Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability. 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 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 fall in the same category of neutral running shoes for runners who have a normal gait, but they are not each other's counterparts.

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The upper of the Brooks Ghost 9 differs quite a bit from that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com due to the ISOFIT overlays on the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

These overlays are sturdy overlays that can be pulled together through the laces to really strap your foot in.

The Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not come with such overlays but rather uses light no-sew overlays around and along the midfoot.

Then in the rest of the upper, the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with mesh that has a structure that reduces the need for overlays.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 also comes with light no-sew overlays, especially around the forefoot, the Brooks Ghost 9 is the one that can be seen as having a seamless upper.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel. However, while the Brooks Ghost 9 uses an extra overlay for external support, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 comes with a sturdy external heel counter to lock your heel in.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Brooks Ghost 9 have an upper that is built to provide comfort, but when you look at the amount of support provided through the upper, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 wins in that department.

Another difference between the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 was built to be a very plush running shoe, while the Brooks Ghost 9 was built to provide cushioning that is not too soft or too firm.

However, when you look at their cushioning profiles, the Brooks Ghost 9 does not lag too far behind the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

Running shoe lab tests show, that the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 have about the same amount of heel cushioning with just tiny differences. Both have a very cushy heel.

But while the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 also comes with an equally cushy forefoot, the amount of forefoot cushioning in the Brooks Ghost 9 is a bit less for both men and women.

The Brooks Ghost 9 has above average forefoot cushioning but not as much as the Saucony Triumph ISO 2. So the amount of forefoot cushioning in the Brooks Ghost 9 is less likely to get in the way of you trying to run faster.

Yet another difference between the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Brooks Ghost 9 is the fact that the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with a crash pad that runs along the entire outer length of the midsole compared to a landing zone under the heel of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 that runs till the midfoot.

Together with the good amount of ground contact, the crash pad under the Brooks Ghost 9 increases the stability of the running shoe.

And despite the fact that both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, running shoe lab tests indicate that the Brooks Ghost 9 is the more stable running shoe of the two with above average stability.

Note that neither the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 nor the Brooks Ghost 9 are meant to provide stability and support, because they are running shoes that are geared toward neutral runners, so those who do not need any kind of stability or support.

Both the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 come with outsoles that have a lot of separation between their rubber compartments.

But while the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 comes with wide flex grooves in its forefoot, the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with smaller and more plentiful rubber pods throughout its entire outsole.

The separation under both running shoes should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

However, it does not benefit the flexibility of the running shoes much, because running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are quite stiff 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 9 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs about 10.4 oz (295 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 9 for men weighs 10.5 oz (298 grams).

In terms of weight, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is the lighter one of the two, but the differences between the weights of the running shoes are not huge.

If you are looking to get an overall soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 or the Brooks Ghost 9, thereby keeping in mind that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a more cushy forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 9.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a bit more support in the upper than the Brooks Ghost 9 and falls in a slightly higher price range than the Brooks Ghost 9.

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.

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