Saucony Triumph ISO vs. Hoka One One Clifton 2 review

Saucony Triumph ISO provides a secure fit, and a soft and smooth ride for long runs. Hoka One One Clifton 2 delivers a maximum in cushioning at a very light weight...

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The Saucony Triumph ISO and the Hoka One One Clifton 2 are both neutral cushioning running shoes, which are known to be cushy.

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The upper of the Hoka One One Clifton 2 has less stitches than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO.

The only stitches can be found along the saddle of the Hoka One One Clifton 2. The rest of the shoe has no-sew overlays to add structure to the upper and keep your foot in place.

The Saucony Triumph ISO on the other hand, has some stitches at the beginning and end of its broad ISOFIT overlays that hug the midfoot.

The ISOFIT overlays in the Saucony Triumph ISO really wrap the midfoot well and can be generally seen as being more secure than the no-sew overlays on the Hoka One One Clifton 2.

The Saucony Triumph ISO also has a Support Frame at the back of the shoe to cup the heel and keep it in place.

All in all, the Saucony Triumph ISO delivers a good amount of support through its upper, but the Hoka One One Clifton 2 may feel a bit looser and more comfortable, especially in the area between the forefoot and the midfoot.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning, and lots of it.

Running shoe lab tests show that both running shoes are almost equally cushy for men in both the heel and the forefoot with the Hoka One One Clifton 2 being just a notch more cushy in the heel, but not by much.

For women, the difference in heel cushioning is a bit larger – but not exceptionally large – and the forefoot cushioning is about the same.

The difference in heel cushioning for women may be accounted for by the fact that the midsole of the Hoka One One Clifton 2 is about 2 mm thicker than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO under the heel in the women's versions of the shoes.

Overall, if you are a heel-striker, the Hoka One One Clifton 2 may serve you better than the Saucony Triumph ISO, but both running shoes have a very cushy forefoot.

The Hoka One One Clifton 2 does not have an obvious crash pad under the heel like the Saucony Triumph ISO does, but this does not really matter when looking at the amount of cushioning it provides in the heel.

A crash pad helps soften your landings and because it runs till the midfoot under the Saucony Triumph ISO, it also helps with a smoother transition to toe-off.

The Hoka One One Clifton 2 provides full ground contact just like the Saucony Triumph ISO, and this also benefits providing runners with a smoother ride.

When you look at the outsole, you can see that the Hoka One One Clifton 2 is a bit straighter than the Saucony Triumph ISO, so adds a bit more width under the midfoot, and therefore also more stability to the running shoe in general.

What you can also see, is that the Hoka One One Clifton 2 does not have much rubber in its outsole. Durable rubber can be found in high-wear areas under the heel and the forefoot. This helps keep the running shoe light.

The Saucony Triumph ISO has a more traditional outsole with a fan-shaped pattern in its forefoot, and lots of rubber to increase the durability of the running shoe.

Due to the fact that both running shoes are so cushy, they also tend to be quite stiff. Running shoe lab tests show that the Hoka One One Clifton 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO are almost equally stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Hoka One One Clifton 2 weighs approximately 7.3 oz (207 grams) and the Saucony Triumph ISO for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.0 oz (255 grams) and 10.1 oz (286 grams), respectively, with the Hoka One One Clifton 2 being the lighter one.

Making a decision between the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Hoka One One Clifton 2 is a difficult one, since they both provide cushy and smooth rides for long runs.

I think the main decision points will be the weight, stability, and heel cushioning of the running shoes.

If you are a heel-striker looking for a stable ride at a light weight, then the Hoka One One Clifton 2 would be the one to consider. Otherwise, you could go with the Saucony Triumph ISO.

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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