Saucony Triumph ISO 3 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 4 review

Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness and a secure fit to your long runs. Hoka One One Clifton 4 delivers maximum cushioning and a bit of stability at a light weight...

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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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 4 differ in that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 comes with sturdier overlays around the midfoot.

These overlays are placed far back from the forefoot, contain some stitches, and cover part of the heel.

The overlays on the Hoka One One Clifton 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com do not contain stitches, are thinner, and are widespread.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 also comes with a no-sew overlay in the form of the toecap. The Hoka One One Clifton 4 has some no-sew overlays at the front but more mesh is exposed than on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

Therefore, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is expected to be somewhat more durable than the Hoka One One Clifton 4.

One last difference is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds additional support at the back of the running shoe in the form of a Support Frame.

All in all, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides a bit more support through its upper than the Hoka One One Clifton 4, but the Hoka One One Clifton 4 should be able to keep your foot firmly on the platform with what it provides.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 4 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 are known as running shoes that deliver lots of cushioning to runners.

This assumption is reflected in running shoe lab test results, which show that both running shoes deliver almost a maximum of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot to both men and women.

However, while the amount of forefoot cushioning is on par, the Hoka One One Clifton 4 seems to deliver just a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

So whether you decide to run in the Hoka One One Clifton 4 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, you should be able to get a very soft ride from either.

Both running shoes also provide a good amount of ground contact, which contributes to the stability of the running shoes.

However, according to running shoe lab tests, the Hoka One One Clifton 4 is more stable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, with the latter providing an average amount of stability and the former an above average amount of stability.

Where the two running shoes differ quite a bit is in the outsole.

The Hoka One One Clifton 4 implements rubber only in high-wear areas, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 has rubber all over its outsole.

The minimum amount of rubber under the Hoka One One Clifton 4 is to reduce the weight of the running shoe, but it also makes the running shoe less durable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

Having less rubber does not seem to benefit the flexibility of the Hoka One One Clifton 4, because running shoe lab test results show that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is much more flexible than the Hoka One One Clifton 4 for both men and women.

In fact, the Hoka One One Clifton 4 seems to be very stiff for men and women.

The women's version of the Hoka One One Clifton 4 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 10.8 oz (306), respectively, with the Hoka One One Clifton 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft and smooth ride, you could choose either the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 or the Hoka One One Clifton 4.

The Hoka One One Clifton 4 is good for runners who are looking for something lighter and more stable, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is good for those who want a bit more flexibility and support in the upper.

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 Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Saucony

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