For a neutral runner who does not overpronate or underpronate, you may not need enhanced stability and support. Instead, you can make your running more comfortable and enjoyable by using soft and cushy running shoes. Two great examples are Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and Brooks Glycerin 13. Both items are neutral running shoes with superior cushioning, great for people who have joint pain problems or simply want to improve their running experience. So, how do Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and Brooks Glycerin 13 compare to each other?
Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and Brooks Glycerin 13 actually have lots in common. Both models have broad overlays that wrap around the midfoot area. Even though these overlays are mostly no-sew, they still are durable and quite supportive, though not as much as stability and motion control running shoes. The overlays that wrap the midfoot on both shoes are located backward enough to open up the toe box area for comfort. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a more open and thus more comfortable toe box due to having just a single welded-on piece at the front. On the other hand, Brooks Glycerin 13 has the 3D Fit Print overlays running over the toe box, creating more structure and support. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has an external support frame cupping the heel for structure integrity. Brooks Glycerin 13 does not have such thing but is still supportive enough around the heel. (Read also: Saucony Triumph ISO vs ISO 2)
Again, Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and Brooks Glycerin 13 are similar to each other in a sense that they both provide full heel-to-toe cushioning. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 implements the EVERUN special foam on the topsole and midsole, featuring a layer of soft cushioning right under the sockliner to create a nice bouncy feel. On the other hand, Brooks Glycerin 13 has the Super DNA cushioning in the midsole. The midsole of Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is noticeably softer and cushier than Brooks Glycerin 13, but the Brooks shoe is more flexible than the Saucony.
Saucony Triumph ISO 2 comes with flex grooves on the outsole that run from side to side, but they are not as straight as the ones on Brooks Glycerin 13. In addition, the separation between the midfoot and the rearfoot is not as clear. Meanwhile, Brooks Glycerin 13 has three separate zones on the outsole for better pressure distribution and flexibility.
For a cushier shoe, you should go with Saucony Triumph ISO 2. However, it is rather stiff. If you prefer a more flexible shoe, then Brooks Glycerin 13 should be your choice.