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1594 users: 4.6 / 5
26 experts: 89 / 100

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.

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88
/100 by Daniel Corey, posted on .

You want to drive a Ferrari?? Me too! You want to drive a Ferrari every day? I doubt it. The speeding tickets would really start to add up.

New runners take note, the same goes for running, you don’t want to run fast every day. Most days we need to obey the speed limit. So let’s go slow, and know that’s okay.

Let’s face it, daily trainers are not the sports cars of the running world, but we still have to get where we’re going. Enter the Saucony Ride ISO 2. This is Saucony’s neutral daily trainer. It sits in the middle of their lineup, not as plush as the Triumph series, but more cushioned than the minimalist Kinvara.

I want to write something exciting about the Saucony Ride ISO 2. Maybe tell you about how flashy the shoe is or how amazing the energy return feels or how light it is on your feet.

But Saucony’s Ride ISO 2 is really none of those things, and that’s okay because the Ride is still great at its job, it’s a daily trainer.

 

Specs

  • Category - Neutral
  • Cushion - Moderate
  • Weight - 318g Men’s Size 12
  • Drop - 8mm
  • Terrain - Road
  • Uses - Daily Trainer
  • Technology - EVERUN Topsole and PWRFOAM Midsole
  • Price - $120

Upper/Fit/Tongue/Heel

The main features of the Ride ISO 2’s are the ISOFIT upper and FORMFIT technologies that are built to keep the feet secure. Essentially it’s a semi-attached tongue and lacing system that gives the shoes a glove-like fit.

Imagine being tucked into a warm, cozy bed and knowing your about to have a great night’s sleep. That’s the fit of the new Ride ISO 2’s, you feel secure without feeling constricted.

 

 

The mesh toe box is roomy enough to splay the toes out without feeling too big or bulky. Even those with wide feet will find it accommodating.

Breathability is adequate, although it must be noted all of my runs have been in January in the midwest so I cannot speak about running in warmer weather.

A clear rubber overlay gives the toes some protection for the clumsy among us who are prone to running into every object in our path.

 

 

Step in makes these shoes really shine. Velvety plush padding around the ankle collar and on the tongue make your feet feel like they just stepped into a premium, memory foam pillow.

It just feels like a really nice place to be. Is it a lot of padding? Yup, but you’ll like it.

 

Midsole/ride

Saucony deploys their dual foam tech here with their EVERUN topsole and PWRFOAM midsole.

The EVERUN delivers softness and comfort while the PWRFOAM is there to absorb impact and deliver energy return. That’s all well and good but what does it mean when it actually comes down to running?

 

 

The Ride ISO 2 will keep you feeling good mile after mile for anything from recovery runs to moderate paced long runs. It’s not pillowy soft nor rock hard, the medium cushion keeps your feet feeling fresh and fights fatigue.

Snappy is not a word I’d use to describe the Ride’s. They don’t propel you up onto your toes like a more aggressive shoe. But that’s not what they’re meant for. The Ride’s will give you a comfortable ride day in and day out.

Stability

The Ride’s are meant to be a neutral running shoe. Saucony and a handful of reviewers have noted that the shoe provides a hint of stability for supination (insufficient inward roll of the foot).

Personally, I have not noticed any added stability in the shoe after 50 miles of running. Moderate overlays on the inside and outside of the midfoot provide a small amount of guidance. That combined with a broad outsole, for me, promotes a smooth natural gait that feels secure and planted every step of the way.

Flexibility

Triflex grooves in between the crystal rubber outsole (more on that later) lend the Ride’s a fair amount of flexibility. Your feet are able to move and bend freely and toe-offs feel very natural.

 

Outsole/wear

This is were Saucony stepped in to ensure your daily trainer could handle all the abuse you can throw at it. The Ride’s have a small amount of exposed midsole.

Most of the shoe is covered with XT-900 rubber outsole and the forefoot landing zone is protected by what they call crystalized rubber. This hardened rubber should lend the outsole a ton of durability over the miles.

 

 

After 50 miles I can see just a hint of wear on the outside midfoot.

 

 

One thing that surprised me during the first initial runs was that these shoes seemed to be louder when midfoot striking than I was used to.

The grip has been great in the cold, wet weather here in the midwest winter. Overall the outsole should stand up to lots of wear and still feels comfortable throughout the stride.

Looks

I didn’t buy the Ride’s for their looks. I doubt you will either. They aren’t a bad looking shoe, but they will likely fly under the radar.

So, if you’re looking for something that can blend in at the gym or just a road shoe that won’t turn any heads, this will check all your boxes. One last note about looks, I actually do really like the outsole color pattern.

 

Conclusion

I bought the Saucony Ride ISO 2’s for a comfortable daily trainer. The medium cushion is just right.

The 8mm heel/toe offset is great for the slow to medium paced runs I use it for. The heel cushion and support is oh so comfortable and the ISOFIT locks the foot down just enough without feeling constricting.

The only complaint I can find with the shoe is the weight. At 318g in a men’s size 12, they aren’t the lightest trainer on the market. However, this is hardly a deal-breaker when these shoes are primarily used for recovery and slower-paced days.

Overall Saucony has provided a solid daily trainer that can be depended on for a lot of miles, but I don’t get excited about them every time I put them on. Is that a problem? I guess that’s a question you’ll have to ponder for yourself.

 

Likes

  • Comfort for miles
  • Stable ride
  • Secure fit
  • Durability

Dislikes

  • Weight
  • So-so looks
Daniel Corey | Level 2 expert Verified
Hello, I'm Daniel, an outdoor enthusiast that enjoys hiking, climbing, kayak/canoeing, and just about anything that gets me in a place I've never experienced. In 2018, I decided to get back into running after a 10-year hiatus. I dove in headlong and ran two marathons and a half marathon in 2019. Still being relatively new to running and racing, I try to average between 20-30 miles per week. At 6'2" and 195 pounds, I'm on the heavier end of running shoe reviewers.

89
/100 by Marijke van den Hamer, posted on .

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.

Marijke van den Hamer | Level 5 expert Verified
I’m Marijke, on social media also known as Heart Runner Girl. I love trying new things and inspiring others to get moving. I’ve started running in 2014 and I run races all over the world. My favourite distance is the marathon, but I also run shorter distances. I’ve ran the Berlin Marathon in 2017 and the Paris and New York Marathon in 2018. My goal is to one day become a six-star finisher.

95
/100 by Micah Hoang, posted on .

Released April 2019, the Saucony Ride ISO 2 is the second iteration of the wildly popular first edition from 2018. Cushioned, responsive, and durable, the newest Saucony Ride is perfect for easy runs, long runs, and anything in between. 

 

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Look and fit

As soon as I put these running shoes on, they fit perfectly. The cushioned lining on the inside of the shoe was nice, and snug and the lacing material was very nice. I was able to double knot the laces tightly without any trouble, and never had to stop and retie them on runs.

 

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Most shoes require about 10-20 miles of running in them before they’re properly broken into, but not this pair. They felt great as soon as I put them on.

The blue and white colorway looked modern but not too flashy (both of which I enjoy). Saucony nailed it on the aesthetics.

Upper

The ISOFIT upper worked great for me. It was breathable, flexible, and soft. It provided a good lockdown for my feet without restraining them. 

 

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Midsole

The Saucony Ride ISO 2 uses a dual midsole. The colored area is built with their EVERUN material while the bottom PWRFOAM absorbs the impact from the bottom.

A unique feature of Saucony’s Everun foam is that they include 3mm of it right below the sock liner so that your feet are directly coming into contact with the cushioning.

 

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Even though these shoes are on the heavier side (9.8oz men, 8.8oz women), the responsiveness made these feel a lot lighter. These were light enough for them to be usable for moderate tempos and even some track work.

Outsole

The ISO 2 uses a crystal rubber outsole, which provided me with a great deal of durability and traction. There was enough traction for me to comfortably run uphill, downhill, on roads, or trails.

I was extremely impressed by the amount of mileage it was able to endure before finally showing signs of wear. It was not until about 150 miles of running before I was able to see some fading of the grip patterns in the midfoot area.

At 300 miles, I was finally seeing wear and tear at the outside heel area of the shoe (most likely due to my form). As I’m writing this review, I have 450 miles on them, and some midsole foam is peaking out at the heel area.

 

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I am expecting to be able to put in at least 550 miles total in these, and because of this, it is fully worth the $120 price tag. (21 cents/mile)

Running experience

Running in the Saucony Rides was great. I live in an area with a huge variety of surfaces and terrains, so naturally, the shoes went through everything. They’re designed and built for the road and fully lived up to the expectations.

No matter if it was an uphill or downhill, they felt light on my feet. The 8mm heel-toe difference kept it fairly easy to land on my midfoot area. Even though they aren’t built for the trails, they worked amazingly either way.

 

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There were certain occasions where the arch of my feet would start hurting a little bit on the last few miles of a long run (8+ miles), but it never worsened or really affected anything long term. 

Summary

After 450 miles of running in the Saucony Ride ISO 2, I can definitively say that these are one of my all-time favorite trainers because of its all-around capabilities. They were durable, responsive, versatile, comfortable, and good looking.

 

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I would recommend this pair to any runner looking for another shoe to run in daily. They work in pretty much any type of terrain (except in the rain), and are well worth the $120 price tag. 

Micah Hoang | Level 3 expert Verified
I’ve been running for 5 years, and I run anywhere from 30-50 miles a week. I compete in cross country 5ks, as well as the 1600 and 3200 in track season. I’ve also competed in 10k and half marathon road races. My favorite brand is New Balance, as I’ve been wearing their shoes for a long time.

80
/100 by Jamie Gassman, posted on .

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.

Jamie Gassman | Level 3 expert Verified
My name is Jamie and I have been running for about 11 years. In 7th grade, I made the switch from soccer to cross country/track, and I’ve never regretted it. As my college running career came to an end, I realized that running was something I enjoyed and would be doing for the rest of my life.

94
/100 by Kristian Hapgood, posted on .

Saucony was really always my favourite brand of running shoes, even though I have tried quite a few other brands over the last three years!

My first proper shoes were a pair of Saucony Swerve, purchased three years ago. I ran my first half marathon (Edinburgh) in them—but my love of Saucony was cemented even more recently by the Ride ISO 2.

 

 

They really are a class act. Living up to their name, they are a classy, comfortable ride indeed. I’ve had mine for about 3-4 months now and have done about 150 miles in them.

The soles of the shoes are wearing well, just slightly worn on the back outer edge as most of my shoes tend to do, but it is not significant. I will definitely get another six months or so out of them at the current mileage rate.

 

 

Comfort is certainly the main attribute of the Ride ISO 2s. They have a lovely spring and bounce that make me feel as if I’m just gliding along.

They weigh 278g but feel light, even though they wouldn’t be amongst the lightest shoes on the market. This is due primarily to the Everun sole which gives superior cushioning and a floaty ride.

In terms of sizing, they run pretty true to size. In my first pair of Saucony, I wore a 7.5 UK size or 42 EUR size, but ever since I have found going up a half size helps me enormously in stopping blisters and black toenails. So, now wear an 8 or 42.5.

My feet are fairly wide, but these have plenty of room at the front of the shoe for me. The mesh upper gives room for your forefoot to expand and again ensures a high level of comfort is provided.

 

 

Saucony makes the Ride ISO 2 in a variety of colourways. I think there are seven different ones in all. As you’ll see from the photos I have attached, I went for the Metal Quake style.

They are a bit more muted in colour than my previous running shoes. I would normally go for bright green or yellow, quite luminous, fluorescent colours, but thought I’d give these a go this time.

They look more classy, and the colour holds up well to the elements. I have worn these from January to May in Glasgow, so they have been through some harsh winter weather but are ageing remarkably well.

I have to say as well that cost was a factor in going for this colour. I managed to get a size 8 in this colour for a reduced price of £60, the RRP is £120, so this was a really good price.

But, having tried this more sedate colourway from Saucony, I would definitely consider a similar style again, as although slightly muted overall the quake design is a lot of fun, and I think they genuinely look really classy overall.

They are the kind of shoe that will suit most neutral strike runners and for an affordable price too. The Ride ISO 2 offers loads of comfort for those long runs.

However, I think most non-elite runners would find these great for marathon training—yet they are also excellent for shorter tempo runs. I have run a few 5k runs in just under 21 mins in them.

 

 

Overall, the Saucony Ride ISO 2 ticks a lot of boxes. I will certainly be going back to Saucony for another pair of running shoes in the future.

I would recommend these for anyone doing a decent amount of mileage per week. It is probably best for your long or recovery runs but can do a job over shorter distances as well—definitely worthy of a high score!

Kristian Hapgood | Level 2 expert Verified
Hi, I’m Kristian, an avid runner. I came late to the party when it comes to running, starting at the tender age of 41 but have found over the last few years that I really love it. I find it great for my mental and physical health and well being. I now have one marathon and five 1/2 marathons to my name. I average about 20 miles a week, and my PBS include 20:12 for 5k and 1hr 40:04 for half marathon.

  • 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.

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I had my regular running shoe size and that fit me just fine. - Marijke van den Hamer, Level 5 expert
The shoe runs true to size I usually wear a 7.5, and the 7.5 fit perfectly lengthwise...The shoes ran true to size lengthwise. - Jamie Gassman, Level 3 expert
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This shoe: £130
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This shoe: 278g
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