Who should buy the Saucony Excursion TR 9

For trail or off-road runners who look for a hybrid neutral running shoe that can also do well on the road, the 9th version of the Saucony Excursion TR series is a solid option. Built primarily for rough and uneven terrains, this shoe can handle both trail and road running sessions.

Saucony Excursion TR 9 logo

Multi-directional gripping lugs 

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.

Saucony Excursion TR 9 outsole grip

The XT-600 is also used in the Saucony Excursion 12 and other running shoes from Saucony. 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.

Saucony Excursion IMEVA Technology

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.

Saucony Excursion TR 9 midsole cushion

The Heel Grid Technology is an additional unit in the heel section that gives more cushioning. Because 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.

Durable, customizable fit for trail runners

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.

Saucony Excursion TR 9 overlay

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.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 11.3oz / Women 9oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Saucony Excursion TR 14
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 26mm

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