Saucony Kinvara 9 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 review

Saucony Kinvara 9 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a soft and smooth ride for your long runs...

The Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes, but the Saucony Kinvara 9 is more suitable for performance runs and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for longer runs.

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The uppers of the Saucony Kinvara 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 differ in that the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has ISOFIT in its upper.

However, the no-sew overlays in the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com do not all entirely connect the saddle to the midsole, while those on the Saucony Kinvara 9 do, despite them running more from front to back rather than across the midfoot.

Another difference is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 adds support around the heel in the form of a Support Frame that wraps around the top of the heel, while the Saucony Kinvara 9 has a woven area around the entire heel.

The forefoot is quite similar in the two running shoes, although the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 opens up more mesh through the use of underlays.

Therefore, the Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 might deliver a similar degree of comfort and support through their upper, with perhaps the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivering a better wrap around the midfoot.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 come with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning for heel-to-toe softness.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 is listed by Saucony to be less cushy than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, but lab tests have indicated that the Saucony Kinvara 9 has a cushy forefoot just like the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

It delivers somewhat less heel cushioning than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, but can still be seen as an overall cushy running shoe.

The main difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 is that the Saucony Kinvara 9 brings you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does.

The heel-to-toe drop is about 6 mm in the Saucony Kinvara 9 and between 8 and 9 mm in the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 also sits higher off the ground under the heel and the forefoot as a good indication that it is more suitable for longer runs, because it puts more protection between you and the road.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 is more suitable for shorter and faster runs by bringing you closer to the ground.

Neither the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 nor the Saucony Kinvara 9 come with devices to control pronation, but they do provide a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot, which should benefit the smoothness of heel-to-toe transitions and the stability of the running shoes.

Lab tests place the Saucony Kinvara 9 higher in stability than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, with the former being placed just above average and the latter below average.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite similar, especially in the forefoot, where they both have a zigzag pattern.

The difference is that the Saucony Kinvara 9 only has rubber in high-wear areas to keep the weight of the running shoe down, while rubber covers almost the entire outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

As far as flexibility goes, both running shoes have been found by lab tests to be stiff, although the Saucony Kinvara 9 is a bit more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (270 grams), and the Saucony Kinvara 9 for women weighs about 6.5 oz (184 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 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, you could choose either the Saucony Kinvara 9 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

However, depending on your goals, you may want to choose one or the other, that is, the Saucony Kinvara 9 for performance runs and races, and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for longer runs and training.

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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