The Triumph 5’s were the first Saucony shoes I ever owned; a simplistic white and red trainer that sacrificed weight reduction in order to provide a large amount of cushioning. While this was great for longer running, the shoe just didn’t provide the sort of response needed for a faster paced type run. Being a middle distance runner that completes a lot of ‘up tempo’ type runs, the trade-off for a lighter weight more responsive shoe like the Saucony Ride over an abundance of cushioning was an easy decision to make.
With each iteration of the Triumph range Saucony have aimed to minimise weight while maintaining the level of comfort that have made their shoes so popular. It was only until the introduction of the 9th edition that incorporated the new PowerGrid system that I truly became a fan of the shoe. This moulded compound made the shoes 15% lighter, 30% more durable and aimed to centre the foot strike so that the impact was more evenly distributed; resulting in a more responsive feel compared to the previous ProGrid EVA makeups.
The most exciting aspect of the Saucony footwear is the continued innovation and leaps of faith the brand appears to be making to improve their line of shoes. By the end of the 2014, Saucony made a bold statement by completely revamping their Triumph and Hurricane series of shoes during the release of their ISOfit range, which was significantly different to previous versions and other equivalent shoes available on the market. The ISO series merges an inner mesh wrap with the outer frame that fits around your foot like a sock, providing a more secure and comfortable fit. While maintaining the 8mm heel drop it adopted in 2009, Saucony have also added slightly more cushioning and an innovative new lacing system, making the shoe perfect for runners like myself that require a stable shoe that keep the foot secure especially on the longer runs.
The difficulty when designing footwear is to prolong the life of cushioning available in the shoe while not over dampening the response. Keeping to the bold statements, Saucony have released a brand new cushioning material called Everun, which aims to prolong the cushioning properties while maintaining a high 83% rate of energy return. Incorporating Everun on top of the mid-sole and lateral heel has made the shoe feel softer and more flexible under the foot as well as improve the feel of rear foot landings. The ISO 2 also includes the new Tri-Flex design, which should improve the flexibility and make the shoe feel livelier. The most impressive part regarding the update is the fact that both the PWRGRD+ midsole material and ISOfit upper of its predecessor have also been incorporated, yet it has still managed to maintain the overall weight.
The Saucony Triumph ISO range has been perfect for all my longer runs around Westerfolds and Centennial Park thus far, especially when having to negotiate several miles of road and concrete. For the runner looking for a long lasting shoe that provides an abundance of cushioning perfect for longer runs on all types of terrain as well as a high level of response, the new Saucony Triumph ISO2 shoes would be my recommendation.
Saucony Truimph ISO2 Everun is available at selected stores and online.
Written by Eddy Vining – Australian Middle Distance Athlete.
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