Saucony Ride ISO Review

Saucony’s standard-weight neutral trainer gets updated to their new ISO upper! With some additional slight changes to the midsole and outsole, let’s see how Saucony has updated their very popular trainer.

Saucony Ride 10 vs Ride ISO:

Saucony has made some key changes to upper and slight changes to the midsole which make the shoe feel slightly different.

  • The Ride ISO is a little wider than the 10 – mostly in the forefoot, but the toebox has a noticeable amount more room in the new Ride ISO
  • The big change is in the upper – while almost all of Saucony’s shoes have changed to their ISO fit, the Ride ISO finally gives the Ride line the comforting and soft feel that the ISO technology provides
  • Early experience in-store has been that stability is unchanged from the 10 – keeping the Ride a standard neutral shoe
  • The softness of the Ride ISO is very similar to the 10 – Saucony still is using a EVA midsole with an EVERUN topsole
  • The heel is more of a flat platform on the Ride ISO, so runners who specifically liked the lateral bevel on the heel of the Ride 10 might feel like the new Ride ISO is a little “flat.”
  • The lack of that bevel makes the shoe more balanced, as the bevel on the 10 had a tendency to keep runners really lateral. However, the lack of a bevel will exacerbate the pronation of anyone landing flat on the heel.

Fit

The new ISO upper creates a snug, sock-like fit throughout the upper. Saucony has increased toebox room with the ISO, and overall the Ride continues to be pretty down-the-middle in terms of width and length. The new ISO upper might initially feel a little snug due to how connected the tongue is to the rest of the upper, but the mesh has enough stretch to it to create some flexibility in the upper if needed.

Feel

Saucony has taken a pretty big step forward in terms of step-in feel with the new Ride ISO. It has instantly become one of the most luxurious-feeling shoes on the wall, and at the $120 price point it is well ahead of any of its competitors. The ISO upper doesn’t seem to have much effect on the actual feel of the shoe while running/walking. The main change in on-foot feel is the removal of the lateral bevel in the heel. The Ride ISO now has a much more platform-like heel. We’ve seen in early tests that it creates a little more balanced shoe over the Ride 10 – but only because the bevel on the 10 would keep lateral runners way out on the outside of their feet. The ISO doesn’t keep you as lateral as the 10 did, but that change makes any pronation much more apparent.

 Function

As a standard weight neutral shoe, the Saucony Ride ISO is one of the classic neutral trainers. It provides very little inherent stability and will allow the foot to be flexible. While great for neutral runners, it’s not going to provide any guidance to prevent pronation. The removal of the lateral heel bevel has so far proven to slightly change the function of the shoe. We’ve seen in early tests that it creates a little more balanced shoe over the Ride 10 – but only because the bevel on the 10 would keep lateral runners way out on the outside of their feet. The ISO doesn’t keep you as lateral as the 10 did, but that change makes any pronation much more apparent.

Comparisons:

Saucony Ride vs Brooks Ghost:

In their current versions, the shoes have a very different feel. The Ghost has an overall softer feel, both in the upper and in terms of midsole/ride. It also feels higher and has a little more smooth transition than the Ride. The Ride has more room in the toebox and is a little wider overall. The Ghost is lighter than the Ride, but because of the softness of the Ghost it’s unlikely that you’d be able to tell that it’s lighter. The Ride is much softer in-step, but also is much more accommodating with the new ISO upper.

 

Saucony Ride vs Mizuno Wave Rider:

The Ride is softer, but it feels much lighter and lower than the Wave Rider. The width is about the same with each shoe, with the Ride having more width and depth in the toebox. Weight is very similar for both shoes. The amount of guidance in each shoe is minimal, and both are great options for neutral runners. The new update to the Wave Rider, the WAVEKNIT R1, will be much more performance-based and faster feeling than the older Wave Rider 21. The WAVEKNIT R1 will be smaller and narrower than the Ride due to the knit upper.

 

Saucony Ride vs Nike Zoom Pegasus

The upper of the Ride and Pegasus both provide a pretty flexible upper, but the Pegasus is much narrower than the Ride. The Pegasus also has a much more prominent arch. While both weigh the same, the Pegasusis much softer than the Ride, but both provide a pretty smooth transition. The Pegasus’ soft nature amplifies the lateral heel bevel that Saucony has removed from the Ride ISO. Neither are designed to provide any amount of guidance and the differences in inherent stability are negligible between the two.

 

Saucony Ride vs ASICS GEL-Cumulus

The Saucony Ride ISO is softer than the Cumulus and much more flexible. With change to remove the lateral bevel in the new ISO, the Cumulus still feels a little more stable under the foot. The transition of the Ride is much more smooth, and overall the shoe feels a little lower than the Cumulus. The upper of the Ride feels much softer and much more luxurious. As each is designed as purely neutral trainers, guidance for each shoe is minimal. The Ride is a lot wider and accommodating than the Cumulus.

 

Saucony Ride vs New Balance 880

With the newest updates of each shoe, the New Balance 880 v8 just as soft as the Ride, but the Ride is noticeably lower than the 880. The heel of both feel pretty stable, but neither shoe provides any noticeable guidance for runners who pronate. The overall widths of the shoes are pretty similar, with the Ride having a more depth and width in the toebox. The 880 is slightly heavier, but it’s unlikely that you would actually feel the weight difference on a run.

 

Saucony Ride vs Saucony Kinvara

The Ride is the step up in terms of weight, cushion, and substantial feel from the Kinvara. The Kinvara is much more light and playful feeling, almost feeling bouncy compared to the Ride. The Ride will be more composed and structured, but a lot less flexible.


Saucony Ride ISO

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