Saucony Triumph ISO vs. Brooks Ghost 7 review

Saucony Triumph ISO provides tons of protection from the road in a fairly lightweight package. Brooks Ghost 7 provides a soft and smooth ride that can make you feel fast.

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The Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Ghost 7 fall in the same category of neutral running shoes for runners who have a normal gait, but since the Saucony Triumph ISO is on a similar level as the Brooks Glycerin, it is expected to give more than the Brooks Ghost 7.

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The difference starts in the upper where the Saucony Triumph ISO has overlays that wrap the midfoot and embeds it in mesh that fits like a sock on your foot.

While the Brooks Ghost 7 also has overlays that wrap the midfoot, they are quite thin and discrete, so you can expect to get a more secure fit from the ISOFIT upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO.

However, both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Ghost 7 provide a good wrap around the heel to provide a good lockdown there.

The overlays in both running shoes are mainly no-sew with the Brooks Ghost 7 having light welded-on overlays running over the toe box to provide structure there, and the Saucony Triumph ISO having a wide open toe box with no overlays on it.

But still, the Brooks Ghost 7 might provide a bit more room to you than the Saucony Triumph ISO if you have big bunions.

Being cushioning running shoes, the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Ghost 7 are expected to give you a soft ride. And they do, since both of them provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

However, the Saucony Triumph ISO sits much higher off the ground than the Brooks Ghost 7 does, so has a thicker midsole in both the forefoot and heel to give you a much softer ride than the Brooks Ghost 7.

Nonetheless, the Brooks Ghost 7 still manages to have a very cushy heel – especially for women – so is a very good running shoe for heel-strikers.

And because it brings you closer to the ground than the Saucony Triumph ISO, the Brooks Ghost 7 should also feel a bit more responsive than the Saucony Triumph ISO under your feet.

The Brooks Ghost 7 and the Saucony Triumph ISO, while being neutral running shoes, do come with some stability features.

The first is in the form of a crash pad that runs from under the back of the heel around the lateral side of the shoe till the midfoot.

Both running shoes have well-segmented crash pads, but the one of the Brooks Ghost 7 is just a little bit more segmented than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO and also runs further around the heel – again a good indication that the Brooks Ghost 7 is suitable for heel-strikers.

But both crash pads join the forefoot seamlessly at the midfoot, so should deliver a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The second stability feature comes in the amount of ground contact provided by the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Ghost 7.

Both provide almost full ground contact, making them stable and supportive running shoes without tooling to control pronation. But as a neutral runner, you should not require the latter.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Ghost 7 are overall well-segmented for shock dissipation, but the separation between the rubber compartments is just more in the Brooks Ghost 7.

And while the Saucony Triumph ISO has wide and deep flex grooves in its forefoot for added flexibility, the flex grooves in the forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 7 run more favorably from one side to the next to encourage flexibility.

Because the Saucony Triumph ISO also has a thicker midsole than the Brooks Ghost 7, this negatively impacts flexibility, thereby making the Brooks Ghost 7 feel much more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO.

But that's a small price to pay if you are looking for a running shoe with a very cushy forefoot or if you are a heavier runner who can handle and appreciate stiffness in a running shoe.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 7 for women weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

The Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Ghost 7 deliver tons of cushioning for smooth and soft rides. If you are looking for lots of heel cushioning, the Brooks Ghost 7 would be the way to go.

And for lots of forefoot cushioning and an overall soft ride, the Saucony Triumph ISO would be the one to choose.

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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