Saucony Triumph ISO Review

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At a glance

  • Premium road trainer for a neutral or supinated foot motion 
  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length, overall spacious fit
  • Weight: 10.0 oz. (Men’s Size 9.0) & 8.7 oz. (Women’s size 8.0)
  • 8mm heel-toe offset: 31mm heel, 23mm forefoot
  • Stack height classification: Medium 
  • Arch Height: Low

Verdict

The Saucony Triumph ISO provides exceptional comfort with a plush foot wrap and adaptable fit on an incredibly soft, neutral platform.

“WHOA”

Saucony launched their “WHOA” campaign with this model and it’s hard to argue with this expression once you try on the Triumph ISO. Historically, the Saucony Triumph has been known for its plush underfoot feel and overall premium experience. To take the premium experience to the next level, the latest generation of the Triumph introduces the ISOFIT and PWRGRID+ technologies.

Sizing and Fit

The Triumph ISO is a standard running shoe length. Additionally, it will be available in medium and wide sizing for men and women (Wide 2E: men and D: women). The soft sleeve material and ISOFIT cage will allow runners with slightly wide or narrow feet to feel comfortable in a medium width. However, runners with a truly narrow foot, that prefer a snug fit, may wish to explore a different shoe.

We found the Triumph ISO adaptable to various foot shapes. Upon initial step-in, the ISOFIT sleeve wraps the foot to provide a sock-like fit, while the ISOFIT cage cinches or expands to contour the sleeve to different foot shapes. The ISOFIT sleeve is noticeably secure, yet once in motion the presence of the sleeve disappears. Further, the soft feel of the ISO sleeve makes this shoe an option for runners who prefer to run sockless.

ISOFIT provides adaptive comfort.

ISOFIT provides adaptive comfort.

Underfoot Feel

Likely due to the new PWRGRID+, the Triumph ISO has a phenomenally cushioned underfoot feel. The Triumph ISO impresses with its blend of soft underfoot cushioning and flexibility. On the road, a “spongy” impression is complimented by “bouncy” energy return unique to a shoe with such a soft feel. A slight curvature of the midsole under the toes, paired with good flexibility, allows for a smooth transition from initial foot strike to toe-off. Despite the strong energy return and a smooth transition, the Triumph ISO feels a bit too bulky for uptempo efforts.

Midsole

PWRGRID+ cushioning provides substantial underfoot protection.

 

The 8mm midsole geometry allows for a heel or midfoot strike, atypical of most premium trainers on the market. Runners will notice a more forgiving feel during a heel or midfoot strike with a firmer experience with a forefoot strike. This is likely due to the use of a SRC (Super Rebound Cushioning) decoupled crash pad that allows for more “give” through an initial heel or midfoot strike.

The medium forefoot stack height of the Triumph ISO provides a unique experience, specifically, the protective midsole feels more akin to a “maximalist” running shoe experience without getting, perhaps, too much distance between you and the ground. Also, due to the flared lateral edge of the midsole and outsole of the shoe, runners with a supinated foot motion will find a stable ride through their foot plant with the Triumph ISO. 

Standing out in a crowd

As a premium neutral daily trainer, The Saucony Triumph ISO competes with the Brooks Glycerin 12, Nike Vomero 9, and the ASICS Nimbus 16. Of these shoes, the Saucony Triumph will be the lightest, just a touch softer than its competitors, and provide an adaptable fit experience that distinguishes the Triumph ISO in its class.

 

 

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