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Next Generation of Award-Winning Performance Trainer Delivers Smoothest, Most Responsive Ride Yet, Optimizing Runner’s Experience Mile After Mile


LEXINGTON, MA (June 18, 2015) – Ultra-responsiveness isn’t only reserved for racing shoes. Meet the Ride 8, Saucony’s newly updated neutral running shoe that combines the runner-inspired innovations of a high-performance trainer with the highly responsive ride of a track-honed racing shoe.


Saucony, today announces that the Ride 8 experience will soon be available to runners everywhere. The all-new Ride follows in the footsteps of its award-winning predecessor, named “Editor’s Choice” by Runner’s World (Summer 2014). The Ride 8 arrives with even more runner-influenced refinements including an all-new FlexFilm™ upper that enhances fit without adding weight and an improved heel strike zone for a smoother transition from footstrike through toe-off.


“The all-new Ride 8 alters the perception of just how good a performance trainer can feel,” said Pat O’Malley, senior vice president of global product for Saucony. “Our goal was to deliver a perfect synthesis of design elements from its previous version along with our latest technologies to create a benchmark running experience. We listen to runners every day; they continue to tell us that light is right, that lighter is faster. By adding FlexFilm to the Ride 8’s upper we were able to enhance the fit without adding weight. We also fine-tuned the heel area to give runners the smoothest, most responsive ride yet−optimizing their running experience mile after mile.”




Saucony Ride 8

The new Ride 8, weighing in at just 9.4 ounces (men’s size 9), features a reengineered SRC Impact Zone in the heel that extends into the midfoot for improved transition. The midsole of the Ride 8 features the brand’s exclusive full-length PowerGrid™ technology. This advanced foam recipe is 15% lighter and 30% more durable than traditional EVA, providing the ideal blend of cushioning, responsiveness and propulsion. Further helping to reduce weight is the Ride 8’s IBR+™ outsole, an injection-blown rubber compound that is 33 percent lighter than traditional blown rubber.


The Ride 8’s all-new FlexFilm™ technology, a lightweight, highly dynamic flexible film in the shoe’s distinctive upper replaces the welded seams, creating a seamless feel while a highly breathable open air mesh keeps feet cool and comfortable. A silver reflective synthetic detail at the heel provides visibility in low light conditions. Saucony’s exclusive ComfortLite Sockliner™, a molded sockliner engineered with premium EVA, is contoured to cradle the heel and support the arch while reducing peak pressures in the forefoot. The collar of the Ride 8 features a RunDry™ lining for superior moisture wicking properties.


The shoe’s 8mm heel-to-toe offset positions the foot during impact in a way that creates a greater range of motion for the Gastrocnemius-Soleus-Achilles tendon system, allowing for a more powerful running stride.



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The Ride 8 will be available at all Stadium and Royal Sporting House stores (except Compass Point, Lucky Plaza and Factory Outlets) in August 2015. The Ride 8 will retail at S$159 and Ride 8 GTX at S$179.