Facts

  • 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 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

    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
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 5.9oz
    Women: 5.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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  • 88 / 100 | Doctors of Running

    These are definitely worth a look for your training and racing needs for those looking at faster and shorter distances.

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Updates to Saucony Type A8

  • Always a dependable race-day shoe, the Saucony Type A series levels up with the Type A8. It caters to runners who want a shoe that enhances speed and allows a protective and secure fit for an absolute race day performance.
  • The shoe’s most noticeable upgrade is the upper. Now with an engineered mesh, each foot gets a customized fit and an ample opportunity for natural movement. It also gets a revamped, low-profile construction.
  • The midsole and outsole of the Type A8 remain the same as the previous iteration. The Saucony SuperLite (SSL) ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam, XT-900 carbon rubber, and the IBR+ forefoot flex elements are all still present to bring the tried-and-tested efficiency of the Type A series.

Saucony Type A8 size and fit

The Saucony Type A8 has the ideal construction of a race-day shoe: narrow at the forefoot and midfoot for a snug fit, and moderate at the heel for natural mobility. The shoe is available in medium width, but with its low toe box height, runners might want to go up a half-size if they prefer more room for toe splay.

Outsole

The Type A8 uses XT-900 as its outsole. It is one of three variants of Saucony’s carbon rubber outsole of increasing levels. XT-900 is a mid-level material that offers moderate traction and protection on the high-wear areas.

In the forefoot area is the IBR+, which stands for Injection Blown Rubber, an element that is 33% lighter and more cushioned in contrast with the typical blown rubber. This feature enables a flexible toe-off, thus resulting in quick turnaround time. The IBR+ is also present in the Saucony Ride 10.

Midsole

Saucony’s SSL EVA is a premium material that brings maximum rebound inside a minimal weight. The SSL EVA gives the shoe durable and resilient properties, which, in turn, improves the running economy. What this means is that the runner is more efficient in utilizing the necessary energy for running.

Upper

The engineered mesh upper of the Saucony Type A8 permits for a dynamic and seamless fit. As it supplies an almost second-skin feel, the foot is encouraged to move according to correct biomechanics and without inhibitions.

The shoe also has FlexFilm, a thin, welded film that acts as a supportive unit to the upper. With FlexFilm, the need for extra layers – such as overlays – become unnecessary, emerging in a trail runner that is adaptive and streamlined.


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