Saucony Triumph ISO vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Saucony Triumph ISO is cushy, light, and gives you a lot of protection from the road. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a soft ride with a smooth heel-to-toe transition to neutral runners.

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The Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are neutral running shoes that are very cushy and can be worn by heavier runners who do not need any kind of stability and support.

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The ISOFIT overlays in the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO are similar to the overlays that wrap the midfoot in the Brooks Glycerin 13 since they both contain some stitches, but they cover a much wider area than those in the Brooks Glycerin 13.

But when it comes to lighter no-sew overlays, the Saucony Triumph ISO only has some at the front of the shoe, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 has them running throughout its entire upper as 3-D Fit Print that is meant to provide a more custom fit.

If you have a wider forefoot, you may find that the Brooks Glycerin 13 may feel a bit more comfortable, since its main supportive overlays are more pulled back than those on the Saucony Triumph ISO, despite the Saucony Triumph ISO not having any overlays running over its toe box.

The midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Glycerin 13 differ in materials used, but they both provide heel-to-toe cushioning, albeit in different degrees.

There are differences to be noted at the back of the shoes where the Saucony Triumph ISO has a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe along the outer edge to join the midfoot and provide you with a soft touchdown and smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 has a much more rounded and narrower heel than the Saucony Triumph ISO to take stress off joints and provide a better alignment. And the crash pad is integrated in the entire midsole that has a caterpillar-like structure.

But when looking at the results from running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Triumph ISO comes out on top in the amount of cushioning provided for both men and women. The Saucony Triumph ISO is an overall very cushy running shoe.

The Saucony Triumph ISO provides between 10 and 20% more cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 13 for both men and women.

Because both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are not meant to provide any kind of stability or support, they do not have stability features other than the crash pads and full ground contact in both running shoes that should add a bit of stability to your rides as well as smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ mainly in construction. Both provide ground contact under the midfoot and there is no separation between the forefoot and the rearfoot other then through flex grooves.

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is divided into three zones that are meant to evenly distribute pressure under your foot.

And the flex grooves run nicely from side to side throughout the entire midsole, which can help make the running shoe flexible.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is very flexible compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO, but only for men.

For women, both running shoes display an equal amount of flexibility or stiffness, depending on how you look at it.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams).

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Brooks Glycerin 13 should be able to provide you with a soft and smooth ride. However, if you are after a lot of cushioning, then the Saucony Triumph ISO would be the way to go.

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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