooth and responsive feel that this franchise model is famous for

  • 100 / 100 by Half Tri-ing • Kevin • Level 1 expert

    This a great overall shoe for someone who can wear a normal fitting shoe. I highly recommend these shoes.

  • 95 / 100 by See Becca Try to Tri • See Becca Try to Tri • Level 1 expert

    If you are looking for a solid reliable neutral shoe, give the Ride 8s a ride! They have a great amount of cushion while still allowing your feet to do their job.

  • 90 / 100 by Run Lens • Run Lens • Level 1 expert

    Highly recommend it as a trainer or for marathons if you can't handle flats.

  • 85 / 100 by Footwear Advisor • Footwear Advisor • Level 1 expert

    When compared to similarly priced running shoes, this footwear offers much more in its construction and design.

  • 82 / 100 by Run Society • Aidan • Level 1 expert

    The shoe's 8mm heel-to-toe offset positions the foot during impact in a way that creates a greater range of motion for the Gastrocnemius-Soleus-Achilles tendon system, allowing for a more powerful running stride.

  • 81 / 100 by Hunting Fit • Hunting Fit • Level 1 expert

    I have high arches which are comfortably supported and while not the lightest shoes on the market they are certainly not the heaviest

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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.


Outsole

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. It’s also able to give traction to the wearer.

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.


Midsole

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.


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.

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.