- Weight: 315g (M); 275g (W)
- Heel-to-toe-drop: 8mm
- Type: Neutral cushioned / road
- Price: £145
A super plush and cushioned ride, built for ultimate comfort on longer runs.
- PWRRUN+ midsole foam is 28 per cent lighter than Saucony’s previous foam.
- Padded tongue, ankle collar and underfoot cradle make for a very comfortable fit.
- Despite its heft, still a flexible shoe.
The Triumph is Saucony’s most cushioned shoe and is all about providing a premium-feeling, pillowy ride that will make the miles click by in comfort. To use a motoring analogy, it’s a bit like a Rolls-Royce in shoe form – the thick midsole foam seems to smooth out any lumps and bumps, allowing you to just cruise along in peace. It’s still quite a flexible shoe, however, and it feels lighter than it is, offering a smooth heel-to-toe transition. It’s a noticeably comfortable shoe right out of the box thanks to generous amounts of padding around the ankle collar, tongue and underfoot.
The Triumph’s midsole material is called PWRRUN+, which Saucony says is 28 per cent lighter than its previous midsole formulation, Everun. It looks and feels a bit similar to adidas’s Boost foam, which, given that’s impressive pedigree, is no bad thing. On the run the feeling is similar – it’s an impressively cushioned experience. There’s a decent amount of springiness, but really the ride is built for smoothness rather than responsiveness and ‘pop’. They’re fine for pushing the pace in strides or fartlek pickups during your run, but they’re not the kind of shoe you’d wear for a dedicated speedwork session.
Saucony has gone to town on maxing out the comfort on the 18. Both the ankle collar and the tongue are padded, while underneath the cushioned insole, there’s another layer of foam sitting on top of the midsole. All this means putting them on feels like sinking your foot into a memory foam bed. Even the laces are quite fat, so there’s no chance of them putting too much pressure over the top of your foot, not matter how tightly you might like them tied. All this, combined with the flexible upper, means the fit feels almost personalised after just a couple of runs.
Could be more breathable
Partly as a consequence of all the padding, the shoe doesn’t feel all that breathable. The upper is made of engineered mesh, with different levels of thickness depending on the area of the shoe (around the heel counter and at the front of the toebox, for example). As well as the padding, the arch and midfoot are encased in both the upper and an internal bootie that connects the tongue to the footbed, while even the toebox, which has only a single layer of upper material, hasn’t got the biggest ventilation holes. Whether this is a good or bad thing is down to your preference – in winter it’ll probably be a benefit as the shoe feels more weatherproof, but your feet will feel plenty toasty on hot, summer runs.
An impressively cushioned and comfortable shoe, perfect for eating up the miles on longer runs. The ride is super smooth and there's an abundance of padding throughout.
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