Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 add a very supportive upper to its soft and smooth ride...

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The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the Saucony Guide 9 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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However, since both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com make use of similar technologies, it is fair to compare them.

Support starts in the upper where the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has broad ISOFIT overlays hugging the midfoot around socklike mesh.

This overlay is present on both sides of the upper and has stitches at the front and back to keep it in place. The result is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides quite a bit of support around the midfoot.

The Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com on the other hand, only has stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the upper where support is generally needed most.

However, the stitched-on overlays are not as broad as those on the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, and are not present on both sides of the shoe, so the Saucony Guide 9 provides somewhat less midfoot support than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

What the Saucony Guide 9 does do, however, is keep the forefoot wide open with very light no-sew overlays running over it. And because the sturdy overlays have been pulled back quite a bit, the Saucony Guide 9 should feel comfortable in the forefoot area.

While the toe box of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 does not have overlays running directly over it, the supportive overlays do run further forward than on the Saucony Guide 9.

Finally, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a Support Frame at the back of the shoe that cups the heel well to keep it in place. The Saucony Guide 9 tries to do the same, but then with traditional overlays.

All in all, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 delivers much more support through its upper than the Saucony Guide 9, but the Saucony Guide 9 may feel less constricted and more comfortable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

The big similarity between the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 can be found in the midsole, where both have a midsole that has a topsole of softer material.

And while the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a landing zone under the heel, the Saucony Guide 9 has a more traditional crash pad that runs till the midfoot.

However, both running shoes provide full ground contact on the lateral side, so should also be able to deliver a soft touchdown followed by a smooth transition to toe-off.

Running shoe lab tests show that there isn't a big difference in the amount of cushioning provided by the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Guide 9.

Both running shoes are very cushy running shoes – almost to the max – with very minor differences to be noted between the running shoes.

For men, the Saucony Guide 9 is a tiny bit more cushy than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 in both the heel and the forefoot. And for women, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a more cushy heel, but the amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in the two running shoes.

The big difference in the midsole can be found on the medial side where the Saucony Guide 9 has a piece of firmer form to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 does not have such a post, since it is meant to be worn by runners who do not need such support, it provides full ground contact under the arch, therefore still adding a bit of stability to the running shoe.

In addition, the platform is quite straight under the arch, making it a bit wider under the midfoot, so also a bit more stable.

The main difference in the outsole can be found under the heel, where the Saucony Guide 9 has quite a bit of segmentation going on under its crash pad.

Other than that, the forefoot of both the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Guide 9 has a zigzag pattern of rubber and flex grooves.

However, since they both provide so much cushioning, they might turn out to be stiff running shoes.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests confirm this. Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Guide 9 are quite stiff running shoes for men, but for women, the Saucony Guide 9 turns out to be a bit more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, but not by much.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.4 oz (295 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lightest.

If you are looking for a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 or the Saucony Guide 9.

However, if pronation control is what you need, the Saucony Guide 9 would be the one to consider above 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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