The new for autumn 2016 Saucony Xodus ISO trail running shoe manages to mix serious cushioning and underfoot protection with high levels of underfoot grip, bundles of stability, sofa-like instant comfort thanks to the sock-liner upper and ISOFIT construction and reassuring reinforcement for the uppers. All this and it still retains a reasonable level of trail feel.
The cushioning does deaden trail feel a little and there’s not as much forefoot room as Saucony’s excellent Peregrine 6, though that cuts both ways. Not cheap either, though the OVERRUN cushioning is claimed to last three times longer than standard EVA. Slightly heavier than some.
Outdoors Grabbit? – Mini Verdict
Trail running shoes tend to be a balancing act between grip, cushioning, stability, comfort and feel. Getting the balance right is very personal, but if you’re after a very cushioned shoe, that’s comfortable straight from the box – we ran 19km straight off without any complaints – and also gives great grip, but still feels stable and has some connection with the trail, then the new Xodus ISO might just hit the spot. Also great for door to trail stuff taking in pavement or tarmac en route to the hills.
Specification: £115 / 630g (pair size 43) cushioned trail-running shoe / OVERRUN underfoot cushioning / sock fit uppers with ISOFIT technology / PWRTRAC Rubber outsole / Support Frame heel counter / Toe Shell toe protection.
Full review below.