Article by Sam Winebaum
Saucony Ride ISO 2 ($120)
Sam: After what I considered an upper hiccup, the non supportive ISOFit upper ain the 2018 Ride ISO, the Ride ISO 2 roars back with those issues behind it. It has a new soft yet supportive jacquard mesh toe box with modified ISO Fit bands and overlays that should fit and hold a wide variety of foot shapes well. The Ride gets FormFit, a sculpting of sockliner, footbed and midsole side walls to mold the foot to the platform. It is effective. We see 2mm more PWRFOAM midsole for a slightly more cushioned and softer ride and a lower profile outsole with a new Crystal Rubber Tri Flex pattern upfront. The overall stack height remains unchanged at 27mm heel / 19 mm forefoot as does the weight at 9.8 oz / 278 g.
The result for me is a truly deserving of the Ride name, and meaning of the word: a well cushioned responsive performance oriented trainer that is now slightly more cushioned and smoother transitioning than its predecessor. It is a shoe that is up to anything: daily training, tempo and racing. It has a more traditional feel in this day of super soft cushion with great response and road feel while remaining protective. Truly a shoe that can earn the title of single shoe in the quiver for many runners. Can it for you?
|Women's PC: Sally Reiley|
The review will be updated as other testers complete their testing.
Pros and Cons
Stable cushioned heel, flexible and stable forefoot with great ground feel
Not the lightest performance trainer close to 10 oz, but agile and fast
One of the most comfortable, soft fitting yet effective uppers of 2019.
Cool sensation of shoe firming up slightly and getting more responsive as pace picks up
Quite noisy, especially heel from outsole rubber
Outsole now with Crystal Rubber, POWRFOAM midsole, Everun topsole and FormFit is perfectly tuned but adds up to a weightier shoe than some competitors such as Epic React
Forefoot may be tiring for very long runs.
Sample US 9 : 9.84 oz 279 g
Ride ISO 1
Sample US M8.5: 9.3 oz. 264 g
Stack Height: 27mm heel/ 19mm mm forefoot, 8mm drop
$120, 5/1 run speciality stores, 6/1 general release. Available now at RoadRunner Sports