Every season the Saucony line upgrades a few more styles to its Everun foam and the Zealot is the latest to receive this bump up. The upper benefits from use of the ISO Fit system, a cage-like lacing system that allows a more supportive and conforming midfoot fit. Its proven effectiveness affords a fit missing from a traditional setup.
The open mesh also carries over, and it breathes well, even in very warm conditions. In Round 2 the midsole is upgraded to Everun, a blown TPU foam that’s responsive and well-cushioned. This change alone has made a good shoe into a great one. The outersole continues with its effective chevron-shaped pattern that offers excellent grip and durability, a combination that’s hard to beat. The combination of dialed-in components and material upgrades earned the Zealot 2 a tie for our award for best shoe in the Performance category.
Testers: “I found the Zealot to be a little too firm for my taste, but the Zealot 2 has more bounce to it. Seems to fit better and has been great to run in this year.”
Updates the Zealot ISO
Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 6–11
Weight: 10.2 oz. (men’s 11); 8.1 oz. (women’s 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, TPU Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild pronation