Updated on April 15, 2015
Tech Talk: Saucony’s New Iso-Series
We’ve seen plenty of new technologies grace our warehouse shelves in the past few months, but few were as anticipated as those in Saucony’s Iso-Series. The new tech is found in Saucony’s top echelon of styles: the Triumph, Hurricane and the new Zealot, due out in March. So what’s new? Simply put—everything.
ISOFIT. The true calling card of the Iso-Series, the ISOFIT has to be felt to be believed. In fact, you might say “WHOA” the first time your feet try it. Often times, super cushioned shoes (like those in the Iso-Series) mean super bulky uppers to support the extra weight of the midsole. But not with the ISOFIT system. Instead, Saucony paired a plush inner sleeve with a pliable external cage construction. The duo dynamically adapts to each part of the foot so that when you move, the ISOFIT system moves in tandem. Plus it shaves some serious weight (the new Triumph and Hurricane are more svelte than previous models) while still feeling seriously comfortable.
PWRGRID+ midsole cushioning. This takes Saucony’s current Powergrid cushioning, which you can find in the Kinvara 5 and the Ride 7, and pushes it to the next level. Saucony looked at its Powergrid cushioning and added three millimeter of cush to the heel and forefoot heights to give the shoe 20 percent more cushioning overall. This new one-piece platform keeps the same 8-mm offset that the brand is known for while giving runners more durability and impact protection underfoot. And what do you get with more durability and protection? More comfort from your very first step out the door.
Rundry Lining. To keep moisture build-up under control, Saucony included its Rundry lining—the same that is found in its apparel—in the bootie of the new Iso-Series styles. This material is butter-soft to the touch but expertly pulls sweat away from your feet so blisters and hot spots are a nonissue. It also means you can easily wear the Iso-Series without socks if that’s more your style.
Lightweight Support Frame. Rounding out the Iso-Series’ technologies is the lightweight support frame that wraps the heel. This keeps the heel locked-in place so that it isn’t slipping and sliding throughout the footbed (talk about distracting!). Plus it gives the shoe just a touch more structure to make it easy to keep powering forward.
Have you tried the new Iso-Series? Tell us what you thought in the comments below.