Verdict from 8 hours of research from the internet

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 by Dan Biagi, posted on .

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.

 

Fit

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.

 

Durability

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.

 

Comparison

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.

 

Positives

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

Negative

  • Lacing system is a bit cumbersome

Conclusion

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.

Dan Biagi | Level 4 expert Verified
I live in London, and I am passionate about running, traveling and technology. I combine all these passions by running marathons across Europe and improving my form through structured training plans supported by my training data and logs. I average at 60 miles/100km per week, mostly on roads. I've participated twice in the New York Marathon, Pisa, Paris, Seville, Trømso, Rotterdam and Cologne marathons. My PBs are 2:47 Marathon, 1:19 Half, 36:18 10km.

80
/100 by Edie Sequerth, posted on .

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. 

Upper

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).

Midsole

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.

Performance

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. 

Fit

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. 

Durability

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.

 

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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. 

Edie Sequerth | Level 3 expert Verified
I'm a running nerd. I watch running/endurance events in my free time and spend hours reading gear reviews. I have completed over 2 dozen running and triathlons. I am solidly in the “mid-pack” group. I enjoy lacing up the shoes and getting a run in whenever I can whether on the road, trail or even the treadmill.

80
/100 by Matthew Dryden , posted on .

Having struggled with ankle and calf problems when using my Asics Dynaflyte 2, and knee pains with my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, I was back at my local running shop to find something to help prevent my overpronation issues.

The suggestion was I needed something between the Asics and Brooks in terms of support. The result?

The latest in their ‘Ride’ series, Saucony’s Ride ISO. In terms of colour, there is a reasonable selection available and admittedly, in my opinion, none are particularly attractive.

 

 

I went with the white simply due to it being the only available in my size at the time. When you’ve struggled through years of injuries, you become a bit indifferent to shoe colour.

If you want to see what the Rides look like new, have a look at the thumbnails at the top of the page. If you want to see what they inevitably look like after a few Winter trail runs, my pictures are more relevant.

Fit

On first analysis, the fit was comfortable. The tongue and heel cup contain nice, soft material and the toe section is accommodating to my wider feet.

The laces connect to fingers of material extending halfway down the side of the shoe before merging, allowing complete control of the fit down the bridge of the foot.

 

 

This does mean you have to be careful to pull the tongue tight, otherwise, it can be allowed to bunch up. Having run 100km of varying distances in these shoes now, I have had no issues with blisters and am very happy with the fit.

The only thing I would add is that when taking sharp corners, I have noticed they allow the foot to slide off the arch a little more than other shoes I’ve tried.

Sole

The definition between the outsole and midsole is relatively blurred with this shoe. In a couple of areas, a stiffer material has been embedded within the midsole to provide additional support. One of these you can see in the image below with the Saucony branding on.

 

 

In contrast, the outer edge of the heel, commonly the first point of contact for heel strikers, is soft and forgiving. The effect is obvious.

The shoe aims to absorb the initial impact before encouraging the foot to roll through the outside of the sole for optimal power transfer, as opposed to collapsing into the arch and over onto the big toe.

While I do a lot of my running on trails, and will continue to use the Rides for this purpose, I would not recommend them for this. The sole is clearly designed for road use and for this, I have no complaints.

However, I have found the grip to be somewhat lacking when the underfoot conditions get trickier. This is to be expected from the relatively flat outsole.

 

Performance

Weighing in at a quoted 275g, the Rides would not be considered light, neither are they the heaviest shoe I have tried. Despite the marketing, the energy return from the midsole feels a bit lacking.

The ‘EVERUN’ technology undoubtedly provides the claimed cushioning but this does not transfer into an active rebound that is present on some other shoes.

However, I will forgive them for this as the Ride ISO is the first shoe I have found that enables me to run consistently without injury. They seem to have got the motion control of the foot just right, at least for my biometrics. Calf tightness the next day is minimal in comparison to my other trainers and knees and ankles feel good.

Resilience

After 100km, there are no obvious signs of wear other than a slight smoothing of the outsole at the heel.

As mentioned I do a lot of my running on trails, mainly in an attempt to prevent injury but I also spend a fair amount of time on the treadmill and occasionally venture onto the roads. The only thing worth mentioning is the left shoe has started on occasion making a popping noise on hard surfaces as the forefoot leaves contact with the ground.

 

 

Initially, I was convinced there was a stone lodged in the sole but could not find anything and for the life of me, I cannot pinpoint the sound. It has gone away since originally hearing it but on occasion comes back.

The only conclusion I can come to is that there is some damage to the sole, below the visible surface. Unfortunately, that is as far as I have got so I apologise for the vagueness. 

Conclusion

I could not say that the Ride ISO feel fast and despite the risk of injury, I would still consider using my lighter Asics or my more responsive Brooks for a race. However, I also doubt even Saucony would offer these shoes if you said you were looking for something to run a new 5k PB.

They are undoubtedly a shoe for racking up high mileage and so far, they are doing a good job of protecting my legs. Given the difficulties I have experienced in finding a shoe that fits this bill, I am very happy with the Rides.

While I must be clear, I have no medical background, I do have a fair amount of experience now in coping with issues associated with overpronation and trying out possible remedies. I would definitely recommend trying out these shoes to anyone struggling with similar issues.

Matthew Dryden | Level 2 expert Verified
I have been running for 6 years but stepped up my training in 2016 to get into competitions, mainly triathlons. I run around 20-25km a week at the moment but intend to increase that to run a marathon and Ironman, having previously completed Mallorca 70.3 Ironman and Helvellyn Triathlon. I prefer to keep my running off road when possible and while I don’t have a favourite brand, I do like my current Saucony shoes.

70
/100 by Timothy Cronin, posted on .

The Saucony Ride ISO is the new version of the Ride 10. It is my first Saucony shoe.

 

 

I did some test running for Saucony, and after trying a variety of their shoes and those of their competitors, I decided to purchase a pair of the Ride ISO.

Some shoe details from the manufacturer

  • Support: Neutral
  • Pronation: Neutral
  • Cushion: Moderate
  • Construction Type: Neutral
  • Surface: Road, Track
  • Arch: Normal (mid)
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Offset: 8mm
  • Weight: 275g

 

The first thing I noticed about this shoe is the offset. I recently came from the Mizuno Wave Inspire line, which has a 12mm drop.

It took about 40-50 miles to properly stretch out my calf and Achilles tendon. The 8mm offset does not make this a particularly flat shoe.

Nonetheless, it is something to be aware of if you are more comfortable with the larger offset. People with knee and hip issues should be careful in making the switch to this level.

The toe box is smaller than Mizuno but feels slightly larger than Brooks shoes. Your toes and forefoot can naturally fan out without too much restriction.

The sides of the shoe are made with soft mesh, which fit nicely and encases the foot securely. The mesh material that makes up the majority of the shoe is very breathable.

Noticeably, feet stay nicely dry and cool throughout runs, especially on long runs. The ankle support line is really low, giving you full flexibility to rotate your foot and fully extend and point your toe.

The sole of the shoe is soft and springy. There is a good bounce off it, and it helps transition the foot naturally through the step.

It has enough cushion so that even after 10+ or 15+ mile runs, your feet and joints will not be sore. You can also feel the road through the step, providing a good base to strengthen your push-off.

Running uphill, there is good support throughout the sole to catch and stabilize the foot at different strike points.

Doing hill workouts or even on long trail runs, your step will feel strong and comfortable going up at almost any steepness.

However, running downhill, the foot slides slightly in the shoe. Moreover, you can feel extra friction in the middle of the sole and under the arch.

I tried a few different lacings, but there was no change. If you are running fast or sprinting downhill, I found that this effect was not really an issue though.

That might mean my normal strike is not optimal, but then again, just something to keep in mind.

These shoes are great for long treadmill or straight outdoor road runs. You can see the durability of the tread in the images below.

 

 

The new shoes are on the right and the old shoes after 250 miles are on the left. After covering such distance, there is still grip on the treads.

I did have two issues with the shoe that were noticeable in trail and city/street running.

1) The sole of the shoe does not accommodate anything larger than a pea. If you are a trail runner or crushed gravel runner in particular, larger pebbles and stones or twigs will be very noticeable.

Regardless of your strike pattern, you will be very aware you are not running on a smooth surface. Thus, for me, this has been pretty distracting

2) The shoe has a low profile and allows for full flexibility in the ankle, which is nice. However, it provides almost zero support when you are trying to make a turn on a sidewalk corner.

You will have to slow down and shorten your stride. Depending on your normal running routes, this can be really disruptive.

On the whole, the shoe is a good budget-priced option. In comparison to the Saucony Triumph, which is their premium version, it is about half of that price.

If you are a road or treadmill runner primarily, I would strongly recommend these, given that the weaknesses I found would not apply.

However, if your runs are typically on rocky terrain or with a lot of tight turns, I would stay clear.

Some details about me

  • Height: 5’9”
  • Weight: 190lbs
  • Cadence: 160-165
  • Workout pace: 5:50/mile
  • Normal run pace: 7:10/mile
  • Average: 35-40 mi/week
Timothy Cronin | Level 1 expert Verified
Hello! I am recreational runner who focuses on marathon training and weight loss. I have completed the Chicago Marathon twice and sights are set on qualifying for the Boston marathon. I started running in 2015 as a challenge to beat my brother's time in a marathon and have just kept going. Needless to say, I am always looking for a better shoe to give me a competitive edge and help my times.

  • 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.

Size and fit

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