GEAR CHECK: Saucony Ride ISO
Saucony Ride ISO
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Much like its predecessor, the Ride 10, the Ride ISO is a versatile, neutral running shoe that’s comfy and cushy enough for high mileage, yet light enough for zippy tempo runs. So, what’s new? Saucony’s most substantial changes to the Ride can be felt in its improved responsiveness; and the introduction of a new lacing system means the upper can be adjusted to fit your individual foot shape.
Saucony have introduced the ISOFIT lacing system. The idea is to thread the laces through a series of individual ‘fingers’ for a custom fit. The structured woven heel that stabilises the foot hasn’t changed since the previous version. You can also customise the look of the ISO: it comes in four different colours, and each pair is sold with a second pair of laces.
While the upper in the Ride 10 was stiff and thick, this new version features an engineered-mesh upper, which is made of lighter, more breathable material. The tongue is less padded, and it’s attached to a bootie construction that extends further back than it did in the previous version. In addition, the toe box is roomier. Testers with broad feet who found the Ride 10 snug enjoyed the more relaxed fit; but some with narrower feet found it too soft and flexible.
Despite the ISO’s weight, Saucony has struck a balance between cushioning and responsiveness. The midsole is now more contoured, which means your foot sits further down into the shoe. Combined with the updates to the cushioning in the midsole, this makes the ISO feel noticeably smoother when you’re running at a faster pace. Testers noticed improved contact between the foot, the shoe and the road.
The ISO’s cushioning comes in the form of two layers: Saucony’s thin EVERUN topsole is laid on top of shock-absorbing PWRFOAM technology in the midsole. The new version has a slightly bigger drop, of 8mm – and at 241 grams, it’s a bit heavier than other neutral running shoes on the market. But it needs to be supportive and firm to handle high mileage. Road runners will find the ISO a solid all-rounder.