Saucony Ride ISO vs. Saucony Kinvara 9 review

Saucony Ride ISO provides a soft ride with a personalized fit to neutral runners on long runs. Saucony Kinvara 9 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast.

The Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Kinvara 9 are both for neutral runners but were constructed with the needs of two different types of neutral runners in mind.

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The Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is for those who want to go for long runs, while the Saucony Kinvara 9 would suit fast-paced runners who want to keep their workout short.

Everything on the Saucony Kinvara 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride ISO has been created with those goals in mind, starting with the upper, which differs in the two running shoes.

The upper of the Saucony Ride ISO comes with ISOFIT and FORMFIT to be able to provide a more personalized fit to runners.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 does not have an ISOFIT upper but rather makes use of light no-sew overlays that are quite pulled back.

Some of the overlays on both running shoes connect the saddle to the midsole around the midfoot so offer a good amount of support in that area.

While the toe box of both running shoes is quite open, the Saucony Ride ISO might provide a bit more room to those who have big bunions, although the Saucony Kinvara 9 also has a bunion window that is quite open.

The difference here is that the Saucony Ride ISO does not have overlays running along the upper edge of the sides of the toe box like the Saucony Kinvara 9 does.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Ride ISO have a woven area around the heel for lightweight support, but the Saucony Ride ISO adds extra overlays at the sides and at the back of the heel for extra support.

However, the area around the heel of the Saucony Kinvara 9 extends far into the saddle so does deliver a good amount of support.

All in all, both running shoes should feel comfortable on your feet, but the Saucony Ride ISO would be the one to deliver a notch more softness and personalization, while the Saucony Kinvara 9 keeps things light yet delivers enough support to keep your foot on the running platform.

The midsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Ride ISO are similar in that both come with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning for heel-to-toe softness.

Both running shoes also deliver a good amount of ground contact for smooth heel-to-toe transitions as well as a bit of stability.

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

The main difference between the midsoles can be found in their thicknesses and their heel-to-toe drops.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 has a much lower heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Ride ISO.

The Saucony Ride ISO sits a bit higher off the ground than the Saucony Kinvara 9 in both the heel and the forefoot, so the Saucony Ride ISO puts more foam between you and the road, which is beneficial for longer runs.

The heel of the Saucony Ride ISO is much higher than that of the Saucony Kinvara 9, which results in the higher heel-to-toe drop of the Saucony Ride ISO.

Therefore, the Saucony Kinvara 9 brings you closer to the ground and closer to a neutral plane compared to the Saucony Ride ISO, which is beneficial for faster runs.

While Saucony lists the Saucony Kinvara 9 as delivering cushioning that is firm and responsive but close to moderate, lab tests have found the Saucony Kinvara 9 to be overall cushy with slightly more forefoot cushioning than heel cushioning.

The Saucony Ride ISO is listed by Saucony as delivering plush cushioning that is balanced and meant to feel responsive, so clearly, the Saucony Ride ISO is meant to feel softer under your foot than the Saucony Kinvara 9.

This is in line with what lab tests have found, that is, the Saucony Ride ISO does deliver an overall soft ride, but women get more softness under their heels than men do.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Kinvara 9 have also been set up with their specific goals in mind.

Whereas the Saucony Ride ISO comes with lots of rubber in its outsole, the Saucony Kinvara 9 only has rubber in high-wear areas in the forefoot and under the heel.

Therefore, the Saucony Ride ISO is meant to be more durable than the Saucony Kinvara 9, and the Saucony Kinvara 9 has been kept light for you to be able to go faster.

While both running shoes display a good amount of separation in their outsoles, they have been found to be stiff running shoes, probably because they do deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 9 weighs approximately 6.5 oz (184 grams), and the Saucony Ride ISO for women weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 8.0 oz (227 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride, you could choose either the Saucony Ride ISO or the Saucony Kinvara 9.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 would suit runners who are looking to go fast or run a race, while the Saucony Ride ISO is more for those who are going for longer runs or everyday training.

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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