We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit of the Saucony Ride ISO was considered by many reviewers to be comfortable.
  • The various color schemes were considered to be very endearing to the eyes.
  • The roomy forefoot section was lauded because it allowed the natural spreading of the toes.
  • Several runners liked the ankle and heel support given by the back portion of the upper unit.
  • A few wearers admired the lightweight construction of the Ride ISO.
  • The running shoe is flexible, said a few reviews.
  • Many runners who suffered from underfoot problems such as tendon or muscle strain reported that the midsole carried the foot correctly.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some consumers felt that the medium width profile was a bit narrow.
  • The underfoot platform was not as supportive and comfortable as expected, a handful of testers claimed.
  • Several people believed that the sizeable sole unit made the whole façade of this shoe look bulky.

Bottom line

Many of those who have bought the Saucony Ride ISO were happy with its performance. They welcomed its pleasant upper construction, the eye-catching color options, and the wide toe-box. But the underfoot cushioning system garnered a divided response, with some runners stating that it was supportive and others claiming the opposite. Overall, the shoe is a successful release but there is still room for improvements. 



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  • 85 / 100 |

    Saucony Ride: Cushiony doesn’t mean heavy

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    In the past I ran for few months on Saucony Guide, then I wanted to try its neutral equivalent as I was feeling that I do not need much support but still wanted to have a cushioned shoe for my easy days.

    In the past, I used to do fast workouts on Saucony Guide; when you feel that you need cushioning, you need it! No arguments. One change that you can do to your workout is to give more tolerance for a few seconds per mile to your pace.



    As soon as you wear this shoe, you immediately get the pleasant feeling of the cushioning that this shoe offers.

    In terms of comfortability, it does not have many rivals. I feel the ride fairly firm and not too mushy; this is the reason why you can consider Ride for some steady pacing.


    Runner profile & workouts

    I believe that this shoe was conceived for those who need cushioning, from heavy runners to those more advanced in need for a shoe for easy and steady days, especially on hard surfaces.

    The grip is also good and makes them available for not too hard trail runs. I did a few runs on trails without any problems.

    You don’t feel much cumbersome outer sole when you are climbing and you can take advantage of its cushioning when hitting rocks and downhill.



    If you look at the outer sole, you could run on these shoes for 800/900km easily. While historically for me the biggest problem on Saucony cushioned shoes is that the cushioning of the outer sole becomes inconsistent based on your landing areas and how you push your foot on the ground.

    So for my type of running, Saucony Ride and Guide always had a durability of around 600/650km, mainly for the issue described above, while I didn’t notice any other point of failure.

    Most of the time after a wash even after 500/600km, the shoe looked almost new.



    I would classify this shoe as a premium cushioning shoe in the same league as Brooks Ghost and Nike Vomero.

    Compared to Brooks Ghost, I feel that you get more cushioning and support on Saucony Ride, but if you want to give some relief to fatigued calves you may go for Brooks Ghost and take advantage of its 12mm drop, which is 4mm more than Ride.

    Also, I felt that the Ride has a less supportive ride, and in my case, leads to a faster pace. Compared to Vomero, with Ride, you get way more cushioning, but the ride feels lighter on Vomero, even if the Ride is way more comfortable.



    • For the cushioning offered is very light shoe, UK 7 is only 265g
    • Comfortability


    • Lacing system is a bit cumbersome


    If have a neutral ride and you already run or tried, the Saucony range, this is where to go on your easy days.

    Regardless of the cushioning, this model is not too heavy which suits your steady days or as an everyday shoe if you are doing a lot of volume.

  • 80 / 100 |

    Saucony Ride Iso - After 60+ miles

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    I was looking for a well-cushioned recovery shoe that still had some responsiveness. I heard really good things about the Everun midsole from other users, and I thought I would give these a try since they are not on the obscenely high side of the running shoe price point (about $120).  

    A bonus is that this gave me an opportunity to try the much-hyped ISO fit system that Saucony is now famous for. 


    Initial impression 

    When I first opened the box, the shoe looked pretty basic, but not in the pumpkin spice latte, Ugg boots and scarves kind of way. A simple black and white color scheme were classic, and Saucony added details to the shoe to give the shoe some personality. 

    First, along with the outer edge of the midsole, they added some feathered black coloring to make the midsole tie into the upper. The monochromatic overlays for the lacing, toe box and logo make it pretty interesting looking. 


    Speaking of the upper, the mesh is comfortable and flexible which allows a lot of toe splay, something I generally look for in a shoe. For those concerned with breathability, this shoe definitely has it. I never felt that my foot was getting overly hot especially since I think the shoe vents well through the toe box.

    The shoe doesn’t fit too narrow, so those with a fuller foot will find that the upper is quite accommodating. Even with the room in the shoe, you can get a good lockdown with the ISO fit system. 

    I also really liked the heavily padded tongue in the shoe, as it makes lacing the shoe tight feel pretty darn good. The laces also feel like they have some stretchiness to them which allows me to tighten the shoe without cutting off circulation to my foot.


    Ankle collar

    The ankle collar provided a lot of padding around the very stiff heel cup in the rear of the shoe. I didn’t feel a lot of heel slippage since I was able to lock down the shoe so well. 

    The fabric around the collar is quite a silky feeling, and it doesn’t feel like it would irritate my skin if I wanted to try without socks (which I wouldn’t do since I don’t like that feeling).


    The construction of the midsole appears to be dual foam system. The Everun foam is heavily present in the forefoot and runs the length of the shoe in different density. 

    The rest of the shoe is a built-up foam that provides the initial cushioning before hitting the Everun foam. The midsole is fairly flexible in the forefoot, despite having a chunky midsole. But that begs the question of how the Ride ISO performs with all of that.


    I have put two months worth of running in this shoe (while rotating other shoes), and I found that overall, it’s a decent running shoe, but not great. There are some things that I don’t like about the shoe, and I will outline my likes and dislikes below. 


    I found that the shoe was very comfortable when I first laced it up. I felt like it hugged my foot nicely as I walked around the house, but it didn’t feel constricting. 



    I also found that I was able to get a good “locked-down” feeling without using the extra eyelet at the top of the lacing system. If you are someone that struggles to get your shoe to fit, you won’t have that problem with this shoe. 

    I cannot fully capture how good this upper feels, but suffice it to say that it feels like a nice comforter wrapped snuggly around your foot with an Ace bandage (if that makes sense). In short, it feels good when you first lace it up, and the comfort continues through your run. 

    I can’t say enough good things about the design and comfort of the upper because I am a big fan of how the upper felt on my foot and the overall fit of the shoe. I didn’t have any issues with hotspots, rubbing, blisters or heat buildup because of the upper. 

    Comfort & cushioning

    As I started doing a lot of runs in this shoe to put it through its paces, I found that this shoe’s cushioning performed better in certain scenarios than others. 

    My first run in the shoe was an interval workout on the treadmill and I was pleased with the performance of the cushion out of the box. I was able to do four miles in the shoe, and it didn’t feel like it needed a break in period at all. 

    The upper didn’t rub, and the cushioning felt good throughout the run. The forefoot cushion felt plusher and more responsive than the slightly stiff heel cushioning. As I ran in the shoe more, on roads, hills, and track, I felt like there were some issues with the cushioning that I wasn’t happy with.

    The forefoot cushioning is great, as noted above, so during uphill runs and faster track workouts, the cushioning felt great, though the upper felt a bit sloppy in the toe box at higher speeds. 

    At a slower pace, like my long runs or my shakeout runs, the cushioning did not feel so good. The heel foam felt very unresponsive and stiff. 



    A bigger problem that I found is that my knees started to hurt on longer runs, which is not something I have experienced with a lot of shoes. It could be because the heel is built up slightly asymmetrically. 

    It could also be that the foam in the heel was so stiff that it was causing the pain. Either way, I had to stop using this shoe for longer runs as it was not prudent if it was causing knee pain. I would say that I wouldn’t have noticed this if I was an extreme forefoot (not midfoot or heel) striker. 


    I have run in these shoes for a while and put a lot of miles on them, and the outsole shows very little wear. The only place that I could see wear was along the middle of the tread pattern, but not too much. 

    The midsole hasn’t broken down at any part of the shoe, which is unusual since I usually see wrinkling in the midsole on most shoes that I have tried. 

    I also haven’t seen any signs of wear on the fantastic upper. There was some caving in around the toe box, but that is probably because I don’t loosen the laces when I put them away in their home for the night. 

    If you are looking for a shoe that you that lasts, that you can probably get about 400 miles or more, this is a great option.



    • The upper fit and comfort is amazing
    • The outsole is extremely durable and provides good traction on pavement or well-groomed trails
    • The forefoot cushioning is plush and responsive
    • Breathability is excellent, and my feet never got too hot in the shoe


    • Heel cushioning is stiff and overbuilt
    • The toe box felt sloppy at high speeds
    • There wasn’t a lot of arch support in the shoe or insert

    Final thoughts

    This is the right shoe for those looking for a little more stability in their shoe and a responsive feel with solid cushioning. 

    I probably won’t be using these as my daily trainers as the built-up heel is causing some knee pain for me. I understand that some folks prefer shoes with some stability in it and they are probably better suited for this shoe. 

  • 88 / 100 | Motion Control Running Shoes | Level 5 expert

    The Saucony Freedom ISO brings you closer to the ground and closer to a neutral plane and is somewhat lighter and more stable than the Saucony Ride ISO.

  • 88 / 100 | Coach | | Level 5 expert

    On longer, steadier runs, the Ride ISO shines. The smooth ride, comfortable upper and lightweight cushioning all become more beneficial the more kilometres you rack up. Even if you prefer a slighter shoe for races and track sessions, the Ride ISO will do a grand job of covering the rest of your running. I’d also say that for many people it will be a great pick for half marathon or marathon races thanks to the smart balance of cushioning and weight; if you’re a heavier runner or just find lightweight racers lacking in support, the Ride ISO will suit for 5Ks and 10Ks too.

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  • The Saucony Ride ISO is an update to a fresh series that’s meant to provide an accommodating performance to neutral pronators. It makes use of a form-fitting design to sanction the natural movement capacity of the wearer’s foot.
  • ISOKNIT is the amalgamation of knitted textile and Saucony’s proprietary sock-like construction. It’s crafted to prevent skin irritation and hot spots while also bringing breathable support. A plastic support frame at the back of the shoe holds the heel and keeps it in place.
  • The midsole unit of this Saucony running shoe uses a foam compound that’s made to absorb impact shock and provide responsive cushioning. It has a contoured midfoot to support and cushion the arch, as well. A flexible rubber acts as a shield against the abrasive nature of the surfaces.

The Saucony Ride ISO makes use of the standard measurements to deliver a true-to-size coverage. The women’s version has a width option of B – Medium while the one for men features the D – Medium variant. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe’s last accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot.

The outsole unit makes use of the TRI-FLEX crystal outsole, a durable material that’s meant to protect the rest of the platform from wear and tear. It has a transparent look to heighten the visuals of the external layer. Though it’s protective, it’s not firm or inflexible.

Gripping lugs allow the external layer to hold onto the ground with sureness and ease. The durable lugs are enough to help runners survive downhill and uphill runs. They re not too prominent to cause surface instability. 

Horizontal and vertical grooves permit the platform to bend in conjunction with the inherent flexing capacity of the foot. It allows a smoother ride throughout the gait cycle.

The underfoot platform of the Saucony Ride ISO makes use of the EVERUN. This foam unit offers responsive cushioning. It’s also designed to absorb impact during the landing phase of the gait cycle, then converting that energy to kinetic force that the leg can use to push off the ground. This midsole foam remains to be lightweight while delivering durable underfoot cushioning.

The PWRFOAM extends in the entire midsole of the shoe. It offers lightweight cushioning without compromising comfort and durability. This midsole foam is much lighter and more durable than the regular EVA material.

ISOKNIT is a material that’s designed to resemble woven textile. It has a closed construction in the vital areas, but the front and sides open up to accommodate airflow. It doesn’t have a substantial weight, and it obliges the natural flexibility of the wearer’s foot.

The ISOFIT dynamic fit system allows the upper to hug the foot precisely, giving a well-fastened yet unrestrictive wrap.

A support frame is placed on the back portion. It’s a band made of synthetic material. Its purpose is to keep the heel in place and prevent it from wobbling or exiting the foot-chamber involuntarily.

The Saucony Ride ISO has a padded collar and tongue which provide cushioning to the upper parts of the foot. Moreover, they prevent in-shoe quavering.

Reflective elements are strategically placed in the heel area for increased visibility on dark routes.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.