Saucony Zealot ISO 2 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 provides an overall soft and smooth ride and brings runners closer to a neutral plane. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 adds plushness and a bit of stability to longer runs.

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The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are both neutral cushioning running shoes and actually look very much alike in what they provide.

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The uppers of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com look very much alike in that both have ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot around socklike mesh.

These overlays provide a good amount of support in the upper and are located far enough from the forefoot not to cause irritation points.

Another element that is similar between the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are the light no-sew overlays around the forefoot in both running shoes.

The main difference between the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is the way they provide support at the back of the shoes.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 comes with a sturdy Support Frame at the back, while the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 has sturdy overlays with stitches to provide support behind the heel.

All in all, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 might provide just a tiny bit more support than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 through its upper.

Similarities between the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 continue in the midsole, where both running shoes come with an EVERUN topsole.

This extra cushioning at the top of the midsole increases the cushiness of both running shoes.

Saucony lists the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 as being just a tiny bit more plush than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2, and this is also evident from running shoe lab tests.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provide a good amount of cushioning and have very cushy forefeet and heels.

However, for women, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a bit more heel and forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

For men, the difference in heel and forefoot cushioning between the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is negligible.

Both the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provide a good amount of ground contact and come with an area of softer foam under the heel to soften your landings.

Neither the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 nor the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is meant to provide support. However, running shoe lab tests indicate that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides an average amount of stability and a little bit more than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

The main difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is the amount of distance they put between you and the road.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 sits higher off the ground than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2, and it also has a larger heel-to-toe drop.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 brings you closer to the ground and also closer to a neutral plane.

The heel-to-toe drop of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is about 5 mm for women and 6.7 mm for men. In the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, these numbers are 9.4 mm for women and 9.3 mm for men.

Similarities between the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 continue in their outsoles, where both have a zigzag pattern with a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot.

The difference is that the zigzag pattern between the rubber compartments continue well into the midfoot under the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 but does not do the same under the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the rubber configuration of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 has proven to be very good at making the running shoe very flexible despite the large amount of cushioning that it provides.

So while the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 might feel stiff to some, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 should feel quite flexible to both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 weighs about 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 running shoes weigh approximately 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams) with the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 or the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 because both come very close to providing a similar amount of cushioning.

However, if you are looking for a running shoe that brings you closer to the ground and a neutral plane and that is a bit lighter, you may want to look into the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 instead of the Saucony Triumph 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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