Saucony Zealot ISO 3 vs. Saucony Kinvara 8 review

Saucony Zealot ISO 3 provides an overall soft and smooth ride and brings runners closer to a neutral plane. Saucony Kinvara 8 is good for light and fast performance runs...

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much support.

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The uppers of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Kinvara 8 are quite different.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is geared towards delivering a light running experience, so its upper has been kept light with a minimum amount of thin overlays.

However, the Saucony Kinvara 8 does come with a strap around the saddle to provide a more secure fit around the midfoot.

This strap is comparable to the straps that the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 has around its midfoot.

The amount of overlays has also been kept to a minimum in the upper of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and are mostly located around the heel and at the front of the running shoe.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 provides a good amount of support on the medial side of the heel and on the lateral side of the midfoot to keep your foot in line.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3, on the other hand, provides a good amount of support around the heel using mostly overlays.

However, you should be able to get a secure fit from both running shoes and both running shoes deliver a good amount of comfort.

The midsoles of the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 look alike in that both come with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning for heel-to-toe cushioning.

The main difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 is how high they sit off the ground.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3 sits a tiny bit higher off the ground than the Saucony Kinvara 8 for both men and women.

The heel-to-toe drop is about 5.6 mm for men in the Saucony Kinvara 8 and 6.5 mm in the Saucony Zealot ISO 3. This means that the Saucony Kinvara 8 brings men closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3.

The numbers for women are 5.5 mm in the Saucony Kinvara 8 and 5.1 mm in the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, so the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 brings women closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Kinvara 8 does.

However, the differences between heel-to-toe drop and stack height are very small between the two running shoes.

The differences between heel and forefoot cushioning are also quite small between the two running shoes.

Running shoe lab tests have found that both the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 have a very cushy forefoot for both men and women.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 delivers just a tiny bit more forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 to both men and women.

There is almost no difference in heel cushioning for men, but women will get a tiny bit more heel cushioning from the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 than from the Saucony Kinvara 8.

The conclusion is that both the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 deliver a very soft ride and are good for heel-strikers, according to running shoe lab test results.

Because the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 are meant to be worn by neutral runners, they do not come with devices to control pronation.

However, they both provide a good amount of ground contact for smoother heel-to-toe transitions and some stability.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Kinvara 8 is a tiny bit more stable than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, but both running shoes deliver an average amount of stability.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite alike, especially under the forefoot, but the main difference here is that the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 has more durable rubber in its outsole than the Saucony Kinvara 8.

More rubber means that the running shoe will last longer before the rubber wears out, but it also makes the shoe heavier and can impede flexibility.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Kinvara is quite flexible and somewhat more flexible than the Saucony Zealot ISO 3, which also delivers a good amount of flexibility.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 8 weighs approximately 6.8 oz (193 grams), and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 for women weighs about 7.4 oz (210 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 8.0 oz (227 grams) and 8.7 oz (247 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 8 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the Saucony Kinvara 8 or the Saucony Zealot ISO 3.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 3 are very much alike in what they offer to runners, so making a choice between them will be a matter of looking at the specific differences between the two running shoes and decide what you prefer.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 3 seems to be a slightly heavier and more durable version of the Saucony Kinvara 8, but both running shoes bring you closer to the ground and to a neutral plane.

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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