Saucony Fastwitch 8

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Saucony Fastwitch 8 Review Facts

Saucony’s newest running shoe, the Fastwitch 8, is already receiving excellent reviews and is quickly working its way to becoming a best-seller. Many significant updates were made to the Fastwitch 8, especially its reduction in weight. The shoe was designed specifically with weight reduction involved. With a women’s size 8 weighing only 5.5 ounces, Saucony definitely achieved and even exceeded their goal.

Additionally, the Fastwitch 8 is widely praised for its superior traction. Thanks to the special rubber outsole, which provides three times more traction than standard rubber, the grip is the last thing you’ll have to worry about. The addition of lugs ensures gives the shoe an extra layer of protection in terms of traction and is said to perform extremely well even on wet, slick surfaces.

A very visually appealing shoe, as well as a high-performance one, the Fastwitch 8 is one of the highest quality shoes on the market that won’t break the bank. For anyone looking for a lightweight shoe that still provides excellent support and responsiveness, this shoe is a great choice. To help you get a better picture of the shoe as a whole, we’ve reviewed the Fastwitch 8 in full below.

We hope the information below provides you with the knowledge and insight you need to make an informed regarding whether the Saucony Fastwitch 8 is right for you. As with any running shoe, it’s extremely important to do your research, read customer reviews, and take all factors into account. For its price, you’re getting excellent value and quality with this shoe. Overall, we definitely recommend this shoe. Based on the factors outlined above as well as customer reviews, we’re confident you’ll love the Fastwitch 8.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Incredibly lightweight
  • High-quality PWRTRAC outsole
  • Molded EVA foam insert supports over-pronators
  • Breathable mesh and ventilation holes
  • Very affordable
Cons
  • Only available in one color
  • Some reported the heel cup didn't hold the foot firmly in place
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Fastwitch 8 utilizes Saucony’s exclusive PWRTRAC rubber outsole for incredible traction. Saucony advertises their PWRTRAC outsole as providing three times the amount of traction as standard rubber does. Additionally, arrow-shaped lugs are attached to the bottom of the shoe, all the way from the heel to the forefoot, to improve traction even more. The lugs do a great job of providing reliable grip even in slick conditions. A vertical line from the heel to half the midfoot is carved for extra flexibility and a smoother ride. Flex grooves in the forefoot provide the toes with a full range of motion, which is especially important in the toe-off phase of your run.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Fastwitch 8’s midsole contains very a light molded EVA foam insert. The insert covers the entire length of the shoe, providing you with the comfort, support, and responsiveness you need. The midsole is designed to create a quick and efficient transition from landing to take off. Although it’s lightweight, it’s still surprisingly stable. This is largely due to the medial post under the under, designed to help those with mild over-pronation. The density of the Fastwitch 8’s midsole is noticeably different from the Fastwitch 7. Many runners found that the 7 bordered on being too firm. Saucony did a great job of solving this problem and it is no longer an issue with the Fastwitch 8. While it’s still on the firmer side, it strikes a nice balance between too firm and too cushioned.
Upper
Upper

Upper

One of Saucony’s biggest changes to this shoe involves the design of the upper. The Fastwitch 8 has a soft, breathable mesh upper just as the Fastwitch 7 did. However, instead of welded overlays, this shoe utilizes FlexFlim overlays which are incredibly thin, nearly translucent, and just as strong. This is the biggest factor in the shoe’s weight reduction. The Ortholite Premium sockliner does an excellent job of providing the foot with extra comfort as well as giving the shoe its anti-sweat, anti-microbial, and anti-odor properties. A traditional lace system is used on this shoe rather than the quick-lace systems that some running shoes are implementing.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe is by far one of the lightest running shoes on the market. A men’s size 9 weighs only 6.6 ounces, and a women’s size 8 weighs in at 5.5 ounces. Aside from venturing into a minimalistic-style territory, it’s unlikely to find a reliable running shoe that’s this lightweight. The weight of the Fastwitch 8 is one of the biggest changes that Saucony made to the Fastwitch line.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

One of the greatest changes in this shoe compared to its predecessor is the addition of numerous holes for enhanced ventilation. The lightweight, breathable upper still does an excellent job of ensuring that the foot doesn’t become excessively hot or sweaty, and the ventilation holes add an extra layer of confidence. It can be difficult to find a running shoe that both offers superior support and remains breathable. The Fastwitch 8 scores excellently in both of these categories. This is a great shoe for anyone who frequently runs in hot or humid conditions.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The soft, stretchy mesh used in this shoe makes it easily accommodate both runners with average-width feet and those with slightly wider feet. The soft mesh upper moves freely with your foot while providing breathability and ventilation, keeping your feet cool and dry on those hot days. Additionally, it’s designed to be comfortable against the skin, without causing blisters or irritation. Most runners find that the Fastwitch 8 runs true to size. The shoe's toe box has ample room for toes to splay, so you'll have no need to worry about your toes feeling cramped or restricted. Overall, the fits of this shoe is excellent. The heel has a medium-to-snug fit and the toe box is wider than the majority of the racing shoes on the market. The midfoot fit snugly, but without being so tight that your foot feels restricted. Saucony definitely did an A+ job with designing the Fastwitch 8 to conform perfectly to the natural shape of the foot.
Style
Style

Style

Unlike its predecessor, the Fastwitch 8 has a plastic-like finishing, purely for aesthetic appeal. The shoe is currently only available in one color scheme: black and citron (yellowish green). Neon reflective detailing around the lace area gives the shoe a modern, sleek look. “Saucony” is diagonally printed on the left side of the shoe in gray and black lettering and “Fastwitch” is on the right. Overall, the Fastwitch 8 is a very visually appealing shoe.
Durability
Durability

Durability

While the Fastwitch 8 is not as heavy-duty as some higher drop shoes are, its high-quality construction ensures that it’s not going to fall apart any time soon. Although the outsole is very flexible, it still maintains sufficient durability. If you’re looking for a shoe to carry you through your runs on tricky, technical terrain, this probably isn’t the shoe for you. You’re going to want something with a bit more protection. But if you’re looking for a road shoe with plenty of support and comfort, the Saucony Fastwitch 8 is an excellent choice.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Fastwitch 8 has a heavy-duty, thick outsole base all around the shoe for protection against mud and other debris. A protective toe cap keeps the toes safe from impact against rocks and the like. While the tongue and collar are both great in terms of comfort, they don’t offer much cushioning, therefore, pebbles and other debris have the potential to enter the shoe. One of the biggest changes in terms of protective features with the Fastwitch 8 is the addition of reflective details on the shoe. For those who frequently run in low-light conditions, this is an excellent feature to have. The Ortholite sockliner provides anti-sweat, anti-microbial, and anti-odor properties, ensuring that the shoe stays as fresh and clean as possible. However, unlike some other Saucony shoes on the market, this shoe is not water resistant.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Fastwitch 8 was designed to be a bit softer than Saucony’s previous shoes, which gives it a very responsive feel rather than an overly firm one. The EVA foam cushioned midsole provides excellent shock absorption while running on any type of terrain. The shoe is designed to provide forgiveness upon landing, making for a smooth, responsive, comfortable ride.
Support
Support

Support

The Fastwitch 8 provides excellent support, mainly due to its lightweight EVA foam midsole. Many runners have reported wearing this shoe for miles with no issues of lack of support or discomfort. The heel cup holds the foot in place and provides excellent shock absorption with each stride.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Fastwitch 8 is a versatile shoe, but it’s not necessarily designed for the rocky or tough terrain. This shoe does best on road-like surfaces and tracks. It’s technically a racing shoe, so it performs extremely well on such terrains. Additionally, keep in mind that the shoe is not water-resistant, so it’s best to avoid trails that may hold puddles of rainwater.
Price
Price

Price

Considering how well-made this shoe is, it’s very reasonably priced. In terms of running shoes in general, it’s priced on the low to moderate side of the scale. It’s priced averagely in comparison to Saucony’s other shoes on the market. Purchasing a worthwhile running shoe is always an investment, but with the Saucony Fastwitch 8, you’re getting top-of-the-line quality with a price tag that won’t break the bank.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Fastwitch 8’s outsole does an amazing job in terms of traction. Runners have reported running in pouring down rain and still maintaining incredible grip and stability. A racing shoe that’s able to still provide you with great traction on wet roads is a rare find, but the Fastwitch 8 pulls it off. The PWRTRAC rubber outsole provides three times better traction than standard rubber does. You’ll feel the difference immediately.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Many aspects regarding flexibility were taken into account by Saucony when designing the Fastwitch 8. One of the most notable features is a vertical line that’s carved on the bottom of the outsole. It runs from heel to the half-way point of the midfoot and is designed to add more flexibility to the shoe. Additionally, forefoot flex grooves are utilized to improve flexibility further. Many runners comment that this flexibility contributes to an easy and powerful toe-off, ultimately maximizing performance.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Fastwitch 8 does a great job of securely locking the foot down and holding it in place. The heel cup tightly hugs the heel and ensures that the foot does not exit the shoe while running. A dual-density post in the midsole provides extra stability for runners who need it during longer runs. The shoe’s lacing system is resistant to unintentionally coming undone, so your foot maintains a snug, secure, yet comfortable fit throughout your entire run.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Saucony Fastwitch 8 has a heel to toe drop of 4mm, making for a shoe that’s fairly low to the ground. Running shoes with a lower drop (typically 4mm and less) promote an efficient stride more so than those with a higher drop. Generally speaking, low-drop shoes have durable soles and flex easily. The downside of low-drop shoes is that they have less debris protection which could potentially lead to injury. Saucony is one of the industry leaders in low-drop running shoes. If you’re thinking about someday transitioning to minimalistic style running, the Fastwitch 8 is a great shoe to serve as a link between the traditional and minimalistic styles.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- PWRTRAC outsole provides three times the traction of standard rubber
- Arrow-shaped lugs for additional traction
- EVA foam midsole
- Flex grooves in the forefoot
- Anti-microbial and anti-odor Ortholite sockliner
- Reflective detailing
- Water drainage ports
- Flex Film overlays
- Protective toe cap
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Fastwitch 8 is overall an excellent running shoe. It’s incredibly lightweight, yet stable and secure at the same time. The shoe strikes a perfect balance in terms of the firmness of the midsole. An improved upper, designed for increased breathability, offers extreme comfort and flexibility. The outsole is incredibly well-constructed, and the addition of arrow-shaped lugs provide maximum traction, even on slippery surfaces. If you’re looking for a racing shoe that still offers superior stability, the Saucony Fastwitch 8 is the shoe for you. This shoe is one of the best currently on the market. Considering the price, you’re getting an excellent high-quality shoe. Based on other runners’ reviews alone, you won’t be disappointed with the Fastwitch 8.