DiscontinuedUpdate: Saucony Breakthru 4
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 8.5ozWomen: 7.4oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 23mmWomen: 23mm
Forefoot heightMen: 15mmWomen: 15mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard, Wide
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83 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
It's not gonna last you as long as the Triumphs, but it's gonna give you a nice, firmer, responsive feel.
For runners looking to make that step down to the lightweight shoes training cycle, the Breakthru is a good transition.
I haven’t run in the Breakthru, but it looks like a great all-around platform with very good outsole coverage, and v2 puts a new more streamlined upper on it that I was told would have a roomier forefoot.
Although it’s lightweight, it’s durable enough to be used for daily training.
Updates to Saucony Breakthru 2
- A new Flex Film upper that does away with substantial overlays gives the Breakthru 2 a very nice upgrade where irritation-reduction and better toe room are concerned. This is also one of the reasons why the shoe is a bit lighter than the past version.
- Saucony made the sole a bit firmer and more responsive to make it a doable race day shoe while it functions primarily as a lightweight trainer.
- The upper is a more relaxed mesh that improves the breathability of the former tightly-woven version of the original.
- More reflective materials all over the shoe, including parts of the outsole enhance the shoe’s visibility in low-light areas. This will be of great help when running after work or just before dawn where lighting is less than ideal.
Saucony Breakthru 2 size and fit
Saucony makes the Breakthru 2 of standard fit like the previous model, but has added a bit more room in the toebox. Runners with medium measurements from the heel to the forefoot will find the fit very comfortable. Available widths are D and B while sizes are 6.5 to 17 for the men’s and 5 to 13 for the women’s.
The outsole is a mixture of Saucony’s technologies in the softer IBR+ rubber for better traction and the very sturdy XT900 for superb durability. Saucony uses moderate treads for versatile grip on the road. The XT900 outsole material is also used in the 4th version of the Saucony Breakthru.
The midsole houses the Powergrid foam for shock attenuation and cushioning properties. There is also Saucony’s Super Lite EVA or SSL EVA for lightweight cushioning with superb bounce back features.
A mesh upper with thin, welded overlays called the Flex Film deliver great breathability and very nice foot-wrapping comfort. The RunDry collar is moisture-wicking and helps with the plush feel.