Verdict from 4 experts and 34 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Fit: The Canyon TR's upper hugs the foot nicely and the overlays complement it, ensuring security and stability.
  • Upper comfort: Runners claim it's "one of the best uppers" they've experienced in 2020. It's protective, durable, and flexible. 
  • Traction: Experts report that the shoe has a good grip on various, less technical terrains. It bit well on dirt, loose gravel, pavement, and more. 
  • Cushion: It's neither too soft nor too rigid but has enough padding for comfort during long runs. 

7 reasons not to buy

  • Instability: Runners find it "tippy" on uneven, rocky terrain. They attribute it to the shoe's height and very narrow heel. 
  • Heavy: A lot of reviewers agree that the shoe is VERY heavy. After running just 20 miles, their feet were tired. 
  • Lack of pop: There's plenty of cushion but it's not responsive.
  • Not for wet surfaces: According to testers, the Saucony Canyon TR feels like "ice skates" when running in wet conditions. 
  • Heel slip: There are reviewers who experienced this, saying that they had to implement heel-lock lacing to feel secure. 
  • Warm: The majority find the shoe "not breathable." After running under 90-degree F heat, their feet felt very hot.
  • Narrow toe box: Wide-footed runners have experienced rubbing on the outside of their pinky toes. For those with wide feet, they recommend getting the Switchback 2 or the Mad River TR 2.

Bottom line

Intended to bridge the gap between road and trail shoes, the Canyon TR simply fails. It's too heavy for road running and lacks the traction that the trail demands. In short, "it's mediocre at best in each respective use." 

If you've tried the Nike Pegasus 37, the Saucony Canyon TR can very much be considered as its heftier version only that it's tagged as a trail shoe. 

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Saucony Canyon TR: "Road to trail and back again"  

A highly cushioned hybrid shoe from Saucony, the Canyon TR delivers versatile traction and maximum protection. Designed with a tread layout that's more minimal than regular trail shoes, it generates a less aggressive grip that's suitable for moderately technical trails and road sections. For comfort and protection, especially during long runs, the shoe features an ample amount of PWWRUN foam.

Canyon TR: The functions

What it's for:

  • Long, slow runs 
  • Moderate and less technical terrain 
  • Single-track trails
  • Packed dirt trails
  • Dirt roads 
  • Pavement 

What it isn't for: 

  • Short, tempo runs
  • Loose terrain
  • Steep off-trail surfaces

Rankings

How Saucony Canyon TR ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 13% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Bottom 10% Saucony running shoes
All Saucony running shoes
Bottom 10% maximalist running shoes
All maximalist running shoes

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.