Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 vs. Brooks Beast 18 / Brooks Ariel 18 review

Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 offers lots of support and a plush ride to severe overpronators. Brooks Beast 18 delivers maximum pronation control and comfort to bigger runners...

The Brooks Beast 18 and the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 are comparable motion control running shoes that can serve heavier and bigger runners who may have flat feet.

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The female version of the Brooks Beast 18 is the Brooks Ariel 18. Therefore, everything that is written here in this article also applies to the Brooks Ariel 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The uppers of the Brooks Beast 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 are similar in many ways.

For starters, they both offer a good amount of support around the midfoot, but whereas the Brooks Beast 18 / Brooks Ariel 18 makes use of no-sew overlays around the midfoot, the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has sturdier overlays that are somewhat thicker and that have some stitches in them.

Therefore, the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is expected to provide a more secure fit around the midfoot than the Brooks Beast 18 does.

However, the overlays around the midfoot of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 also come further forward than those on the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18.

The Brooks Beast 18 tends to open up the areas of the bunion window and the little toe more than the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 does.

Therefore, you might get more comfort from the Brooks Beast 18 than from the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2.

The Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 comes with a stitched-on toecap, which might prove to be more durable than the no-sew toecap on the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2.

Both running shoes have an external heel counter at the back to provide extra support behind the heel.

All in all, the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 and the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 look very much alike in their uppers, but the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 delivers somewhat more support through its upper, while the Brooks Beast 18 / Brooks Ariel 18 delivers somewhat more comfort.

Both the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 and the Brooks Beast 18 are meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning and a very large amount of support.

The midsoles of the two running shoes look somewhat different, with the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 having a full-length crash pad on the lateral side and a long post on the medial side.

The Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 does not have a crash pad like the Brooks Beast 18 does, but it does come with a topsole of extra cushioning to soften your ride from heel-to-toe.

The crash pad in the midsole of the Brooks Beast 18 not only softens your ride but also increases the amount of stability delivered by the running shoe.

Because both the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 and the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 provide a good amount of ground contact, they are both capable of helping you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The medial post is long in the midsoles of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 and the Brooks Beast 18, but it is more blocky in the Brooks Beast 18 than it is in the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2.

In addition, the Brooks Beast 18 comes with a midfoot shank that hooks into the medial post to reinforce it and deliver a somewhat stronger degree of pronation control.

The Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 does not have a midfoot shank, and its medial post is more triangular at the top.

However, the external heel counter in the upper is aligned with the medial post and comes further forward towards the midfoot than the one in the upper of the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18.

Therefore, heel rotation is diminished from within the upper of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 before pronation control through the medial post kicks in.

Nonetheless, the Brooks Beast 18 / Brooks Ariel 18 might still deliver a bit more support through its pronation control device than the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 does.

The outsoles of the two running shoes are alike in that they are broad under the midfoot as a good indication that they are suitable for runners who have broad or flat feet.

The rubber pattern differs in the outsoles, with the Brooks Beast 18 displaying much more separation with small rubber pods than the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2, but the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 has a good amount of flex grooves.

Nonetheless, neither running shoe is expected to be very flexible, although the Brooks Beast 18 has a greater potential for delivering more flexibility than the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2.

The Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 for women weighs approximately 10.5 oz (298 grams), while the Brooks Ariel 18 for women weighs approximately 11.8 oz (335 grams).

The Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 for men weighs approximately 12 oz (340 grams), and the Brooks Beast 18 for men weighs 13.3 oz (377 grams).

If you are a severe overpronator who is looking for a large amount of stability and support in addition to a soft ride, you could choose either the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 or the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2.

The Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 provides a somewhat more secure fit and is a bit lighter than the Brooks Beast 18, while the Brooks Beast 18 might deliver a somewhat stronger degree of pronation control.

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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