TRIUMPH TO SAUCONY
Triumph ISO 2
The Triumph is the absolute topnotch design of the brand Saucony. It is a neutral pair of running shoes, with wide cushioning. The special features of the Triumph, is the upper layer, which they call the ISO-fit, that according to the manufacturer adapts to the shape of our feet, and the Everun cushions, which give significant attenuation at impact with the ground.
What does it mean?
The Saucony running shoes factory was founded in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, by the river Saucony. The waves are even featured on the side of the shoes, and relate back to the river, as you might have guessed.
The name Triumph is not a subtle name to give a pair of running shoes, but what else do you expect from a top category design?
ISO-fit: if it were a mattress, it would be called memory foam, if a pair of ski boots, thermo lining.
Everun: this is the copyright of the sole cushioning, the meaning speaks for itself, I believe it refers to the durability of the fabric. It’s a good name.
What do I see?
My personal view of the brand regarding fashion is, that it was never the most desirable one of all the available brands, but most certainly one of the oldest brands, so therefore we are inclined to believe in their professionalism and experience, and there are a lot of people out there, who close their eyes to being constantly in vogue, and instead opt for a stable and reliable brand.
This year however, it seems like they have woken up, and ventured in to new frontiers, such as creating a for Saucony not so usual color scheme.
I think it was about time. My immediate choice was the purple-cyclamen-white combination, and to tell you the truth, I simply just love it. But I have to admit, that the sole is not elegant…what I am trying to say, is that the shoes are a little bit HOKA like shoes, which they have splendidly succeded to counteract with a clever optical illusion, in my case with a cyclamen line on the side of the shoe. The illusion is not bad, however I still somehow miss this solution inside the shoe, where the white medical sole runs along all the way inside it. Thus it isn’t a sign of Italian designing skills, but this is not the reason for why we love the Saucony design. So then why? Because of what we feel.
So what do I feel?
At first it is a total “wow” feeling.
I am used to a much more puritan pair of shoes. The best way to explain this, is when you have inherited a pair of retro ski boots from your parents, and then try on a pair of luxurious thermo lined pair ones.
The softness, the delicateness everywhere: on the side, under, above and in fact all around.
So, the comfort feeling is 5 points. I would like to highlight the solution of the tongue, that normally takes it all in my case, when it comes to running shoes.
Cut in one piece of breathable fabric, attached to the shoe itself. Directly above the arch of the foot, the tongue places itself on our foot with an incredible softness and cushioning, however again at the expense of elegance, since it gives the impression of a tongue of a St.Bernard dog in extreme heat.
However, the reference is not completely justified, because it does not slide off to the side, which is one of my main issues with a running shoe.
So, I will give the tongue not only 5, but 6 points!
I believe that the same fabric might have been inserted behind the heel, however possibly with somewhat less quantity. My heels are my Achilles heels, (pun intended!) so in this case I am particularly pleased.
I am also very pleased with the shoe laces. Here the designers have again left behind the usual design for regular running shoes, and have opted for a rubber and elastic plastic mix, and have managed to come up with a very good solution for the elasticity of the actual pressure used.
The manufacturer calls it a “floating supporting-cage”, that will rock your feet – well, to be sure I could not have expressed it better.
In the front of the shoe, there is enough space left for long range running, although I have to admit that I have unusually lean feet, but when I look at the somewhat duck feet like front, I believe it would be enough for an average foot as well.
While I was running, I was not aware of my feet. There were no smaller irritating pains, that a practiced runner is normally used to, and can accept. I was simply concentrated on running, and a really good pair of shoes support that feeling.
This is top performance from Saucony.
My running range (Pro)
All the fabrics, including the cushioning of the top layers and the attenuation of the sole layers, will make the shoes potentially heavy. This is naturally diminished with new techniques of high-tech fabrics, that most companies try and incorporate in their new designs, however we should not be expecting miracles. And needless to say, a heavy pair of shoes, are of course not the most flexible ones. So in effect, the Triumph will land in the middle of the spectrum of heavy shoes, and therefore not your ideal pair of competition shoes. It also does not perform too good on short distance ranges, but lo and behold, for longer distances at cruising speed it is your true and professional companion.
We should be confident to take them with us for 20+ kilometer excursions.
The typical sole numbness that I normally experience is a mere bad experience of the past, and regardless the fact, that it is not a supported shoe, I did not feel that my 30+ kilometers range fell apart.
It performs particularly well on lighter terrains, as it compensates well between terrain/asphalt roughness as the pebbles do not pierce our soles, while at the same time holds well on natural soil.
This is of course supported by the deep, dense cross-ridging, which also plays a considerate role in front sole elasticity. Although I must admit, I am not a reliable source in this case, as I am not your classical cross-rolling runner, but in all cases, we should not disregard the importance of the stiffness of the shoe at take off, from the sole front/middle point of view. The rebound – and I am consciously not using jargons – was an ideal experience.
The fabric started showing signs of wear far too soon in the foot bending line area.
At 800 kilometers it almost fell apart. My personal view is, that it is a construction problem, and at this price category, and for a running shoe brand specializing in long range, comfortable pace running, it is totally unacceptable amortization.
Therefore I consider it a pair of expensive shoes – in km. breakdown – as the upper fabric showed signs of wear already at the 800 kilometer mark.
It is not enough that the sole is durable, if it is not paired by the upper fabric layer. I think there is reason for improvement there.
However my overall view is, that that I did fell in love with them.
It’s nice to put them on, it’s nice to run in them, and I am not happy when I have to take them off.
Thank you to Saucony Hungary for giving me the opportunity to test their shoes, and I would like to underline the fact, that I have not been influenced in any way, by anyone in my review in sharing my experiences, as I have only listened to my feet and my running partner: the pink-lilac Saucony Triumph ISO 2.