Saucony Triumph ISO Review

The Saucony Triumph has been a shoe I have wanted to try since its release a few months ago.  Since I was having such good luck staying injury free during marathon training I didn’t want to try anything new.  This meant waiting to try new shoes, new training methods, etc…I knew what worked and I stuck with it.

After I started running again I decided to take the plunge and try the new Saucony Triumph ISO.  Before actually running in them, I tried them on and walked around several times at work.  I knew by all the updates Saucony had done on this shoe I wanted to eventually try running in them.

Side Note: I’m always hesitant to do running shoe reviews because what works (or doesn’t) for me, won’t always be the same for others.  I like a lot of cushion and am a neutral runner.  This means that shoes such like the Saucony Triumph are a good option for me.  This also means I don’t care for minimalist shoes but to each their own.  Another thing to keep in mind is that I’m not a techy person.  Either the shoe feels good to me or it doesn’t and I’ll explain why.  I don’t care so much about the technical side of a shoe so I won’t review that part.  Plus, there are much better blog posts that review that anyways…I just give my personal experience with the shoe.  (And no Saucony is not paying me to review their shoe).

Price: $150

I like a lot of cushion and cushioned shoes are more expensive.  This price is compare able to the Asics Nimbus (150) or the Brooks Glycerin (150).  Honestly, cushion keeps me healthy so I stay cushioned.   Since I run a lot of high mileage, this is the best option for me too.

The Fit:

As a company Saucony generally runs a little bit wider.  It’s not wide but it is wider.  In my opinion, the New Triumph ISO is one of the more narrow models Saucony has created.  In most brands, I wear a 9.5 wide.  In most Saucony shoes I wear a 9.5.  In the Saucony Triumph I still need to go wider into a 9.5 wide.  The toe box is wider but it is also has a wider heal.  For me I wish the heel was a little bit narrower but it still fits well.

An important piece of the shoe is the ISO.  This is the new update that makes the upper of the shoe more glove like.  It certainly hugs the metatarsals (without constricting).  I have a high instep so I was surprised it could accommodate my feet well.

The Feel:

The shoe is more of a firm than I am used too.  For the last 4 months I was training exclusively in the Nimbus.  The Saucony Triumph is much more light weight and also lower to the ground.   The major reason I like this shoe is that it’s got a lot of cushion but is light weight (like the Hoka Clifton).

Instead of the 12 millimeter drop there is an 8.  Does this really matter?  It provides less heel to toe drop and will probably make your calves a little bit tighter for the first few runs.

When I actually went for my first run my calves were sore.  That could be since it was my first run post marathon or because of the different heel to toe drop from the Nimbus.  Either way they were sore.  I have been running every run (alternating with the Nimbus).   I actually don’t mind at all and really enjoy the feeling.  Since I naturally run and walk on my toes, it feels good to have a shoe that supports that.

Overall thoughts:

I really like the Saucony Triumph ISO.  For now I will continue it in my rotation of running shoes.

It’s a great light weight running shoe while still providing a lot of cushion.  Working at a running store I can say it was one of the best shoe updates that a company has made for 2015.  For me personally, I think it fits well and provides a lot of cushion.

Edit to add: I have put roughly 100 miles on this shoe.

Questions or you:

Have you run in the Saucony Triumph ISO?

Do you prefer light weight or heavier shoes?

I prefer to train in heavy shoes.  While they do slow down my pace, they provide cushion that allows me to keep healthier.


4 responses

  1. I love my heavy 12mm heel drop Nimbus shoes even if they weigh 20 lb each! Ha ha! The Triumph are great (I love the wide toe box) but yeah, the 8mm are too low for me.

  2. I’m in the same boat right now, I’m keeping my shoes consistent until my half-marathon on Sunday and then I’m thinking about branching out. I’d like to have 2 different brands in my rotation so I can switch things up a bit 🙂

  3. Obviously I need to try this shoe since our feet love the same shoes. I’m glad you found a new trainer that works for you! I couldn’t agree with you more about training in cushioned shoes. I think it’s well worth feeling a bit slower.

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