The Triumph 17! Saucony has eliminated their ISO fit system for their 2020 shoes, so the Triumph goes back to a traditional naming scheme after 5 versions with the ISO name/system. Basically a complete revamp of the shoe, the Triumph 17 changes midsoles, outsoles, and uppers – creating an entirely different experience in the shoe. The Boost-like EVERUN is replaced by an even more Boost-like PWRRUN+ midsole, which is a little lighter, a little more springy, and a little softer.
Saucony Triumph ISO 5 vs Triumph 17
Despite changing the fit system away from their ISO fit technology and moving to a traditional FORMFIT system, the new Triumph 17 still provides a comfortable, hugging lacing and fit system that allows for a wide range of foot types to be comfortable in the shoe. The overall fit is pretty standard, but the new plush upper is a little snugger than previous versions. It is flexible enough that you wouldn’t describe it as constricting, but something to feel as you put the shoe on. Overall, it might be slightly on the narrow side of the spectrum, so those typically needing a wider shoe might have to look elsewhere.
The upper is plush and comfortable. You notice the softness immediately upon step-in, and that soft feel continues through the run. Saucony has greatly improved on the upper feel, creating a truly premium-feeling shoe. The softness doesn’t stop when you get up to run. The Triumph 17 certainly fulfills Saucony’s design principle of creating a soft, plush neutral trainer. The new PWRRUN+ foam is a slight variance from the EVERUN that cushioned the Triumph ISO 5, and it’s a pretty big improvement. Visually looking like an Adidas Boost clone, the PWRRUN+ feels the part as well, providing a really good balance between soft cushion and energy return. It is certainly a max-cushioned trainer, but it provides a light, playful character that EVERUN lacked. While not as soft as a HOKA or Mizuno Wave Sky, it holds its own against most of the maximum-cushioned whoes on the wall and feels lighter and springier than most of them.
Designed as a neutral trainer, the Triumph really doesn’t seem to have much inherent stability to prevent pronation. It is best used by neutral runners.
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Saucony Triumph vs Ride:
In their newest versions (Triumph 17 vs Ride ISO 2), the two shoes are between updates, with the Triumph having upgraded away from the ISO fit system and EVERUN and the older Ride still having those “older” technologies. While the two shoes have pretty different design principles, with the Triumph designed as being softer, plusher, and more luxurious. Each fulfills those design principles, with the Triumph feeling higher, softer, and just being more shoe overall. The Ride is a little lighter on the scale, and you feel that slight bit of difference on-foot. The Ride is wider, but not enough that it’s going to necessitate a size change from your regular size. Length is true-to-size on both. Neither is going to provide much stability, so both are good options for neutral runners.
Saucony Triumph vs Freedom:
A somewhat odd comparison in everything except price-point, the Triumph 17 vs Freedom ISO 2 is actually an interesting comparison once you get them on your feet. While the two use very different means to get there, each manages to provide a unique balance of cushion, springiness, and lightness. The Freedom gets there with an exclusively EVERUN midsole with a really minimal upper to create a minimal shoe that’s trying to be soft while the Triumph uses an abundance of PWRRUN+ to provide some spring and lightness to a big soft shoe. The Freedom is a little lighter, and because of how minimal the shoe is, it feels it. The drop on the Freedom (4mm) really sets it apart from the Triumph at a more traditional 8mm. The Triumph provides a little more versatility, with the Freedom providing almost no guidance for your foot’s flexibility.
Saucony Triumph vs Brooks Glycerin:
Having a similar overall conceptual goal of providing a consistently high level of cushion and soft step-in feel, the Triumph 17 and Brooks Glycerin 17 both really fulfill those goals and feel pretty similar. For as soft and plush as the Triumph is, the Glycerin is a little more. For as comforting and luxurious as the Triumph feels when stepping in, the Glycerin takes it just a little further. The Triumph does feel a little lighter, lower, and a little more springy. Overall, the Glycerin is much snugger than the Triumph, so much so that runners with a wider foot might have to size up, as the Glycerin is also a little on the short side. Neither provides much stability and are good options for neutral runners.