Saucony Ride 8 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO review

Saucony Ride 8 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Triumph ISO provides a super soft and supportive ride for long runs.

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

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The Saucony Triumph ISO has ISOFIT in its upper which are sturdy overlays that hug the midfoot over socklike mesh.

The Saucony Ride 8 does not have such an upper, but rather provides a couple of stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe where support is generally needed most.

In addition, most of the supportive overlays on both the lateral and medial side have been pulled back on the Saucony Ride 8 to really open up the forefoot area where only light no-sew welded-on FlexFilm overlays run in the upper to provide structure.

Therefore, your feet may feel a bit more comfortable and free in the Saucony Ride 8 than in the Saucony Triumph ISO, despite the Saucony Triumph ISO not having overlays running over its toe box except for a no-sew overlay at the front of the shoe.

Another difference in the upper is that the Saucony Triumph ISO has a Support Frame behind the heel to really cup the heel and provide additional support there.

So all in all, you can see the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO to be much more supportive than that of the Saucony Ride 8, while the Saucony Ride 8 may feel less constricted than the Saucony Triumph ISO.

The midsoles of both the Saucony Ride 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO provide heel-to-toe cushioning, but the midsole material of the Saucony Triumph ISO is the upgraded version of the midsole material of the Saucony Ride 8, which is supposed to deliver 20% more cushioning.

And indeed, in running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Triumph ISO turns out to be an overall very cushy running shoe and much more cushy than the Saucony Ride 8, especially for men in the heel. The amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same, though.

For women, both running shoes deliver an almost equal amount of cushioning both in the heel and in the forefoot with the Saucony Ride 8 having a heel that is just a little bit more cushy than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO.

While both running shoes are geared towards neutral runners, they do have a stability feature in their crash pads under the heel. Both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Ride 8 have a crash pad that runs from the back along the lateral side of the heel and connects with the forefoot at the midfoot.

So both running shoes should provide you with a soft touchdown as well as a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off. Added stability in both running shoes continue in the form of full ground contact under the entire shoe.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Ride 8 also look very much like each other in configuration and segmentation.

However, the Saucony Ride 8 has much more segmentation between its rubber pods and in terms of the amount of flex grooves in the forefoot. This tends to help the flexibility of a running shoe.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests confirm that the Saucony Ride 8 is much more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO. But while the Saucony Triumph ISO is quite stiff, it does have a better toe spring than the Saucony Ride 8, so should provide you with a rolling transition so that its stiffness shouldn't be much of a problem.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Ride 8 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 8 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for a soft running experience, either running shoe could give you that. Both have a very cushy forefoot, but the Saucony Triumph ISO is more suitable for men if overall cushioning is what you are after. For women, there is not much of a difference between the two shoes.

The decision point may lie in the weight of the shoe you are looking for and what kind of comfort you like in the upper. While both should feel comfortable on your feet, the Saucony Ride 8 may better suit runners who want more space to move in the forefoot area of the shoe.

For tons of support in the upper, the Saucony Triumph ISO would be the answer.

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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