Facts

Discontinued
Update: Excursion TR 10
Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Water repellent
Price
$70
Weight
M: 319g | W: 254g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 26mm | W: 26mm
Forefoot height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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.

Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The mesh and synthetic upper maintain breathable coverage that’s comfortable at the same time.

  • The soft fabric lining and padded interior secure the foot and make it easier for the foot to stay in place, according to some testers.

  • The Molded IMEVA makes up the bulk of the mid-sole cushioning system, which is responsible for the lightweight underfoot support and shock absorption.

  • A significant number of runners noticed the reliable impact protection in the heel area.

  • The outsole unit of the Excursion TR 9 was able to provide durable protection and traction over the trails based on some comments.

  • The Saucony Excursion TR 9 is affordable.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The men’s version of the Excursion TR 9 is moderately heavy.

  • Some runners noted that it was stiffer than the previous version.

  • Others criticized the low-quality stitching, which easily got loose.

  • A few felt that it was a bit narrow in the forefoot area.

Bottom line

The Excursion TR 9 from Saucony offers durability, comfort and breathable coverage to trail runners. The trail-specific outsole delivers reliable traction on technical terrains and impressive underfoot protection while the upper of the shoe wraps the foot comfortable while giving support throughout the run. This trail running shoe is designed for neutral runners.



World wide, Excursion TR 9 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Saucony, is the 6th most popular.

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Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 543 ratings

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Updates to Excursion TR 9

The 9th version of the Saucony Excursion TR is a neutral running shoe that’s built for the trails. The trail-optimized outsole design and features make it formidable on rough and uneven terrain, but it can also do well as a road running shoe. The gripping lugs on the external sole aren’t too aggressive, so it can handle flat surfaces. It’s able to provide protection, comfort and security to every run.

Strength and breathability are important functions of the upper unit. For this running shoe, it uses a hardy mesh material that lasts long, even after many uses. Stitched-on overlays add to the structure of the upper while also delivering a snug yet customizable fit. The interior sleeve is padded and lined with smooth fabric, so the runner gets comfort all the time.

The mid-sole unit of the Excursion TR 9 uses some of the most well-known foam technologies on the running shoe market. Underfoot cushioning is adequate and it even affords shock absorption. The platform is able to carry the runner comfortably through rugged surfaces and long activities.

The outsole unit uses aggressive materials to make sure that the shoe is able to hold onto the surfaces with sureness and ease. A strong rubber protects the sole unit from wear and abrasion. Multi-directional gripping lugs add more tractions, though they’re not too prominent. They can transition well onto the roads.

Excursion TR 9 size and fit

The Saucony Excursion TR 9 is true to its size. It comes in different sizes that follow the measurements for men and women. The medium width is available for this model, so it can accommodate the foot that is medium-sized. Its semi-curved shape also welcomes the natural shape of the human foot.

Outsole

The XT-600™ is an outsole rubber compound that protects the shoe from the harsh and abrasive nature of the trails and the roads. Made from carbon rubber, it can also hold onto the surfaces well, giving dependable traction whenever it is needed.

The outsole uses multi-directional gripping lugs to assist in holding onto the various surfaces. It can handle uphill climbs and downhill traversals. They don’t stick out obviously, making the shoe efficient when transitioning to the roads.

Midsole

The IMEVA or Injection Molded Ethylene vinyl acetate is a full-length mid-sole foam that delivers responsible cushioning to the runner at all times. It doesn’t have a substantial weight, so the runner won’t feel that the platform is dragging them down. It’s responsive and durable, and it even offers shock attenuation for a better and smoother foot strike.

The Heel Grid Technology is an additional unit in the heel section that gives more cushioning. sBecause the rear part of the foot is the one that carries most of the body’s weight, it deserves additional comfort and support. The Heel Grid absorbs shock and keeps the heel balanced throughout the run.

Upper

A breathable mesh makes up the majority of the upper unit. It has an open construction, therefore allowing air to enter the shoe to make a well-ventilated environment for the foot. This durable material doesn’t tear apart easily, so it lasts long.

Durable synthetic overlays are placed on top of the mesh. They’re stitched onto the material and connected directly to the lacing system. When the shoelaces are adjusted, they cause the upper unit to follow suit, giving the runner a customizable fit.

A soft fabric lining gives the runner a comfortable and non-irritating in-shoe feel. It doesn’t cause any pressure points or warm parts, so it prevents welts and blisters.

The plush tongue and collar help in securing the foot and keeping it in place. It also adds a bit of cushioning to keep the foot comfortable.


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