The Ride has been one of Saucony’s staple shoes for years. Now on their second iteration of ISO, Saucony’s upper fit system, the ISO2 (11th version of the shoe) has made several key improvements from the original Ride ISO.
The Ride ISO2 incorporates a PWR FOAM midsole with EVERUN topsole to give the runner a truly springy ride. This is a shoe that is designed to go the distance, but it’s not a cruiser. This is a long run or long tempo shoe with serious energy return.
Most of the shoe’s improvements were made to the upper. The updated ISO fit lacing system allows runners to lock their foot in place without movement constriction. The shoe has a mesh toe box for enhanced stretch and breathability.
Another improvement to the upper is the heel grab and lockdown. The heel counter of the ISO2 is stiff, and this is my one caveat about the shoe. If you’ve got any issue with your heel (a bone spur for example) this shoe might give you some discomfort. But on the flip side, this stiff heel counter is exactly what helps guide your foot forward and prevent supination (the turning out of the foot).
The combination of PWRFOAM midsole and EVERUN, similar to the Kinvara, creates a snappy ride. This shoe is an ideal distance trainer, good for long runs or long tempos and for those who prefer more cushion on race day, even a racing shoe.
The outsole incorporates crystal rubber, replacing IBR+ in the forefoot for added responsiveness and durability. The shoe also still uses triflex grooves on the bottom of the shoe to allow for natural movement.