Saucony Triumph ISO 2 vs. Saucony Kinvara 7 review

Saucony Triumph ISO 2 adds plushness, a secure fit, and comfort to your long runs. Saucony Kinvara 7 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast.

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The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that are geared toward different kinds of runners. The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is more for training and the Saucony Kinvara 7 more for performance.

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Everything on the Saucony Kinvara 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has been kept light to help you run fast. This includes its upper.

The upper of the Saucony Kinvara 7 consists entirely of mesh and light no-sew overlays. And to increase the amount of support and hold around the midfoot, there is a band on both the lateral and medial sides of the shoe.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, on the other hand, has broad ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot to provide a good amount of support there. These overlays are kept in place by a couple of stitches.

And then at the back of the shoe, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 comes with a support frame that cups the heel to keep it in place.

The forefoot of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a couple of light no-sew overlays that add structure and is much less covered than the forefoot of the Saucony Kinvara 7.

All in all, the Saucony Kinvara 7 provides enough support in the right places but not as much support as the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 does through its upper.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles and implement EVERUN cushioning in the forefoot and in the heel.

However, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is intended to deliver a plush running experience, the Saucony Kinvara 7 is meant to feel responsive. This may impact the cushioning.

Running shoe lab tests show that both the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 have a very cushy forefoot for men and provide almost an equal amount of forefoot cushioning.

However, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides more heel cushioning than the Saucony Kinvara 7 despite the latter having above average heel cushioning for men.

For women, the heel of the Saucony Kinvara 7 might feel a bit firm because the amount of cushioning is below average.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 outcushions the Saucony Kinvara 7 for women in both the heel and the forefoot although the amount of forefoot cushioning delivered by the Saucony Kinvara 7 is on the high side for women.

In summary, if you want an overall very plush ride, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 would be the one to choose whether you are a man or a woman.

The midsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 look very much alike with the way they soften your landing and provide a good amount of ground contact, especially under the arch.

The amount of ground contact helps the stability of the running shoes and also their ability to provide you with smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 as being equally stable. However, since they are for neutral runners, stability is not an important factor when assessing their suitability.

The outsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 look very similar in construction and differ mainly in the amount of rubber they have.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with a minimum amount of rubber in high-wear areas to keep the running shoe light. However, this also makes the running shoe a bit less durable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, which has an appropriate amount of rubber under it.

In terms of flexibility, both running shoes are quite stiff for both men and women according to running shoe lab tests. This might be mainly due to the fact that they provide so much forefoot cushioning and because the flex grooves do not run straight.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs approximately 6.6 oz (187 grams) and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 for women weighs 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 7.7 oz (218 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 7 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner looking to get an overall very soft ride from a running shoe that also provides a secure fit, you may want to look into the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

And if you want to run in a running shoe that is somewhat lighter than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, then the Saucony Kinvara 7 might be worth looking into.

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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