Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$130
Weight
Men: 10.5oz
Women: 9.2oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • According to some users, they were surprised by the responsiveness of this shoe on all kinds of terrains.
  • Some buyers mentioned that the tread was ideal for mud and rocks.
  • Few reviewers commented that the shoe worked fairly well for flat-footed runners.
  • One of the testers recommended this shoe for runners who want to excel in 10k technical terrains.
  • A lot of users loved the breathable upper of the Saucony Xodus ISO 2.
  • Some of the testers agreed that the shoe was one of the most protective trail running shoes they have ever tested.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers reported numbness in their foot after running several miles only.
  • The fit of the shoe was a little bit narrow for some runners.
  • Some reviewers said that the cushioning of the shoe was not comfortable. It was rigid and stiff.

Bottom line

A good number of reviewers agreed that the Saucony Xodus ISO 2 was one of the most protective trail shoes they have tested. They mentioned that the shoe was responsive on different types of terrains. Although some runners commented that the cushioning of the shoe was uncomfortable, others still recommended this shoe because of its breathable upper.


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3.6 / 5 based on 5 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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71 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 74 / 100 by Outdoor Gear Lab • Amber King • Level 2 expert

    This trail runner isn't nearly as comfortable as its cousin the Saucony Peregrine 7 - Women's nor does it perform as well overall. That said, it is more protective and if that's what you're looking for, this may be your next sole-mate (pun intended!).

  • 65 / 100 by IMPACT Magazine • Brittany Webster • Level 1 expert

    Within the first few strides in the Xodus ISO 2, I was surprised by their responsiveness on all terrain. Road, rock, loose dirt, grass, you name it, the shoe performed nicely in all conditions and seemed extremely stable The aggressive tread is ideal for mud, rocks and muck. This shoe would work for a neutral or flat-footed runner with a narrow to mid-range foot who is looking for a little extra support. Overall, the Xodus offers excellent traction and durability. I would recommend this shoe to any runner wanting to trail run upwards of 10K in technical terrain.

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Updates to Saucony Xodus ISO 2

  • The Saucony Xodus ISO 2 is a trail running shoe that performs fairly well on a wide variety of terrains. It features a PWR TRAC outsole. This was built to last long hours across different trails.
  • It has a resilient EVERUN cushioning unit that adds to the shoe’s responsiveness.
  • It features a large SSL EVA midsole that ensures a high level of cushioning.
  • It has a RUNDRY Collar lining and ISOFIT Upper. This shoe delivers comfort in dry and wet conditions.

Saucony Xodus ISO 2 size and fit

The Saucony Xodus ISO 2 is a neutral trail running shoe. It has a standard running shoe length when it comes to sizing. This is best for runners who prefer less technical terrains and everyday trail running activities. The available widths are D – Medium for the men’s version and B – Medium for the women’s version.

Outsole

The Saucony Xodus ISO 2 is made up of a PWRTRAC outsole. It is an ultra-grippy rubber compound that offers tank-tread protection. It has a hexagonal-shape pattern that adapts across a multitude of surfaces. This outsole is rugged and durable. It is resistant to abrasions and provides enough traction to a variety of paces.

It has an aggressive lug design that enables multi-directional movement on the trail surfaces.

Midsole

The midsole of Saucony Xodus ISO 2 is made up of an EVERUN. This is a responsive cushioning that enhances energy return. It doesn’t wear out easily when compared to traditional EVA midsoles.

It has a large SSL EVA midsole material that adds to the shoe’s durability and lightweight structure.

A rock plate is also embedded in the midsole. This allows energy distribution and prevents excessive bending of the shoe.

It has an internal ComfortLite Sockliner that contours to the runner’s arch and heel to provide added support. This is significant in reducing pressure and force in the forefoot area.

Upper

The upper of Saucony Xodus ISO 2 features an ISOFIT technology. This is a stretchable mesh that adapts well to the runner’s foot shape and size. This creates a sock-like and ultra-soft feel without distracting the foot’s natural movement.

It has a Gusseted Tongue unit that is important in preventing trail debris from entering the shoe.

It has a Molded Toe Shell as well. This protects the runner’s toes from the impacts of different trails.

RUNDRY Collar Lining is also integrated to simultaneously secure the heel whilst keeping the interior foot-chamber from moisture.

It is composed of a Heel Support Frame. This supports and cups the Achilles heel throughout the runner’s gait cycle. The solid support frame is beneficial to runners who use orthotics or insoles.

It has a Strobel Last that is stitched to the HRC Strobel Board. This promotes a more enhanced and responsive cushioning as well as softer underfoot feel.