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  • Terrain
    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
    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 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.

    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $140
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.8oz
    Women: 8.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 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 height
    Heel height
    Men: 26mm
    Women: 26mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The GORE-TEX lightweight, waterproof membrane makes up the upper unit of this running shoe.
  • The additional moisture-wicking capability of the inner sleeve was greatly received by reviewers.
  • The mid-sole carries the runner’s foot and ensures a comfortable and well-rounded experience.
  • There were testers who felt that the Ride 8 GTX was true to its size.
  • The robust outsole unit protects the underside of the shoe from abrasion and wear.
  • This shoe has a moderate weight that anyone can get used to.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Ride 8 GTX is a moderately expensive running shoe.
  • There were runners who felt that this shoe was a bit tight for their feet.
  • A few experienced the sole unit break down after a few weeks of use.

Bottom line

The 8th version of the Ride GTX from Saucony is a standard daily running shoe that’s meant for neutral runners. It doesn’t offer such stability or pronation control, but it’s capable of keeping the foot comfortable and safe.

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Expert Reviews

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69 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

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Updates to Saucony Ride 8 GTX

  • Running in any weather won’t become a problem for road runners and adventurers because they have the Saucony Ride 8 GTX as the protective gear for their feet. This running shoe effectively cushions the foot during the running sessions, while also shielding it from the elements, particularly water. A waterproof membrane reliably prevents water infiltration, thus keeping the interior dry and cool at the same time.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe features a material that’s lightweight and very comfortable against the skin. It’s durable enough to protect the foot from debris and other road hazards. Protection from water is also given, as this model also has a waterproof nature. A mix of stitched and thin film overlays help in keeping the foot secure.
  • A comfortable underfoot experience is what the mid-sole unit of the Saucony Ride 8 GTX has to offer. A full-length, lightweight foam delivers plush cushioning that’s also very durable. Shock absorption is also made possible because it’s part of what this shoe’s mid-sole is capable of. Though it is moderately thick, the platform isn’t stiff and, by being so, allows the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle.
  • The outsole unit of the Saucony Ride 8 GTX features two different rubber technologies that work in tandem to deliver high quality performance to the wearer. The rear section features a sturdier rubber unit that’s made to shield the shoe from wear and tear, while the forefoot area employs a more responsive compound that adds a bit more cushioning.

Saucony Ride 8 GTX size and fit

The Saucony Ride GTX 8 has a standard running shoe length. The sizing scheme follows the regular measurements, thus enabling men and women to easily choose the right one that’s going to fit their preferences. The width is medium. Its semi-curved shape adheres naturally to the shape of the human foot.


Outsole

The rear section of the outsole unit uses XT-900, which is made from carbon rubber. It shields the shoe from the potentially harmful nature of surface friction and continued use. It also gives traction to the runner, ensuring reliable surface control.

The IBR+ or Injection Blown Rubber is a very lightweight material that’s placed in the front area of the outsole. It adds a bit more cushioning to every step, while also diving protection and traction.


Midsole

The SSL EVA or Saucony Super Light Ethylene vinyl acetate foam is made from a high quality compound that’s expectedly lightweight and responsive. It cushions the foot well throughout the gait cycle, keeping it comfortable and well-supported. It has a rebound feature, so the foot gets a boost when lifting off the ground.

The Powergrid is a full-length cushioning system that has a grid design. It’s responsible for handling the impact forces that come with each foot strike. It makes every step more comfortable and free from underfoot impact shock.

A Vertical Flex Groove makes the forefoot of this running shoe more flexible. It helps the runner achieve a more natural and efficient toe off.

The sock liner has been treated with DWR. It is able to resist water, keeping the immediate underfoot platform dry and cool. Traversing wet surfaces won’t affect the underfoot cushioning system with the help of this add-on.


Upper

The GORE-TEX® is a waterproof material that’s used to keep this shoe highly protected from water infiltration. It basically improves the confidence of the runners when it comes to going on runs in wet weather. Even muddy surfaces and puddles won’t hinder the efficacy of this shoe’s upper unit.

The Flex Film Overlay System is made from a thin film that’s welded directly to the upper unit. It assists the fabrics in hugging the foot and providing a snug fit.

The RUNDRY Collar Lining keeps the heel in place while delivering anti-moisture properties.

Reflective coating allows this shoe to be seen when used under low-light conditions. Light is reflected against the upper, making the runner visible, especially during nighttime exercises and running sessions.