Saucony Guide ISO vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 review

Saucony Guide ISO provides lots of stability and support to mild to moderate overpronators. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a soft and smooth ride for long runs...

The Saucony Guide ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Saucony Guide ISO being a stability running shoe for mild to moderate overpronators and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 a cushioning running shoe for neutral runners.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 are similar in that they both come with ISOFIT and can be adjusted through the laces to provide a more custom fit.

The Saucony Guide ISO has more overlays connecting the saddle to the midsole compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, which has overlays that only run halfway towards the midsole but a bit further on the medial side.

Therefore, the Saucony Guide ISO delivers a bit more support around the midfoot than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does.

However, the Saucony Guide ISO also closes in the toe box more than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does by having some overlays from around the midfoot continue to run along the upper edge of the midsole around the toe box.

This allows the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 to be more open and free in the toe box area, although it does have some underlays that may provide some tightness near the bunion window and the mesh itself offers more structure and some lightweight support than the mesh in the upper of the Saucony Guide ISO.

Both running shoes deliver an adequate amount of support at the back, and while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has a Support Frame and the Saucony Guide ISO does not, the two running shoes can be seen as delivering a similar amount of support, with the Saucony Guide ISO being more closed than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

All in all, the Saucony Guide ISO delivers a bit more support through its upper than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 might feel a bit more comfortable and both running shoes can deliver a more custom fit around the midfoot, although the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 might be more customizable than the Saucony Guide ISO, especially towards the forefoot.

The midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Guide ISO are similar in that they both come with an EVERUN topsole for heel-to-toe cushioning.

The difference is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 also comes with a full-length EVERUN midsole.

Saucony lists both running shoes as delivering plush cushioning, but whereas the Saucony Guide ISO is placed at the bottom of the scale, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is placed at the top.

The Saucony Guide ISO is described as a running shoe that delivers a good mix of cushioning and responsiveness, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is described as providing cushioning for a very plush sensation.

Lab tests somewhat agree with the way Saucony describes the running shoes by having measured the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 to be overall cushy and the Saucony Guide ISO as having a cushy forefoot with a moderately-cushioned to firm heel.

The biggest difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Guide ISO is the fact that the Saucony Guide ISO comes with a post on the medial side to control overpronation and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does not, because it is a running shoe for neutral runners.

The medial post of the Saucony Guide ISO is not very long, and it is placed between the heel and the forefoot so in a location that would serve the average overpronator.

Because the post is not long, the Saucony Guide ISO is not meant to offer a very large degree of pronation control but rather an amount that would be suitable for mild to moderate overpronators.

Nonetheless, it still get high marks from lab tests, which places it much higher in stability than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, which is understandable.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes display a zigzag pattern in the forefoot and a good amount of separation, although the outsole of the Saucony Guide ISO has more flex grooves and more separation than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

However, because both running shoes deliver a large amount of forefoot cushioning, they tend to be on the stiff side for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide ISO weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for women weighs 9.5 oz (270 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide ISO being the lighter one.

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

However, if you require pronation control so are an overpronator who wants a relatively soft and smooth ride that is also a bit more responsive, you could look into 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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