Saucony Zealot ISO vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

Saucony Zealot ISO is lightweight and provides a smooth ride with a very cushy forefoot. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 adds plushness, comfort, and stability to the your long runs.

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The Saucony Zealot ISO 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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Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Zealot ISO have ISOFIT overlays in their uppers that wrap the midfoot around socklike mesh.

The overlays come a bit further forward on the Saucony Zealot ISO than they do on the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, which means that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 opens up the forefoot more for comfort.

In addition, the Saucony Zealot ISO has more overlays on its toe box than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2. This includes the bunion window that is a bit more open and free on the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

Both the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 come with an external heel counter at the back of the shoes to provide a good amount of support behind the heel.

All in all, both running shoes provide a good amount of support through their uppers.

The Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning and both running shoes were meant to be plush running shoes.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 comes with a layer of softer foam just under the sockliner with a portion of that foam inserted in the heel.

The heel insert has the same function as the crash pad in the heel of the Saucony Zealot ISO, i.e., to soften your landing and provide you with a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.

The crash pad in the Saucony Zealot ISO and the landing zone in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 can be seen as stability features. Other stability features include the full ground contact that both running shoes provide, especially under the arch.

The big difference between the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the Saucony Zealot ISO is that the Saucony Zealot ISO has a somewhat thinner midsole than the Saucony Triumph ISO so brings you a bit closer to the ground.

This should allow your runs to be a bit more snappy in the Saucony Zealot ISO.

The Saucony Zealot ISO also has a lower heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2. The difference is about 3 mm in the two running shoes from almost 9.5 mm in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 to about 6.5 mm in the Saucony Zealot ISO.

Running shoe lab tests reveal that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is the more cushy running shoe of the two for both men and women.

While the amount of forefoot cushioning in the Saucony Zealot ISO comes close to that in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, its heel cushioning is lagging behind.

The amount of heel cushioning provided by the Saucony Zealot ISO is above average for both men and women, but if you are a heel-striker, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 may suit you better than the Saucony Zealot ISO.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes have a different setup and the flex grooves in the forefoot run differently.

However, both the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 display a good degree of segmentation and separation for shock absorption and dissipation.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are both stiff running shoes with minor differences in flexibility between the two running shoes for both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO weighs about 7.2 oz (204 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 8.5 oz (241 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams) with the Saucony Zealot ISO being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a running shoe that provides an overall very soft ride for long runs, then the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 would be a good one to consider.

And if you are looking for a running shoe that can make you feel a bit faster due to its light weight and closer-to-the-ground feel, then the Saucony Zealot ISO might be worth looking into.

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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