Saucony Men's Triumph 18 Trail Running Shoe
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When I first opened the box and saw the colors I immediately became excited. I couldn’t wait to put them on and take them out for a test run. THOMAS: Saucony is killing it this year. The quality and breadth of their lineup is as good as any Saucony has ever produced over the years and as good as any competitor. The Triumph fits the traditional daily trainer mold with a nice midsole upgrade. I imagine the runner that wants a bread and butter trainer will enjoy this shoe.
Also, this shoe is not light. My W7.5 came in at 9.6 ounces (272 grams). That’s entirely too heavy for a neutral daily trainer these days, even one with a lot of cushion. Shop Triumph 18 – Men Shop Triumph 18 – Women Saucony Triumph 18 Conclusion Lots of brands market their trainers as max-cushioned and use terms such as “pillowy soft” and “cloud-like” but in reality, the ride isn’t soft at all. The upper, midsole and outsole have all changed but the Triumph 18 performs only slightly differently to the Triumph 17. It definitely is an overall improvement but a small one.
The Triumph 19 shines among the crowd with one key detail for those who are shopping for a new pair of running shoes: Great cushioning. This makes the Saucony model ideal for hefty runners. Perfect to wear for long-distance training, the Triumph 19 has a sole with a sufficient grip and excellent flexibility, rendering it immaculate for training on smooth terrain such as asphalt. The weight here is low, tipping the scales at only 258 grams, making it an extremely nimble model that wouldn't feel noticeable on the go. All of the yellow rubber from heel to forefoot appears to be of the same firmness with the green medial piece, for a touch of support firmer. Note also in the picture above that the midfoot cut out to the medial side in the T18 is narrower while its center cavity is also narrower but deeper. In combination with the darker green firmer rubber now at mid foot, replacing crystal rubber, we have a more stable flatter feel at mid foot, less arch pressure and I think a slightly smoother transition if not quite as snappy as T17’s. Again the focus on comfort and cushion through and through here.
The FormFit system of insole, midsole side sculpting, and shaped lower board conform perfectly to the bottom of the foot and are not the usual, everything flat below. Most all 2020 Ssucony have this excellent system. Added up you are nestled to the platform, totally secure, and comfortable with no rigid elements contrasting. For those doing long training days that possibly start or end in the dark, there’s a great reflective strip on the heel of this shoe that lights up brightly when needed, keeping you safer in low light. The step-in feel is heavenly. We found that this shoe is comfortable right out of the box and requires zero breaking-in. Triumph 18 is not built for speed The laces of the Triumph 18 are the same as those found on the Triumph 17. They are soft and stretchy and begin to fray and get fluffy over time. Minor design choices such as the embossed “18” on the heel and well-placed reflective elements add to the professional feel. However, upon lifting the shoe for the first time, the high weight is quite apparent—never desirable, but the hope is that weight will lead to comfort, durability, and a ride that’s not possible in a lighter shoe.
You need a stability shoe, due to overpronation (flat feet). The most comfortable stability shoe from Saucony is Hurricane 22. The design and brightness of neon orange that dominates the front of the shoe just sells the shoe. The color is called “VIZIPRO.” This color and model have reflective details that help provide visibility in low-light situations. A great choice for those who are early morning or sunset runners. There are now reflective strips on the heel and the tongue while the Saucony logos are also reflective for better night visibility.
It’s soft without being mushy, it’s responsive without being firm and it’s not as heavy as older TPU foams. THOMAS: The Triumph 18 is heavy. No way around it, and during runs, I didn’t forget it. This kid is in need of a 2-ounce diet. Maybe I just don’t need that much PWRRUN+ underfoot. This review is written in July/August, and the temps and humidity levels are unreal here in the mid-Atlantic, so the soup may influence this next critique, but the upper is warm. Not a lot of airflow getting through the canopy. The extra padding in the tongue and collar doesn’t help keep you cool either. Lastly, I rarely get hot spots in a shoe. Every time I ran in the Triumph 18, I got a warm burning sensation behind my left big toe. I don’t wear the same shoe two days in a row. I noticed that the hot spot came and went away with the Triumph. It wasn’t so painful, and there were no tears in the rain. The big difference between the Triumph 18 and other top-tier neutral trainers is that it has the flair of new-age midsole materials.
The consistent rubber firmness contributes to a very consistent feel underfoot from heel landing to toe off and a slightly more cushioned and stable feel than the 17. The engineered jacquard mesh of the Triumph 18 is more breathable and feels thinner than on the previous version but it’s still one of the warmer shoes on the market and is more suited to cooler climates. Could it lose more weight? Sure, but it’s more manageable than past iterations, and even though it’s technically heavier than the Endorphin Shift 2 (10 ounces) we recently reviewed, it feels lighter thanks to its peppier midsole. Durability ok, grip great