Saucony Triumph ISO 3 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 3 review

Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness and a secure fit to your long runs. Hoka One One Clifton 3 delivers a maximum amount of cushioning in a lightweight package...

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The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Hoka One One Clifton 3 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that are known to be cushy and that should match up well against each other.

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The uppers of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Hoka One One Clifton 3 differ in that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 comes with some stitched-on overlays that have been placed far back over the midfoot.

The Hoka One One Clifton 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, on the other hand, only has no-sew overlays in its upper.

Therefore, one can expect to get a more secure fit from the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 than from the Hoka One One Clifton 3.

The latter is reinforced by the fact that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 comes with a Support Frame around the heel but the Hoka One One Clifton 3 does not.

The toe box of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is also more open and free from overlays than that of the Hoka One One Clifton 3 thanks to the type of mesh that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 uses; it has a structure that reduces the need for overlays.

All in all, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 provides a good wrap around the entire foot so should provide enough support. However, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides a more secure fit in addition to lots of comfort in the toe box.

Where the Hoka One One Clifton 3 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 can compete well against each other is in the amount of cushioning they provide.

According to running shoe lab tests, both running shoes approach the maximum amount of cushioning.

However, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 wins from the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 for both men and women.

In both cases, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 has almost as much forefoot cushioning as the Hoka One One Clifton 3, but the amount of heel cushioning is a tad less in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 compared to the Hoka One One Clifton 3.

What is also more in the Hoka One One Clifton 3 is the amount of stability provided.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides an average amount of stability, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 delivers an above average amount.

The latter is probably due the the fact that the midsole of the Hoka One One Clifton 3 flairs out a bit toward the ground in addition to the fact that it provides full ground contact.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 also provides full ground contact, which also benefits its stability a bit.

The full ground contact also helps both running shoes to provide runners with smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

A big difference between the two running shoes can be found in the outsole, where the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 has more rubber than the Hoka One One Clifton 3.

The Hoka One One Clifton 3 comes with rubber only under the heel and the forefoot where the most friction is expected to take place.

While both running shoes provide a good amount of separation in their outsoles, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is the one that turns out to be quite flexible, according to running shoe lab tests.

The Hoka One One Clifton 3 is quite stiff, especially for men, which is probably due to the fact that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 provides so much cushioning.

However, it counteracts its stiffness with having somewhat of a boat structure and toe spring that propels runners forward.

The women's version of the Hoka One One Clifton 3 weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.2 oz (261 grams) and 10.8 oz (306 grams), respectively, with the Hoka One One Clifton 3 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for lots of cushioning in a running shoe, you cannot go wrong with either of these two running shoes.

Neutral runners may appreciate the lightness, cushioning, and stability of the Hoka One One Clifton 3, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is good for runners who want a more secure and comfortable fit in addition to softness and flexibility.

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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This review falls under: Saucony

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