Saucony Guide 8 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

Saucony Guide 8 strikes a good balance between cushioning, guidance, and support. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a secure fit and a smooth and overall very cushy ride.

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the Saucony Guide 8 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

The Saucony Guide 8 has a very supportive upper with sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side and at the back of the shoe.

However, the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 can also be seen as very supportive, despite the fact that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a neutral running shoe.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has broad ISOFIT overlays on both sides of the upper and then at the back it has an external heel counter that cups the heel and keeps it in place.

What both running shoes have in common is that the toe box is quite open. It is more open and free on the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 than it is on the Saucony Guide 8, though, because the Saucony Guide 8 has light no-sew overlays running over it. However, they should both feel pretty comfortable.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Guide 8 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 comes with a softer layer of foam at the top of the midsole and another portion in the heel to serve as a landing zone.

One would expect this to make the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 a very plush running shoe.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests confirm that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is overall more cushy than the Saucony Guide 8 for both men and women.

However, the amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in the men's versions of the shoes, while the heel cushioning of the Saucony Guide 8 is above average but lags far behind that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

For women, both running shoes have almost the same amount of heel cushioning, but the Saucony Guide 8 has just a tad less forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

The Saucony Guide 8 comes with a crash pad under the heel that serves the same purpose as the landing zone in the heel of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

The big difference between the two Saucony running shoes can be found on the medial side, where the Saucony Guide 8 has a piece of firmer foam in its midsole that is reinforced by a midfoot shank to provide pronation control.

Because the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is geared toward neutral runners, it does not provide such support. But because it provides full ground contact under the arch and almost everywhere else under the shoe, it is a pretty stable running shoe for its category.

The Saucony Guide 8 provides a good amount of ground contact but not as much as the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, since the Saucony Guide 8 has a midfoot shank that prevents full ground contact under the arch.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different. The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a zigzag pattern going on in its forefoot, while the Saucony Guide 8 has a fan-shaped pattern.

The rest of the rubber compartments also differ in structure and configuration but what's important is that the outsoles are well segmented for shock absorption and dissipation.

And because of the amount of ground contact provided by the two running shoes, they also increase the potential of providing you with a smooth ride.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are equally stiff for men, but that the Saucony Guide 8 is somewhat more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 for women, which also turns out to be quite stiff.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 for women weighs 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 8 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft and smooth ride from a running shoe that can deliver some degree of stability but not too much to overcorrect your foot, then the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is definitely worth checking out.

But if you are an overpronator who needs tons of stability and support, the logical running shoe to look into would be the Saucony Guide 8.

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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