Saucony Triumph ISO vs. Brooks Ghost 8 review

Saucony Triumph ISO is cushy, light, and gives you a lot of protection from the road. Brooks Ghost 8 has a comfortable upper and provides you with a soft and smooth ride...

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The Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Ghost 8 are both neutral cushioning running shoes, but not each other's counterparts. The Saucony Triumph ISO is supposed to be at a higher end than the Brooks Ghost 8 and comparable to the Brooks Glycerin.

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The upper of the Brooks Ghost 8 is almost completely no-sew with just a couple of stitches at the front and the back of the shoe.

The upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO is also largely no-sew, however there are stitches around the collar and in the broad ISOFIT overlays that wrap the midfoot.

Therefore you should get a better lockdown around the midfoot from the Saucony Triumph ISO than you would get from the Brooks Ghost 8, which has a discrete amount of no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot.

Another difference is that the Saucony Triumph ISO has a Support Frame at the back of the shoe that really cups the heel well to really lock your heel down on the platform.

Both running shoes have a toe box that is very open. However, the ISOFIT overlays come further forward than the overlays on the Brooks Ghost 8.

And while the Brooks Ghost 8 has light welded-on overlays running on the toe box, its toe box might feel a bit more comfortable than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO, especially if you have big bunions.

The Brooks Ghost 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning. The cushioning material differs, so the amount of cushioning will differ.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Triumph ISO is an overall very cushy running shoe and more cushy than the Brooks Ghost 8 in both the heel and the forefoot, and for both men and women.

The Brooks Ghost 8 provides above average cushioning, but not as much as the Saucony Triumph ISO does.

For women, the amount of heel cushioning provided by both running shoes is about the same. But again, the Saucony Triumph ISO wins in the forefoot cushioning department.

While both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Ghost 8 are neutral running shoes, they have a stability feature in the crash pads that they provide.

However, there is a difference in the length of these crash pads. The crash pad of the Saucony Triumph ISO runs from the back of the heel around the lateral side to join the forefoot at the midfoot.

The crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 8 on the other hand does the same, but continues running till the tip of the forefoot. This should not only give you a soft landing, but also a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off than the Saucony Triumph ISO.

Another minor stability feature is the fact that both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact especially under the arch that has been filled in with foam and with no implementation of a midfoot shank.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ in construction with the Saucony Triumph ISO displaying overall somewhat larger rubber pods than the Brooks Ghost 8. The flex grooves also run differently.

This makes the Brooks Ghost 8 display a greater degree of separation than the Saucony Triumph ISO, which is good for shock absorption and dissipation, which again is good to get a smoother ride.

In terms of flexibility, both running shoes seem to be quite stiff for women and men according to running shoe lab tests.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 8 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 8 for men weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a neutral runner looking for a very cushy running shoe, you should be able to find what you are looking for in the Saucony Triumph ISO.

And if you want a running shoe that not only provides you with a soft – but not super soft – and smooth ride then the Brooks Ghost 8 might be the one for you.

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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