In a previous post, I revealed what shoe elimination day looked like. And, not surprisingly, my large variety of running shoes (brands and styles) were still ‘in the running’ to be my next top shoe.
However, the dirty-behind-the-scenes truth is – I don’t have a top shoe. I rotate out different shoes to give my feet some variety. It’s like running on a different surface and the variety helps to keep my feet from having recurring ‘trouble spots’. That being said, I do have a new favorite joining the rotation: the Saucony Triumph 10. My pads will be glad when it’s time to Triumph!
Here’s what I mean about shoe rotation. Last Sunday I ran the RNR LA Half in some Brooks. However, I needed to do a full 20 miles so I came home and switched those out for the new Triumphs. Best decision I made all day. I’d only put a couple miles on the Triumphs at that point, so while not yet race-ready, they were perfect for 7 more miles on a treadmill.
All About Saucony Triumph 10
These kicks are coming out THIS MONTH (Nov 2012) so look for them at your local running store and give them a spin. Word is they are retailing for a $130 or so, which is a premium price. However, from what I’ve learned and experienced, this is a premium shoe.
Line: Triumph is a line of shoes that Saucony has developed for neutral runners. It is a light weight shoe (10 ounces or so) with lots of cushion and a lower heel profile at 8mm.
Style: What can I say? It’s a sexy lookin shoe. I’m no fashionista but I do have my own sense of aesthetics and this is definitely a shoe I would pluck off the wall simply because of looks. But this is just superficial stuff so I’m going to move on. I generally care more about how a shoe performs than how pretty it is and you probably agree.
Design: First thing I noticed was the outer mesh = breathable. ❤ The second thing I noticed, as I put them on, was that the upper part of the shoe is SUPER thin. Maybe I’m getting used to my hardy trail shoes. But of course, this helps make them very light weight.
Looking around the shoe I noticed some more things I thought were interesting. So I checked into them. This part gets a little technical.
- PowerGrid = PowerFoam + Grid Technology: This is what they call the foam they inject into the shoe mold. It’s apparently high-end stuff and trademarked by Saucony. Their unique PowerFoam material is combined with something called Grid Technology, giving you superior cushion when you land and making sure each part of the shoe responds well as you move.
- Sauc-Fit: This is how they design the upper part of the shoe to fit your foot. It is supposed to help keep the middle of your foot and your heel secure and provide extra comfort.
- HydraMAX: This is the material they use to line the “collar” of the shoe. It is moisture-wicking and super, super soft.
Fit & Feel: I wore these shoes for CrossFit, for walking around, and for running. I would describe them as light, a little roomier than average, and really soft and springy (as in the cushioning in the bottom of the shoe). In spite of the Sauc-Fit technology, I felt like my foot wiggled around too much, so I utilized the extra shoelace eyelet to synch the collar around my foot better. Works every time.
The Triumph has more cushion that I’m used too, which is a nice change. However, I don’t think I’ll wear them for CrossFit as we lift and shift our weight a lot. The additional cushion and roominess of the shoe makes me feel less stable.
For running, the Triumph 10s are like a feet treat. Of course running is the main thing, and these felt like a dream. During the half marathon I ran Sunday morning, the pads of my feet were starting to ache. However, during the 7 miles I did later that afternoon, I didn’t notice that discomfort at all because I had switched to the Triumph 10s. I suspect I’ll be using these for all my midweek runs now.
Upgrades: As this IS a new iteration of the same shoe, what improvements did Saucony make? They gave it even MORE cushion and made it MORE responsive to the movement of your foot. There is a cushion pod underneath the heal that they increased. This is what they call the SRC Impact Zone (Super Rebound Compound) and it helps lessen the shock as you land. They also broke up the outsole on the heel a bit to allow each part of the heel to move more independently. This is intended to let your foot move more naturally from the moment it lands to the moment it launches.
Verdict: While the Triumph 10 does come at a high price point, it would be well worth the money for someone who intends to do a lot of road running and is looking for one great plush and premium shoe to train and race in. Saucony delivers a solid product with a lot of thought put into the materials and design. Saucony is all about helping you #FindYourStrong and the Triumph 10 will definitely help you do that.