Saucony Triumph ISO vs. Saucony Kinvara 7 review

Saucony Triumph ISO provides a super soft and comfortable ride for long runs. Saucony Kinvara 7 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast...

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The Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Kinvara 7 are both neutral cushioning running shoes with the main difference that the Saucony Kinvara 7 is for performance runs and the Saucony Triumph ISO for longer runs.

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The upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO has broad ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot around socklike mesh to give you a good hold there.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a seamless upper but no ISOFIT overlays. However, it has a band that runs from the midsole to the top of the saddle. This band gives you a good hold around the midfoot just like the ISOFIT overlays but then to a lesser extent.

Everything has been kept light in the upper of the Saucony Kinvara 7 to provide you with just enough support to keep your foot on the running platform. So in terms of the amount of support provided by the upper, the Saucony Triumph ISO wins.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Triumph ISO have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

However, the cushioning of the Saucony Triumph ISO is meant to be plush, while that of the Saucony Kinvara 7 is meant to remain responsive.

Running shoe lab tests show that you will get the softest ride from the Saucony Triumph ISO, which provides almost a maximum amount of cushioning for men.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 offers quite a bit of cushioning to men with a very cushy forefoot and somewhat cushy heel but still less than what the Saucony Triumph ISO offers.

Women too get a plush forefoot but a somewhat less plush heel in the Saucony Triumph ISO. It is still soft, though, and much softer than the Saucony Kinvara 7, which has a heel that might feel quite firm to women.

The cushiness of the Saucony Triumph ISO is also due to the fact that its midsole is much thicker than that of the Saucony Kinvara 7.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 has a much lower profile, gets you closer to the ground, and has a heel-to-toe drop of 2 to 3 mm less than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 is a true performance running shoe that is meant to make you feel fast while giving you enough cushioning to achieve that.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 does not have a traditional crash pad like the Saucony Triumph ISO to soften your landing and help stabilize your runs.

But the Saucony Kinvara 7 does come with softer foam in the heel that has been inserted between the base midsole foam so you should get a similar effect as the crash pad in the Saucony Triumph ISO.

In addition, this foam insert runs a little bit further into the forefoot than the crash pad in the Saucony Triumph ISO so it may deliver a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off than the Saucony Triumph ISO.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Triumph ISO provide a similar amount of ground contact and full ground contact under the arch for a good amount of stability wihout actually being stability running shoes.

The rubber outsoles differ between the two running shoes. The Saucony Triumph ISO comes with lots of rubber under it, the rubber is well segmented for shock absorption and dissipation, and it has a good amount of flex grooves.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 does not come with a lot of rubber under it. This makes it less durable than the Saucony Triumph ISO.

However, the rubber under the Saucony Kinvara 7 is placed strategically in high-wear areas to increase the durability of the running shoe a bit.

Running shoe lab tests show that both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Kinvara 7 are quite stiff for both genders but that the Saucony Kinvara 7 is just a tiny bit more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs approximately 6.6 oz (187 grams) and the Saucony Triumph ISO for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 7.7 oz (218 grams) and 10.1 oz (286 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 7 being the lighter one.

Making a choice between the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Kinvara 7 is not a difficult one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking to run fast, then the Saucony Kinvara 7 would be the one to turn to.

And if you are a neutral runner who is looking to go on long runs for recovery or just training, then the Saucony Triumph ISO would be the one to consider.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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