Saucony Zealot Iso’s First Impressions
When I opened up the shoe box with my Saucony Zealot Iso’s, I thought I had purchased the sun! The shoes were much brighter than anticipated that I thought they might’ve been glow in the dark. They of course weren’t. But the Zealot Iso’s are definitely the brightest shoes I have ever purchased. Bear with me if I refer to them as yellow as a lot of friends and family always call them more of a shade of green. Here is a picture of my color model of the Zealot Iso’s.
As I slipped them on, they simply felt so right. This was a change, because my last pair of shoes I kept giving a try, were the New Balance M3190V2’s, and I couldn’t force myself to like them. The Saucony Zealot Iso’s were different though. They fit perfectly and felt light and bouncy. They’re really a bit of a maximalist breed of running shoes (lightweight but max cushion).
Saucony Zealot Iso’s Sizing and Specs
I have already mentioned how these lovely Zealot’s fit great with my foot. From my interpretation, the shoe length is about average to most running shoes I purchase. The width of the shoe was also more than enough. I don’t think I’ve seen anybody complain about the width being too narrow near the toe area. Ever.
4mm Toe-Drop: The Heel stack height is 25mm while the Forefoot stack height sits at roughly 21mm, leaving a toe-drop of only 4mm. I can usually run in shoes with a higher toe-drop level, but I seem to find more comfort in running shoes with a smaller drop.
Neutral: The Saucony Zealot Iso’s are a neutral running shoe. While they fit great, they’re not created to prevent over pronation or supination. I wouldn’t expect any miracles here.
Desired Surface: These running shoes are desired road/track shoes. They definitely offer enough cushion to support your foot and the rest of your body, while at the same time, the durability to outlast the road. I’ve ran well over 100 miles in these and I don’t have any issues with any mesh, seems, or the outsole falling apart.
Appearance: When it comes to the cosmetics of the Saucony Zealot Iso, I must admit if is up to interpretation. They don’t offer a lot of different colors. Some are vibrant, some are a bit darker. Check all the available colors out at amazon. I’m not a huge flashy apparel guy myself, but I did thoroughly enjoy how these looked and performed.
Construction of the Saucony Zealot Iso’s
Midsole Upgrades– Saucony has improved the Zealot Iso’s model with its PowerGrid+ technology, an upgrade from the PowrGrid. Their claim is that it is a little bit lighter while being able to not only retain but also decrease its overall weight, creating a win-win scenario. My experiences agree with whatevery Sacuony may have done with the Zealot Iso’s midsole. It provides a good cushiony feel no matter the conditions I run in. A few hundred miles later (admittedly the midsole has flattened a little bit) they’re still quite better than most running shoes right out of the box. The midsole is really the best feature in the Saucony Zealot Iso’s.
Upper Info– The Iso-fitting features work extremely well here. To add with the ample amount of cushion, overall the shoe is a very comfortable fit. The mesh stretches out if needed to fit your feet, and the Zealot Iso’s flat laces allows for a nice snug fig with the plush tongue.
Outsole info– I don’t think a lot of details and specifics are necessary here, just know this. The design of the outsole it split into three different parts, all constructed of rubber materials. Near the midsole, lays a large continuous layer of rubber material, which is quite firm and absorbent. The rest of the outsole is layered with rubber that is very nicely separated for a very even ride. After a lot of mileage and tread with the shoe, I was pleasantly surprised how well the entire outsole held up. There simply were not a lot of weak points that you might see in other running shoes.
Performance of the Zealot’s
Overall I must admit, these are some of the best running shoes I’ve run in, period. They’re not the first “maximalist” running shoes I’ve run in, as I’ve tried Hoka One Ones Clifton and Clifton 2. Both shoes, I’ve highly praised, and the Saucony Zealot Iso’s are no different. (There seems to be a lot of good Maximalist shoes being constructed) Most of my runs are performed on roads, although every once in a while, I’ve run in other settings with these. As the running shoes have worn themselves down some, my feet do get a little sore every once in a while, but nothing I would place under any strenuous levels. This just tells me that it was time to start looking for a new pair of running shoes.
If I had any complaints, is that there was eventally a tear in the mesh where my pinky toe sits after an extended amount of time. It wasn’t a problem for me, and at the point of occurrence, the shoes were already starting to reach their shelf life, however, I could see problems with the mesh holding form with those who may have a bit wider feet than I do. So it was worth a mention in my eyes.
Lastly, because the outsole is a bit spongy, the Saucony Zealot Iso’s do not offer a ton of traction. I wouldn’t recommend using these for any slippery surfaces.
Final word on the Saucony Zealot Iso’s
Saucony listened to their audience and hit their mark with the Zealot Iso’s. It’s no wonder this running shoe is known as the Cortanna killer. Because that is exactly what it is. The Saucony Zealot Iso is a light-weight running shoe, that offers the maximalist style of cushioning. With pretty good durability, these Saucony shoes are a no-brainer for anybody who may be interested in a shoe with these traits. If i’m lucky, I’ll be able to review a running shoe half this well-constructed in the near future.