Saucony Triumph 18 Review

DATE 9 Dec , 2020
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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
  • More protective, softer, higher, and simply more shoe
  • Overall, the 18 comes the closest to a marshmallow-like feel in a traditional trainer
  • While the 17 was nice, stepping into the shoe is even more comfortable – it’s a really plush, premium experience
  • The PWRRUN+ midsole is still springy and bouncy – so despite it’s plush nature, you don’t feel like you’re running in sand
  • Overall width is similar, but the toebox is bigger – especially in terms of depth, but also width
  • The 18 still feels like a Triumph, but with the critical aspects of the shoe really amplified
Fit
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.
Feel
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.
 Function
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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