Saucony Omni 16 vs. Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 review

Saucony Omni 16 provides a very stable and supportive running experience. Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 offers lots of support and a plush ride to severe overpronators...

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The Saucony Omni 16 and the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 are stability running shoes, but the Saucony Omni 16 is listed as being for moderate to severe overpronators, while the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is only for severe overpronators.

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The uppers of the Saucony Omni 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 are quite similar in what they provide to runners, but everything on the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is a bit heavier and sturdier.

Both the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Omni 16 come with broad overlays around the midfoot, but the overlays on the Saucony Omni 16 are no-sew, while those on the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 are a bit thicker and have some stitches in them, and there are also no-sew overlays present.

The overlays on both running shoes continue running around the heel so cover the area from midfoot to heel well.

In addition, both running shoes come with an external heel counter, but again, the heel counter of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is much sturdier than that of the Saucony Omni 16.

The forefoot of the Saucony Omni 16 is a bit more open than that of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2, especially around the bunion window.

The overlays around the midfoot of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 come pretty far forward so close up part of the forefoot, while those on the Saucony Omni 16 are pulled back and cut in a way to open up room in the toe box.

All in all, both running shoes provide a secure fit, but you should be able to get more support from the upper of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 than from that of the Saucony Omni 16.

However, the Saucony Omni 16 might feel more comfortable in the toe box than the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2.

Both the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 and the Saucony Omni 16 are meant to deliver lots of support and lots of cushioning to overpronators.

Saucony lists the Saucony Omni 16 at the bottom of the plush cushioning scale, while the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is listed a bit higher towards the top of the scale, so the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is expected to be overall cushier than the Saucony Omni 16.

The Saucony Omni 16 has a cushy forefoot but a somewhat more moderately-cushioned heel.

The midsoles of the two running shoes have a similar construction with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning for heel-to-toe softness, and they come with a long post on the medial side to control overpronation.

The post runs high in both running shoes, but the connection between the external heel counter in the upper and the post in the midsole is more seamless in the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2.

In addition, the external heel counter comes further forward on the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 than the one on the Saucony Omni 16, so the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is better capable of reducing heel rotation.

When you combine the effect of the heel counter with the medial post, the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 would be the one to deliver a slightly stronger degree of pronation control, despite the fact that its post is a bit more triangular than the one of the Saucony Omni 16.

Both the Saucony Omni 16 and the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 provide a good amount of ground contact right under the midfoot, which not only adds some stability to the running shoes but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Neither running shoe comes with a separate crash pad. Their crash pads are integrated into the midsole and have crash zones in the outsole that isolate shock from the rest of the running shoe.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look similar in the forefoot, with both having a zigzag pattern of flex grooves.

Where they differ is in the shape of the platform. The platform of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is straighter and broader under the midfoot as a good indication that it is suitable for runners who have broad or flat feet.

The platform of the Saucony Omni 16 follows the shape of a normal foot.

While the flex grooves of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 run from side to side in the forefoot, the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is expected to be stiff due to the fact that it delivers lots of forefoot cushioning.

The same thing can be said of the Saucony Omni 16, although the Saucony Omni 16 is expected to be somewhat more flexible than the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2, because it is a bit more segmented and somewhat less cushy than the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2.

The women's version of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 weighs approximately 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the Saucony Omni 16 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 weighs about 12 oz (340 grams), and the Saucony Omni 16 for men weighs 10.1 oz (286 grams).

The Saucony Omni 16 is lighter than the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 , but both running shoes can be worn by heavier runners.

If you are a moderate to severe overpronator who is looking for lots of stability and support in addition to a soft and smooth ride, the Saucony Omni 16 would be worth looking into.

It delivers a good amount of pronation control without being too clunky, and it lies just below the motion control category.

However, if you need an amount of support that is typically delivered by a motion control running shoe and are also looking for a soft and smooth ride, the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 would be the one to look into, because unlike the Saucony Omni 16, the Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is placed halfway in the motion control category.

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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