Mizuno Wave Rider 19 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a secure fit and a smooth and overall very cushy ride...

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are both neutral running shoes that are geared toward runners who are looking for cushioning but no stability and support. They are not each other's counterparts, though.

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The upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 differ in that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a minimum amount of overlays in its upper.

However, the few overlays that it does have connect the saddle to the midsole to give you a good hold around the midfoot.

This midfoot hold is greater in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 than it is in the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 due to the ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

At the back of the shoe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has just a small stitched-on piece for added support, whereas the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a sturdy external heel counter.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 have a toe box with overlays only at the front. The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 adds a few very light welded-on overlays on the toe box for added support, but the majority of the toe box is wide and open.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has no overlays on its toe box and also a wide open bunion window so may feel a bit more comfortable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

In general, you can expect to get a more secure fit and more support from the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 than from the upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

Both running shoes provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles but differ in midsole construction.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has two layers of foam and a Wave Plate in its heel that takes care of absorbing shock at heel-strike. The Wave Plate also has a stabilizing effect on the heel.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has one main layer of foam and comes with an extra layer that lies just under the sockliner and as an insert in the heel. This allows the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 to give you a very plush running experience.

Running shoe lab tests confirm that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a very plush running shoe that offers cushioning that is almost to the maximum in both the heel and the forefoot and for both men and women.

As far as men go, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does not lag far behind the Saucony Triumph ISO 2. It has just a tiny bit less forefoot cushioning and a tad bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

For women, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has about 15% less cushioning than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 but is still a very cushy running shoe and displays a well-balanced cushioning profile.

The midsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot, which increases the stability of the running shoe as well as its potential of providing you with a smoother ride.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has the Wave Plate that also functions as a midfoot shank to provide support under the midfoot but not a lot of ground contact as in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

This makes the rubber outsoles of the two running shoes also look quite different from each other. Both have a good amount of separation for shock absorption, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has more wider flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

This does not automatically make it more flexible, though, since it has quite a bit of forefoot cushioning, which can make it feel stiff.

Running shoe lab tests confirm that this is indeed the case. However, both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 turn out to be stiff running shoes for both men and women with the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 being just a tiny bit more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams) and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 for women weighs 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs about 10.4 oz (295 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are a neutral runner looking for a very soft ride, you could get this from either the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

Bear in mind, though, that if you are a women, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 would provide you with a softer running experience than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

If you are looking for something lighter on your feet, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 would be the one to consider. It is also a bit more stable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

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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