SAUCONY GUIDE ISO 2 REVIEW

brianmetzler | October 2, 2018

SAUCONY GUIDE ISO 2- SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | OCTOBER 2, 2018

Get on the sole train with the new Saucony Guide ISO 2 - a fine stability shoe par excellence! Step in and run (supported all the way) with new updates and a forward-Jaquard upper. The new edition of the Saucony Guide is sure to please the fans, and garner some new ones along the way. 

JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler and his running pals, take the new Guide for some test runs and he gives us his take on the new edition.

THE BUZZ

A longtime favorite in the Saucony line, the Guide has taken some huge strides in the past two years to become one of the most dynamic moderate stability models on the market.

Like a smooth-riding, luxury SUV with a V8 under the hood, the Saucony Guide ISO 2 offers an optimal balance of plush cushioning, subtle guidance and continual energy return for an exceptional running experience. 

WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY GUIDE ISO 2

Slight but significant changes to this Guide ISO 2 include a wider forefoot, a narrower heel and an outsole with deeper flex grooves and higher lugs.

The new single-knit Jacquard mesh upper provides superior mechanical stretch and breathability as well as enough hold to contribute to the precise fit and secure ride.

The ISOFIT upper creates a dynamic fit system by morphing to the shape of the runner's foot for a near-custom fit. It’s almost like a pair of hands cradling each foot from below with the fingers of each flange continually adapting while in motion.  An added bonus is the clean upper is devoid of traditional overlays but instead is reinforced with FlexFilm, a strong, lightweight material that creates a seamless, flexible feel.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

With a narrower heel cavity, a wider forefoot and Saucony’s dynamic IsoFit system, this edition of the Guide caters to all foot shapes and volumes with a near custom fit. The modestly padded interior is enhanced by a cushy, gusseted tongue and a performance-contoured footbed, all of which contribute to the soft, secure and foot-conforming feel this shoe exudes.

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 is decidedly stable—thanks to the medial post under the arch—but not in an overbearing way. The 3mm topsole layer of innovative Everun foam sandwiched between the footbed and the full-length PWRFoam midsole serves up a springy underfoot sensation, creating a ride with a dreamy mix of shock absorption, resiliency and subtle guidance from heel-strike to toe-off.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 is a great daily training shoe forany runner who appreciates a little extra support. That could be a runner who is a severe overpronator—someone who suffers from over-rotation at the ankle—or even a neutral runner whose form starts to break down from lower-leg fatigue in the later miles of a long run. 

It's a versatile shoe that is worth a demo run for many looking to expand their shoe inventory and try something new.

Our wear-testers found it ideal for long runs, recovery runs and tempo runs. Although most agreed it wasn’t quite agile enough for fartleks or intervals, a  few runners on our team suggested they would consider it as a race-day shoe for a half marathon or marathon.

PROS AND CONS OF THE SAUCONY GUIDE ISO 2

Saucony Guide ISO - Pros

The updated outsole lug system and flex grooves in the new Saucony Guide ISO increase force dispersion over a greater surface area while also delivering greater flexibility and traction.

Saucony’s lively and responsive Everun foam material helps create smoother landings and more energetic takeoffs in every stride.

Saucony Guide ISO 2 - Cons

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 is not the lightest stability shoe available, but there’s positive tradeoff for the enhanced cushioning, structure and energy return. This tradeoff is a good thing and will suit many runners, and us wear testers too!

SHOP THE SAUCONY GUIDE ISO 2

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."