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Saucony Ride ISO Review

The Saucony Ride ISO 10 has arrived and offers a selection of new features and some big upgrades in 2018. Read on to learn what our pro-gear tester and guest writer Brian Metzler
has to say.

SAUCONY RIDE ISO – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | May 10th, 2018

The Saucony Ride ISO 10 has arrived and offers a selection of new features and some big upgrades in 2018.  Read on to learn what our pro-gear tester and guest writer Brian Metzler has to say.

THE BUZZ

Running in the new Ride ISO is inspiring! This iconic neutral shoe has received some significant upgrades and our wear-testers love the outcome. Like its recent predecessor, the Ride 10, the newest version of the Ride is a well-cushioned
shoe with a buttery smooth ride that feels as comfortable late in a long run as it does when you first try it on. What makes the new version special is that it serves up a much better fit, a connective feel, and a more energetic
ride. Lace ‘em up, head out the door and you’ll feel like there’s a spring in your step. 


WHAT’S NEW IN THE RIDE ISO

The biggest change from the Ride 10 is the addition of Saucony’s IsoFit upper system—a series of individual “fingers” that wrap around the top of a foot and allow the lacing system to create a near-custom fit. Another big enhancement
is the contoured shape of the dual-foam midsole chassis that cradles the foot deeper into the shoe and provides a stable, articulated fit.

Our wear-testers report that offers up locked-down security in the heel (thanks to a moderately firm heel counter), a snug fit in the midfoot/arch area and a slightly roomier toe box than previous editions of the Ride that allows toes
to wiggle and splay. A two-layer midsole consisting of a thin slice of lively Everun foam on top of a robust layer of shock-absorbing PWRFOAM provide an optimal balance of energy return and cushioning. It feels consistently soft
on impact with the ground, but not at all mushy. 

As the foot transition through the gait cycle, there is a semi-firm feeling that offers both a bit of stability and responsiveness that seem to propel the foot through
the toe-off phase of each stride. The Ride ISO is not as light as some other models in the neutral-cushioning category, but it doesn’t feel heavy or bulky, either. The individualized fit of the upper and the articulated fit under
foot really enhance the ride and provide an exceptional proprioceptive connection between the foot, the shoe and the ground.

WHO’S IT BEST FOR

The biggest change from the Ride 10 is the addition of Saucony’s IsoFit upper system—a series of individual “fingers” that wrap around the top of a foot and allow the lacing system to create a near-custom fit. Another big enhancement
is the contoured shape of the dual-foam midsole chassis that cradles the foot deeper into the shoe and provides a stable, articulated fit.

PROS AND CONS OF THE SAUCONY RIDE ISO

The fit enhancements, the dynamic dual-purpose midsole and the comfortable interior make this a consummate everyday running shoe for both new runners and experienced runners.

While this shoe could be a good choice for a half-marathon or a marathon, it’s not quite light enough, peppy enough or low enough to the ground to make it the ideal tool for fast workouts or fast running in 5K/10K races.

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.”