Saucony Guide ISO vs. Saucony Liberty ISO review

Saucony Guide ISO provides lots of stability and support to overpronators. Saucony Liberty ISO brings you closer to a neutral plane and adds stability to your runs...

The Saucony Guide ISO and the Saucony Liberty ISO are both stability running shoes for runners who need a moderate amount of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Liberty ISO are similar in that both come with ISOFIT in their uppers.

However, the Saucony Liberty ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is the one that has more no-sew overlays that connect the saddle to the midsole around the midfoot and thus also the one that offers more support in that area.

Where the Saucony Liberty ISO also offers more support is at the back of the running shoe, where it comes with an external heel counter that is missing on the Saucony Guide ISO.

Because the overlays on the Saucony Liberty ISO run quite far forward toward the sides of the forefoot compared to those on the Saucony Guide ISO, the Saucony Guide ISO might offer a bit more comfort at the sides of the toe box.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, but the Saucony Liberty ISO might offer a bit more support through its upper than the Saucony Guide ISO.

The midsoles of the Saucony Guide ISO and the Saucony Liberty ISO are alike in that they both come with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning.

But unlike the Saucony Guide ISO, the Saucony Liberty ISO also has a full-length EVERUN midsole.

However, this does not automatically make the Saucony Liberty ISO cushier than the Saucony Guide ISO.

Running shoe lab tests have found that both the Saucony Liberty ISO and the Saucony Guide ISO have a heel that might feel firm to some runners, both male and female.

However, the Saucony Guide ISO delivers a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Liberty ISO does.

The Saucony Guide ISO also has a cushier forefoot than the Saucony Liberty ISO, although both running shoes deliver an above average amount of forefoot cushioning so should feel cushy to both men and women.

The Saucony Liberty ISO sits a bit lower on the ground, especially under the heel, so it brings you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Guide ISO does.

The heel-to-toe drop is about 5 mm in the Saucony Liberty ISO, while its between 8 and 9 mm in the Saucony Guide ISO.

Both running shoes are stability running shoes and come with a post on the medial side of the midsole to control overpronation.

This post is different in the two running shoes but has about the same length and runs higher in the midsole of the Saucony Guide ISO than it does in the midsole of the Saucony Liberty ISO.

Nonetheless, lab tests have found the Saucony Liberty ISO to be more stable than the Saucony Guide ISO, although the difference between the two running shoes is not that big and both running shoes deliver an amount of stability that is way above average.

The amount of ground contact delivered by the two running shoes is good, so you should be able to not only get a stable ride but also smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes display a similar pattern in the forefoot, but the amount of separation is greater in the Saucony Guide ISO.

Both running shoes have been found to be stiff by lab tests, with the Saucony Guide ISO being a bit more flexible than the Saucony Liberty ISO for men, and the Saucony Liberty ISO is a bit more flexible than the Saucony Guide ISO for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide ISO weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), and the Saucony Liberty ISO for women weighs 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 10 oz (284 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Liberty ISO being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that delivers a good amount of stability and has a cushy forefoot, you could choose either the Saucony Guide ISO or the Saucony Liberty ISO.

The Saucony Liberty ISO and the Saucony Guide ISO are very much alike in what they provide to runners, with the main difference being that the Saucony Liberty ISO brings you closer to a neutral running plane and is a tiny bit more supportive.

The Saucony Liberty ISO also has a higher price point than the Saucony Guide ISO.

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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