SAUCONY RIDE ISO 2 REVIEW

Melanie Mitchell | April 25, 2019

SAUCONY RIDE ISO 2 - SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | MAY, 2018

For runners who crave reliable comfort, the Saucony Ride ISO has always paved the way to smooth miles by delivering the best balance of feel-good cushioning and a highly-adaptable fit. 

The Saucony Ride ISO 2 is a dependable shoe when it comes to cushioning - not too much, not too little; just right. The cushioning comes from a combo of PWRFOAM with an EVERUN topsole that’s responsive enough to tackle high mileage. 

The Ride ISO is unrivaled to accommodate a wide range of foot shapes and with a double layer jacquard mesh upper it enhanced breathability for 2019 makes it a winner.   

Guest JackRabbit reviewer, Brian Metzler took the new Saucony Ride ISO 2 out for some test runs and gives the low-down on this dependable style. 

THE BUZZ

The popular, smooth-running Saucony Ride ISO returns with improved upper technologies that ensure an adapting fit for the specific shape and movement of a runner’s feet.

The soft and stable midsole cushioning package on the running shoe returns unchanged, allowing the Ride ISO 2 to serve up the same reliable combination of softness and responsiveness with a touch of stability.

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE SAUCONY RIDE ISO 2

The updated ISOFIT closure system does a better job of integrating with the lacing system and locking down the foot at the saddle, while the new FORMFit technology —a contoured three-layer midsole system that morphs to the shape and movement of a runner’s foot—to create a near-custom fit right out of the box.

The new Ride ISO now has crystal rubber in the forefoot for extra durability and responsiveness. Add to that an upgraded engineered double jacquard mesh for more comfort, and an improved heel grab and lockdown. 

Saucony Ride ISO 2 - Run on

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The subtle updates have really dialed-in the fit of the Ride ISO 2. It’s comfortably snug with no slippage, but it also feels like there is a touch of room in the toe box thanks to the double-jacquard mesh in the forefoot.

The tri-layer footbed/midsole system—a top layer that conforms and changes with the foot, a middle layer of responsive Saucony EVERUN foam that adapts to pressure points and a contoured midsole—creates a plush and stable cradle underfoot without eliminating the proprioceptive feel for the ground.

With the enhanced fit and feel, the ride feels especially smooth, soft and energetic. It’s not bouncy or marshmallowly but somewhere in between.  The Saucony Ride ISO 2 is a great running shoe for those looking for the middle of the road feel. 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Saucony Ride ISO 2 suits runners with a neutral-oriented gait training races from 5K to the marathon will love this shoe.

It offers plenty of cushioning for long runs and a touch of energy return for faster workouts.It’s also a great match for runners who have a slightly supinated (or outward rolling) stride.

PROS AND CONS OF THE SAUCONY RIDE ISO 2

Saucony Ride ISO 2 - Pros

Pros:Saucony Ride ISO 2

Runners with wider feet rejoice! The Ride ISO 2 is available in two widths—B and D for women and D and 2E for men.

The Tri-Flex groves under the forefoot help disperse force over a greater surface area while also delivering optimal flexibility and traction.

The updated ride is a great high-mileage trainer, but it’s also versatile and light enough to run fartlek workouts, tempo runs and mile repeats.

The 8mm heel-toe offset is a good mid-range slope, one that could be ideal for runners transitioning out of shoes with a higher offset.

Saucony Ride ISO 2 - Cons

Cons: Saucony Ride ISO 2

The Ride ISO 2 is the same weight as previous version, but it’s still not among the lightest neutral high-mileage trainers on the market.

It’s definitely not heavy, but smaller runners or those who prefer lightweight performance trainers might find it a tad cumbersome.


SAUCONY RIDE ISO 2 SPECS

Saucony Ride ISO 2 - Specs

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."