Saucony Zealot ISO vs. Saucony Ride 7 review

Saucony Zealot ISO provides a smooth ride with a very cushy forefoot and a low heel-to-toe drop. Saucony Ride 7 provides a soft ride to high-mileage neutral runners.

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The Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Ride 7 are both neutral cushioning running shoes with one being lighter and newer than the other.

Differences between the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Ride 7 start in the upper where the Saucony Zealot ISO has ISOFIT overlays on top of a socklike mesh upper and the Saucony Ride 7 has mainly no-sew overlays on its lateral side and traditional stitched-on overlays on its medial side where support is needed most.

Both uppers should provide a good amount of support, although the ISOFIT upper of the Saucony Zealot ISO is intended to wrap your foot better as it moves than that of the Saucony Ride 7.

At the back of the running shoes, there is an additional difference in that the Saucony Zealot ISO has a Support Frame to really keep your heel in place, while the Saucony Ride 7 does not. The latter just has sturdy overlays at the back to provide support in that area.

The midsoles of the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Ride 7 are pretty similar in technologies used.

They both have a PowerGrid midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning, although this midsole has been upgraded in the Saucony Zealot ISO and called PWRGRID+ to provide 20% more cushioning than the standard PowerGrid midsole in the Saucony Ride 7.

However, this does not automatically make the Saucony Zealot ISO more cushy than the Saucony Ride 7.

The two running shoes come close to providing the same amount of cushioning when you look at the men's running shoes, with the Saucony Ride 7 having slightly more cushioning in the heel, and slightly less in the forefoot than the Saucony Zealot ISO.

For women, the Saucony Ride 7 outcushions the Saucony Zealot ISO in both the heel and the forefoot, but more so in the heel.

The main difference in the midsoles of the two Saucony running shoes is the heel-to-toe drop. This drop is approximately 2 mm less in the Saucony Zealot ISO, which means that the Saucony Zealot ISO brings you closer to a neutral position with the ground than the Saucony Ride 7 does.

Women may prefer the Saucony Ride 7, though, since a steep drop helps take tension off the Achilles tendon.

The rest of the midsoles are pretty similar with both the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Ride 7 having a crash pad under the heel to soften your landing. This crash pad runs till the midfoot and integrates well with the forefoot midsole foam to provide you with a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The smoothness in transition extends to the outsole where both the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Ride 7 provide full ground contact.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look very similar in construction, except for the forefoot area where they differ on the medial side of the shoes.

This difference does not translate into one being more flexible than the other, though, because both the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Zealot ISO are pretty stiff running shoes.

The women's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO weighs approximately 7.2 oz (204 grams) and the Saucony Ride 7 weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 8.5 oz (241 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively.

Making a choice between the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Zealot ISO is not a difficult one. Both running shoes are cushy, but the Saucony Ride 7 is more cushy for women.

If you want a lighter running shoes that brings you closer to a neutral plane when running, the Saucony Zealot ISO would be the way to go.

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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