Verdict from 2 experts and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Saucony Guide ISO 2 TR is a comfortable trail running shoe, said some users.
  • According to most wearers, the shoe offers a high level of support and stability.
  • A couple of users mentioned that it helps them solve their knee pain problems.
  • This Saucony shoe has a wide toe box, mentioned in some user reviews.
  • Several users agreed that it offers an impressive grip on the road and varied trail surfaces.
  • One buyer mentioned that the tongue prevents trail debris and small stones from entering the shoe.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users said that the cushioning is too firm for their liking.

Bottom line

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 TR is a lightweight stability shoe designed for the trail. It gained positive reviews from casual and professional runners because of its stability, grip, and fit. Though a few felt the cushioning to be too firm, in general, the shoe is a worthy investment.

The Guide ISO 2 TR is a good option for those who are looking for a lightweight and comfortable trail running shoe.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • The Saucony Guide ISO 2 TR received a trail-specific update in the outsole. It follows the design of the road version of the Guide ISO but it is made more protective and durable. The shoe features the PWRTRAC compound in the forefoot that delivers maximum grip and durability.

The Guide ISO 2 TR runs true to size in terms of sizing. It comfortably accommodates foot with medium measurements as the heel, forefoot, and midfoot are in a medium fit. Standard medium widths for both men’s and women’s versions are available.

In the outsole of this trail shoe is a combination of PWRTRAC and X-900 compounds. Both materials are designed to deliver durability and traction for varied trail surfaces.

The PWRTRAC compound delivers more durability and traction as compared to other traditional rubber materials. It is also designed to be equipped with the 6mm lugs that provide grip on soft and hard surfaces.

The presence of the flex grooves also delivers flexibility without compromising underfoot cushioning.

Just like its road version, the Guide ISO 2, the shoe features the notable EVERUN and PWRFOAM midsole cushioning.

The EVERUN Topsole, which is also used in other popular Saucony running shoes, is formulated for responsiveness. It also offers long-lasting cushioning that has a high-energy return for a bouncier ride.

The PWRFOAM is a reliable midsole cushioning that protects the foot during impact. It offers responsive cushioning that is consistent throughout the run. The foam is also more durable compared to traditional midsole cushioning.

The shoe also makes use of the FORMFIT contoured footbed. It gives added cushioning while enhancing fit.

An engineered mesh covers the upper of the Saucony Guide ISO 2. It offers breathability and comfort to the foot, especially on warm running condition.  

This mesh material works well with the ISOFIT design that delivers a dynamic fit. It adapts to the natural shape of the foot and it flexes as the foot moves to different directions.

The shoe has a padded tongue and collar for added comfort and enhanced fit. The RUNDRY collar lining has a moisture-wicking capacity to keep the foot dry and sweat-free.


How Saucony Guide ISO 2 TR ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 19% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Bottom 25% Saucony running shoes
All Saucony running shoes
Bottom 12% stability running shoes
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