Saucony Zealot ISO 2 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 review

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 provides an overall soft and smooth ride and brings runners closer to a neutral plane. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness, comfort, and flexibility to your runs.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 are both neutral cushioning running shoes and provide a lot of the same things to runners.

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For starters, both the upper of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 come with ISOFIT overlays.

These overlays are broader on the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 than they are on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

They have been more or less cut down on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com to open up the forefoot a bit more and decrease possible irritation points.

What also differs is that the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 comes with very light no-sew overlays on its toe box, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 uses the mesh itself to provide some structure.

Therefore, the toe box of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 might feel a bit looser and more free than that of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2, especially in the bunion area.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 has a good few stitched-on overlays wrapping the heel to increase the amount of support behind the heel.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 comes with less overlays but has a Support Frame at the top of the heel that somewhat increases the amount of support behind the heel.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 provide a good amount of support through their upper and a secure fit around the midfoot.

However, the fit of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 might be a bit tighter and more secure than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

Both running shoes are meant to offer runners a good amount of cushioning, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 expected to offer more because it is Saucony's premium cushioning running shoe. This turns out to be the case for women.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 offer an amount of cushioning that is way above average.

However, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 offers just a tad more heel and forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 for women, with both having a very cushy forefoot.

For men, there are almost no differences to be noted in the amount of heel and forefoot cushioning offered. Both running shoes should provide men with an overall very soft ride.

The main difference between the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is how high you sit off the ground.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 sits higher off the ground and has a larger heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

The heel-to-toe drop is about 11.8 mm for men and 10.4 mm for women in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, while they are 6.7 mm for men and 5.0 mm for women in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

So if you are looking for a running shoe that brings you closer to the ground and toward a more neutral plane, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 would be the one to consider.

As far as stability is concerned, running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 as being more stable than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2, but this should not be a concern for neutral runners who are not looking for stability and support.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 offers an average amount of stability, and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 lies a couple of notches below that.

Both running shoes offer a good amount of ground contact and thus also a good likelihood of giving you smooth heel-to-toe transitions and support under the midfoot.

The patterns in the forefoot of the outsole look very similar in the two running shoes, but the rubber patterns under the heel differ.

However, both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 provide a good amount of rubber for durability and separation for shock dissipation in their outsoles.

Running shoe lab tests show that both the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 are extremely flexible running shoes, but that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 wins from the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 in flexibility for both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 weighs about 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh approximately 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 10.8 oz (306 grams), with the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft, smooth, and flexible ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

There aren't many distinction points between these two running shoes other than that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 might offer a bit more comfort in its upper and is a bit more stable, and that the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 brings you closer to a neutral plane by having a lower heel-to-toe drop and is a bit lighter.

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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