Saucony Triumph ISO 3 vs. Saucony Ride 9 review

Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness, a secure fit, comfort, and flexibility to your long runs. Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners.

NEW! Saucony Triumph ISO 3 vs. Saucony Ride 10

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Ride 9 are neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 lying at the higher end of the category than the Saucony Ride 9.

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The uppers of both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com contain some stitches, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 has more stitches than the Saucony Ride 9.

Stitches can be found along the saddle and around the heel of the Saucony Ride 9, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has overlays wrapping the midfoot and the heel that contain some stitches.

Stitched-on overlays tend to be more supportive than no-sew overlays, which is what the Saucony Ride 9 has around its midfoot.

No-sew overlays tend to increase the amount of comfort because they reduce the chance of irritation. The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 has its overlays far back around the midfoot, which opens up the forefoot for comfort and reduction of irritation.

In addition, unlike the Saucony Ride 9, which comes with no-sew overlays around and on the toe box, the toe box of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 does not come with overlays (except for the Saucony logo on the lateral side) but rather has mesh that provides structure and partially replaces the need for overlays.

At the back of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, there is a Support Frame that provides extra support. While the Saucony Ride 9 does not come with such a Support Frame, its sturdy stitched-on overlays should also do the job.

All in all, both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Ride 9 provide enough support through their uppers to keep your foot in place, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides a more secure fit, especially around the midfoot.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is meant to provide lots of cushioning to neutral runners, the Saucony Ride 9 is meant to be more modest in that respect.

However, running shoe lab tests still show small differences between the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes.

In fact, the cushioning profiles look almost identical, with the Saucony Ride 9 having just a tiny bit less heel and forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

Both running shoes provides male and female runners with a lot of forefoot cushioning.

The amount of heel cushioning differs between the genders, with women getting a bit less heel cushioning than men. Nonetheless, both running shoes are overall still quite cushy to both men and women.

Both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 come with midsoles that provide full ground contact under the midfoot and a crash zone under the heel on the lateral side.

The full ground contact should help increase the stability of the running shoes and also provide you with smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is a bit more stable than the Saucony Ride 9, which displays an amount of stability that is slightly below average. The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is on the average side.

Note that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 sits a bit higher off the ground and also has a higher heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Ride 9.

The heel-to-toe drop is about 11.8 mm for men and 10.4 mm for women in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3. These numbers are 8.8 mm for men and 8.2 mm for women in the Saucony Ride 9.

The outsoles of the two running shoes have a similar pattern in the forefoot but differ in layout and separation under the heel.

They both display a good amount of separation between the rubber compartments in their outsoles, which is good for shock absorption and dissipation.

But according to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is extremely flexible and much more flexible than the Saucony Ride 9, which turns out to be quite stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), and the Saucony Ride 9 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.8 oz (306 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, either the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 or the Saucony Ride 9 could deliver that.

Runners who want a more secure, stable, and flexible ride may want to consider the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 more than the Saucony Ride 9.

And runners who are looking for a somewhat lighter running shoe may prefer the Saucony Ride 9.

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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