Saucony Men's Switchback ISO

Rated 3.5 out of 5
2 Reviews
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Color
Black & Grey

Product Details

For the Switchback ISO, Saucony partnered with BOA Technology®, creators of The BOA System, to take their dial lacing system and combine it with the ISOFIT construction, creating a game-changing fit experience that quickly and easily hugs your foot. The low profile, full-length EVERUN contoured midsole of this trail running shoe gives amazing flexibility and energy return while cradling and protecting your foot. The dual-density PWRTRAC outsole combines a firmer center footprint with a softer, tackier perimeter for traction, allowing you to conquer all obstacles in your path.

Overview

  • Full-length EVERUNTM midsole for continuous cushioning throughout the run
  • BOA lacing system
  • ISOFIT dynamic upper
  • FORMFIT performance contoured footbed
  • Dual-density, ultra-grippy, PWRTRAC outsole for traction

Specs

Shoe Category: Trail
Pronation: Neutral
Cushion: Responsive
Construction Type: Trail
Surface: Trail, Grass
Arch: Normal (Mid)
Water Resistant: No
Waterproof: No
Offset: 4mm
Heel Stack Height: 22.5mm
Forefoot Stack Height: 18.5mm
Weight: 9.8 oz. | 278 g.

average rating 3.5 out of 5
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50% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Cushion
Rated 2 out of 5
Firmness
Rated 3 out of 5
Sizing
Rated 0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2, where minus 2 is Runs Small, 0 is True to Size and 2 is Runs Large
Toe Box
Rated 4 out of 5
2 Reviews
Reviewed by Tom
Verified Reviewer
I recommend this product
Age Range
35 - 44
Regular Size
11.5
Size Purchased
11.5
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Best Ultra Shoe I have had. Feels like a slipper!

I ran several Ultra’s in 2019 in these. The first being the Squamish 5050 (a notoriously “technical” race). My previous shoes (North Face) were discontinued and I had to swap out into the Saucony Switchbacks after Day 1 50km. I had only worn the Sauconys the mile walk to the gym a few times and was nervous never having broken them in properly, but was pleasantly surprised with how they performed nonetheless. I had no hotspots or blisters after 50 miles and didn’t lose any toenails (I lost 6 the previous year in a model of shoe I had had for years). Since bought 4 more pairs of Switchbacks and have qualified for UTMB which I intend to wear these in. I prefer a minimalist shoe with a 4mm drop and have wide feet. These feel like slippers to me! They are very comfortable and light. The shoes and the Boa system have taken some serious punishment and have held up perfectly. I kicked the Boa system into 130km of rocks and roots at Oman by UTMB and they were fine. I would certainly highly recommend considering them. They have been a great shoe for me.

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Cushion
Rated 2 out of 5
Firmness
Rated 3 out of 5
Sizing
Rated 0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2, where minus 2 is Runs Small, 0 is True to Size and 2 is Runs Large
Toe Box
Rated 4 out of 5
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Reviewed by Jerome
Verified Buyer
I don't recommend this product
Age Range
35 - 44
Regular Size
8.5
Size Purchased
8.5
What kind of training do you do the most?
10km
Rated 2 out of 5
Review posted

jabs at achilles

Bough for fast pace trail running and races (5-10K). I never actually ran in them since they didn't pass the living room test...

BOA system is NOT the best thing since sliced bread, as raved about by most reviewers. It's fast but I always ended up with the same result regardless of how much I tried to play with it and adjust: too loose at the forefoot and too tight at the top. The Salomon speed cross lacing is a much simpler and more effective version of a speed lacing system, though I'm not a fan of the shoe.

The sole does feel great and I think would've been perfect for my intended use. The upper fabric is nice but quite rough. I'm not sure how much it would actually break in but it's definitely not a bare foot or wear very thin ankle sock type of material. For me though, the deal breaker right from the start is the heel portion. I hate stiff heel cups because they tend to injure my achilles so I was quite happy with how flexible this one is. The problem with it is that it seem to go up too high and is angled too much toward the tendon when toeing off. The result was a nice chaffing jab at my achilles with every step I took. Also, because the edge presses on it in a straight line, I can't see this getting much better with any amount of break in. I really, really wanted to like this shoe and would've most likely bear with its other shortfalls if not for the achilles issues.

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Cushion
Rated 3 out of 5
Firmness
Rated 3 out of 5
Sizing
Rated 0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2, where minus 2 is Runs Small, 0 is True to Size and 2 is Runs Large
Toe Box
Rated 4 out of 5
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