Saucony Ride 8 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

Saucony Ride 8 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 adds plushness, comfort, and stability to the your runs.

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The Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are both neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony with the biggest difference between them being ISOFIT.

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The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has broad ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot. While they are no-sew overlays, they do contain some stitches at the front and back to keep them in place.

The Saucony Ride 8 also has a no-sew upper with stitched-on overlays on the medial side where support is needed most.

The Saucony Ride 8 tends to have a very open and free forefoot with light FlexFilm overlays running over the toe box. This should prevent irritation in the front part of the shoe.

While the overlays on the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 have been pulled back compared to the previous version, its forefoot is not as open as that of the Saucony Ride 8, but you should still experience a comfortable fit, especially in the bunion area.

Another difference in the upper is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a Support Frame that really locks the heel down and keeps it in place. The Saucony Ride 8 does not have one, but instead uses sturdy stitched-on overlays.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is supposed to be a neutral running shoe, so not pay attention to stability and support, its upper delivers quite a bit of support for shoes in its category; more support than the Saucony Ride 8.

The midsoles of both the Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

However, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a layer of softer foam just under the sockliner at the top of the midsole. This makes the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 a super cushy running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is more cushy than the Saucony Ride 8 for both men and women, but there are small similarities to be noted.

For men, the forefoot cushioning of the Saucony Ride 8 is the same as that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides way more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 8.

For women, the heel cushioning of the Saucony Ride 8 is the same as that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, and the forefoot cushioning is just a small notch under that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2. The differences between the two running shoes are minimal for women.

Both running shoes provide full ground contact and reduce impact at heel-strike through a crash pad or landing zone, so have the potential of delivering smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off. This also benefits the stability of the running shoes.

The rubber outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 differs considerably from that of the Saucony Ride 8 in construction and layout with the biggest difference being in the forefoot where the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a zigzag pattern and the Saucony Ride 8 a fan-shaped pattern.

The heel is also straighter in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the midfoot a bit wider than in the Saucony Ride 8.

However, running shoe lab tests have revealed that the Saucony Ride 8 is the more flexible running shoe of the two, especially for women where the difference in flexibility is quite large.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams) and the Saucony Ride 8 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.4 oz (295 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 8 being the lighter one.

If you are a runner who does not need any kind of stability or support, you could go with either running shoe. Saucony Ride 8 would be more suitable if you are looking for something lighter.

However, lab tests indicate that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 delivers quite a bit of stability and support as a neutral running shoe in addition to stiffness that might be preferred by heavier runners.

And if you are a male heel-striker, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 may suit you better than the Saucony Ride 8.

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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