Saucony Ride ISO vs. Saucony Zealot ISO 3 review

Saucony Ride ISO provides a soft ride with a personalized fit to neutral runners on long runs. Saucony Zealot ISO 3 provides a very soft ride and brings runners closer to a neutral plane...

The Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 are neutral running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support but who want lots of cushioning.

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Both the Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 have an ISOFIT upper, but the customization through the saddle is slightly different.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with independent straps that wrap the midfoot and that can be customized, while the Saucony Ride ISO has individual sections in the saddle that can be pulled tight and personalized.

The sections in the saddle of the Saucony Ride ISO are supported by no-sew overlays that sometimes connect the saddle to the midsole to offer extra support.

Such overlays are missing on the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, so the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 provides lightweight support around the midfoot compared to the Saucony Ride ISO.

The forefoot of both running shoes is quite open and free from overlays, except for strips running at the front, but the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 provides more freedom of movement, because it exposes overall more mesh than the Saucony Ride ISO.

The area around the heel of both the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is quite closed, but the material used by the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 seems a bit sturdier and more solid.

This is mainly because the Saucony Ride ISO has a woven area around the heel, while the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 has a molded area around the heel, which provides a better lockdown heel fit.

All in all, both the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Ride ISO should feel pretty comfortable on your feet, but the Saucony Ride ISO provides somewhat more support around the midfoot, while the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 delivers more support around the heel.

The midsoles of the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 are similar in that they both consist of one main layer of foam with a topsole construction of EVERUN cushioning that is meant to deliver heel-to-toe softness as well as energy return.

The main difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Ride ISO can be found in their heel-to-toe drops.

The Saucony Ride ISO has a higher heel-to-toe drop (between 4 and 5 mm higher) than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, so the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is meant to bring you closer to a neutral plane.

The Saucony Ride ISO has a higher heel height than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, but the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 has a higher forefoot height than the Saucony Ride ISO.

A higher heel height can mean more heel cushioning, which is true for women in the Saucony Ride ISO, because they get a very cushy heel from the Saucony Ride ISO. The heel of men is just soft.

However, the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is meant to deliver more cushioning than the Saucony Ride ISO, according to Saucony.

This is generally because the Saucony Ride ISO is meant to be plush but still remain responsive, while the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is meant to be just plush and light.

Lab tests have found that the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is an overall very cushy running shoe and delivers lots of heel cushioning to both men and women.

Men, in particular, get an overall very cushy ride from the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, while women get a very cushy forefoot with a heel that is less cushy but that can also been considered to be close to being very cushy.

The forefoot of the Saucony Ride ISO is more moderately cushioned compared to that of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, but it is still soft, so you can get an overall soft ride from the Saucony Ride ISO as a man or a woman.

The more moderately-cushioned forefoot of the Saucony Ride ISO also helps it to be a bit more responsive than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3.

Neither the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 nor the Saucony Ride ISO is meant to deliver support, but because their midsoles provide a good amount of ground contact, they are stable neutral running shoes that also deliver smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

Saucony places the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 on the same location on the neutral scale, and they are not too far from the stability scale, so you can expect to get an average to below average amount of stability from them.

The outsoles of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Ride ISO display a similar pattern, but the outsole of the Saucony Ride ISO is just a bit more segmented than that of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3.

Both come with a crash section under the heel to isolate impact at heel-strike and have a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot.

Nonetheless, the Saucony Ride ISO has still been found to be stiff for both men and women. This is probably due to the good amount of forefoot cushioning that it provides.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3, on the other hand, has surprisingly been found to be moderately flexible for both men and women despite the fact that it provides so much forefoot cushioning.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is lighter than the Saucony Ride ISO for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft, comfortable, and smooth ride, you could choose either the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 or the Saucony Ride ISO.

The Saucony Ride ISO delivers a good amount of cushioning but should still feel responsive under your foot, while the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 delivers a somewhat softer ride than the Saucony Ride ISO and brings you closer to a neutral plane.

Both the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 can be used for long runs.

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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