Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Consumers claimed that the Ride ISO 2 was as comfortable, if not more, than the previous iteration in the series.
  • Those who have tested this Saucony running shoe stated that the aesthetics were visually striking.
  • Most purchasers were happy that the sizing scheme followed their usual expectations.
  • The cushioning system was considered to be highly supportive; several people who have lower extremity concerns noted that the midsole kept them from discomfort.
  • The lightweight build of this product was well-received.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The material that’s used for the heel collar wore off quickly and rubbed uncomfortably against the skin of the Achilles tendon, a few testers claimed.

Bottom line

Saucony’s premier Ride ISO 2 was able to rake in the positive feedback of many running shoe enthusiasts. This product was regarded as a worthy update to the relatively recent series of neutral running shoes from the reputable brand. The cushioning system, sizing scheme, and lightweight construction were elements that gained praise. On the other hand, the fabric on the heel collar was detested for quickly tearing and causing irritation to the skin.

The Saucony Ride ISO 2 is a road companion that’s designed for neutral pronators and those who like to tackle long miles.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 1% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this July
Better rated than the previous version Saucony Ride ISO

Expert Reviews

89 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 |

    Saucony Ride ISO 2 - It’s quite the ride

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    This is the second shoe from Saucony that I get to test.

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the Saucony Freedom ISO 2, I had some issues with the upper and the ISO fit, the same upper Saucony used on several of their models. But the Ride ISO 2 has a new upper and it’s quite an improvement.

    The Ride ISO 2 is a neutral road running shoe with a 27 mm heel stack and a 19 mm forefoot stack, which gives it an 8 mm drop and it comes in at 250 grams for the women’s model.

     

    Upper

    Just like most of Saucony’s recent models the Ride ISO 2 has ISOFIT, but they seem to have changed it compared to earlier models.

    With the Freedom ISO 2 I struggled to make the ISOFIT work, it felt more like it was fighting against me instead of working with my foot to get the right fit. With the Ride ISO 2, I feel that it forms around my foot a bit better and together with the double jacquard mesh, it makes for a comfortable upper.

     

     

    The breathability of this upper is alright, although the amount of padding does make it a little bit hot in places. The Ride ISO 2 has a pretty padded, semi-detached tongue and the collar also has a lot of padding.

    It does protect your Achilles and ankles and it prevents hot spots. The toe box is roomy enough and although the Ride 2 is a neutral running shoe, this shoe does provide a bit of stability.

    Especially the internal heel counter in combination with the padding of the collar make sure your heel is securely locked in and there is no heel slippage.

     

     

    I do like the look of this shoe, it’s pretty sleek and simple which I appreciate. No weird unnecessary overlays. I even wore them as casual sneakers once in a while.

    Midsole

    Saucony has two types of shoes: shoes that have a midsole completely made of EVERUN and shoes that have an Everun top layer and EVA foam as the second midsole layer.

    The Ride ISO 2 also has a dual-layer midsole. It has a top layer of EVERUN and the second midsole layer is made out of PWRFOAM, which absorbs most of the impact upon landing.

     

    Outsole

    Like a lot of Saucony’s outsoles, the Ride ISO 2 has a Crystal Rubber outsole.

    Which gives good traction and is very durable. After a 100 km in the Ride ISO 2, I still can’t see any wear on the outsole.

     

    Fit

    I had my regular running shoe size and that fit me just fine. I have a bit of a wider foot and this shoe had enough room for me.

    This shoe does have an extra eyelet to adjust the laces, but due to the padding of the tongue and collar the fit was snug enough that I didn’t need to use the extra eyelet.

     

    Performance

    The shoes were comfortable as soon as I put them on, they didn’t really require any breaking in. Because of the padding, this shoe can be easily worn for a long time without getting any hot spots.

     

     

    For a neutral road running shoe, the Ride ISO 2 is quite stable and has good traction.

    I even did some quite technical trails in this shoe and they held up pretty well for a road running shoe.

     

    Conclusion

    I was pleasantly surprised by the Ride ISO 2. I do think the upper has improved compared to the previous version.

    The shoe has that nice balance between being cushioned enough for longer runs but also giving you some decent energy return due to the dual-layer midsole. I do think Saucony is on the right track again and I’m looking forward to what they come up with next.

  • 80 / 100 |

    First impressions of Saucony Ride ISO 2

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    I’ve worn the Saucony Ride ISO 2 for about 110-120 miles. These shoes are mostly for roads, with some pack and paved trails.

     

    Weight

    This shoe weighs 8.8 ounces. They look like they would feel heavy and clunky, but they aren’t. They felt very light while running.

    Color

    Mine are black and gold. I went online and found that they also come in multiple other color combinations and even and ice patterned pair. I didn’t have a choice of color because I got mine at a local running store.

    Although if given a choice, I probably would still have gotten this color combination. I have always liked darker-colored running shoes because they look less dirty after a hundred miles.

    Cushion/overall design

    This shoe has moderate cushioning. Saucony used both their PWRFOAM and EVERUN technologies in this. EVERUN is used in the top sole construction and used to help provided pressure relief and lasting comfort.

    PWRFOAM is used in the to help absorb impact and make each runner stride more responsive. This shoe also has the updated version of ISOFIT and FORMFIT technology that allows the shoe to adapt the shape of the runner’s foot.

    The Ride ISO 2 also has a mesh toe box that helps the breathability of the shoe. These shoes are designed to be a natural running shoe but are also suitable for runners who have underpronation.

    For me, although the cushioning was comfortable, it was almost too much cushioning. I wasn’t really able to feel the road or paved trail, which I am used to being able to feel.

    Drop

    The shoe has an 8 mm drop. I am used to a 4 mm drop, so it took some time to get used to. But, after about 10 miles, it felt normal.

    Fit

    The shoe runs true to size I usually wear a 7.5, and the 7.5 fit perfectly lengthwise. I felt like the shoe was on the wider side. I have a normal foot and had to really pull the laces for the shoe to feel secure on my feet.

     

     

    I felt like the back part of the shoe, especially around the heel area, was always loose. There is a lot of cushioning around the top of the heel part, which could be the reason why I could never get the shoe tight enough.

    Cons

    • There is a lot of cushioning around the ankle area, and I felt like I was never able to get the shoes tight enough for them to feel secure.
    • The shoes felt wide.
    • There is a lot of cushioning throughout the shoe, which made it harder to feel the road.
    • I did not find these shoes comfortable for walking at all. Most of the running shoes I have are pretty comfortable for walking. I don’t walk much in running shoes because I bought them to run in. But, when I try out a new brand or model, I like to walk about 10 miles in them just to see how they feel.
    • I ran in these shoes in the rain a few times, and the wetter they got, the heavier they got. It also took a few days for these shoes to air dry.

    Pros

    • The shoelaces were an elastic type of material and never came untied.
    • The shoes never felt clunky and heavy.
    • The shoes ran true to size lengthwise.
    • There are many color combinations to choose from.

    Conclusion

    Overall, I give these shoes an 80 out of 100. I would not buy another pair, my feet never felt completely secure in them, but I think someone with a wider foot might be more comfortable.

  • 85 / 100 | kofuzi | Level 4 expert

    This shoe, I think, is a great iteration on the Saucony Ride series.

  • 90 / 100 | Mark Wood | Level 3 expert

    I would say it's not a huge upgrade from the Ride ISO 1 but the increased outsole flexibility would definitely offer a smoother ride and better traction than before.

Become an expert

  • Dynamism and comfort for miles are the targets of the Saucony Ride ISO 2, a daily running shoe for both beginners and experienced athletes. This model has been updated from the original Ride ISO model to feature a form-fitting upper with a fabric-like stretchiness, as well as a foot-pad design that conforms to the curves of the arch.
  • Fewer overlays adorn the façade, though they’re still the printed variant and equally robust as the ones designed for the previous version. The curve of the rear counter and the padded collar are elements that have been redesigned to hold the Achilles tendon securely.

The Saucony Ride ISO 2 was constructed using the standard measurements. Consumers are encouraged to use their typical sizing choices when getting a pair. However, it is also wise to try on the shoe first or learn more about what others say about the sizing scheme to achieve the desired in-shoe experience.

When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium and 2E – Wide for men, and B – Medium and D – Wide for women. The variants are for those who have broad foot dimensions or those who desire some extra space in the foot-compartment.

The semi-curved shape of this shoe adheres to the natural curvature of the human foot.

The outsole unit of the Saucony Ride ISO 2 is made up of Crystal Rubber, a malleable yet traction-ready compound that is ready to dole out surface control and precise movements on the surfaces. This external layer is also meant to shield the midsole foam from the debilitating effects of ground contact and continued use.

The TRI-FLEX construction entails a set of zigzagging flex grooves that render the cushioning system flexible. The resulting bending capacity permits the muscles and tendons of the foot to move naturally as it goes through the gait cycle.

The primary cushioning unit is composed of the PWRFOAM, a shock-absorbing piece that runs the entire length of the Saucony Ride ISO 2. This relatively thick feature is also tasked with helping the foot as it transitions through the gait cycle.

EVERRUN™ is a layer of cushioning that is placed on top of the PWRFOAM. This fragment of the midsole was made to be long-lasting and vital to the feeling of comfort.

A removable insole is added to provide extra support to the pad of the foot. This add-on has curved sides that mimic the outline of the foot. Such a design cups the curves and the arch, thereby steadying the runner and giving attention to spots that aren’t usually noticed.

The amalgamation of the three levels of cushioning is coined as the FORMFIT.

A double jacquard mesh is used for the Saucony Ride ISO 2. This multi-layered mesh aims to hug the foot securely without limiting the in-shoe experience. It has a stretchy structure and a seamless configuration which allow the foot to move well and be free of irritants.

ISOFIT is a system of printed overlays and midfoot-encompassing panels that help to lock the foot in place. These accoutrements on the upper unit are also constructed to reinforce the form of the façade, keeping it upright and away from sagging. This technology has been a vital aspect of many Saucony offerings like the famous Hurricane ISO line.

The padded tongue and collar have the job of cushioning the Achilles tendon, the ankles, and the bridge of the foot. These parts of the upper are also designed to avert in-shoe wobbling and movement deviation.

The woven lining of the collar offers a soft feel that staves off chafing or hot spots. The silken orientation of this sleeve allows the foot to effortlessly glide into the interior chamber when the shoe is donned.

Author
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.

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