Saucony Ride ISO 2
The Ride ISO 2 is a well-designed shoe; the mesh upper is breathable and light, the tongue is nicely padded and gusseted, so it can’t slip sideways, and the laces cinch up pleasingly over the mid-foot. It’s a normal shape that, while snug, provides enough forefoot width to not trouble my oft-grumbly big toe. The heel-cup is lightly supportive, and its padded collar is super comfy around the achilles. The midsole is a combination of EVERUN and PWRFOAM. EVERUN is Saucony’s compressed TPU bead foam which has a reputation for longevity, consistent performance in different temperatures and good energy return while being a bit weighty. The PWRFOAM seems to be a fairly regular but high-quality EVA foam. The combination has a delightfully bouncy ride that seems comfortable and responsive. I felt the ball of my foot benefiting from the cushioning without ever feeling like I was losing energy. In fact, maintaining speed was easy over long runs and they suited tempo work too. They felt lighter on the foot than the 300 grams would suggest.
A well-designed midsole is at the heart of this smart all-rounder road warrior.