Saucony Zealot ISO 2 vs. Saucony Kinvara 7 review

Saucony Kinvara 7 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast. Saucony Zealot ISO 2 provides an overall soft and smooth ride to neutral runners...

NEW! Saucony Zealot ISO 2 vs. Saucony Kinvara 8

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 fall in the neutral cushioning running shoe category and are for runners who do not need any kind of support.

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The Saucony Kinvara 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a seamless upper with very light no-sew overlays running over it. And to increase the amount of support around the midfoot, it comes with a band that can be adjusted through the laces.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is different in that it comes with more stitches in its upper and also sturdy overlays called ISOFIT that wrap the midfoot around socklike mesh.

While the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 also comes with very light no-sew overlays just like the Saucony Kinvara 7, they run mostly in the forefoot around the toe box.

Another difference between the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is that the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 provides a bit more support behind the heel than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 is basically a running shoe that has been kept light but that provides the required support you need to keep your foot in place.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is less concerned about weight and more about providing you with a good amount of support, while positioning overlays in a way that they do not irritate or cause discomfort.

One important feature of the Saucony Kinvara 7 is that it brings you closer to the ground to increase your potential of running faster.

This is evident from the thickness of its midsole. The Saucony Kinvara 7 has a lower profile height than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 for both men and women.

For men, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 sits about 2 mm higher off the ground in both the heel and the forefoot, while for women, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 sits about 1 mm in the forefoot and 2 mm in the heel higher off the ground than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

The heel-to-toe drop in the Saucony Kinvara 7 is about 6.5 mm for men and 6.2 mm for women. The heel-to-toe drop in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is about 6.7 mm for men and 5.0 for women. So both running shoes bring you closer to a level plane.

Both the midsole of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and that of the Saucony Kinvara 7 come with EVERUN added to them. However, the Saucony Kinvara 7 has it as a heel insert, while the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 has it as a topsole.

Therefore, the logical conclusion would be that the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 would provide more cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

Running shoe lab tests confirm these assumptions. The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is overall more plush than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

The differences in cushioning are not that large in the forefoot for either gender; both have a very cushy forefoot. However, women should notice a difference in the amount of heel cushioning between the two running shoes.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 has a quite cushy heel for women, while the Saucony Kinvara 7 has heel cushioning that might feel a bit firm to women.

For men, both running shoes provide an above average amount of heel cushioning, with the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 being the one to provide the most.

Neither the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 nor the Saucony Kinvara 7 is meant to provide stability and support, but both provide a good amount of ground contact, which increases the stability of the running shoes a bit in addition to their potential of giving you a smooth ride.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Kinvara 7 is a bit more stable than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

Another difference between the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 lies in their outsoles, where the Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with a minimum amount of rubber.

The rubber in the outsole of the Saucony Kinvara 7 is located in high-wear areas under the heel and the forefoot. The Saucony Zealot ISO 2, on the other hand, comes with rubber almost everywhere in its outsole so is also the more durable running shoe of the two.

Both the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 have a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot and display a similar zigzag pattern.

However, running shoe lab tests have registered a big difference in the amount of flexibility in the running shoes. The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 turns out to be a super flexible running shoe for both men and women, while the Saucony Kinvara 7 is quite stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs about 6.6 oz (187 grams), and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 7 being the lightest of the two.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a performance running shoe that is light and can help you run faster, you may want to look into the Saucony Kinvara 7.

And if you are a neutral runner looking for a very soft ride for longer runs, you may want to look into the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is like the Saucony Kinvara 7 due to its low heel-to-toe drop but differs in its weight and the type of cushioning it provides. It's just a bit heavier and more plush than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

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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