Saucony Omni 16 vs. Saucony Omni ISO review

Saucony Omni 16 provides a very stable and supportive running experience. Saucony Omni ISO has a new look with an updated upper and other minor tweaks around the shoe...

The Saucony Omni ISO (Saucony Omni 17) is the updated version of the Saucony Omni 16, which is a stability running shoe for moderate to severe overpronators who need a good amount of stability and support.

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The upper of the Saucony Omni ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differs from that of the Saucony Omni 16 in that the Saucony Omni ISO comes with ISOFIT overlays, while the Saucony Omni 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has SAUC-FIT overlays.

Both types of overlays are no-sew in the Saucony Omni 16 and the Saucony Omni ISO, but the overlays in the upper of the Saucony Omni 16 wrap the top of the heel in addition to the midfoot.

The ISOFIT overlays on the Saucony Omni ISO only cover the midfoot, but they fan out from the saddle towards the midsole to give you a secure fit around the midfoot.

The overlays on the Saucony Omni ISO are also a bit more adjustable than those on the Saucony Omni 16.

Because the overlays on the Saucony Omni ISO fan out towards the midsole, they also cover a small part of the forefoot, whereas the overlays on the Saucony Omni 16 are cut in a way to open up the forefoot more despite the fact that the Saucony Omni 16 has a thin strip running along the upper edge of the midsole in the forefoot.

However, because both running shoes make use of engineered mesh to reduce the amount of overlays on the toe box, they both should be able to deliver a good amount of comfort in the toe box.

Both the Saucony Omni 16 and the Saucony Omni ISO have a Support Frame at the back, but that of the Saucony Omni ISO cups the heel more.

Finally, both running shoes have a no-sew toecap at the front.

All in all, except for the change from SAUC-FIT to ISOFIT, there have not been many changes made to the upper of the Saucony Omni ISO, so the Saucony Omni ISO is expected to deliver a similar amount of support through its upper as the Saucony Omni 16 does.

The main difference is that the Saucony Omni ISO has no overlays wrapping the heel, while the Saucony Omni 16 does.

While the midsole of the Saucony Omni ISO has changed a bit in the way it looks compared to that of the Saucony Omni 16, both running shoes have an EVERUN topsole construction for heel-to-toe cushioning.

Saucony also lists both running shoes on the same locations on the cushioning and support scales, that is, both the Saucony Omni ISO and the Saucony Omni 16 are meant to deliver a plush ride that is very stable and close to motion control.

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The Saucony Omni tends to have a very cushy forefoot but displays a more moderate amount of heel cushioning that is still enough to make the running shoe feel overall cushy.

Both the Saucony Omni 16 and the Saucony Omni ISO come with a long post on the medial side of their midsoles to control pronation and help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The post seems to be a bit longer in the Saucony Omni 16 than it is in the Saucony Omni ISO, but that could just be optical.

Both the Saucony Omni ISO and the Saucony Omni 16 deliver a good amount of ground contact right under the midfoot, which not only adds stability to the running shoes but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The Saucony Omni 16 is rated very high in stability and support by lab tests, and this will not differ for the Saucony Omni ISO.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look largely the same with some minor tweaks here and there.

For example, the rubber under the medial post has a slightly different structure in the outsole of the Saucony Omni ISO, and the frontmost flex groove under the forefoot also runs differently.

However, both running shoes look largely the same under the forefoot, but the Saucony Omni 16 is a bit more separated under the heel.

The Saucony Omni 16 has been found by lab tests to be somewhat stiff for both men and women, and because the differences in midsole and outsole are not that big between the Saucony Omni ISO and the Saucony Omni 16, the same is expected of the Saucony Omni ISO.

The women's version of the Saucony Omni 16 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Saucony Omni ISO for women weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Omni 16 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Saucony Omni ISO for men weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams).

There have not been many changes made to the Saucony Omni ISO compared to the Saucony Omni 16 other than the fact that the Saucony Omni ISO has become a bit heavier than the Saucony Omni 16 and the upper has changed compared to the Saucony Omni 16.

The running experience should be largely the same in the two running shoes, so if you are a moderate to severe overpronator who is looking for a large amount of stability and support and a good amount of cushioning, you could choose either the Saucony Omni 16 or the Saucony Omni ISO.

The Saucony Omni ISO looks more modern and fits in the line of Saucony running shoes while delivering the amount of support that is expected of the Saucony Omni 16.

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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