The Guide series has been Saucony’s key guidance, or mild stability shoe, for the past several years. Last year’s model, the Guide 7, received some major updates including the addition of the PowerGrid midsole for increased cushioning and a flared-out forefoot for more ground contact and stability upon toe-off.
You can expect these same great features in the Saucony Guide 8, but there will also be some slight changes:
- Saucony has used a hot-melted film to overlay the forefoot, eliminating the need for stitches, which adds unnecessary weight.
- The plastic midfoot shank in the outsole has been trimmed down to a lower profile.
- The modifications above have resulted in the lightest Guide model yet.
- The SRC crash pad has been extended slightly for smoother ground contact and fluid transition from heel to toe.
- Flex grooves in the forefoot have been reconfigured to offer more flexibility.
After trying on the Guide 8, we felt that the fit and feel was very similar to the Guide 7. The weight had only been reduced slightly, which wasn’t noticeable at first. Though we must admit that Saucony is headed in the right direction by focusing on making their core models lighter!
The Saucony Guide 8 is best served for runners who overpronate mildly and only need a moderate amount of stability.
Saucony Guide 8
- Category: Neutral
- Heel Height: 26mm
- Forefoot Height: 18mm
- Men’s Weight (size 9): 9.9 ounces
- Women’s Weight (size 8): 8.4 ounces
- Recommended for: Mild overpronators in need of an every day running shoe
Check out the Saucony Guide 8 for women and the Saucony Guide 8 for men -->