Saucony Triumph ISO 4 vs. Saucony Freedom ISO review

Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a soft and smooth ride for your long runs. Saucony Freedom ISO also provides a soft ride but brings you closer to the ground.

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The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Freedom ISO fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Freedom ISO look very much alike around the midfoot where the upper can be pulled tight through the laces.

Both use engineered mesh to reduce the amount of overlays, especially on the toe box, so the forefoot is free from overlays, except for the no-sew overlay at the front of the running shoes.

One noticeable difference is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 comes with no-sew overlays around the heel area, while the Saucony Freedom ISO does not.

Instead, the Saucony Freedom ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com implements a sturdy Support Frame that runs far towards the midfoot to give you a good amount of support around the heel.

The Support Frame of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is more discrete and does not wrap around the back of the heel like the one on the Saucony Freedom ISO.

All in all, the amount of support you would get does not differ a lot between these two running shoes, but the Saucony Freedom ISO has less overlays than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, so the Saucony Freedom ISO might provide a bit more comfort through its upper.

The midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Freedom ISO also look very much alike in what they are composed of.

Both running shoes come with a full-length EVERUN midsole and an EVERUN topsole construction.

However, running shoe lab tests results indicate that the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is overall cushier than the Saucony Freedom ISO.

While the amount of forefoot cushioning does not differ than much between the two running shoes, there is a bigger difference to be noted in the amount of heel cushioning, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 being the cushier one.

However, both running shoes deliver an above average amount of heel and forefoot cushioning, so you can expect to get a soft ride from either, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 feeling just a bit cushier than the Saucony Freedom ISO.

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Because the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Freedom ISO are meant to be worn by neutral runners, they do not come with a device to control pronation.

However, they both provide a good amount of ground contact, which should not only benefit the stability of these two running shoes but also promote smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

In terms of stability, running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Freedom ISO to be more stable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a below average amount of stability, while the Saucony Freedom ISO delivers a slightly above average amount, according to running shoe lab tests.

Perhaps it is the Support Frame around the heel of the Freedom ISO and the fact that it brings you closer to the ground and to a neutral plane that running shoe lab tests have rated it as being a bit more stable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look a bit different, but neither of them come with deep horizontal flex grooves.

The flex grooves in their outsoles are mostly cuts in the rubber that do not reach the midsole, although the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does come with some deep vertical flex grooves.

The cuts in the rubber outsole of the Saucony Freedom ISO are slightly wider than those in the outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, and perhaps this may have helped the Saucony Freedom ISO to be much more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

According to running shoe lab test results, the Saucony Freedom ISO delivers an above average amount of flexibility, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 can be seen as a stiff running shoe for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Freedom ISO weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for women weighs 9.5 oz (270 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.3 oz (264 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Freedom ISO 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 Saucony Freedom ISO or the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, thereby keeping in mind that the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is just a tad cushier than the Saucony Freedom ISO.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Freedom ISO display lots of similarities and deliver much of the same to runners, but the Saucony Freedom ISO is the lighter one and brings you closer to the ground than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 so might also help you go a bit faster. The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is better for longer 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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