Saucony Triumph 11 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO review

Saucony Triumph 11 already provided a plush ride. Saucony Triumph ISO takes this a step further by adding more plushness and a more comfortable and custom fit to your ride.

The Saucony Triumph ISO is the updated version of the Saucony Triumph 11, which is a running shoe that is geared towards runners who do not need any kind of stability, but are rather looking for lots of cushioning in a running shoe, and who might also be a bit on the heavy side.


The Saucony Triumph ISO The preceding link takes you to still has a pretty open toe box just like the Saucony Triumph 11 with no overlays on it.

The biggest change Saucony made to the Saucony Triumph 11 The preceding link takes you to was to introduce a new upper construction called ISOFIT.

ISOFIT consists of largely no-sew overlays that hug your midfoot around a plush inner sleeve of breathable mesh that fits like a sock around your foot.

The result is a comfortable and more adaptable fit while allowing the shoe to move with your foot throughout the gait cycle.

The Saucony Triumph 11 has what is called Sauc-Fit, which is only located on the medial side of the shoe. ISOFIT on the other hand gives a more uniform lockdown of the midfoot since the overlays are located on both sides of the shoe.

So overall, you should get a more secure fit from the Saucony Triumph ISO, especially around the midfoot. And while it may seem like the heel of the Saucony Triumph ISO is more open than that of the Saucony Triumph 11, there is a new support frame that cups the heel to really keep it in place.

Another change Saucony made was to the midsole where they replaced the PowerGrid midsole by a newer and updated PWRGRID+ midsole. PWRGRID+ provides 20% more cushioning than PowerGrid and offers enhanced shock absorption, centering of the foot, and durability.

The midsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO is 3 mm thicker in the heel and in the forefoot for both men and women, meaning that the Saucony Triumph ISO should give you more protection from the road and feel more cushy than the Saucony Triumph 11.

What has also been updated is the SRC crash pad under the heel. The crash pad under the Saucony Triumph ISO is still segmented, beveled, and runs from the back of the heel till the midfoot, but integrates and flows over better into the forefoot than the crash pad under the Saucony Triumph 11, providing you with a much smoother ride.

In addition, the midfoot shank that is located under the arch in the Saucony Triumph 11 has been removed and filled out with foam under the Saucony Triumph ISO, thereby providing you with not only a smoother but also a more stable ride.

The Saucony Triumph ISO is a neutral running shoe with more stability features than the Saucony Triumph 11. So if you are a neutral runner who requires just a little bit of stability and support, the Saucony Triumph ISO could work well for you.

The rubber outsole of the Saucony Triumph 11 has remained largely the same in the Saucony Triumph ISO with durable rubber in high wear areas and blown rubber in the forefoot.

However, the flex grooves in the forefoot have changed slightly in the way they run and also run more seamlessly now from side-to-side, so should help make the Saucony Triumph ISO more flexible.

But keep in mind that the Saucony Triumph 11 is a pretty stiff running shoe, and that the Saucony Triumph ISO should not be much different, since it does have a thicker midsole in the forefoot than the Saucony Triumph 11. But stiffer running shoes is what heavier runners need and prefer.

The Saucony Triumph ISO is 0.3 oz (9 grams) lighter than the Saucony Triumph 11 for women, and 0.5 oz (14 grams) lighter for men.

If you already liked the Saucony Triumph 11, you are going to love the Saucony Triumph ISO, since it provides a better fit, more cushioning, more stability, and a smoother ride.

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.

The two links above will take you to where you can read more about the running shoes.

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