Saucony Triumph ISO 3 vs. Saucony Kinvara 8 review

Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness and a secure fit to your long runs. Saucony Kinvara 8 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 are both neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony that serve different purposes. The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is good for long runs, while the Saucony Kinvara 8 is good for performance runs.

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The uppers of both running shoes have been kept light although the overlays on the Saucony Kinvara 8 are lighter than those on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

In addition, the overlays on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 contain stitches, while those on the Saucony Kinvara 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com do not.

Nonetheless, both running shoes provide a good amount of comfort in the forefoot area because the overlays around the midfoot have been pulled back, especially on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

Because the overlays on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 are thicker, you can expect to get a more secure fit and a bit more support from the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 than you would from the Saucony Kinvara 8.

Both running shoes come with some support at the back, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 having a support frame that wraps around the heel, and the Saucony Kinvara 8 having some reinforcement on the medial side of the heel.

The midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 are quite similar in that they come with an EVERUN topsole, which dramatically increases the amount of cushioning these running shoes provide.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provide almost a maximum of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot and to both men and women.

They both have a very cushy forefoot, and while women do get a tiny bit less heel cushioning than men, the amount is still way above average.

The cushioning profiles are also quite identical, according to running shoe lab tests. However, do keep in mind that Saucony lists the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 as providing plush cushioning, while the Saucony Kinvara 8 is listed as having responsive cushioning.

Neither the Saucony Kinvara 8 nor the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 come with devices in their midsoles to control pronation because they are running shoes for runners who do not need such support.

However, they both provide a good bit of ground contact, which increases the stability of the running shoes a bit and helps them to provide smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provide an average amount of stability, which is suitable for a neutral running shoe.

The outsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 look very similar in the pattern in the forefoot.

According to running shoe lab tests, this zigzag pattern with wide flex grooves helps both running shoes provide quite a bit of flexibility because both are very flexible compared to other runnung shoes.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is just a tiny bit more flexible than the Saucony Kinvara 8.

The big difference in the outsoles is the fact that the Saucony Kinvara 8 comes with less rubber in its outsole than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 does.

Rubber is supplied only in high-wear areas and has been kept to a minimum to keep the Saucony Kinvara 8 light.

Note that this will make the Saucony Kinvara 8 a bit less durable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 8 weighs approximately 6.8 oz (193 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 8.0 oz (227 grams) and 10.8 oz (306 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 8 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft and smooth ride, you could go with either the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 or the Saucony Kinvara 8.

However, if you are looking for something light in which you can go faster, you may want to look into the Saucony Kinvara 8 more than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is good for long, comfortable runs.

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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