Saucony Ride 8 Shoe Review

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The Saucony Ride 8 falls into the category of a neutral running shoe. I ran for a very long time in a stability shoe but as my running got stronger I felt more comfortable in a neutral shoe. I am not kidding when I tell you I think I ran in 4-6 pairs of the Ride 7s prior to the 8’s. They were a really great shoe for me.

So when the Ride 8s came out I was very excited to try them. I was hoping for a bit more cushion for a smoother run but not at the sake of becoming a big bulky spongy shoe. They nailed it!


Early run in the Ride 8s…these will work nicely!

The Ride 8s provided me with all the support but flexibility my running required. The upper is made of a consistent material, which for me is good. I find that if there are differences in the material of the upper (top of the shoe) it ends up rubbing on my foot differently. I had that experience with the ISO Triumphs. LOVED the shoes and support but the upper just hit me wrong and gave me blisters.

I found the Ride 8s to be a more cushioned run than the Ride 7s but they still allow for more natural foot motion than a stability shoe.

Another thing I love about Saucony in general is their shoes are consistently produced. I know I can start a new pair a week before a big race like and Ironman, and not be concerned that there will be a problem.


Ride 8s serving me well at Ironman Boulder

If you are looking for a solid reliable neutral shoe, give the Ride 8s a ride! They have a great amount of cushion while still allowing your feet to do their job.

Here are some of the details from Saucony’s website:

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*My first pair of Ride 8s was provided by Saucony but I have purchased more since. I needed the pink pair to match my kit!



    1. I am reading your Zealot review right now! The ISO premium shoes are nice but the uppers rub my foot wrong. I tried the Triumphs and had to return them. The Ride8 fall in nicely between the premium shoes and the light weight Kinvaras. I will be reviewing the Breakthrus next. Really digging them!

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