DiscontinuedUpdate: Saucony Ride 9 GTX
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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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 9.8ozWomen: 8.9oz
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
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69 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
As mentioned above, I had to tighten up the lacing of my shoes to get a snug fit. This caused the upper to crinkle up like an expandable garden hose.
This isn’t your daily trainer, but this is your must-have for rainy days.
This winterized version of the popular road-running shoe is ready for urban miles in all the slop winter throws your way.
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.
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.
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.
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.