Saucony Omni ISO vs. Saucony Ride ISO review

Saucony Omni ISO delivers lots of stability and support to moderate to severe overpronators. Saucony Ride ISO provides a soft ride with a personalized fit to neutral runners...

The Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Omni ISO fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Saucony Ride ISO being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Saucony Omni ISO a stability running shoe.

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The Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Omni ISO look very much like each other, but the Saucony Omni ISO just comes with more stability features.

The uppers of the Saucony Omni ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride ISO are alike in that they both have an ISOFIT upper that can be customized through the saddle.

They offer a similar customization through the saddle with the difference that the Saucony Omni ISO has no-sew overlays that cover a larger area around the midfoot, while the Saucony Ride ISO has some of its no-sew overlays connect the saddle to the midsole, and it exposes more mesh than the Saucony Omni ISO around the midfoot.

Therefore, the Saucony Omni ISO is expected to deliver more support around the midfoot compared to the Saucony Ride ISO.

The forefoot of both running shoes is quite open and the overlays on the medial side have been pulled back to open up room for the bunion window, although the bunion window on the Saucony Ride ISO provides more room than that on the Saucony Omni ISO.

The Saucony Ride ISO is more open at the front by having no-sew strips as a toecap, so the Saucony Omni ISO might deliver a bit more durability at the front.

Both the Saucony Omni ISO and the Saucony Ride ISO are quite closed around the heel so deliver a good amount of support at the back.

However, the Saucony Omni ISO throws in an external heel counter to minimize heel rotation and start the process of pronation control from within the upper.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort, support, and a personalized fit from the upper of either running shoe, but the Saucony Omni ISO is the one that delivers a more secure fit around the midfoot and more support around the heel.

The Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Omni ISO also display similarities in their midsoles, but again, the Saucony Omni ISO is the one that has more stability features there too.

Both running shoes come with one main layer of foam and a topsole of EVERUN cushioning for heel-to-toe softness and energy return.

According to lab tests, the Saucony Omni ISO and the Saucony Ride ISO are two running shoes that return lots of energy to you, so your ride should feel pretty bouncy in these two running shoes, which should encourage you to run longer or faster.

However, the Saucony Ride ISO has been rated higher in energy return than the Saucony Omni ISO.

Saucony wants the Saucony Ride ISO to be a running shoe that delivers plush cushioning but still feels responsive, while the Saucony Omni ISO is meant to deliver lots of stability and support with a plush ride.

Therefore, Saucony places the Saucony Omni ISO about two notches higher on the plush cushioning scale compared to the Saucony Ride ISO.

This placement does not entirely concord with how lab tests place the two running shoes.

The Saucony Ride ISO has been found to be overall cushy for both men and women, with women getting a very cushy heel from it.

The Saucony Omni ISO, on the other hand, has been found to have a cushy forefoot but deliver a more moderate amount of heel cushioning to both men and women. Men get a very cushy forefoot from the Saucony Omni ISO, by the way.

Therefore, when you add up heel and forefoot cushioning, the Saucony Ride ISO would be the one to deliver an overall somewhat softer ride than the Saucony Omni ISO, although your ride should still feel pretty soft in the Saucony Omni ISO.

This is in line with what is expected of a neutral cushioning running shoe and a stability running shoe.

There isn't much difference between the thickness of the midsoles of the Saucony Omni ISO and the Saucony Ride ISO, so the heel-to-toe drops are also close to each other, but because men get a very cushy forefoot from the Saucony Omni ISO, the forefoot of the Saucony Omni ISO is a tiny bit thicker than that of the Saucony Ride ISO, which affects the heel-to-toe drop to be slightly less in the Saucony Omni ISO compared to the Saucony Ride ISO for men.

The main difference between the midsoles lies in the fact that the Saucony Omni ISO comes with a device on the medial side to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The Saucony Ride ISO does not have such a device, because it is meant to be worn by runners who do not need such support.

However, the Saucony Ride ISO, just like the Saucony Omni ISO, provides a good amount of ground contact, which adds some stability to the running shoe and helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

However, this amount of stability is not much compared to the amount of stability and support you would get from the medial post plus the external heel counter of the Saucony Omni ISO.

Therefore, the Saucony Omni ISO is a much more stable and supportive running shoe than the Saucony Ride ISO.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Omni ISO display a similar pattern with lots of segmentation on the lateral side and a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot.

However, because both running shoes also deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, they have been found to be stiff running shoes for both men and women.

Because the Saucony Ride ISO has more flex grooves that run uninterruptedly from side to side compared to the Saucony Omni ISO, it might turn out to feel a bit more flexible than the Saucony Omni ISO despite its stiffness.

The Saucony Omni ISO is heavier than the Saucony Ride ISO for both men and women, but this is logical with all the stability tools that the Saucony Omni ISO provides.

Making a decision between the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Omni ISO should not be that difficult, because they are meant to be worn by two different types of runners.

If you are a neutral runner, the Saucony Ride ISO was created for you, and if you are a moderate to severe overpronator, the Saucony Omni ISO was built with your needs in mind.

Both running shoes can deliver a comfortable, overall soft, and smooth ride, but your ride might just feel overall a bit softer and bouncier in the Saucony Ride 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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