Saucony Triumph ISO 5 vs. Saucony Ride ISO review

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has a custom fit and a cushy forefoot for neutral runners. Saucony Ride ISO provides a soft ride with a personalized fit to neutral runners on long runs...

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 and the Saucony Ride ISO are neutral running shoes that have different goals in mind.

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The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is meant to deliver a plush ride, while the Saucony Ride ISO is meant to feel responsive yet still deliver a good amount of cushioning.

The uppers of the Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 are similar in that both offer customization through the eyelets in the saddle.

The mesh of both running shoes is quite open in the forefoot, so you should be able to get a good amount of comfort in the toe box, especially if you have wide feet.

The structure of the mesh of the Saucony Ride ISO is more closed compared to that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 around the midfoot and the heel, so the former might feel a bit more supportive in those areas.

In addition, the mesh of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 also seems to have more holes than that of the Saucony Ride ISO, so the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 might feel a bit breezier than the Saucony Ride ISO.

Another difference is that the Saucony Ride ISO has some no-sew overlays around the eyelets in the saddle that connect well to the midsole, so the Saucony Ride ISO might offer a better hold around the midfoot compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the upper of either running shoe, and while both uppers can be seen as lightweight uppers, the Saucony Ride ISO might provide more in terms of structure and some support.

The biggest difference between the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 can be found in their midsoles, where they use different midsole materials.

The Saucony Ride ISO has a PWRFOAM midsole with an EVERUN topsole construction, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has a full-length EVERUN midsole with an EVERUN topsole construction.

So while both the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 and the Saucony Ride ISO are meant to provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their topsole construction, the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is meant to feel more plush than Saucony Ride ISO due to having EVERUN in its entire midsole.

Saucony has always placed the Saucony Triumph higher on the cushioning scale than the Saucony Ride.

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However, it has been found that both men and women can get an overall soft ride from the Saucony Ride ISO, and that the Saucony Ride ISO delivers more heel cushioning than the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 to both men and women, but especially to women.

Where the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 excels is in having a very cushy forefoot compared to a cushy forefoot in the Saucony Ride ISO.

However, because the Saucony Ride ISO is meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning but still feel responsive, having a forefoot that is less cushy than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is a good thing that benefits responsiveness.

While Saucony lists both running shoes as having a similar heel-to-toe drop, it has been found that the Saucony Ride ISO has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Triumph ISO 5, which again should benefit the responsiveness of the Saucony Ride ISO.

Both the Saucony Ride ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 provide a good amount of ground contact on both sides of the midsole, so you should be able to get smooth heel-to-toe transitions from both running shoes.

The outsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 and the Saucony Ride ISO differ in materials used.

The Saucony Ride ISO has a tradional rubber outsole, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 comes with a crystal rubber outsole.

The advantage of the crystal rubber outsole in the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is that it is meant to deliver more traction compared to the outsole of the Saucony Ride ISO.

The advantage of the outsole of the Saucony Ride ISO is that it is more segmented and separated than the outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5, which in the end should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

Neither type of outsole seems to benefit flexibility much, though, because both the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 and the Saucony Ride ISO deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning so have been found to be stiff running shoes.

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

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is considered to be a more premium running shoe than the Saucony Ride ISO, but if you are a neutral runner who is looking for comfort and a good amount of cushioning, you could turn to either running shoe, thereby keeping in mind that the Saucony Ride ISO might be better for heel-strikers than the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

The Saucony Ride ISO would suit runners who want to run faster, because it has been set up in a way to deliver a responsive as well as smooth ride.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 would suit those who prefer running shoes that have a very cushy forefoot and that deliver an overall plush feel.

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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