Brooks Ghost 8 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable, smooth, and overall soft ride. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a secure fit, a smooth ride, and an overall very plush running experience...

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The Brooks Ghost 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 fall in the same category of neutral running shoes for runners who have a normal gait. They are not each other's counterparts, though.

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Differences between the Brooks Ghost 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 start in the upper, where the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has very supportive overlays wrapping the midfoot.

The Brooks Ghost 8 only has a couple of no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot, which is why you can expect to get a better hold from the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 than from the Brooks Ghost 8.

Support in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com continues at the back of the shoe, where it has a external heel counter that cups the heel well. The Brooks Ghost 8 implements some sturdy stitched-on overlays in this area but keeps the back of the heel quite open.

The forefoot of both running shoes is quite open and free of heavy overlays, but the Brooks Ghost 8 may feel a bit looser and more comfortable, especially around the bunion window, since the Brooks Ghost 8 uses its mesh to provide structure and support.

All in all, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a somewhat more supportive upper than the Brooks Ghost 8 and that the Brooks Ghost 8 may feel somewhat looser but delivers support in all the right places.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Brooks Ghost 8 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is supposed to be more plush than the Brooks Ghost 8 due to the type of cushioning used.

This is confirmed by running shoe lab tests, which show that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot and for both men and women.

The amount of heel cushioning in the women's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 comes close to the amount in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 but lags a bit behind in the amount of forefoot cushioning.

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 displays a similar profile but provides a little less cushioning than the women's version of the Brooks Ghost 8.

The Brooks Ghost 8 is a well-cushioned running shoe for both men and women but is just not as cushy as the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

A big similarity between the midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Brooks Ghost 8 is the fact that both provide a good amount of ground contact, especially under the midfoot.

A big difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a landing zone with softer foam under the heel that helps with shock absorption at heel-strike, whereas the Brooks Ghost 8 has a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe around the lateral side to the front.

Therefore, you can expect to get a more stabilizing effect – throughout the entire gait cycle – from the Brooks Ghost 8 than you would get from the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

The superior shock absorption delivered by the Brooks Ghost 8 is intensified by the fact that its outsole is very well-segmented. While the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 also has a good amount of separation in its outsole, it is not as well segmented as the Brooks Ghost 8 is.

The segmentation does not help much with the flexibility of the running shoe, though, because running shoe lab tests show that both the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Brooks Ghost 8 are relatively stiff running shoes for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 8 for women weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs about 10.4 oz (295 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 8 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could get that from either the Brooks Ghost 8 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

However, the Brooks Ghost 8 is more likely to increase the smoothness of your ride, and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 the softness of your ride.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Brooks | Saucony

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