Saucony Triumph ISO 2

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Saucony Triumph ISO 2 Review Facts

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a neutral cushioned shoe made for road running. The Saucony brand trainer offers up ample cushioning with a breathable mesh upper. The shoe is made for those who have a neutral gait or who supinate. There’s plenty of protection packed into the Triumph ISO 2’s midsole. It can definitely go the distance. Saucony has included a few updates in the second version of the shoe. The midsole contains a new material, the outsole has been revamped, and the upper has been greatly improved. The shoe is a good choice for those running high mileage or looking to train for their first long distance race. It’s not lightweight enough to be everyone’s first choice for speedwork, but it does deliver excellent energy return. It’s a solid everyday trainer that will hold up even with miles of use.

Pros
  • Snug and secure fit
  • Breathable
  • Cushioning is comfortable and very responsive
  • Toe box provides room for natural toe splay
Cons
  • Not a great option for speedwork
  • Shoe looks bulky
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 features iBR+ technology. The lightweight material is made of special rubber that adds extra padding underfoot. The shoe also features XT-900 technology which is a carbon rubber that provides good traction underfoot. The material also protects the outsole from regular wear and tear.

The shoe's new TRI-FLEX tread pattern shows up in a zig-zag formation present in the forefoot. The updated outsole provides more flexibility than before thanks to the new tread formation.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a fairly thick midsole. In this new version of the shoe, EVERUN technology has been utilized to provide more responsive cushioning and better impact protection. The new material also helps to ensure a more natural movement of the foot. The cushion feels fresh even towards the end of a long run and provides ample feedback for the wearer.

The EVERUN material has been placed just under the insole and in the shoe's heel. The material is similar to Adidas Boost foam. In the heel of the shoe, you can see the bright green EVERUN cushion material. Most of the impact protection for the wearer, though, comes from the full-length EVA foam cushioning. Heel strikers will get the most out of the EVERUN cushioning since its heavily concentrated in that area.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a dramatically better fit than the previous version of the shoe. The ISOFIT technology ensures a snug and secure fit. This new upper fits like a glove. The upper has a bit of stretch so it can adapt to foot swelling and can accommodate various foot shapes. The interior of the shoe features a High Elasticity Sockliner. In addition, the shoe features a RUNDRY heel collar which does a good job at wicking moisture away from the foot.

In this version of the Triumph ISO 2 there's more room in the toe box. The roomier forefoot area was something many reviewers were pleased with. The insole of the shoe is almost seamless and some runners found the interior comfortable enough to go sockless. Another small change to the upper is the removal of some of the reflective details previously seen on the shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs in at 10.2 ounces for the men's version and 8.6 ounces for the women's version. At first glance, the shoe looks quite bulky but many reviewers were quite surprised at how the Triumph ISO 2 felt when worn. They commented that the shoe felt lighter than they expected. It's still not the best option for someone doing a lot of intervals and speedwork but it's light enough to be comfortable as an everyday trainer.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2's mesh upper offers good ventilation, even hotter weather. The breathable mesh found throughout the upper helps to keep the wearer's foot dry and cool. The interior sock liner helps to keeps thing comfortably cool. The RUNDRY heel collar also does a good job at wicking away moisture and preventing sweat buildup.

In the second version of the Triumph ISO, the upper features a roomier forefoot area. Wearers felt that the roomier toe box allowed for much better ventilation. The shoe is also available in a wide width should you find that the regular version is too narrow for your foot.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a lot more comfortable than the first version of the shoe. The midsole features a greater amount of cushioning that's even more responsive than before. The well-padded midsole is a good option for runners looking to tackle longer distances. The interior High Elasticity Sockliner adds another layer of comfort for the wearer.

The well-padded heel collar is meant to add a feeling of plushness to the shoe but some reviewers found there was simply too much material and it felt like that padding was getting in the way of things. The wider toe box, though, was a welcomed improvement over the first version of the shoe. Reviewers were almost unanimous in commenting on the fact that the shoe is true to size.
Style
Style

Style

It kind of seems like Saucony was going for modern and fresh with the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 but they missed the mark a little bit with some of the color options. It's not the ugliest shoe available for purchase but some of the color combos leave something to be desired.

To begin with, the shoe looks quite bulky even though it's much lighter than it seems, for some this turned them away from the shoe. In addition, some of the colors are reminiscent of children's shoes. A bit of flashiness is nice but some of the colors in the Triumph ISO 2 seem to clash. It's a small gripe, though, for an otherwise solid trainer. And, thankfully, there are plenty of colors to choose from!
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a very well constructed shoe. The outsole features iBR+ and XT-900 technology. The outsole material protects the sole from general wear and tear. The shoe is definitely meant to last. Many reviewers found the outsole held up even with high mileage. The mesh upper is also tough enough to keep up with the rest of the shoe. In addition, the cushioning is meant to stay fresh and provide ample padding for miles of use.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 offers up its first layer of protection with a durable rubber outsole. The tough sole of the shoe is meant to keep runners grounded and moving forward. The Triumph ISO 2 also offers up protection in the form of a thick midsole filled with two types of cushioning. The EVERUN cushion offers up even more padding than before and is paired with full-length standard EVA foam to help protect runners from the impact of each footfall. Runners who need extra cushion underfoot will feel at ease in the Triumph ISO 2.

In this second version of the model, some of the reflective bits have been removed so runners are a bit less noticeable in the dark than they would have been in the original ISO. It's a minor change, though.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is super responsive. The added EVERUN midsole cushion provides a fresh bouncy platform upon which runners can move forward. The cushioning is plush with a nice rebound to it. The shoe also provides great ground-feel, even though its midsole is so chunky.

Reviewers found the Triumph ISO 2 was more responsive the faster they ran. Some runners did explain that they were a little disappointed in the shoe's ability to provide energy return. They blamed their disappointment on the hype over the shoe and its heavily marketing 'wow factor'.
Support
Support

Support

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a neutral shoe. It's meant to cater to those who do not have issues with overpronation. Still, the shoe provides a support base upon which runners can move forward efficiently. The EVERUN and EVA cushioned midsole provide a solid base upon which the runner can move.

The ISOFIT upper also works to support the wearer. The fit of the shoe can easily be adjusted by using the lacing system. The flexible upper material allows for a customized fit. Reviewers found little to comment on with regards to the shoe's arch support. It's unobtrusive and we wouldn't suggest this shoe for high-arched runners.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a durable XT-900 outsole that ensures a long-lasting wear experience. The durable rubber outsole is capable of handling a variety of surfaces. The updated zig-zag tread pattern provides better grip than in the previous version of the Triumph ISO.

The shoe can take on a variety of running surfaces. You can take it indoors, or you can take the shoe on tightly packed trails. You shouldn't have an issue running on different terrain in the Triumph ISO 2. It's made for the road but it can pretty much handle whatever you throw at it in terms of running surfaces. The outsole should be able to withstand a beating wherever you decide to run.
Price
Price

Price

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a fairly hefty price tag. The high price was a point of contention for many reviewers. The pricing is fair if you're going to be using the shoe as an everyday trainer for long distance training. It's probably not the best option for someone running shorter distances or someone looking to use the shoe mainly for speedwork.

The ample midsole cushion is meant to handle a lot of mileage. The durable construction of the shoe makes the high price tag worth it. The Triumph ISO 2 won't need to be replaced for a few hundred miles. If you need extra cushioning to protect your joints it's a good option.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 features an XT-900 outsole outfitted with iBR+ rubber. The second version of the Triumph ISO has a new zig-zag tread pattern that provides excellent traction for the wearer. Reviewers were impressed with the improved gripping ability of the outsole.

The shoe can handle a variety of running surfaces and provides good traction in wet or dry conditions. The shoe can easily handle rainy day runs. Even with such great grip, it's still a good idea to take caution when running in the winter months. Ice underfoot is no match for most shoes, even those with the most aggressive soles.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is fairly flexible. The new tread configuration in the outsole provides more flexibility than in the previous version. The upper is extremely flexible and the ISOFIT technology allows for a glovelike fit. The upper is stretchy enough to accommodate all foot shapes and sizes.

The flexible nature of the shoe allows it to move with the wearer's foot. Reviewers found that the shoe allowed for natural flexion of the foot. It rides like a minimalistic shoe yet doesn't sacrifice the ample midsole cushion.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a neutral trainer but wearers will still feel stable when running in the shoe. The grippy outsole features a new tread pattern that's even grippier than before. It ensures runners are sure footed and don't slip when they're moving forward. The midsole's full-length EVA foam provides a stable and supportive base for the wearer. In addition, the ISOFIT upper fits like a glove and keeps runners securely stationed in the shoe.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 features an 8mm drop. It's the standard drop for most Saucony brand shoes. The drop remains the same as in the previous version of the shoe. Even with a fairly small heel to toe drop, the shoe is definitely geared towards heel strikers. The bulk of the EVERUN cushion is concentrated in the heel. There's still plenty of EVA foam throughout the shoe, including the forefoot but the EVERUN cushion provides the bouncy feeling that was received so well by so many reviewers.
Key Features of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2
Key Features of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Key Features of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2


    IBR+ technology in outsole provides extra cushion
    Durable XT-900 technology in outsole provides great traction
    TRI-FLEX tread pattern provides better traction
    ISOFIT allows for snug and secure fit
    EVERUN cushion provides excellent energy return
    Full-length EVA cushion
    Breathable mesh upper
    High Elasticity Sockliner
    RUNDRY Heel Collar
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a very well cushioned neutral road shoe. It offers support underfoot in the form of a thick midsole. The cushioning provides great protection underfoot to pad the impact of running. Runners get a comfortable ride whether they're going long or short. While the design leaves something to be desired, the Triumph ISO 2 is a solid shoe. The new EVERUN midsole cushion provides excellent energy return with a nice bouncy feel. The revamped ISOFIT upper provides a much better fit that reviewers found glovelike. The wider toe box provides more room and better ventilation.

The updates featured in the Triumph ISO 2 are definitely an improvement over the original version of the shoe. The shoe still looks bulky but it feels fast thanks to the responsive midsole material. The durable shoe is a good choice for runners looking for comfort while training for a long distance race.