Saucony Type A8

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Saucony Type A8 Review Facts

The Saucony Type A8 road racing shoes are a great pair of shoes for any runner on race day. Whether you are looking to run a 5k or a 10k race these sneakers are going to be perfect for you. The ultra lightweight design and flexibility they offer makes these sneakers ideal for anyone looking to do any kind of running. Customers are drawn in by the relatively low price point and they stay because they are made to last. Reviewers have mentioned that these are super comfortable and offer a high energy return to help you run faster and longer, giving you a little added advantage when it comes to race day. If you are looking for an overall great pair of sneakers for race day then you have come to the right place.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Excellent traction
  • Comfortable
  • Sock-like fit
  • Lightweight
  • Great look
  • Responsive
Cons
  • Short tongue
  • Heel cup is useless
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Saucony Type A8 is made using XT-900 which is one of Saucony's variants on their carbon rubber soles. The outsole offers a decent amount of traction which is important in any kind of shoe. The outsole also gives you a little extra protection, especially in the high wear areas to increase the durability and make sure that they do not wear down too quickly. The outsole of these sneakers features injection blown rubber in the forefront of the foot to help keep the weight of the shoes down while also giving you a more flexible toe-off.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Saucony Type A8 is made out of a premium SSL EVA foam that is made to keep the sneaker lightweight and comfortable. The super springy foam helps give the runner a responsive ride and a greater energy return with each step they take. The cushioning of the midsole is made to be both durable and comfortable. There is no need to worry about the padding in these shoes wearing down on you too quickly. Customers really enjoy the spring in their step they get from the midsole of these sneakers.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Saucony Type A8 is made out of a breathable mesh material that customers love. The upper design helps keep the weight of the shoe down while also giving you a seamless and sock-like fit, and gives your feet the freedom to move and flex which is important when running. The upper has FlexFilm integrated into the material, which is a thin layer that is place instead of addition overlays to give you some much-needed support without the addition of extra material and weight.
Weight
Weight

Weight

When it comes to the weight of a running shoe, the lighter the better. If you are running long distances or running for speed you do not want to have to worry about your shoes holding you back. There is no need to feel like you are carrying weights around on your feet. That being said, the Saucony Type A8 racing shoes weigh in at only 5.9 ounces on average for the men's version and 5.1 ounces for the women's making them perfect for runners. Customers love how light they feel on their feet when they are on the go.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The mesh materials that make up the upper of these sneakers gives them excellent ventilation which customers appreciate. The extra airflow in these shoes is important because it will help keep your feet cool and dry which is especially important if you are running longer distances. You do not want your feet to overheat and feel like they are suffocating inside of your shoes. The breathable material not only lets the air in the foot chamber to keep them airy and cool, but it also allows the sweat on your feet to evaporate quickly and escape the shoes, keeping your feet dry and healthy.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Customers love how comfortable these shoes are. The cushioning of the midsole allows your feet to sink in and hug your feet, keeping them comfortable all day. Reviewers have commented that this iteration of these sneakers is far more comfortable than the last version which is much appreciated. They have a snug fit that hugs your feet without feeling tight and restrictive. The Saucony Type A8 racing shoes have a shorter toe guard then the previous versions which are nice because it gives your toes a place to flex and stretch without feeling too cramped. Customers think that these shoes are exceptionally comfortable which is nice, especially when it comes to racing day. The one downfall they have found about the comfort level of these sneakers is that the tongue seems to be a tad too short and can cause the laces to rub on your feet and cause some major discomfort.
Style
Style

Style

Customers seem to like the look and style of the sneakers. There are a couple of color options to choose from. If you are looking to purchase these shoes in men's sizes you can choose between black, white, and citron, or you can choose red and citron. If you were looking to purchase these shoes in the women's style you can choose between white, red, and blue, or blue and citron. Some customers would like to have seen a couple more color options but for the most part, they were happy with the fun colors that they did have to choose from. These sneakers have the same Saucony look that you would expect from their racing shoes.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Everything about the design of these shoes was made to last. The carbon rubber of the outsole is strong enough to take on mile after mile, and the heavy wear areas on the forefront of your feet have a little bit of extra protection to keep them from falling apart too quickly. The SSL EVA that makes up the midsole of the Type A8 was also made to take quite the beating. Mile after mile the midsoles of the shoes will keep bouncing back to their original shape and not wear down too quickly. The only questionable part about the durability of these sneakers is the upper, the mesh materials seem to be a bit fragile and if there is going to be any kind of premature wear and tear on these shoes it will be in the upper. There have not been very many complaints by customers about the materials falling apart on the upper, but it has been known to happen. For the most part, though these shoes are great and do not seem to suffer from too much premature wear and tear.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Protection is important in running or racing shoes. These shoes offer you some protection when you are on the run, whether you are participating in a race or just doing some training. The Saucony Type A8 racing sneakers have an outsole that is going to help protect your feet if you happen to encounter any jagged rocks while you are out and about. The traction on these shoes is also going to help protect you from slipping when you are on the run and prevent injury due to a slip and fall.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

These sneakers give the runner a great energy return with each step they take. This means that every time they take a step their feet sink down into the cushioned foam of the midsole, then the midsole quickly bounces back into its original shape, propelling you forward. The propulsion of your steps help save a little bit of energy that you would normally use to take that step, then that energy can be used to help you run faster and longer which is essential when you are participating in any kind of race. Customers love the spring they get in their step whenever they are wearing these shoes. If you're looking for something that is going to give you an extremely responsive ride then you have come to the right place.
Support
Support

Support

The Saucony Type A8 racing flats offer you adequate support that you would need for race day. The upper features a FlexFilm overlay to keep your feet secure in your shoes, no need to worry about them slipping and sliding around inside your shoes. The snug fit and lacing system ensures that your feet are going to stay firmly in place and not slip out of the shoe unintentionally.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Saucony Type A8 shoe is classified as a road running shoe and as such it is recommended that you stick to flat and non-abrasive surfaces while running such as roads or paved trails, indoor or outdoor tracks, and treadmills. These sneakers do not offer adequate protection and support for those who want to go for a run off the beaten path, so it is best to just stick to the recommended terrain.
Price
Price

Price

When it comes to purchasing shoes it is important to remember that you are making an investment. You are going to be spending a little bit of money initially, but if you make a good investment and purchase something that isn't going to fall apart too quickly then you will not have to worry about spending that money again for a while. When it comes to the Saucony Type A8 racing shoes, you do not have to worry about your investment. These sneakers are going to last you a while and you will not have to spend the money again for quite some time. That being said these shoes have a very affordable price tag that customers appreciate. The MSRP, manufacturer's suggested retail price, of these sneakers rings up at only $100, but as with many other products nowadays you can generally find them much cheaper online. Customers have commented that these shoes are well worth the money they spent on them and would gladly recommend them to their friends and family.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction of your shoes is important because it is what keeps you from slipping and sliding around. Customers have commented that the traction on these sneakers is really good, whether you are running on wet or dry surfaces. There's no need to worry about your feet slipping out from underneath you when you are running a race. Customers can appreciate how grippy these sneakers are, no matter where they are running or what conditions they are running in. When it comes to race day you never know what the weather will choose to do so you have to be prepared to run in anything.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility in any kind of shoes is important. You want to make sure that your feet have the freedom to move as freely and naturally as possible, you do not want to feel like they are trapped. You do not have to worry about that with the Saucony Type A8 flats. The design of the midsole along with the mesh upper allows your feet and toes the freedom to move.
Stability
Stability

Stability

If you are looking for a pair of stability shoes, then you may want to consider a different option, as these shoes are not considered to be a stability shoe. If you are one of the thousands of runners around the world who have the tendency for overpronation or supination, then these shoes are not for you as they will not give you the support that you need and could potentially lead to injury or discomfort.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the measurement of the incline. In other words, it is the difference in how far from the ground the heel is and the toes are. When it comes to the average running shoe the drop usually ranges from 8mm to 12mm with the most common heel to toe drop coming in at 10mm. Sometimes runners will prefer a lower drop, preferring to lean towards a more minimalistic shoe. That being said, the drop of the Saucony Type A8 sneakers measures in at only 4mm, so it is less than the average shoe which some customers prefer.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-FlexFilm overlays
-Breathable mesh upper
-SSL EVA midsole
-Ultra lightweight
-Responsive ride
-Durable outsole
-Affordable price tag
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Saucony Type A8 racing flats are the perfect pair of shoes for anyone looking for a good pair of sneakers to run on a racing day. Whether you are running a 5k or a 10k these shoes are going to be perfect for you. These shoes provide great comfort when you are running and they have an extremely responsive ride. The ultra lightweight and flexible shoes are perfect for anyone looking for an affordable pair of racing flats.