Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Saucony Triumph ISO is cushy, light, and gives you a lot of protection from the road.

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The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 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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The main difference between the uppers of the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO is the fact that the Saucony Triumph ISO has ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot but the Saucony Guide 9 does not.

The ISOFIT overlays add quite a bit of support to the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO, since they also partially wrap the heel.

The Saucony Guide 9 comes with no-sew overlays on its lateral side and stitched-on overlays on its medial side where overpronators need support.

There are also stitched-on overlays craddling the heel to give you a good amount of support at the back of the shoe. The Saucony Triumph ISO has a Support Frame that is also missing on the Saucony Guide 9, which only implements sturdy overlays for support.

The toe box of the Saucony Triumph ISO is pretty open and free of overlays. However, because the ISOFIT overlays come quite a bit forward, the toe box is not as open as that of the Saucony Guide 9.

The Saucony Guide 9 has very light welded-on overlays running over the toe box but keeps the entire area quite open for comfort.

All in all, one could say that the Saucony Triumph ISO provides more support through its upper than the Saucony Guide 9 but that the Saucony Guide 9 provides it in all the right places.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Guide 9 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning and cushioning that is quite plush.

The plush cushioning is confirmed by running shoe lab tests, which have indicated that both running shoes are almost equally cushy – their cushioning profiles are almost exactly the same – in both the heel and the forefoot and for both men and women.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is almost to the max in both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Guide 9, while the heel cushioning is almost to the max for men and a good amount above average for women.

Men should experience an overall very soft ride when wearing either the Saucony Guide 9 or the Saucony Triumph ISO.

Another similarity between the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Guide 9 is that they both come with a crash pad under the heel to soften your landing. These crash pads connect well with the forefoot to provide you with a smooth transition to toe-off.

The big difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO is that the Saucony Guide 9 has a medial post to control overpronation but the Saucony Triumph ISO does not, since it is a running shoe for neutral runners.

So while the Saucony Triumph ISO does come with some stability features in its upper, crash pad, and also the good amount of ground contact that it provides, these are not enough for overpronators who need a good amount of stability and also a way to stop their feet from rolling too far inward.

Both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO provide a good amount of ground contact that adds to the stability of the running shoes and also to their potential of providing you with a smooth ride.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different with a different kind of pattern for their flex grooves in the forefoot.

However, this might not affect the flexibility of the running shoes much. The amount of forefoot cushioning might because it could make a running shoe feel stiff.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Triumph ISO is quite stiff for both men and women. The Saucony Guide 9 is somewhat more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO for men and a little bit more flexible for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lightest.

The Saucony Guide 9 is quite light for a running shoe that provides so much stability, support, and cushioning.

Making a choice between the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO is not a difficult one when it comes to plushness because both running shoes are equally cushy.

And if you are an overpronator who needs quite a bit of stability and support, the Saucony Guide 9 would be the only logical choice.

However, if you are a neutral runner, the Saucony Triumph ISO would be the one to consider.

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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