Saucony Ride 9 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO review

Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Triumph ISO provides a super soft and comfortable ride for long runs.

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The Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO are both neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony with the biggest differences between them being ISOFIT and EVERUN.

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The upper of the Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com consists mainly of mesh with no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot and forefoot.

At the back, it comes with some stitched-on overlays wrapping the heel.

The upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO is different in that it has broad overlays wrapping the midfoot and going around the back of the shoe.

These overlays contain some stitches to keep them in place and can be considered to provide much more support than the no-sew overlays around the midfoot of the Saucony Ride 9.

The Saucony Triumph ISO also comes with an external heel counter at the back to increase the amount of support.

The toe box of the Saucony Triumph ISO is free of overlays, but because the broad ISOFIT overlays come far forward, there is less room for big bunions to move.

While the bunion window is covered with no-sew overlays in the Saucony Ride 9, these overlays are much lighter than on the Saucony Triumph ISO so may provide some degree of comfort to bunions.

All in all, the Saucony Triumph ISO can be seen as the one that provides a more secure fit through its upper.

The Saucony Triumph ISO is also meant to provide lots of cushioning to neutral runners through its midsole.

While the Saucony Ride 9 was not intended to do the same, running shoe lab tests have revealed that it is a very cushy running shoe.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Ride 9 has almost the same cushioning profile as the Saucony Triumph ISO for women with both having an equal amount of heel cushioning and the Saucony Triumph ISO having just a tiny bit more forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Ride 9.

For men, there is a similar profile to be noted, but this time the Saucony Triumph ISO has a tiny edge over the Saucony Ride 9 in both the heel and the forefoot.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Ride 9 provide a good amount of ground contact, especially under the arch. This should help with smoothening your ride and increasing the stability a bit.

Both also come with a crash pad under the heel that connects well to the forefoot at the midfoot to provide you with soft landings and smooth transitions to toe-off thereafter.

The main difference in the midsole is the fact that the Saucony Ride 9 comes with a top layer of softer foam (EVERUN) just under the sockliner.

Neither the Saucony Ride 9 nor the Saucony Triumph ISO are meant to provide stability and support. They provide an average amount of stability, and running shoe lab tests rate them as being almost equally stable with the Saucony Triumph ISO having just a tiny edge over the Saucony Ride 9.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ in construction and configuration of the rubber lugs, but both are well separated for shock absorption and dissipation.

However, this separation does not help the Saucony Triumph ISO or the Saucony Ride 9 much with flexibility because both running shoes turn out to be stiff for men and women, according to running shoe lab tests.

The Saucony Ride 9 turns out to be just a tiny bit more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO for both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the Saucony Ride 9 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 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 choose either the Saucony Ride 9 or the Saucony Triumph ISO because both provide almost an equal amount of cushioning.

The only reason to choose the Saucony Ride 9 would be because you want something lighter that fits a bit looser and more comfortable on your feet.

And the only reason to choose the Saucony Triumph ISO would be because it provides a more secure fit and a little bit more stability than the Saucony Ride 9.

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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