Gear Review, Running

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Shoe Review

Saucony Triumph ISO 5

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is a high cushioned neutral trainer from Saucony. More cushion than the Saucony Ride ISO. I’ve run in several models of the Saucony Triumph ISO, with my favorite being the first.  The Saucony Triumph 5 is a highly cushioned, but lightweight trainer.

I’ve typically had a version of the Triumph in my rotation but recently moved towards the Saucony Ride.  For the last year, the Ride has felt better to me personally. When it was released, I was eager to see how the Triumph felt.

saucony triumph iso 5 shoe review

Quick Facts:

Heel to toe drop: 8 mm

Weight: 10 ounces

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Fit:

The Saucony Triumph ISO has run short for several versions, but this year it runs true to size. I typically wear a women’s 10-11 wide, and 10.5 has been great.  The toe box is roomier then it’s been the last few versions.

Like many Saucony shoes, the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 uses Saucony’s ISOFit upper.
What ISO Fit? It helps to lock in your foot while moving and adapting throughout the run. It can also fit more feet; whether you have bunions, narrow feet, or full but don’t worry, the shoe also comes in wide.

The second update to the Triumph upper includes a “Jacquard” engineered breathable mesh. According to Saucony, this helps to accommodate more foot types (with the updated ISO fit, it does).  The jacquard mesh is basically fancy mesh.

One thing to add is the shoe is shallower, and Saucony as a brand doesn’t fit insoles or doctors orthotics as well as many other brands.

saucony triumph iso 5 shoe review

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Ride:

New for this version, Saucony added 2mm of EVERUN Topsole cushioning.   There is supposedly more energy return than ever before. The topsole is on top of the Everrun, so the shoe feels more cushioned and more energetic.

Something to note is the grip is much better than previous versions too.  I’ve run in the downpouring rain, and the traction has been fine.  The crystal rubber outsole allows you to grip the ground better than many current running shoes.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 feels closer the original ISO 1 than ever before. Maybe I’m just reminiscing on the shoe, but it finally feels like Saucony put more into the again. For the past few generations, it’s taken a backseat to the Freedom or even the Ride.

If you have never run in the Saucony Triumph ISO, it is known for the responsive cushioning. It’s a good shoe for long distance, and you feel cushioning throughout running. It’s a bit bulkier and more cushioned than the Saucony Ride.

saucony triumph iso 5 shoe review

I’ve run about 100 miles in the shoe (long runs, easy runs, workouts) and for me, it’s the best fit as a daily trainer or long run.

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Conclusion:

I like the Saucony Triumph, and I think the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is the best it’s been since the first version. I’ll continue running it.

Current Rotation:

Easy Runs: Brooks Glycerin 16, Brooks Ghost 11, Hoka One One Cavu

Workouts: Nike LT Streak, Nike Zoom Fly

Races: Nike LT Streak

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Questions for you:

What is your current favorite pair of running shoes? 

Have you run in Saucony before? 

saucony iso shoe review
Running, Training

Sacuony Ride ISO Shoe Review

Recently, I’ve been running in the newest update of the Saucony Ride. Instead of calling it is the Saucony Ride 11, it’s now called the Saucony ISO.  Saucony is moving towards using their ISO upper for all of their shoes, so my guess is we will begin to see this for many of their shoes.

saucony iso shoe review


One of my favorite shoes to write about the Ride is the ride.  Just because I can say that.  The newest version of the Ride is a well-cushioned shoe and a good option for speed work, long runs, and causal runs.  Like the Brooks Ghost, it’s a good shoe for pretty much everything.

The shoe itself is light but springy. The shoe feels soft but springy.  It consists of two layers: the thinner Everun and PWRFOAM on the bottom, which absorbs the shock of running. Thinking out loud, it doesn’t feel as soft as a Hoka shoe but is soft.

saucony iso shoe review


The fit is definitely the most significant and prominent changes to the Ride. Like the Saucony Triumph and Saucony Freedom, the Ride now includes the IsoFit upper system.

Saucony has made some critical changes to upper and midsole which make the shoe feel slightly different.

The Ride ISO is more true to size and wider than Ride 10.  I typically wear between a 10-11 wide in running shoes and was comfortably in a 10.5.

What is Isofit?

A series of individual “fingers” that wrap around the top of a foot and allow the lacing system to create a near-custom fit.

The IsoFit makes the Ride have the ability to fit more foot types.  If you have a wider foot, higher instep, or bunions, then it could be a better option than previous models.


I like the Saucony Ride ISO.  To me, it feels extremely similar to the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.  As I’ve told our rep, I feel as though the Ride has taken over the Triumph.  The Ride feels too similar to the Triumph for $40 cheaper.  I’ve put about 100 miles on the Ride ISO, and I’ll wear through this shoe.  If you’ve run in both, I would love to hear your opinions about them.

My Current Rotation:

Easy Runs: Hoka One One Mach, Brooks Glycerin 15, Diadora, Saucony Ride ISO

Workouts: Saucony Type A, Nike Fly

Races: Saucony Type A

Hiking: Brooks Cascadia

Questions for you:

What is your favorite running shoe? Have you changed recently?


Saucony Triumph ISO 3 Shoe Review
Gear Review, Running

Saucony Triumph ISO 3 Shoe Review

Over the past few years, the Saucony Triumph ISO has become one of the staple shoes from Saucony.

The Triumph is a neutral, high cushioned shoe with an 8 mm drop.  It’s great for training, racing, roads or trails.  It’s not heavy or clunky but maximizes on cushion. It’s a shoe you can run pretty much anywhere!

Over the past few years I’ve run in both the Saucony Triumph ISO and Saucony Triumph ISO 2.  As well as the Zealot 1 and Zealot 2 and most recently the Freedom.  There aren’t many Saucony shoes I haven’t run in right now! My personal favorite are the original Saucony Triumph as well as the Freedom but none of the models are shoes I wouldn’t run in again.

Saucony Triumph ISO 3 Fit:

In most Saucony shoes, I wear between a size 10-10.5 and wide.  In the Triumph, ISO 3, I wear a size 10 wide and it fits well.

Like the previous few models, the Saucony Triumph uses the ISO fit.  The tongue is attached and it’s seamless so it doesn’t rub. It has a small update which holds the foot more in place than previous models.

 A common complaint with the shoe is the “back is lower” and people are afraid their heel might slide out.  Even though the back is lower, your foot remains secure in place throughout the ride.  I’ve never had a slipping issue and I’ve run through multiple mud puddles.

The upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is what had major updates.  A lot of excess material was removed making the overlay less bulky.  While the update isn’t life changing, it’s a small appreciated fit update. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 Shoe Review

Saucony Triumph Ride:

The Saucony Triumph continues to use Everrun cushioning.  Everrun cushioning is becoming the standard material for Saucony.  Evverun is more durable than EVA foam and doesn’t stiffen up in the cold.  According to Saucony, the everrun material also gives an increased energy return.

What does this supposedly mean?

You feel better when you run outside in the cold weather, plus the shoe lasts longer.  This year, I haven’t personally spent time in a climate that would benefit from this but I’ve heard many people at work and online say it’s true.

Final Thoughts: 

I like the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.  It’s a great trainer and you are able to run long runs or race.

Is it my favorite shoe?  I personally like the Saucony Freedom better but I do like running in the Triumph as well.

Current Running Shoe Rotation:

Brooks Ghost 10
Brooks Glycerin 15
Saucony Triumph ISO 3
Saucony Freedom

*Due to not racing or doing speed workouts, I just alternate between the four.

Question for you: What is your favorite running shoe? 

Saucony freedom shoe review
Gear Review, Running

Saucony Freedom ISO Shoe Review

Saucony Freedom ISO Shoe Review

While living in Alabama, I committed one a runner sin.  I was underprepared shoe wise for 6 weeks.  While I could have gotten a pair of shoes I’ve already run in, I decided to try the Saucony Freedom ISO.  Before leaving, I had tried them on at work. They seemed like they would be a good shoe for me.

This is the first model so there is nothing to compare it too.  I have run in multiple other Saucony shoes including the Kinvara, Zealot ISO 1 and 2, Ride 9 and Triumph ISO 1 and 2.

The Saucony Freedom uses Saucony’s signature Everun midsole material.  It is the first of the Saucony running shoe line to use a full-length everun.  What does this mean? As someone who strikes extremely far to the front, there is plenty of cushion up there too.  There are actually very few shoes with a full length cushioning in the forefront too (most shoes have a lot of cushioning in the heel and it tapers to the front).

Saucony Freedom ISO Fit:

Just like the Saucony Triumph and Zealot, the Saucony Freedom ISO uses the ISO fit.  It fits more like slipper than an actual shoe.  I find the ISO fits my foot better, but the shoe does run short.  Typically I wear a size 10 but I found the 10.5 to be the best fit.  I do think the toe box of the Saucony Freedom ISO runs slightly short. I even contemplated doing an 11 or a men’s size 9 because I could use more width.  I would recommend going up at least a half size if not more.

Saucony Freedom ISO Ride:

The ride of the Saucony Freedom ISO was interesting.  I could feel the extra cushion in the forefront immediately.  My first run in the Saucony Freedom ISO was an easy 7 miler.  The Saucony Freedom ISO felt comfortable the moment I put it in on.  It was soft, yet responsive and resilient ride. The extra cushion in the Saucony Freedom ISO was immediately noticed. Plus the flex outsole in the Saucony Freedom ISO gives it responsiveness with the toe-off.

me running

Saucony Freedom ISO Pros:

  • Full-length everun gives the Saucony Freedom more cushion in the forefront
  • Lightweight and resilient ride

Saucony Freedom ISO Cons:

  • Sizing
  • Cost ($160 makes it one of the most costly neutral shoes on the market)

Similar options:

There aren’t a lot of options with extra cushion in the front.  Both the Saucony Kinvara and Zealot ISO 2 have a 4mm drop and are the closest by far.  The Asics Nimbus or adidas Energy Boost has a good amount of cushioning in the front as well.

Current Shoe Rotation: 
Saucony Freedom ISO (long runs, daily runs)
Brooks Ghost (any run)
Brooks Launch (shorter runs, speed work)
Saucony Type A (speed work)

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Questions for you:
Where do you wear out a shoe first?
Which shoes are you currently running in? Have you tried the Saucony Freedom ISO?


Gear Review, Running

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 Review

Saucony Zealot 2 Shoe Review:

A few weeks ago I decided to try the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.  The Saucony Zealot was one of my favorite shoes last year.

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 Shoe Review

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 came out a couple of months ago, but due to injury, I was cautious about trying anything new.  My injury took over the blog for a while, but since this is a running blog, it affected my ability to train and try new shoes (not that running is everything).

So once I felt comfortable to experiment with new shoes, I decided to try the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.  I was both curious and excited to see what the newest update had to offer.  At work, our Saucony rep told us the Saucony Zealot ISO was going through significant changes, so I was also nervous.  It was only the second model, so the shoe doesn’t have anything consistent behind it.

Saucony is not paying to promote their shoes and remember what works for me, might not work for you.  See: why online running shoe reviews are (mostly) worthless.

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 Fit:

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 still uses the ISO and sock-like upper fit which I like.  It fits similar to the first model. However, it is much smaller.

In the previous model, I wore a size 9.5.  However, when I put the 9.5 in the ISO 2, I immediately thought it was both too tight and too narrow.  Sizing is never a big issue, and I went with the size 10.  When comparing, it appears the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 has a much more narrow toe box.  After getting a more appropriate size 10, I liked the fit, and it felt much better on my foot.

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 Ride:

The previous Saucony Zealot ISO was firmer and lower to the ground.  I liked to use the shoe for “faster” paced runs.  The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 includes the Saucony Everrun material which makes it feel less like the Kinvara and more like the Triumph.  For me, that is a good thing since the Triumph is one of my all-time favorite running shoes.  There is much more cushion and more “shoe” to the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.  If you like more of a shoe, then you’ll like the update.

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 Shoe Review


Even though the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is drastically different, I like the update.  I needed either a new pair of Saucony Triumphs or something comparable to replace them in my shoe rotation.  I think the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 fits that and I’ll continue to use them.  They are significantly more shoe and cushion than the debut edition, but for me, that is not a bad thing.

ISO 2 Pros:

  • Lightweight but cushioned
  • Same price

ISO 2 Cons:

  • Update is drastically different and more cushioned
  • Fit is more narrow

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 Shoe Review

Similar models: Saucony Kinvara, Saucony Triumph ISO 2, Saucony Ride

My personal shoe rotation: Saucony Zealot ISO 2, Hoka Clifton 3 and Brooks Launch 3

Questions for you:

What is your all-time favorite running shoe?
Do you get nervous for shoe updates?