Saucony Triumph ISO already provided a plush ride to neutral runners. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 still delivers plushness but adds more comfort to your runs...
The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is the updated version of the Saucony Triumph ISO, which is a running shoe that is geared towards runners who do not need any kind of stability, but are rather looking for lots of cushioning in a running shoe, and who might also be a bit on the heavy side.
Saucony has maintained the ISOFIT overlays in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 , but has softened them up a bit and made them a bit shorter towards the front of the shoe to open up the toe box a bit more and prevent irritation in the frontal part of the shoe.
So now instead of four parts that could be pulled together via the saddle of the Saucony Triumph ISO, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has three parts in its ISOFIT overlay, but more room in the toe box.
Another change has been to the back of the shoe where both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a Support Frame that cups the heel well, but the one of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is newer and updated.
All in all, Saucony has kept the changes to the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO to a minimum with the major change being to improve the amount of comfort provided by changing and moving the overlays a bit in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.
The biggest change to the Saucony Triumph ISO to create the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 can probably be found in the midsole.
While the midsoles of both running shoes provide heel-to-toe cushioning, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 now comes with midsole and topsole construction called EVERUN that has a layer of softer foam right under the foot, so at the top of the midsole.
This EVERUN material can also be found in the heel as a landing zone. The Saucony Triumph ISO has an SRC crash pad under the heel that is intended to do the same job, that is, to provide you with a soft landing.
These changes in the midsole could affect the amount of cushioning provided by the Saucony Triumph ISO 2. Saucony lists both running shoes as providing the same type and amount of cushioning.
Running shoe lab tests have shown that for men, the Saucony Triumph ISO turns out to be more cushy than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 in both the heel and the forefoot, but not by much, since the difference is tiny.
For women, both running shoes have a similar amount of forefoot cushioning, but the heel of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a bit more cushy than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO. The difference is not very big, though.
All in all, both running shoes deliver an amount of cushioning that is comparable and both running shoes are very cushy in both the heel and the forefoot.
Another big change has been to the outsole where Saucony has completely moved away from its traditional layout for the Saucony Triumph.
Both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provide full gound contact, which adds stability to the running shoes in addition to smooth transitions to your ride.
However, the fan-shape pattern in the forefoot of the Saucony Triumph ISO has been replaced by a jagged sided-to-side pattern in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.
This could benefit the flexibility of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, since the flex grooves run more from side to side than in the Saucony Triumph ISO.
However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is just a tad more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO for both men and women. This difference is very small, though, and both running shoes are still quite stiff running shoes.
The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 for women weighs 8.6 oz (244 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively.
Saucony has done a really nice job to increase the comfort in the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, and made the shoe just a tad more stable and flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO.
However, if you are a neutral runner looking for an overall very cushy ride, you could go with either the Saucony Triumph ISO or the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, since the differences between the two running shoes are minimal.
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.
This review falls under: Saucony