Saucony Kinvara 9 vs. Saucony Freedom ISO review

Saucony Kinvara 9 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast. Saucony Freedom ISO is like the Kinvara but with a different midsole and upper.

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The Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Freedom ISO fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes that bring you closer to the ground, but one is meant to be responsive and the other cushy.

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The main difference in the uppers of the Saucony Kinvara 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Freedom ISO is that the Saucony Freedom ISO has an ISOFIT upper and the Saucony Kinvara 9 does not.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 has mostly no-sew overlays around the midfoot and the forefoot and comes with a woven area around the heel.

The upper of the Saucony Freedom ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com exposes more mesh than that of the Saucony Kinvara 9 and comes with a Support Frame as external heel support.

Both running shoes come with no-sew overlays at the front, but the toe box of the Saucony Freedom ISO is more open and free from overlays than that of the Saucony Kinvara 9.

Both running shoes can be said to provide lightweight support through their uppers but do so in different ways.

All in all, both the Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Freedom ISO should be able to keep your foot on the platform, and the amount of support provided might be in a similar range, with the Saucony Freedom ISO providing somewhat sturdier heel support compared to the Saucony Kinvara 9.

A big difference between the Saucony Freedom ISO and the Saucony Kinvara 9 can be found in the midsole, where the Saucony Freedom ISO has a full-length EVERUN midsole plus topsole, while the Saucony Kinvara 9 only comes with an EVERUN topsole.

Saucony lists the Saucony Kinvara 9 as delivering cushioning that is firm and responsive, while the Saucony Freedom ISO is placed high in the plush cushioning range, but running shoe lab test results paint a different picture.

According to running shoe lab tests, women get almost the same amount of heel and forefoot cushioning from the two running shoes, with the Saucony Freedom ISO delivering just a tiny bit more heel cushioning and the Saucony Kinvara 9 a tiny bit more forefoot cushioning.

Men get almost the same amount of heel cushioning from both running shoes, with the Saucony Freedom ISO delivering just a tiny bit more.

There is a larger difference between the amounts of forefoot cushioning to be noted, with the Saucony Kinvara 9 having the cushier forefoot.

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Both running shoes deliver an above average amount of cushioning so should feel cushy to both men and women.

While the amount of cushioning is not over the top, the Saucony Kinvara 9 can be seen as having a very cushy forefoot, which theoretically speaking would make the Saucony Freedom ISO feel more responsive than the Saucony Kinvara 9.

The heel-to-toe drop is low in both running shoes, but the Saucony Freedom ISO brings you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Kinvara 9 does.

The heel-to-toe drop is about 5 mm in the Saucony Freedom ISO and about 6 mm in the Saucony Kinvara 9.

The Saucony Freedom ISO sits a bit higher off the ground than the Saucony Kinvara 9 for women, while the Saucony Kinvara 9 sits a bit higher off the ground than the Saucony Freedom ISO for men.

However, the differences between the two running shoes are very small, between 1 and 2 mm.

The Saucony Freedom ISO comes with more rubber in its outsole than the Saucony Kinvara 9, which has rubber only in high-wear areas.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Freedom ISO is a very flexible running shoe for both men and women, while the Saucony Kinvara 9 has been measured to be stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Freedom ISO weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams), and the Saucony Kinvara 9 for women weighs about 6.5 oz (184 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.3 oz (264 grams) and 8.0 oz (227 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe that brings you closer to the ground and to a neutral plane, you could choose either the Saucony Kinvara 9 or the Saucony Freedom ISO.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 is lighter and comes at a lower price point than the Saucony Freedom ISO, which is more flexible.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 is also rated by running shoe lab tests to be a bit more stable than the Saucony Freedom ISO, although both deliver an above average amount of stability so are pretty stable for being neutral running shoes.

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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