The next shoe up from the Saucony Endorphin Collection is the Saucony Endorphin Shift. Of the three models in the Saucony Endorphin collection, the Saucony Endorphin is made for training. It’s most similar to an already staple shoe from Saucony: The Ride 13.
As most people familiar with Saucony know, Saucony created three new shoes in the Saucony Endorphin line. I like this approach to their shoes because they categorize them into the various needs of running. You don’t need to run all of your miles in a carbon plated shoe, so having other easily distinguishable options is great.
The Saucony Ride has been a favorite of mine for the last few years. It’s a lightweight trainer from Saucony that has stayed relatively similar from year to year. The Saucony Ride ISO 2 is last year’s version, but Saucony has removed the ISO fitting and gone back to regular lacing. When Saucony introduced the ISO lacing a few years ago, I wondered how it would do, but for the most part it looks like Saucony’s shoes are going back to traditional fit and lacing.
Anyway, this year’s Saucony Ride 13 has gotten a bigger update, which I believe is for the better, which is scary because I’ve been reasonably happy with the last few versions of the Saucony Ride.
Saucony Endorphin Pro Shoe Review:
The Saucony Endorphin Pro is Saucony’s version of the carbon plated shoe. It’s one of the more highly anticipated carbon fiber plate shoes to come out. I’ve reviewed the Nike Next%, Hoka Carbon Rocket, Hoka Carbon X, as well as the New Balance Fuelcell TC, and next up is the Saucony Endorphin Pro.
Saucony Triumph ISO 5
The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is a high cushioned neutral trainer from Saucony. More cushion than the Saucony Ride ISO. I’ve run in several models of the Saucony Triumph ISO, with my favorite being the first. The Saucony Triumph 5 is a highly cushioned, but lightweight trainer.
I’ve typically had a version of the Triumph in my rotation but recently moved towards the Saucony Ride. For the last year, the Ride has felt better to me personally. When it was released, I was eager to see how the Triumph felt.
Heel to toe drop: 8 mm
Weight: 10 ounces
Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Fit:
The Saucony Triumph ISO has run short for several versions, but this year it runs true to size. I typically wear a women’s 10-11 wide, and 10.5 has been great. The toe box is roomier then it’s been the last few versions.
The second update to the Triumph upper includes a “Jacquard” engineered breathable mesh. According to Saucony, this helps to accommodate more foot types (with the updated ISO fit, it does). The jacquard mesh is basically fancy mesh.
One thing to add is the shoe is shallower, and Saucony as a brand doesn’t fit insoles or doctors orthotics as well as many other brands.
Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Ride:
New for this version, Saucony added 2mm of EVERUN Topsole cushioning. There is supposedly more energy return than ever before. The topsole is on top of the Everrun, so the shoe feels more cushioned and more energetic.
Something to note is the grip is much better than previous versions too. I’ve run in the downpouring rain, and the traction has been fine. The crystal rubber outsole allows you to grip the ground better than many current running shoes.
The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 feels closer the original ISO 1 than ever before. Maybe I’m just reminiscing on the shoe, but it finally feels like Saucony put more into the again. For the past few generations, it’s taken a backseat to the Freedom or even the Ride.
If you have never run in the Saucony Triumph ISO, it is known for the responsive cushioning. It’s a good shoe for long distance, and you feel cushioning throughout running. It’s a bit bulkier and more cushioned than the Saucony Ride.
I’ve run about 100 miles in the shoe (long runs, easy runs, workouts) and for me, it’s the best fit as a daily trainer or long run.
Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Conclusion:
I like the Saucony Triumph, and I think the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is the best it’s been since the first version. I’ll continue running it.
Workouts: Nike LT Streak, Nike Zoom Fly
Races: Nike LT Streak
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