All photos: Matt Stetson
The Saucony Guide ISO 2 has remained one of the best in its category for years because of its plush ride and light weight. The shoe combines an EVERUN top sole with a PWRFOAM midsole to give the runner a high level of cushioning while providing great responsiveness.
The Guide is the stability version of the Saucony Ride ISO, and the ISO update is the 12th version of this very popular and successful shoe.
Shoe category: Stability
Surfaces tested: Road, trail
MSRP: $169.99 CAD
Weight: Women’s size 8: 9.0 oz. (255 g), Men’s size 9: 10.3 oz (292 g)
Offset: 8 mm
Available: October 2018
The major features of the shoe are the EVERUN top sole, the ISO fit upper with engineered mesh, and the performance contoured footbed.
EVERUN is twice as flexible as standard cushioning, which means the shoe can move well with your foot. EVERUN also provides 83 percent energy return, meaning that all of your hard work isn’t lost, it’s used to push you forward.
The shoe is very light for its class. Gone are the days when stability shoes were a clunkier version of a neutral shoe. I used this shoe in the gym, on a path and on the road. It performed well in all different locations. The shoe is light enough to be used for plyometric exercises in the gym, and is relatively flat, providing a stable base to jump off of. The path I ran on was well-packed dirt, with few roots and rocks. The shoe also performed well there, the tread handling the loose terrain well.
On the road was where the Guide performed best. I was pleasantly surprised with how responsive the shoe is, considering its stability class and high-level cushioning. The Guide ISO 2 is an ideal long-run or recovery shoe, but could also be used in a tempo or faster workout without a second thought.
If you’re looking for a slightly lighter shoe for your tempo or speed workouts, consider trying the Saucony Liberty. The Liberty also provides mild support for those who tend to pronate.
The Guide fits true to size lengthwise, but in terms of width it’s fairly wide. This is great news if you have a wider foot, and if not, the ISO fit lacing system allows you to tighten where you need it, and leave it loose where you don’t.
The shoe comes in three men’s and women’s colourways. For the men it’s offered in slate/blue, marine/citron, and black/grey. For the women you can find it in slate/aqua, grey/blush, and teal/pink. Pictured is slate/aqua.