The Triumph 18! With an almost complete re-design, the 18 slightly tweaks many of the key aspects of the 17. The new Triumph continues to shine, however, as Saucony’s may cushion neutral trainer
Saucony Triumph 18 vs Triumph 17
A pretty standard fit for max cushion shoes, the Triumph may be a little on the wider side. The lacing system and knit upper are flexible enough that a pretty wide range of foot types can feel comfortable, however. The new plush upper is actually not quite as snug as previous versions. It is flexible enough that you wouldn’t describe it as constricting, but still something to feel as you put the shoe on.
The upper is really plush and comfortable. You notice the softness immediately upon step-in, and that soft feel continues through the run. Saucony has continued to improve on the upper feel, creating a truly premium-feeling shoe. The softness doesn’t stop when you get up to run. The Triumph 18 certainly fulfills Saucony’s design principle of creating a soft, plush neutral trainer. 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, it holds its own against most of the maximum-cushioned shoes 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 18 vs Ride 13), 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. One interesting difference is that the Triumph is more flexible and provides a little smoother transition. 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 18 vs Freedom 3 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. Now that both shoes are using PWRRUN+ foam, they now provide a similar overall softness feel , but the Freedom is simply lighter, lower, faster, but less protective. 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 18 and Brooks Glycerin 18 seem to be going in opposite directions with their latest redesigns. The Triumph is now decisively plusher and softer. The Triumph also feels a little lighter and a little more springy/playful. 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.