Saucony Ride 10 vs. Saucony Zealot ISO 2 review

Saucony Ride 10 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Zealot ISO 2 provides an overall soft and smooth ride to neutral runners.

The Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need any kind of stability and support.

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Having said that, the Saucony Ride 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 would still appeal to different kinds of neutral runners because there are some differences between these two running shoes.

The first obvious difference is that the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 comes with sturdy stitched-on ISOFIT overlays around the midfoot, while the Saucony Ride 10 only implements no-sew overlays along with mesh that reduces the need for overlays due to its structure.

This allows the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com to not only provide a secure fit but also a larger amount of support than the Saucony Ride 10 through its upper.

The Saucony Ride 10 is more geared toward maintaining a great degree of comfort in its upper by reducing the amount of stitches in it.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 also comes with light no-sew overlays, but these are mostly located around and on the toe box.

All in all, you can expect to get more support from the upper of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 than from that of the Saucony Ride 10.

Both the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 have EVERUN topsole cushioning, so provide a good amount of cushioning.

The midsole of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 comes with a separate shock-absorbing crash pad, while the landing zone has been more or less integrated into the midsole of the Saucony Ride 10.

The crash pad in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 connects well to the forefoot, so in essence, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 would also provide smooth heel-to-toe transitions just like the Saucony Ride 10.

Saucony rates both the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 as providing plush cushioning but places the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 at the upper end and the Saucony Ride 10 at the lower end.

This placement is in agreement with running shoe lab tests, which show that the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is overall cushier than the Saucony Ride 10 for both men and women.

The difference in cushioning is greater for men than it is for women and both running shoes provide an above average amount of cushioning to both genders, so you should be able to get a very soft ride in either.

While the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is a bit cushier than the Saucony Ride 10, the big difference in the midsole is the heel-to-toe drop.

The Saucony Ride 10 has a larger heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2, so the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 brings you closer to a neutral plane.

The heel-to-toe drop in the Saucony Ride 10 is 10.1 mm for men and 9.6 mm for women. These numbers are 6.7 mm for men and 5.0 mm for women in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

The Saucony Ride 10 also tends to sit a bit higher off the ground under the heel, so you might get more of a performance feel in the Saucony Ride 10 than in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite similar to each other under the forefoot but differ a bit in the rest of the outsole.

They both display a good amount of separation for shock dissipation and flexibility.

According to running shoe lab tests, both running shoes are quite flexible, but the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 displays a bit more flexibility than the Saucony Ride 10.

The women's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the Saucony Ride 10 for women also weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 9.9 oz (281 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 or the Saucony Ride 10.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 would be good for runners who are looking for a secure fit and who prefer a more neutral plane.

The Saucony Ride 10 would be good for runners who are looking for a very comfortable upper and who prefer a larger heel-to-toe drop.

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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