Saucony Ride 10 vs. Saucony Zealot ISO 3 review

Saucony Ride 10 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Zealot ISO 3 provides a very soft ride and brings runners closer to a neutral plane...

NEW! Saucony Ride ISO vs. Saucony Zealot ISO 3

The Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The Saucony Zealot ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 10 resemble each other a lot, but there are definitely differences between these two running shoes.

The first difference is that the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 comes with ISOFIT in its upper, while the Saucony Ride 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not.

The ISOFIT upper of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 will allow you to customize your fit through the laces in the saddle, because the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 comes with straps around the midfoot that can be pulled tight through the laces.

The Saucony Ride 10 provides less personalization than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, but it does come with a good amount of thin no-sew overlays around the midfoot and a woven area around the heel so delivers a good amount of support from midfoot to heel.

Both running shoes have a forefoot that is quite open and free from overlays and engineered mesh to provide lightweight structure and support.

Therefore, both running shoes should be able to deliver a good amount of comfort in the toe box.

The heel of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is quite closed and delivers a good amount of support, which might be just a tad more when compared to the Saucony Ride 10.

All in all, you should be able to get an adequate amount of support as a neutral runner from the upper of either running shoe, but the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 would be the one that provides a more personalized fit.

The midsoles of the Saucony Ride 10 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 are similar in that both have a topsole of EVERUN cushioning for heel-to-toe softness.

They also both have crash pads that are more integrated into the midsole and provide a good amount of ground contact so are capable of delivering smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

Both the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Ride 10 are cushy running shoes so can deliver a soft ride, but the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is just a tad cushier in the heel and the forefoot for both men and women.

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Another difference is that the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 brings you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Ride 10 does.

The heel of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is slightly lower than that of the Saucony Ride 10, and its forefoot is slightly higher.

The heel-to-toe drop is between 5 mm and 6.5 mm in the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, while it is about 10 mm in the Saucony Ride 10.

Therefore, with the Saucony Ride 10 delivering a tad less cushioning and having a higher heel-to-toe drop, it would feel more responsive and like a performance running shoe than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3.

Neither the Saucony Ride 10 nor the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 come with a lot of stability features, but the structure around the heel of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 can be seen as a stability feature in addition to both running shoes delivering a good amount of ground contact.

Therefore, the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 would be a bit more stable than the Saucony Ride 10, but as a neutral runner, you would not be too concerned with stability.

The outsoles of the two running shoes display a zigzag pattern in the forefoot with wide flex grooves.

While the crash section under the heel differs, they are both set up in a way to isolate impact and absorb shock.

The Saucony Ride 10 has a couple of flex grooves that are interrupted by rubber on the medial side, but its good amount of flex grooves makes it a moderately flexible running shoe.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3 has a good amount of wide, uninterrupted flex grooves at the front under the forefoot, and this helps it to be quite flexible and just a tiny bit more flexible than the Saucony Ride 10.

The women's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 weighs approximately 7.4 oz (210 grams), and the Saucony Ride 10 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 8.7 oz (247 grams) and 9.9 oz (281 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft and smooth ride, you could look into either the Saucony Ride 10 or the Saucony Zealot ISO 3.

The Saucony Ride 10 is good for runners who are looking for a more responsive ride on long runs, while the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is for those who prefer a more neutral running plane in addition to a personalized fit and lots of cushioning in a somewhat lighter package.

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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