Recently, I integrated the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 into my rotation. It’s one of the few shoes I seem to try each updated model. In summary, I personally liked the original Triumph ISO the best. As the shoe is updated more, I’ve found other Saucony shoes that I like better included the Freedom and even the cheaper Saucony Ride 10.
The fit is different than the Triumph 3 and actually reminds me a lot more of both the original Triumph ISO and the Triumph ISO 2. The shoe is actually a little longer than the 3, but still narrow. Throughout the years, I’ve worn anywhere from a 9.5-10.5 wide in the Triumph. This year, I find the 10 wide to be the best fit for me.
I found an interesting issue, I haven’t had before with the Triumph that the midfoot is much more snug. Typically, I have liked the Triumph ISO, because it is a wider shoe model. While there is sufficient room, I did find the updated model to be much narrower (even the wide) in the midfoot region.
Finally, if you have never run in Saucony shoes, the heel counter is much lower than other models. I’ve never had an issue “running or slipping out of the shoe,” and don’t know anyone who has, but it is something to be aware of! We have many people that come into work that don’t like the shoe because of the low heel. It’s also a hard shoe to put orthotics and inserts into.
The Saucony ISO 4 has gone through a few significant changes. One is that the entire bottom is lined with the Everun foam. Previous models included about half EVA and half Everrun.
Now, it’s full Evverun.
Why does this matter? It makes the Saucony ISO 4 much firmer than previous models. It’s has become much more responsive, but still cushioned shoe. In fact, it’s much more similar to the Saucony Freedom.
Changing to an entire bottom of Everun means the shoe’s dynamic drastically changes. If you have run in the Saucony Freedom, it will feel much more similar. The Triumph ISO 4 feels much less soft and much firmer than the previous Triumph models.
- I do personally like the Saucony Triumph ISO 4. I’ve put just over 100 miles and not had an issue. While the midfoot is tighter than previous models, it’s not uncomfortable.
- The shoe itself does feel drastically different, both in fit as well as ride. It’s definitely not a model of shoe I would buy blindly online.
- Sadly, with the integration of the full bottom of Everrun, the retail price of the ISO 4 has gone up to $160.
- Personally, I’ll continue running in it, and I think it’s one of the better versions Saucony has made in the last two years. The original ISO was still my favorite.
Keep in mind, these are all personal preferences. Saucony is not paying me to review their shoes. What works for me, might not work for you. All of our feet are different.
Questions for you:
What is your favorite running shoe?
Is there a model, you’ve run through several models?