Saucony Ride ISO vs. Saucony Freedom ISO 2 review

Saucony Ride ISO provides a soft ride with a personalized fit to neutral runners on long runs. Saucony Freedom ISO 2 provides a plush ride and brings you closer to a neutral plane...

The Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 are neutral running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support, but they serve runners who have different needs and wants.

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The uppers of the Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 are similar in that both have an ISOFIT upper that is customizable through the saddle.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com offers somewhat more personalization than the Saucony Ride ISO, because the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 has three separate sections in the saddle that can be adjusted, while the Saucony Ride ISO has only two.

Both running shoes come with no-sew overlays around the midfoot, but the overlays on the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 do not connect the saddle to the midsole but rather run halfway towards the midsole.

The Saucony Ride ISO, on the other hand, has some overlays that connect the saddle to the midsole, so the Saucony Ride ISO might offer a fit that is a bit more secure around the midfoot.

Another difference between the uppers is that the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 comes with a knit upper, while the Saucony Ride ISO has a mesh upper.

Both running shoes have enough holes in their uppers to provide a good amount of breathability, but the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is overall a bit more open than the Saucony Ride ISO, so the former might be a bit more breathable.

Both running shoes have a toe box that is free from overlays, except for a no-sew strip at the front, so both running shoes should be able to provide lots of room to those who have wide feet or big bunions.

While the Saucony Ride ISO is more closed at the back compared to the Saucony Freedom ISO 2, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is the one that comes with a piece that wraps around the upper part of your heel to lock your heel in.

Therefore, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 might provide a better heel fit than the Saucony Ride ISO.

All in all, you should be able to get a comfortable fit from the upper of either running shoe, with the Saucony Ride ISO providing a bit more support around the midfoot and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 a bit more around the heel.

On average, though, both running shoes should be able to keep your foot well on the running platform.

The midsoles of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride ISO differ in that the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 comes with a full-length EVERUN midsole, while the Saucony Ride ISO has a PWRFOAM midsole with an EVERUN topsole construction.

This indicates that the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is supposed to provide more cushioning than the Saucony Ride ISO.

Saucony places both the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 on the plush cushioning scale, but the Saucony Ride ISO is at the bottom of the scale, while the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is almost at the top.

The Saucony Ride ISO is a running shoe that is meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning but still feel responsive, while the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is meant to provide continuous plush cushioning.

The Saucony Ride ISO sits a bit higher off the ground under the heel and a bit higher under the forefoot of men. Women get about the same forefoot height from the two running shoes.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 has a much lower heel-to-toe drop (about 4 to 5 mm lower) than the Saucony Ride ISO, so the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is meant to bring you closer to a neutral plane.

Both the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 have been found to deliver an overall soft ride, but women get a very cushy heel from the Saucony Ride ISO.

Note that both the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride ISO score high in energy return, which means that you can expect to get a bouncy ride from either running shoe.

While the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride ISO are neutral running shoes, they do deliver some stability through the good amount of ground contact that they provide.

While the Support Frame in the upper of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 can be seen as a stability feature, it is not meant to provide pronation control but rather deliver a better heel fit, so while the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 does deliver some stability, it is not meant to be worn by overpronators who need lots of stability and support.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride ISO differ in that the outsole of the Saucony Ride ISO is of a different material than that of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2.

Both running shoes are well separated in their outsoles, but the Saucony Ride ISO has wider separations than the Saucony Freedom ISO 2.

Both running shoes display a zigzag pattern in the forefoot, but whereas the Saucony Ride ISO has wide flex grooves that run from side to side, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 has vertical flex grooves.

However, neither benefit the flexibility of the running shoes, because these two running shoes deliver quite a bit of forefoot cushioning, so both the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride ISO have been found to be on the stiff side for both men and women.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is just a tiny bit lighter than the Saucony Ride ISO for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft, smooth, and comfortable ride from a running shoe, you could turn to either the Saucony Ride ISO or the Saucony Freedom ISO 2.

Both the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride ISO are good for long runs and both can give you a more personalized fit.

The main difference between the two running shoes lies in the fact that the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 brings you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Ride ISO.

In addition, the Saucony Ride ISO is meant to feel responsive, while the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is meant to feel plush.

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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