Introducing the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 - Run Without Rules
Our Tried & Tested reviewer, Mikayla Madden, had the opportunity to put the new Saucony Freedom ISO 2 runners through their paces and below are her thoughts on Saucony’s latest technology…
What appealed to you the most about the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 runners?:
I love that the Saucony Freedom ISO 2 has completely different technology to all the other brands I had worn. I was intrigued to try the full length EVERUN sole and the lacing system.
When I decided to train for my first marathon this year, I started looking into shoes that offer more cushioning for those long kms under foot, whilst not being too heavy and this shoe seemed to tick those boxes.
How did the full-length EVERUN midsole of the Freedom ISO 2 impact your performance?
The EVERUN midsole offers a smooth ride and I loved that as my runs went on, I did not start to ‘feel the ground’ excessively, and each stride felt cushioned. They made keeping a nice pace easy and once I got into my run, I really forgot about the shoes.
Now in saying that, I have had some teething issues – mainly I believe going from my usual 6-10mm drop down to the 4mm. I am starting to adjust though after around 70km in the Freedom ISO 2 and after the first 3km of each run, I can feel my body adjusting with less niggles in my knee and my plantar fascia.
After clocking 70kms, the TRI-FLEX crystal outsoles of these shoes look good as new! I know these will have some amazing durability, making the extra $ well worth it. I feel they will last longer than my other runners but time will tell.
I also really like the lacing system on the Freedom ISO 2. It doesn’t budge but the ISOKNIT fabric allows for natural movement. I had no pain on top of my feet and I often get this in new shoes.
How did the new ISOKNIT upper (performance engineered textile that delivers support, breathability and freedom of movement) of the Freedom ISO 2 impact your performance?
The ISOKNIT fabric is again very different to my other shoes. It is very flexible and moves with my feet, but I think this is where I feel I could’ve gone ½ a size down.
Similar, to the sole of the Freedom ISO 2, the upper is well made and I think will be durable.
Mikayla describes herself as a bit of a “newbie” to running, taking it up 18 months ago to improve her mental health. Starting out small, running the lake in Wagga Wagga, Mikayla now averages between 60-70km a week.
She is working towards the goal of sub 4 hours in the Melbourne Marathon later this year.