The Saucony Xodus ISO 2 is literally stacked with protective elements. It stands out for its 24mm of cushion (in addition to a rock plate), making it one of the most protective trail shoes we've tested. The only reason it didn't earn a nine out of ten is that its overlay mesh is penetrable by the finest particulates like sand. It's also not waterproof like our Editors' Choice winner, the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX - Women's. While it's stacked with fantastic protection, this trades off for stability and sensitivity on the trail. The PWRTRAC V-grooved outsole does well on most surfaces, making this a great shoe to tackle all weather conditions (it also dries quickly!).
Saucony discontinued the original ISO and replaced it with the Xodus ISO 2, pictured above. We contacted the manufacturer to get more details on the update and have included some information below- so keep reading! Until we get our hands on the new version, this review continues to reflect the OG model.
This trail runner isn't nearly as comfortable as its cousin the Saucony Peregrine 7 - Women's nor does it perform as well overall. That said, it is more protective and if that's what you're looking for, this may be your next sole-mate (pun intended!).