Saucony Ride 9 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 adds plushness, comfort, and a touch of stability to the your runs.

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The Saucony Ride 9 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 upper of the Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not come with broad overlays wrapping the midfoot like the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 does.

The upper of the Saucony Ride 9 has been kept pretty light with no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot and in the forefoot.

The only stitched-on pieces can be found at the back of the shoe, wrapping the heel.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, on the other hand, has ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot with a couple of stitches in them to keep them in place, and an external heel counter at the back to add more support behind the heel. Lighter no-sew overlays can be found at the front of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

So all in all, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 can be seen as the one that provides the most support through the upper, and the Saucony Ride 9 can be seen as the one that provides a somewhat looser and perhaps more comfortable fit from midfoot to toe.

Both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 use similar midsole materials to provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

Both implement a softer layer of foam right under the sockliner and in the heel to soften your landings.

But while the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has this softer material right under the sockliner and as a heel insert or landing zone, the Saucony Ride 9 has it as one softer layer from heel to toe right under the sockliner.

Saucony lists the Saucony Ride 9 as being at the higher end of the moderately cushioned category or at the lower end of plush cushioning category. The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is said to provide very plush cushioning.

Running shoe lab tests agree somewhat with these statements. The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is more plush than the Saucony Ride 9 in both the heel and the forefoot and for both men and women.

However, both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 display a large amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot and for both men and women.

The differences in cushioning between the two running shoes are very small with the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 having a tiny edge over the Saucony Ride 9.

Both running shoes are suitable for heel-strikers and for runners wanting a very cushy forefoot.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride 9 are also very similar in the amount of ground contact they provide, especially under the arch.

The large amount of ground contact provided by both running shoes helps them deliver a smoother and more stable ride, but according to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is the more stable running shoe of the two.

The outsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride 9 have a similar construction and layout although the Saucony Ride 9 is a little bit more segmented under the heel.

Because there isn't much difference between the amount of forefoot cushioning provided by the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride 9 and because they have a similar outsole pattern in the forefoot, running shoe lab tests also rate them as almost equally stiff.

The Saucony Ride 9 is just a tad more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, but both running shoes lie on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams) and the Saucony Ride 9 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.4 oz (295 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 or the Saucony Ride 9.

Runners who prefer something lighter on their feet may want to look into the Saucony Ride 9 more than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

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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