Saucony Zealot ISO 2 vs. Saucony Ride 9 review

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 provides an overall soft and smooth ride to neutral runners. Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners...

NEW! Saucony Zealot ISO 2 vs. Saucony Ride 10

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride 9 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 main difference between the upper of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and that of the Saucony Ride 9 is ISOFIT.

The Saucony Ride 9 does not come with ISOFIT overlays in its upper. These overlays provide a good amount of support around the midfoot of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

Instead, the Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with light no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot and there is a minimal amount of stitches in the saddle.

Both the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride 9 provide a good amount of support behind the heel with sturdy stitched-on overlays.

And the two running shoes are similar in that they both have light no-sew overlays running on the toe box although the Saucony Ride 9 has more of them than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

All in all, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 can be said to provide a bit more support through its upper than the Saucony Ride 9, but the upper of the Saucony Ride 9 contains less stitches than that of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 so might feel a bit more comfortable and cause less or no irritation.

According to Saucony, the Saucony Ride 9 is meant to be moderately cushioned, while the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is meant to provide plush cushioning.

Both running shoes come with an EVERUN topsole, which tends to increase the softness of Saucony's running shoes.

According to running shoe lab tests, the cushioning profiles of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride 9 look quite similar to each other for both genders.

Both the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride 9 provide a lot of forefoot cushioning in almost similar amounts, and both provide a good amount of cushioning in the heel.

The cushioning profiles of the two running shoes are almost identical for men, but the Saucony Ride 9 provides just a tiny bit more heel and forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 for women.

The main difference between the midsoles lies in the heel-to-toe drop. The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 brings runners closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Ride 9.

The heel-to-toe drop of the Saucony Ride 9 is about 8.8 mm for men and 8.2 mm for women, while in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2, it's about 6.7 mm for men and 5.0 for women.

The rest of the midsoles of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Ride 9 are very similar in that they both provide a good amount of ground contact and both come with a crash pad under the heel that connects well to the forefoot at the midfoot.

So theoretically speaking, both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 have the potential of providing you with a smooth ride from heel to toe.

According to running shoe lab tests, there aren't many differences between the stability provided by the two running shoes, with both providing a similar amount, but since they are geared toward neutral runners, they are not expected to provide stability and support either.

What isn't similar, according to running shoe lab tests, is the amount of flexibility in the running shoes.

The Saucony Ride 9 lies on the stiffer end of the spectrum of flexibility, while the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 lies on the very flexible side of the spectrum for both men and women.

This might be caused by the new layout of rubber in the outsole of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

In addition, some of the flex grooves are less obstructed by rubber in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 than they are in the Saucony Ride 9.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs about 7.9 oz (224 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 9.5 oz (269 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 or the Saucony Ride 9, because there aren't many differences to be noted between the two running shoes.

Reasons why one would choose the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 above the Saucony Ride 9 could be if one wanted a smaller heel-to-toe drop, more flexibility, and a more secure fit.

And the Saucony Ride 9 could be chosen because it is a tad bit lighter than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

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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