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

6 reasons to buy

  • The ISOFIT comfortable sleeve provides stretchable, breathable and comfortable coverage.
  • Many runners appreciated the diverse color options for the Zealot ISO as it broadens the appeal.
  • The moderately light weight of this shoe was welcomed by reviewers.
  • The PWRGRID+ underfoot platform offers 20% more cushioning that’s durable and responsive.
  • A support frame holds the heel in place while giving it structure, noted a handful of runners.
  • Durable rubber is found on the outsole and it gives effective traction for the wearer.

3 reasons not to buy

  • For some of the testers, the upper got easily torn after a few uses.
  • Some criticized the rear section of the upper because it was too tight for them.
  • The Zealot ISO has an expensive price tag.

Bottom line

The Zealot ISO from Saucony is a popular running shoe that many runners have come to enjoy. It looks great and it functions well, making it a superb choice for daily exercises and trainings.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 242 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    The Saucony Zealot is an all-around very solid shoe. The technologies that reside in this shoe, including the ISOFIT system and PWRGRID+ are really very sound advancements.

  • 86 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    I expect long term outsole wear to be outstanding. The ISOFIT upper is a comfort and fitting innovation.

  • 78 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    I have to start this review off by saying that the Zealot is a fantastic looking shoe, and the Viziglo orange colorway that Saucony sent me is bright. Very bright!

  • 78 / 100 by Competitor Running • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    It wasn’t quite agile enough for faster turnover sessions on the track.

  • 70 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Cushioned moccasin.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    If you like a firm ride and the best fitting upper you’ve ever dreamed of, I recommend you try this shoe.

  • 70 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    I would recommend the Saucony Zealot for a neutral runner.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Lionello Bardina • Level 3 expert

    The Zealot replaces the Cortana line as the highly cushioned low drop model in Saucony’s lineup. It maintains the low drops but ups the level of cushioning, with a 24/28mm stack height.

  • 95 / 100 by Jamie Pang • Jamie Pang • Level 3 expert

    The Zealot is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile shoes out there.

  • 95 / 100 by Fleet Feet Sports • Fleet Feet Sports • Level 3 expert

    You will be able to feel the ground really well during your run with the contact from the shoe. Come in, try it out and take it on a long run!

  • 90 / 100 by Running Maven • Derek Oxley • Level 3 expert

    I enjoyed the flexible feeling in the forefoot.

  • 90 / 100 by Run Haven • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    It also boasts Saucony’s enhanced PWRGRID+ platform for greater cushioning and better durability, especially when compared to the Kinvara.

  • 90 / 100 by Gear Institute • flyersfan1088 • Level 3 expert

    The Saucony Zealot is the shoe for runners that want to have the maximum amount of cushioning you can get without sacrificing the light weight of the shoe.

  • 86 / 100 by Running Maven • Derek Oxley • Level 3 expert

    The Zealot has a firmer ride than the Kinvara 5 and a quicker feel than the Triumph.

  • 76 / 100 by Gear Institute • Tom Poole • Level 3 expert

    The Saucony Zealot is a fast, comfortable, and well cushioned trainer. In testing, this shoe was a favorite due to its versatility. The Zealot is best for the efficient runner looking for a do-it-all shoe or for those who want cushioning and speed.

  • 95 / 100 by Midpack Gear • Midpack Gear • Level 2 expert

    The Zealots (designed to replace the Cortana in the Saucony lineup) are like a flame that you keep coming back to.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Ramble • Chris Johnson • Level 2 expert

    This design gives the foot a “sock-liner” feel with no tight or hot spots.

  • 96 / 100 by Accelerate Buzz • Chris Hough • Level 1 expert

    These made me want to run faster - which is great. They felt deep enough that I wasn't hurting my feet at all due to the impact through the shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Harold Shaw • Harold Shaw • Level 1 expert

    One thing that I liked is that my feet didn’t feel cold while running in temps in the teens, which is a good thing, so the upper does a good job of keeping my feet warm.

  • 80 / 100 by Triathlon and Multisport Magazine • Triathlon and Multisport Magazine • Level 1 expert

    The Zealot ISO makes for a great everyday trainer, and with a four-millimetre heel-to-toe offset, it complements other low-profile shoes like the Kinvara.

  • 75 / 100 by Triathlete Europe • Nick Rose • Level 1 expert

    They felt better the quicker I ran and the more I concentrated on my efficiency the better the response felt from the road. Conversely, the firmness didn’t translate into feeling every bump in the road happily ironing out the different surfaces I tested them on.

  • 70 / 100 by Endurance Magazine • Andrew Lerner • Level 1 expert

    The shoe is very light without completely sacrificing stability, allowing for some spring in your step late into your run.

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Updates to Saucony Zealot ISO

  • The midsole of the Saucony Zealot ISO feature the new and enhanced PWRGRID+ platform that delivers 20% more cushioning than the regular midsole for a more resilient ride. This enhanced platform is also more durable and reliable.
  • The shoe also uses the updated ISOFIT technology the delivers an impressive fit and comfort to runners. It is highly stretchable and flex naturally together with the foot’s natural movement. This element gives a sock-like and ultra-soft feel.

Saucony Zealot ISO size and fit

The Zealot ISO is available in true to size measurements. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are of standard measurements. Those runners with regular foot shape and size will experience a great fit on this shoe.. The Zealot ISO is available in standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s.


Outsole

The XT-900 technology was extended all throughout the outsole to deliver durable traction on the road. The forefoot area also uses the IBR+ technology, a flexible and lightweight material that offers added cushioning and responsive ride.


Midsole

The shoe uses the Saucony’s PWRGRID+ technology that offers added cushioning for underfoot protection. This is also engineered to deliver impressive shock absorption and efficient energy-return for a more resilient running experience. With the SRC Impact Zone, a smoother heel-to-toe transition is not impossible.


Upper

The upper of the Saucony Zealot ISO features the stretchable ISOFIT mesh that delivers impressive fit by following the foot’s movement and shape. This perfectly matches with the shoe’s open toe box design that delivers a seamless construction, enhancing sock-like feel and comfort. The brand’s RUNDRY collar lining secures the heel while maintaining its moisture-wicking attributes.