Saucony Ride ISO vs. Saucony Freedom ISO review

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

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The Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Freedom ISO are both neutral cushioning running shoes, but the Saucony Freedom ISO brings you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Ride ISO.

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The uppers of the Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Freedom ISO are similar in that both have an ISOFIT upper that is pretty customizable through the laces, so you can get a personalized fit from either running shoe.

However, the Saucony Ride ISO has some overlays that connect the saddle to the midsole, so it might offer a bit more support around the midfoot than the Saucony Freedom ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The forefoot of both running shoes is quite open and free from overlays, because they use engineered mesh to provide structure and support.

While the Saucony Ride ISO has overlays on the medial side, they have been positioned in a way to open up room for the bunion window.

The Saucony Freedom ISO does not have overlays on the medial side to cover the bunion window, although the Saucony logo does come far forward and the toecap goes far back, so both can provide a somewhat tighter fit in that area.

The two running shoes differ quite a bit at the back, with the Saucony Ride ISO having a woven area around the heel to provide support, and the Saucony Freedom ISO having an external heel counter that locks the heel in and diminishes heel rotation.

Therefore, while the Saucony Freedom ISO is a neutral running shoe, it does come with a stability feature in its upper.

All in all, you should be able to get enough support from the uppers of the Saucony Freedom ISO and the Saucony Ride ISO as a neutral runner, and they both offer comfort and a personalized fit, but the Saucony Freedom ISO is the one that delivers a bit more support around the heel and the Saucony Ride ISO a bit more support around the midfoot.

The midsoles of the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Freedom ISO differ in that the Saucony Ride ISO has a topsole of EVERUN cushioning, while the Saucony Freedom ISO has a topsole and its entire midsole consisting of EVERUN.

Saucony lists both running shoes as delivering plush cushioning, but while the Saucony Ride ISO is at the bottom of the scale, the Saucony Freedom ISO is placed close to the top of the scale.

The goal of the Saucony Freedom ISO is to deliver lots of cushioning, while the Saucony Ride ISO is meant to feel responsive and deliver enough cushioning to make your ride soft but not too soft to hold you back.

Therefore, you can expect to get a soft ride from either running shoe.

What can also make the Saucony Ride ISO feel responsive is the fact that it has a higher heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Freedom ISO.

The Saucony Freedom ISO is meant to bring you closer to a neutral plane and has a heel-to-toe drop that is close to 4 mm, while that of the Saucony Ride ISO is about twice that amount.

Therefore, the Saucony Ride ISO is more likely to feel like a performance running shoe compared to the Saucony Freedom ISO.

The Saucony Ride ISO also has a thicker midsole than the Saucony Freedom ISO, so it sits a bit higher off the ground and puts more foam between you and the road so offers more protection.

This extra amount of midsole foam should also increase the cushiness of the running shoe to the extent that the Saucony Ride ISO might feel as cushy as the Saucony Freedom ISO.

Both running shoes provide a lot of ground contact, which adds stability to the running shoes but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Neither running shoe comes with a device to control pronation, because they are meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such support.

Apart from the good amount of ground contact, the Saucony Ride ISO does not have many stability features, so the Saucony Freedom ISO is a bit more stable than the Saucony Ride ISO due to the fact that it comes with an external heel counter in its upper.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ in construction and layout.

The Saucony Freedom ISO has an outsole that is almost completely covered with rubber and has some cuts in the rubber to form a pattern but no deep flex grooves.

The Saucony Ride ISO has lots of deep flex grooves and displays a good amount of segmentation and separation, especially on the lateral side.

However, the Saucony Ride ISO also has a somewhat thicker midsole than the Saucony Freedom ISO, so it might feel stiffer than the Saucony Freedom ISO, despite the Saucony Freedom ISO not having deep flex grooves in its outsole.

The women's version of the Saucony Freedom ISO weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams), and the Saucony Ride ISO for women weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.3 oz (264 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Freedom ISO being the lighter one.

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

The Saucony Freedom ISO brings you closer to the ground and closer to a neutral plane and is somewhat lighter and more stable than the Saucony Ride ISO.

The Saucony Ride ISO puts lots of foam between you and the road so is a good running shoe for long runs and for runners who want a somewhat more responsive running shoe.

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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