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

Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a soft and smooth ride for your long runs. Hoka One One Clifton 4 delivers maximum cushioning and a bit of stability at a light weight.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 are neutral cushioning running shoes and can be said to be on a comparable level with each other.

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Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 deliver lightweight support through their uppers.

The Hoka One One Clifton 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com tends to have more no-sew overlays running through its upper than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does.

The upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 might move better with your feet due to ISOFIT around the midfoot, but in the end, it might deliver a similar amount of support as the thin no-sew overlays around the midfoot of the Hoka One One Clifton 4.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has a Support Frame at the back, while the Hoka One One Clifton 4 has some overlays at the back, but both have an internal heel cup that should keep your heel in place.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has less overlays running along the sides of the toe box, it does have the Saucony logo on the lateral side and an overlay on the medial side and perhaps also some underlays to keep thing somewhat tight in the toe box.

However, the Hoka One One Clifton 4 might provide less room for your toes to move, because it has continuous overlays running along the sides of the toe box.

When you consider everything, both running shoes might deliver a similar amount of support through their upper. This amount is not over the top and should be enough to keep your foot on the running platform.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton and the Saucony Triumph ISO are known to deliver a good amount of cushioning so a soft ride.

Their midsoles are similar in that they provide a good amount of ground contact right under the midfoot, which not only increases the stability of the running shoes but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Lab tests have indicated that the Hoka One One Clifton 4 is cushier than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for men.

While both running shoes can provide a soft ride, the Hoka One One Clifton 4, in particular, has a very cushy forefoot and delivers lots of heel cushioning that would be good for heel-strikers.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for men is up there too in heel cushioning but not as much as the Hoka One One Clifton 4, and its forefoot is more moderately cushioned than the Hoka One One Clifton 4 for men, so it should feel a bit more responsive than the Hoka One One Clifton 4 for men.

Women get about the same amount of heel cushioning from the two running shoes, but the Hoka One One Clifton 4 has a somewhat softer forefoot than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for women.

However, the differences in cushioning between the two running shoes are greater for men than they are for women.

Neither the Hoka One One Clifton 4 nor the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 comes with a device to control pronation, because both running shoes are meant to be worn by neutral runners.

However, lab tests have given the Hoka One One Clifton 4 good marks on the stability scale, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has been rated as providing a below average amount of stability.

Perhaps its due to the boatlike structure of the midsole of the Hoka One One Clifton 4 and the fact that it is a bit wider under the midfoot that makes the Hoka One One Clifton 4 more stable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

In any case, the Hoka One One Clifton 4 has been found to be quite stiff for both men and women. But then again, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is not that flexible either, according to lab tests.

Both running shoes lack good horizontal flex grooves, but their outsoles are quite separated, which is good for shock absorption and dissipation.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (270 grams), and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 for women weighs about 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Hoka One One Clifton 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Hoka One One Clifton 4 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, thereby keeping in mind that the Hoka One One Clifton 4 might deliver a softer ride than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The Hoka One One Clifton 4 is also considered to be a bit more stable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

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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