Verdict from 11 experts and +100 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Some mentioned that the Guide 8 is durable.
  • It has reliable grip especially while running on wet surfaces.
  • Many liked the new looks of the shoe.
  • The Saucony Guide 8 provides enough support.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the shoe's cushioning is too firm for them.
  • The tongue is annoying because it keeps moving while running.
  • Some runners mentioned that the shoe is too narrow for them.
  • Not a fast shoe.

Bottom line

The Saucony Guide 8 is a daily trainer that delivers right amount of stability, support and durability. It is a well cushioned shoe that is highly reliable when used for short distance runs and daily training. Some users were happy with the shoe's design and performance but there were also who are disappointed. In summary, the Guide 8 still needs some improvement.

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Good to know

  • Updated feature of the shoe is the plush cushioning system. Both the forefoot and the heel areas are designed with a plush cushioning system. The Super Rebound Cushioning Impact Zone in the midsole is updated also by extending it to the mid-foot.
  • Another update made in the Guide 8 is its upper design by placing seamless overlays on the sides and top to accommodate runners with bunions. There is a bunion window in this version that is open and reduced constriction.

The Saucony Guide 8 has a size availability of 7 to 14 for men’s version and 5 to 12 for the women’s version. For the width, the Guide 8 is available in standard width for men’s version and narrow to wide for the women’s version.

The outsole of the Guide 8 is designed with IBR+ materials. This construction provides a durable and more responsive outsole, and with the use of rubber lugs under the heel and forefoot area, this shoe is a versatile one for a wide range of activities on different terrains. The IBR+ is also utilized in the 10th version of the Saucony Guide and in other well-known Saucony shoes for running.

The Saucony Guide 8 still has the dual density SSL EVA foam midsole on the medial side of the shoe and this is for added firmness and responsiveness. This is intended to provide pronation control.

The full-length PowerGrid is also used and placed in the center of the midsole and this is intended to keep the shoe responsive while it helps reduce pressure by absorbing shock.

The midsole is also equipped with the same SRC Impact Zone, but it is extended to the mid-foot in this version.

The upper has the spacer mesh, synthetic overlays, and hot melt overlays. The seamless design maintains a lightweight upper material while the mesh materials and overlays provide breathability, comfort, and support, as well as accommodation for runners with bunions.

The toe box is a bit wider in this version, making it very enjoyable, especially for runners with large sizes. Saucony also make it less constricted for added comfort.

There are also some reflective details on the synthetic overlays in the heel and vamp part for visibility when running even on low-light locations.


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