Saucony Mad River TR 2: So much for so little price

The highlight of the Mad River TR 2 from Saucony is its multi-surface traction, coupled with a more protective midsole. What makes it even more versatile is the fact that it can handle some pounding on the pavement. And it gets even better — all of these benefits come at an affordable price! 

Mad River TR 2: What is it for?

Distance: Middle to long distances


  • Semi-technical trails (where it shines) 
  • Rocky trail (with larger rocks) 
  • Road
  • Gravel pack trail
  • Snow 
  • Ice
  • Loose terrain
  • Steep off-trail terrain 

The Saucony Mad River TR 2 is a trail shoe be "quick at about any terrain" but it does stand out in "cruising long distances" on multiple terrains. 

Saucony Mad River TR 2 vs. 1: The upgrades 

Although the Mad River TR 2 retains some of the hailed features of the first version, it takes thing up a notch by implementing the following:  

  • Enhanced toe box for better toe splay 
  • Newly introduced PWWRUN midsole for impact protection 
  • Added cushioning for better comfort; hence, higher stack height
  • Revamped upper for enhanced water drainage and ventilation 
  • Fit is more secure because of the added midfoot overlays

Nice to know

There Mad River TR 2 has two customizable features: (1) two rows of lace eyelets (inner and outer eyelets) for lockdown fit; and (2) outsole spots where you can drill drainage holes or insert screws for winter running. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.6oz / Women 9.6oz
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 24.5mm
Heel height: 28.5mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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