Saucony Triumph ISO vs. Saucony Ride 7 review

Saucony Triumph ISO provides a super soft and comfortable ride for long runs. Saucony Ride 7 is a notch down from the Saucony Triumph ISO in softness but a little bit lighter...

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The Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Ride 7 are both neutral cushioning running shoes with the main difference being that the Saucony Triumph ISO can be seen as being more heavy-duty than the Saucony Ride 7.

The Saucony Triumph ISO also implements newer Saucony running shoe technologies than the Saucony Ride 7, starting in the upper with ISOFIT overlays.

ISOFIT overlays wrap the midfoot well without constricting it too much and move comfortably with the foot.

They are mostly no-sew overlays with just a couple of stitches to keep the front and the back of the overlays in place, while the overlays on the medial side of the Saucony Ride 7 are traditional stitched-on overlays, which are also very supportive.

So one shoe is unlikely to have a more supportive upper than the other, since both deliver support where you need it most.

The biggest difference in the upper is that the Saucony Triumph ISO does not have overlays running over its toe box, while the Saucony Ride 7 does. So the fit in the toe area may be somewhat looser in the Saucony Triumph ISO.

The midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Ride 7 look very much alike in design and construction.

They both have a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot on the outer side of the shoe to soften your landing and they both provide full ground contact for smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

What is different however is the type of midsole foam used. In the Saucony Triumph ISO, this midsole foam has been upgraded to be 20% softer than the cushioning provided by the Saucony Ride 7.

And because the Saucony Triumph ISO also has a thicker midsole than the Saucony Ride 7 in both the heel and the forefoot, it turns out to be much more cushy than the Saucony Ride 7 for both men and women.

However, the difference in forefoot cushioning provided by the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Ride 7 is not that big for women.

But if you are a heel-striker, the Saucony Triumph ISO would definitely be the better running shoe to go with.

The outsoles of the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Triumph ISO are very much alike, because again they are from the same running shoe manufacturer.

The main difference in the outsoles is that the rubber lugs are a little bit larger in the forefoot of the Saucony Triumph ISO than they are in the Saucony Ride 7. And more rubber means more durability.

The Saucony Triumph ISO also has a larger separation between the rubber lugs under the entire shoe. Good separation means good shock dissipation and possibly more flexibility.

But when we look at the results of running shoe labs tests, they show that both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Ride 7 are equally stiff.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Ride 7 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively.

The Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Triumph ISO are two running shoes that have similar properties. Choosing one over the other will entail looking at the weight of the running shoes and the amount of cushioning they provide.

If you are looking for lots of protection from the road and a very plush ride, the Saucony Triumph ISO would be the way to go.

But if you are looking for something somewhat lighter and closer to the ground, then the Saucony Ride 7 is not a bad option.

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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