Saucony Ride ISO 2 Review

Saucony’s standard-weight neutral trainer gets updated in the Ride ISO 2! With some pretty big changes to the midsole and outsole alongside tweaks to the upper, let’s see how Saucony has updated their very popular trainer.

Saucony Ride ISO vs Ride ISO 2:

Saucony has made some key changes the shoe that have changed the fit, feel, and function. The midsole and outsole are new, and the upper has some changes as well.

  • The big change is in the midsole and outsole – the Ride ISO 2 is softer and more flexible than the original ISO
  • Visually, the new ISO 2 is significantly less stable than its predecessor. It remains to be seen whether the actual function of the shoe reflects what we’re seeing in the store, but the soft foam and more flexible feel allows the foot to move without any guidance or support
  • Saucony has done a great job in identifying the core competencies of each of their models and focusing on making those better. In the Ride, that’s a soft, regular-weight trainer that has a good transition.
  • The heel is more of a flat platform on the old Ride ISO, with the ISO 2 getting back to the smooth transition that the Ride 10 provided
  • Sizing is pretty similar throughout, with the ISO 2 providing a little more room in the toebox – most notably with more depth

Fit

The ISO upper continues to create a snug, sock-like fit throughout the upper. Saucony has increased toebox room with the ISO 2 especially in terms of depth, and overall the Ride continues to be pretty down-the-middle in terms of width and length. The mesh has enough stretch to it to create some flexibility in the upper if needed, but the ISO upper does a really good job in locking in the foot.

Feel

Saucony has continued to provide a luxurious step-in feel with the new Ride ISO 2. At the $120 price point it is ahead of most of its competitors. With the update to the ISO 2, the feeling while running/walking has caught up to that luxurious step-in feel. Under-foot, the ISO 2 is now a really soft yet playful feeling shoe. Getting away from platform-like heel that characterized the original Ride ISO. Despite being softer, the ISO 2 feels lower and faster than the original ISO. The combination of flexibility and softness is actually pretty similar to the Ghost, which it pretty remarkable praise considering the current popularity of the Ghost.

 Function

As a standard weight neutral shoe, the Saucony Ride ISO 2 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 move back to a more flexible heel has so far proven to slightly change the function of the shoe. We’ve seen in early tests that it creates a little less balanced shoe over the Ride ISO – with the soft foam and overall flexibility allowing the foot to pretty much do whatever it wants.

Comparisons:

Saucony Ride ISO 2 vs Brooks Ghost:

In their current versions, the shoes have a very similar feel. The Ghost has a very slightly softer feel, but the new Ride ISO 2 has done an admirable job of replicating the fit and feel of the most popular shoe on the market. The Ride has a little more room in the toebox and is a little wider overall. The weights on each shoe are pretty much identical. The Ride provides a softer step-in feel, but its pretty close. It seems as though Saucony set out to get as close as possible to the Ghost, and they’ve done a good job. Both shoes are designed as neutral trainers, and neither will provide much guidance.

 

Saucony Ride ISO 2 vs Freedom ISO 2:

The Ride and Freedom are very different shoes. While they’re both mid-weight Saucony trainers, the Freedom is designed as a unique plush but low and flexible neutral shoe while the Ride is a more traditional trainer. Despite its low and flexible nature, the Freedom is actually a little heavier than the Ride, but it doesn’t really feel like it on-foot because of how flexible and low it is. The Freedom is also a little softer than the Ride, but with its full EVERUN midsole it is a slightly different type of cushioned feel. The uppers are very similar in terms of fit. Neither are going to give you much support – they’re both firmly on the more flexible side of the neutral spectrum.

 

Saucony Ride ISO 2 vs Nike Pegasus

The upper of the Ride and Pegasus both provide a pretty flexible upper, but the Pegasus is much narrower, shallower, and generally tighter fitting than the Ride. The Pegasus also has a much more prominent arch. While both weigh the same, the Pegasus is a little softer than the Ride and has a little more flexibility in the transition. The Pegasus feels lower and a little faster/playful than the Ride with it’s contoured midsole. Neither are designed to provide any amount of guidance and the differences in inherent stability are negligible between the two.

 

Saucony Ride vs Guide

With the newest updates of each shoe (Ride ISO 2 vs Guide ISO 2), The Ride and Guide are moving further away from each other in terms of function and feel.¬† Appropriate for it’s name, the Guide provides a significant amount of guidance, while the Ride is designed for neutral runners and doesn’t provide any guidance. The overall widths of the shoes are pretty similar, with the Ride having a little more depth and width in the toebox.


Saucony Ride ISO

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