Saucony Ride 10 vs. Saucony Freedom ISO review

Saucony Ride 10 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Freedom ISO also provides a soft ride but brings you closer to the ground.

The Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Freedom ISO are both plush neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony but serve runners that have different preferences.

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Whereas the Saucony Ride 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com implements no-sew overlays around the midfoot, the Saucony Freedom ISO does not come with overlays around the midfoot.

Both running shoes have engineered mesh that reduces the need for overlays, especially in the forefoot, but the Saucony Freedom ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com makes almost entirely use of this type of mesh to hold the upper together.

The only overlay on the Saucony Freedom ISO can be found at the front of the running shoe. This overlay does not contain stitches, just like the overlay at the front of the Saucony Ride 10.

Apart from the minimum amount of overlays on the Saucony Freedom ISO, it also differs from the Saucony Ride 10 in that it comes with a Support Frame at the back of the shoe.

This allows the Saucony Freedom ISO to really lock the heel in, and because this heel counter runs fairly far forward toward the midfoot, it also helps prevent heel rotation and thus increases the amount of stability delivered by the Saucony Freedom ISO.

All in all, both the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Freedom ISO are geared toward providing runners with a comfortable upper to run in, but the Saucony Freedom ISO increases your freedom a bit more by having a bare minimum of overlays.

Both the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Freedom ISO implement EVERUN cushioning in their midsoles, but while the Saucony Ride 10 comes with just a top layer of EVERUN, the Saucony Freedom ISO has its entire midsole consisting of EVERUN.

While both the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Freedom ISO are meant to provide a plush ride, Saucony places the Saucony Ride 10 at the lower end of the plush cushioning scale and the Saucony Freedom ISO at the upper end.

However, running shoe lab tests have not found many differences in the amount of cushioning provided by the two running shoes.

In fact, according to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Freedom ISO display almost the same cushioning profile for both men and women, with minimal differences between the amount of heel and forefoot cushioning.

So whether you choose to run in the Saucony Ride 10 or the Saucony Freedom ISO, you should be able to get a soft ride, because both running shoes offer an above average amount of heel and forefoot cushioning.

They also display a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning, meaning that the amount of heel cushioning is not lagging far behind the amount of forefoot cushioning or vice versa.

The biggest difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Freedom ISO can be found in the heel-to-toe drop.

The Saucony Ride 10 has a heel-to-toe drop that is almost twice that of the Saucony Freedom ISO.

The heel-to-toe drop is about 10.1 mm in the Saucony Ride 10 for men and 4.9 mm in the Saucony Freedom ISO for men. These numbers are 9.6 mm and 4.7 mm, respectively, for women.

The Saucony Ride 10 puts more foam between you and the ground so is a good running shoe for long runs that feel responsive. The Saucony Freedom ISO brings you closer to the ground and to a neutral plane.

Both running shoes are for neutral runners so are not meant to provide stability and support.

Running shoe lab tests have found the Saucony Freedom ISO to be more stable than the Saucony Ride 10, probably because of the previously mentioned extra support at the back of the Saucony Freedom ISO.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes have a zigzag pattern with a good amount of separation, but the Saucony Ride 10 has larger rubber compartments and flex grooves than the Saucony Freedom ISO.

Running shoe lab tests have found the Saucony Freedom ISO to be a bit more flexible than the Saucony Ride 10 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Freedom ISO weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams), and the Saucony Ride 10 for women also weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 9.3 oz (264 grams) and 9.9 oz (281 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Freedom ISO being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the Saucony Ride 10 or the Saucony Freedom ISO.

The Saucony Ride 10 is good for long runs, while the Saucony Freedom ISO is good for runners who want to get closer to the neutral plane and who are looking for something lighter with less overlays.

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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