Saucony Triumph ISO 4 vs. Saucony Zealot ISO 3 review

Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a soft and smooth ride on long runs. Saucony Zealot ISO 3 provides an overall soft and smooth ride and brings runners closer to a neutral plane...

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support, but the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 brings you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does.

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The uppers of both the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 have ISOFIT, but they differ a bit.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes more with straps around the midfoot, while those straps have been more or less integrated into the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

In any case, both running shoes should be able to give you a more custom fit around the midfoot.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3 does not come with a Support Frame at the back like the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does, but the heel of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is more closed up than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, so both should deliver a good amount of support behind the heel.

The Saucony logo comes pretty far forward on the lateral side of both running shoes, and while the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 has less overlays at the front, the toe box looks more or less the same as that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

All in all, both the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 should be able to keep your foot on the running platform, but the fit might be a bit looser in the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 are similar in that they both come with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning.

However, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 also has a full-length EVERUN midsole.

This does not automatically make the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 cushier than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, though.

Lab test results indicate that the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is cushier than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for men in both the heel and the forefoot, while both running shoes deliver an above average amount of cushioning and can be seen as cushy running shoes.

Women get a bit more heel cushioning from the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and a bit more forefoot cushioning from the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, but again both running shoes can deliver a soft ride to women.

The biggest difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is that the heel-to-toe drop is between 8 and 9 mm in the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and between 5 and 6.5 mm in the Saucony Zealot ISO 3.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 also sits a bit higher off the ground than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3.

Therefore, the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 brings you closer to the ground and to a neutral plane compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The midsoles of both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which should benefit the stability and smoothness of your ride.

Lab tests consider the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 to be a bit more stable than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 with them delivering a moderate (Zealot) and below average (Triumph) amount of stability.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes have a similar zigzag pattern in the forefoot, but the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is the one that has wide flex grooves that run from side to side.

Such flex grooves benefit the flexibility of a running shoe, and indeed, lab tests have measured the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 to be flexible for both men and women, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has been found to be stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 weighs approximately 7.4 oz (210 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for women weighs 9.5 oz (270 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 8.7 oz (247 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could consider either the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 or the Saucony Zealot ISO 3.

The main differences are that the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is lighter, more flexible, and that it brings you closer to the ground and to a neutral plane 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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