Saucony Triumph ISO 5 vs. Saucony Freedom ISO 2 review

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has a custom fit and a cushy forefoot for neutral runners. Saucony Freedom ISO 2 provides a plush ride and brings you closer to a neutral plane...

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 are neutral running shoes that come very close to delivering similar things to runners, with the main difference being that the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is meant to bring you closer to a neutral plane.

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The uppers of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 differ in materials used.

While the fit of both can be customized through individual eyelets in the saddle, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 comes with an ISOKNIT upper instead of just an ISOFIT upper like the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 does.

The upper of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com combines a knit upper with ISOFIT instead of a mesh upper with ISOFIT, so the upper of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 might feel overall a bit tighter and more supportive than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

In addition, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 comes with a support frame at the back that should give you a better heel fit and hold compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 5, which does not come with such a feature.

While the upper of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 has a good amount of holes, it might still turn out to feel a bit warmer than the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 due to the materials used.

The toe box of both running shoes is pretty unrestricted and should be able to house wide feet or big bunions well.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the upper of either running shoe, but the upper of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 might feel overall somewhat tighter and more supportive than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

Both the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 are meant to deliver a very plush ride, so it is not surprising that they both come with a full-length EVERUN midsole so make use of the same midsole material.

However, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 has not been listed by Saucony to also have an EVERUN topsole construction like the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 does, but in any case, both running shoes have been found to have a good energy return.

The Saucony Triumph ISO is generally placed a couple of notches higher on the cushioning scale than the Saucony Freedom ISO.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 has been found to deliver an overall soft ride to both men and women and to have less forefoot cushioning but more heel cushioning than the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has a very cushy forefoot, but its heel is more moderately cushioned and might even feel firm to some female runners.

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The midsoles of both the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 deliver a good amount of ground contact, so you should be able to get smooth heel-to-transitions from both running shoes as well as get some degree of stability along the way.

The biggest difference between the midsoles can be found in the heel-to-toe drops. The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 has a relatively low heel-to-toe drop and the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has a relatively moderate heel-to-toe drop.

Therefore, the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 brings you closer to a neutral plane compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 also brings you closer to the ground compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 5, because the midsole of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is a bit thinner than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 under the heel and under the forefoot.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 and the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 come with a crystal rubber outsole, but they differ in structure.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is said to have a tri-flex crystal rubber outsole that has three vertical flex grooves in the forefoot and one on the medial side under the midfoot and heel.

The outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 does not have vertical flex grooves in the forefoot but rather comes with cuts in a zig-zag pattern that do not uninterruptedly run from side to side.

Crystal rubber is said to deliver a good amount of traction, so you should be able to get that from both running shoes.

Due to the lack of full side-to-side deep flex grooves and a good amount of forefoot cushioning, both running shoes have been found to be on the stiff side for both men and women.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is lighter than the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable and smooth ride from a running shoe that offers a customizable fit, you could look into either the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 or the Saucony Freedom ISO 2.

The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 delivers an overall soft ride and brings you closer to the ground and to a neutral plane compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has a very cushy forefoot and its upper might feel a bit breezier than that of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2.

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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