Saucony Guide ISO 2

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If you are looking for a pair of great stability running shoes without sacrificing any cushioning then the Saucony Guide ISO 2 sneakers have you covered. These shoes are perfect running shoes for overpronation but they did not sacrifice stability for comfort as some other brands do. The underfoot cushioning of these shoes make them exceptionally comfortable while also giving you a responsive ride allowing you to run faster and longer which customers love. These sneakers are perfect for those looking for something to wear while running on roads or tracks so if you are looking for something to wear while running off the beaten path you may want to consider a different option. Overall, however, the Saucony Guide ISO 2 running shoes are a great pair of sneakers with an affordable price tag that customers appreciate.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Durable
  • Great stability
  • Affordable price tag
  • Stylish design
Cons
  • Needs to be broken in
  • Not the lightest
  • Can cause blisters
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Saucony Guide ISO 2 is made out of XT-900 which is a rubber compound that gives the shoes amazing durability to protect against any wear and tear as well as provide you with amazing traction on a plethora of surfaces. The shoes also have a layer on the forefront called IBR+ which is a blown rubber that will help give your feet cushioning while also protecting against abrasion. Finally, the outsole uses a tri-flex design to make sure your shoes are as flexible as possible. They feature zig-zag grooves on the soles that will help give you a smooth transition with every step you take.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Saucony Guide ISO 2 is made using PWRFOAM which will give you amazing shock absorption while you are running as well as a high energy return to give you that little bounce in your step that runners love. The midsole also features EVERUN which adds some additional cushioning and a more responsive ride. One of the better features about the midsole of these shoes is that it has a stability post on the medial side to help correct overpronation and helps to prevent tendons and muscles under your foot from becoming strained. Finally, these sneakers feature a FORMFIT sock liner that gives you some extra padding for added comfort.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Saucony Guide ISO 2 is made using ISOFIT technology that hugs your feet giving you a snug and sock-like feel. It is made using a stretchy mesh material with added overlays to give you the support and protection you need while running in these sneakers. They also are made with moisture-wicking materials inside of the shoe to help keep your feet dry while you are running, preventing stinky feet and shoes caused by sweat and moisture.
Weight
Weight

Weight

When it comes to running shoes you are going to want something that is as light as possible. You do not want your shoes holding you back or slowing you down, especially if you are trying to run for speed or long distances. That being said, the Saucony Guide ISO 2 running shoes are slightly on the higher end of the scale when talking about weight. This shoe weighs in at 10.3 ounces on average for the men's version and 9 ounces for the women's. Customers do not seem to have any issues with the weight of these shoes however and they can run in them just fine without the sneakers holding them back.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is important in any kind of running shoes, you want to make sure that you get enough air flow to your feet to keep them cool and dry when you are on the go. You do not want to feel like your feet are suffocating while in the middle of a run. You will not have to worry about that with the Saucony Guide ISO 2 sneakers. The upper is made out of stretchy and breathable materials that allow for amazing ventilation. It allows air to get into the foot chamber and keep your feet cool while at the same time allowing your sweat to evaporate quickly and escape your shoes. In addition to the great breathability that is offered, these sneakers also feature moisture-wicking fabrics that will help keep the shoes dry, giving you extra protection from having a damp foot by the end of your run.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 running shoes offer fairly comfortable cushioning underfoot. The midsole is comprised of POWRFOAM which has some cushioning in it, but most of the cushion comes from the EVERUN top sole and the FORMFIT sock liner. The top sole has a thick and squishy cushioning so your feet stay comfortable all day long. The sock liner contours to the bottom of your foot which helps support your curves which give you a higher comfort level. The upper also helps contribute due to the ISOFIT technology that ensures the shoes hug your feet for a sock-like fit.

There are, unfortunately, a couple things about these sneakers that take away from the comfort level that customers were not happy about. These shoes do need to be broken in, as when you first put them on they can be a little stiff, but that loosens up after wearing them a couple of times. They also seem to have a slightly odd fit to them. They are narrow in the front but a little too wide in the back which can cause some discomfort. Finally, a few customers mentioned that they experienced rubbing from the shoes on their feet which caused them some blisters.
Style
Style

Style

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 sneakers come in both men's and women's sizes and both offer different color options to choose from. There are a couple different colorways that you can pick from so you can find something that will fit your style and personality the best. The women's version of these shoes are available in blue shade; teal and pink; slate and aqua; or gray and blush. Men can choose between gray, black, and orange; white; or white, blue, and vizi red. Customers have mentioned that they like how stylish these sneakers are and they appreciate the overall design of these shoes.
Durability
Durability

Durability

When purchasing anything, including running shoes, you want to make sure that you are getting a good quality product that is not going to suffer from premature wear and tear. You do not want to have to worry about being in the middle of a run or hitting the gym only to find out that your shoes are falling apart. You will not have to worry about that with the Saucony Guide ISO 2 running shoes. They are designed to withstand your repeated pounding into the ground while you are running. Customers have commented that they appreciate just how durable these sneakers are.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 running shoes offer you a decent amount of protection. The shoes offer great traction so you will not have to worry about your shoes sliding out from underneath you while you are running. The outsole of these shoes features an IBR+ layer which is made out of blown rubber and can help keep the bottoms of your feet safe from abrasions. Unfortunately, these shoes do not offer a lot of protection against chafing, however. Some customers have reported that they experienced uncomfortable blisters while wearing these sneakers.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

When talking about the responsiveness of a shoe you are talking about the little bounce in your step that you get while you are walking or running. This gives you what is called a high energy return. That simply means that when you step into the midsole of your shoe the sole quickly bounces back to its original shape and propels you into your next step saving you a little bit of energy. Runners love shoes with a high energy return because that means you can use that saved energy to help you run faster and longer. That being said, the cushioning in the midsole of the Saucony Guide ISO 2 offers the responsiveness that runners love. You will enjoy the spring in your step you get when you are wearing these shoes.
Support
Support

Support

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 sneakers offer you a decent amount of support. The upper has overlays to help mold to the shape of your foot to make sure you stay locked in place while on the run. You do not want to have to feel like you are going to walk right out of your shoes.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 is considered a road running shoe and as such it is recommended that you stick to running on flat and non-abrasive surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, treadmills, or tracks (either indoor or outdoor). It is not recommended that you veer off the beaten path with these sneakers as they may not offer you proper protection for other terrains.
Price
Price

Price

When it comes to purchasing running shoes it is important to keep in mind that you are making an investment and as such you can expect to spend a lump sum of money up front but if you invest in a good quality product then you will not have to worry about spending your hard earned money again for a while. That being said, the Saucony Guide ISO 2 running sneakers seem to be a fairly good investment as they will not suffer from premature wear and tear making these shoes last a good long while. The price tag is also very affordable with an MSRP of only $120 but as is with most things these days you can generally find it online for much cheaper. Customers have mentioned that they feel like they got their monies worth out of these great shoes.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 shoes offer you great traction on a plethora of surfaces. The outsole of these sneakers is covered with a layer of a rubber compound known as XT-900 which not only gives them amazing traction but helps make them as durable as possible. You do not want to worry about being in the middle of a run or workout at the gym and have your feet slip out from underneath you causing a potential injury. You will not have that problem with this product. They have great traction and can hold quite the grip.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 running shoes offer a decent amount of flexibility, but not as much as some customers would like to have seen. Unfortunately, the upper can feel a little stiff when you first purchase the shoes but they do tend to loosen up after wearing them a couple of times. It is not terribly restricting, but it is something to keep in mind when purchasing this product. That being said, the outsole of these shoes do offer you some good flexibility due to the zig-zag grooves that are along the forefront of the shoes. You will have the freedom to move your feet fairly naturally when wearing these sneakers.
Stability
Stability

Stability

One of the better features about the Saucony Guide ISO 2 shoes is that they are a stability shoe. The midsole has a stability post made out of a dense EVA foam added to the medial side of the shoe to help those who have the tendency for overpronation. Some runners stated that they have pronation problems and these shoes work wonderfully for them when they are going out running. The stability pole will also help prevent injury to the tendons and protect muscles on the bottom of your feet from becoming strained and painful.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of your shoes is simply the measurement of the incline from heel to toe. The drop of the Saucony Guide ISO 2 sneakers comes in at 8 mm which falls in on the low end of the average spectrum when it comes to other running shoes. The average drop usually falls between 8 mm and 12 mm with most shoes featuring a 10 mm drop.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-EVERUN top sole gives you a high energy return and added comfort
-ISOFIT upper gives you a snug and comfortable fit
-Mesh upper allows great ventilation to your feet while running
-FORMFIT sock liner that contours to the bottoms of your feet
-Reflective accents on the heel for low light conditions
-Great stability features to help runners with pronation problems
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall the Saucony Guide ISO 2 sneakers seem to be fairly good. There are some downfalls to the sneakers such as the fact that they need to be broken in and they may cause you to get blisters, but many customers believe that the good outweighs the bad. The affordable price tag has customers purchasing their shoes but the fantastic durability and responsive ride keep them coming back for more. If you are looking for a good pair of stability running shoes then you have come to the right place.