Saucony Triumph ISO 3 vs. New Balance 1080v6 review

New Balance 1080v6 is a lightweight neutral cushioning running shoe with a touch of stability. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness and a secure fit to your long runs...

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the New Balance 1080v6 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes and look very much like each other in what they provide to runners.

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Similarities start in the upper, where both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance 1080v6 come with sturdy stitched-on overlays wrapping the midfoot.

The main difference is that the overlays on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 are less wide and placed far back on the midfoot so that they open up the forefoot for comfort.

The overlays come far forward on the New Balance 1080v6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and could therefore cause irritation points near the bottom of the saddle.

The amount of space provided to bunions might also be less in the New Balance 1080v6 than it is in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The mesh used by both running shoes is open and breathable and has some structure, but the New Balance 1080v6 might let in more air because it has bigger holes.

And finally, both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the New Balance 1080v6 come with a sturdy piece at the back to provide extra support behind the heel.

All in all, because the overlays on the New Balance 1080v6 are a bit broader than those on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, the New Balance 1080v6 might provide a bit more support through its upper than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 might provide more comfort to runners, especially in the forefoot.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the New Balance 1080v6 are meant to provide quite a bit of cushioning to neutral runners.

But according to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is the one that provides overall more cushioning to both men and women.

The difference in cushioning between the two running shoes is greater for women than it is for men, though.

Overall, the New Balance 1080v6 provides an above average amount of cushioning but not as much as the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, which approaches a maximum amount of cushioning, especially for men.

Another similarity between the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the New Balance 1080v6 is that both provide a good amount of ground contact and do not come with midfoot shanks.

This amount of ground contact benefits the stability of the running shoes but also helps to provide runners with smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

According to running shoe lab tests, there isn't a big difference between the amount of stability provided by the two running shoes, with both providing an amount that lies just above average.

However, big differences can be noticed in the amount of flexibility provided by the two running shoes, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 turning out to be very flexible compared to a somewhat stiff New Balance 1080v6.

This might be caused by the layout and setup of the outsole of the New Balance 1080v6, which has only two major flex grooves compared to five flex grooves in the forefoot of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

So the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is more separated despite the New Balance 1080v6 having smaller rubber pods.

In terms of weight, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the New Balance 1080v6 come very close to each other.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), and the New Balance 1080v6 for women weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.8 oz (306 grams) and 10.5 oz (298 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 1080v6 being the lighter one.

The New Balance 1080v6 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 have a lot in common and provide similar things to neutral runners, so if you are a neutral runner, you could choose either.

However, if you want a more comfortable, flexible, and softer ride, you may want to look into the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 more than the New Balance 1080v6.

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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This review falls under: New Balance | Saucony

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