Saucony Triumph ISO 3 vs. Saucony Freedom ISO review

Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness, a secure fit, comfort, and flexibility to your long runs. Saucony Freedom ISO also provides a soft ride but brings you closer to the ground.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Freedom ISO are neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony.

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The uppers of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Freedom ISO differ in that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 comes with sturdy stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot.

The Saucony Freedom ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not come with overlays but uses only mesh to keep your foot in place.

In addition, it comes with a Support Frame at the back of the shoe that wraps the heel to keep it in place.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 also comes with a Support Frame at the back that looks slightly different than that of the Saucony Freedom ISO but that serves the same purpose.

Both running shoes come with seamless toecaps and provide comfort in the toe box.

All in all, though, you should be able to get a more secure fit from the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 than you would from the Saucony Freedom ISO.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Freedom ISO come with EVERUN cushioning in their midsoles.

However, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 has a layer of it at the top of its midsole and in its landing zone under the heel, the Saucony Freedom ISO has it in its entire midsole.

One would expect the Saucony Freedom ISO to be more cushy than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 due to this difference.

Saucony lists both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Freedom ISO as providing plush cushioning, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 being placed two notches above the Saucony Freedom ISO.

Running shoe lab tests also come up with similar results, that is, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is overall cushier than the Saucony Freedom ISO for both men and women.

Both running shoes provide an above average amount of cushioning, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 approaches the maximum amount of cushioning possible, while the Saucony Freedom ISO lies a couple of notches below that.

These results might not be so surprising if you know that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 sits a bit higher off the ground than the Saucony Freedom ISO so has a somewhat thicker midsole so a bigger opportunity to offer more cushioning to runners.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 also has a larger heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Freedom ISO.

For men, this heel-to-toe drop is 4.9 mm in the Saucony Freedom ISO and 11.8 mm in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3. For women, these numbers are 4.7 mm and 10.4 mm, respectively.

So the Saucony Freedom ISO brings you closer to a neutral plane and closer to the ground than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

Neither the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 nor the Saucony Freedom ISO come with pronation control devices because they are running shoes for neutral runners who do not need such kind of support.

Instead, they both provide a good amount of ground contact, which helps increase the stability of the running shoes and also helps the running shoes to provide smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Both running shoes are rated by running shoe lab tests as providing an average amount of stability.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look similar in the pattern they display, but the flex grooves are a bit broader in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 than they are in the Saucony Freedom ISO.

This is perhaps the reason that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is very flexible and more flexible than the Saucony Freedom ISO, according to running shoe lab tests.

The Saucony Freedom ISO offers an above average amount of flexibility to runners but not as much as the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The women's version of the Saucony Freedom ISO weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.3 oz (264 grams) and 10.8 oz (306 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Freedom ISO being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking to get a very soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 or the Saucony Freedom ISO.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is a bit more plush than the Saucony Freedom ISO, but the Saucony Freedom ISO is lighter and brings you closer to the ground and a neutral plane.

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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