Saucony Zealot ISO vs. Saucony Triumph ISO review

Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO could be twins with the features they provide and both having a cushy forefoot. But one brings you closer to the ground...

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

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For starters, both the Saucony Zealot ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO have an ISOFIT upper that hugs the midfoot with its overlays and embeds the foot in sock-like mesh to allow the shoe to move harmoniously with your foot and give you a good fit.

The big difference in the uppers lies probably in the placement of the rest of the overlays.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO and the Saucony Zealot ISO have a mainly no-sew upper with only a few stitches around the collar and to keep the ISOFIT overlays in place.

So they should not cause irritation points. The Saucony Zealot ISO has two extra overlays running on the toe box from the saddle to the front of the shoe. These overlays are absent in the Saucony Triumph ISO, making the toe box of the Saucony Triumph ISO more open.

Another difference in the upper is that the Saucony Zealot ISO has a Support Frame at the back of the shoe to really lock the heel in place, while the Saucony Triumph ISO does not. However, you can still expect to get enough support from the Saucony Triumph ISO in that area.

Similarities between the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO continue in the midsole where they both provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their PWRGRID+ midsole.

The main difference in the midsole lies in the height of the shoes with the Saucony Triumph ISO sitting much higher off the ground than the Saucony Zealot ISO, and the heel-to-toe drop is much larger in the Saucony Triumph ISO than it is in the Saucony Zealot ISO.

The difference in height is much greater in the heel than in the forefoot. So while the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO have very plush forefeet, the Saucony Zealot ISO has a much firmer heel than the Saucony Triumph ISO, because there is just less midsole foam between you and the road.

However, the Saucony Zealot ISO brings you closer to the ground than the Saucony Triumph ISO, which could make you feel faster. But if you are a heel-striker, the Saucony Triumph ISO would suit you better than the Saucony Zealot ISO.

Similarities in the midsole continue true the crash pad that both shoes have under the heel and that run till the midfoot to seamlessly join the forefoot and the full ground contact that both provide on the medial side of the shoe.

So you can expect to get a smooth and fairly stable ride from both the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO.

The outsoles of the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO are also very similar, although the Saucony Zealot ISO has a slightly different rubber configuration in its forefoot.

Both running shoes turn out to be pretty stiff running shoes according to running shoe lab tests. This might partly be due to the tradeoff between flexibility and cushioning – they are both very cushy in the forefoot – and partly due to the way the flex grooves run in the forefoot.

The women's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO weighs about 7.2 oz (204 grams) and the Saucony Triumph ISO for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams). The men's versions of the running shoes weigh approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams) and 10.1 oz (286 grams) with the Saucony Zealot ISO being the lightest of the two.

Apart from a few minor differences, the Saucony Zealot ISO and the Saucony Triumph ISO resemble each other a lot. They both provide a plush and comfortable ride with the Saucony Triumph ISO being a bit more cushy but also a bit heavier than the Saucony Zealot ISO.

However, if you are a runner who lands on their heels, you may want to look into the Saucony Triumph ISO more than the Saucony Zealot ISO. And if you want to feel closer to the ground, the Saucony Zealot ISO would be the one to consider.

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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