Saucony Freedom ISO 2 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 review

Saucony Freedom ISO 2 provides a plush ride and brings you closer to a neutral plane. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a soft and smooth ride for long runs...

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 are neutral running shoes that have a similar price point, but the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is meant to bring you closer to a horizontal plane compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

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The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 display many similarities in their uppers as well as in their midsoles.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 come with ISOFIT in their uppers, but whereas the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 combines this with a mesh upper, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 combines this with a knit upper.

The knit upper of the Saucony Freedom ISO 4 might provide an overall somewhat tighter fit, and it has a good amount of holes for breathability.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 have individual sections in the saddle that can be personalized to have them fit the way you want them to.

These sections are surrounded by no-sew overlays that do not connect the saddle to the midsole in either running shoe, so you can expect to get a similar amount of support around the midfoot of both running shoes.

However, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 has five individual customizable sections in its saddle, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 only has four eyelets that can be customized.

Therefore, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 offers a slightly higher degree of personalization than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

Both running shoes offer a good amount of room in the toe box, but because the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has a strap as an underlay that goes across the bunion window, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 might provide more freedom to those who have big bunions.

Both running shoes are quite open at the back and come with a Support Frame that wraps around the upper part of the heel to lock it in.

However, the Support Frame of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is sturdier, so you might get a better and more secure heel fit from the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 than from the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 was released after the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, and this is noticeable in the small but positive differences between the uppers of the two running shoes.

While both running shoes should feel comfortable on your feet, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 offers a bit more in personalization and a better fit.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 are similar in that they both have a full-length EVERUN midsole for heel-to-toe cushioning as well as energy return.

This is a good indication that both running shoes are meant to deliver lots of cushioning.

Saucony places both running shoes high on the plush cushioning scale, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 being placed two notches higher than the Saucony Freedom ISO 2.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is also described as a running shoe that is supposed to deliver a super-plush sensation.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does not deliver a maximum amount of cushioning, according to lab tests, you can expect to get an overall soft ride from this running shoe as a man or a women.

This is also the case with the Saucony Freedom ISO 2, which has been found to also deliver an overall soft ride to both men and women.

The main difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 can be found in their heel-to-toe drops.

The difference in heel-to-toe drop is about 4 mm between the two running shoes, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 having a higher heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Freedom ISO 2, according to Saucony.

Lab tests generally come up with different measurements, and in this case have found the difference in heel-to-toe drop to be between 2 and 4 mm, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 having a higher heel-to-toe drop.

In any case, the conclusion is that the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 would bring you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, and this would also be the main difference between these two running shoes.

Because the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 are meant to be worn by neutral runners, they do not come with any devices to control pronation.

However, they both provide a good amount of ground contact, which benefits stability as well as the smoothness of your ride, but the amount of stability would probably not be enough for overpronators.

The general setup of the rubber outsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is the same, but the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 comes with a crystal rubber outsole that gives a good grip on wet surfaces, according to lab tests.

Both the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 come with vertical flex grooves in the forefoot and horizontal cuts in the rubber.

Vertical flex grooves do not benefit flexibility as much as horizontal flex grooves, but because both running shoes deliver a good amount of cushioning, they have been found to be stiff running shoes anyway.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is lighter than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable, soft, and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could turn to either the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

Both the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 can be seen as premium cushioning running shoes and their manufacturer's suggested retail prices are set at the same level.

The main decision point between these two running shoes would be whether you prefer a high or low heel-to-toe drop.

If you prefer running closer to a horizontal plane, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 would be the one to look into, otherwise, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 would be the one to go with.

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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