Facts

Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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.

Price
$110
Weight
Men: 9.2oz
Women: 8.1oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 4mm
Women: 4mm

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.

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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:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners took note of how lightweight the Nomad TR is as compared to other trail running shoes.
  • A significant number of runners applauded the cushioning and flexibility of this shoe.
  • The inner material of the Saucony Nomad TR is very smooth and comfortable as mentioned in some reviews.
  • This shoe features a PWRTRAC outsole for excellent traction and durability.
  • It comes with an oblique toe shape for exceptional fit.

3 reasons not to buy

  • As some reviews mentioned, the shoe is not breathable enough especially when used in warm condition.
  • The width of the Nomad TR runs wide, which is not impressive to narrow-footed runners.
  • Some runners felt that toe protection needs improvement for rocky surfaces.

Bottom line

The Saucony Nomad TR is a neutral running shoe that performs well on short trail running. It has a firm cushioning and impressive grip. It is prized by some runners for being comfortable, lightweight and durable.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 88 ratings

5 star
53%
4 star
24%
3 star
14%
2 star
6%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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82 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 60 / 100 by Rob Andro • Rob Andro • Level 4 expert

    There is something wrong with the upper as I almost came out of my shoe in one of my runs.

  • 80 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David • Level 3 expert

    For those who love firm, responsive cushioning, I would definitely recommend this.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The Nomad’s ride echoes that of the Kinvara—much more so than the Kinvara TR model Saucony released a few years back.

  • 80 / 100 by Runblogger • David Henry • Level 4 expert

    If Saucony could lighten the shoe up with a more stripped-back, open mesh upper, and snug up the fit a bit in the midfoot, along with potentially decreasing the lug thickness on the outsole, I think the shoe would feel much more nimble and still offer the nice comfortable ride/fit that the Nomad has at a lighter weight. 

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kelly Shelton • Level 3 expert

    The Saucony Nomad TR is an incredibly comfortable trail shoe perfect for hard-packed dirt and gravel trails. The fit is superior and the sole is grippy and tacky without being sticky.

  • 92 / 100 by Austin Fit Magazine • Cregg Weinmann • Level 3 expert

    Nomad TR successfully fills the gap in Saucony’s RAW collection, and its versatile traction, adaptable fit, and good protection earned it our award for Best Trail Shoe for Winter 2015–16.

  • 80 / 100 by Trail Run Magazine • Chris Ord • Level 3 expert

    So a good shoe for those trying to transition to a forefoot strike but liable to get lazy and drop technique as tiredness sets in.

  • 77 / 100 by 220 Triathlon • Matt Baird • Level 3 expert

    There’s a definite lack of protection in the outsole and toe-box, though, and we have serious reservations about the durability of the former.

  • 91 / 100 by Running Network LLC • Running Network • Level 2 expert

    The Nomad TR successfully fills the gap in Saucony’s RAW collection, and its versatile traction, adaptable fit, and good protection earned it our award for Best Trail Shoe for Winter 2015–16.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Competitor • Lisa Jhung • Level 2 expert

    It’s a unique all-around shoe with a stable, uninhibited ride that is fairly versatile for most trail running applications.

  • 85 / 100 by Gearist • Tanya Slosberg • Level 2 expert

    My runs with the Nomad were nothing short of pleasurable.

  • 92 / 100 by Jayson's Running Adventure • Jayson • Level 1 expert

    To be honest, I’ve only run in them twice but they do feel great. The toe box is enormous compared to the Kinvara, and the whole shoe just has more girth than the Kinvara. It does offer some support but I’d say it is still a shoe for a minimalist especially with it’s only 4mm drop.

  • 90 / 100 by The Great Outdoors • The Great Outdoors • Level 1 expert

    I’d say if you are looking for a shoe for low-level trail walking or running, then the cushioning and grip make the Nomad TR a great option.

  • 85 / 100 by Marissa Schroder • Daniel • Level 1 expert

    I greatly enjoyed testing these shoes simply by the fact that it encouraged me to continually explore running on a variety of surfaces just because that is what these shoes were made for.

  • 82 / 100 by Endurance Magazine • Miwangi Gitahi • Level 1 expert

    The Nomad TR is for use on trails, primarily packed dirt, light gravel, and grass, although its light feel and cushion makes it tolerable for short distances on asphalt.

  • 82 / 100 by Mad Runner • Mad Runner • Level 1 expert

    On humid, wet, slippery conditions, this shoe grips very well

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Updates to Saucony Nomad TR

  • The Saucony Nomad TR features the brand’s PWRTRAC technology that delivers impressive traction. The hexagonal pattern in the outsole keeps runners upright on various terrains.
  • The shoe also features the new oblique toe shape that delivers great fit and allows toe splay for a more comfortable running experience.

Saucony Nomad TR size and fit

The sizing of the Nomad TR is of standard measurement. The heel, midfoot and forefoot area of the shoe have standard measurements, giving a great fit to those with regular foot shape and size. This shoe is available in standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s.


Outsole

The Nomad TR uses the PWRTRAC outsole technology, a tacky rubber that delivers excellent traction. Its hexagonal pattern adapts efficiently to various trail surfaces. It has high-abrasion resistant capacity, adding longevity to the shoe’s outsole.


Midsole

The midsole uses the PowerGrid Technology that gives 20% more cushioning compared to the regular midsoles. It also delivers efficient shock absorption and energy-return for a responsive ride.


Upper

The shoe has a one-piece upper construction in which the tongue is directly attached to the upper. It delivers a sock-like fit while keeping out debris. It works well with the closed mesh on the upper that prevents debris from entering the shoe without affecting breathability and comfort.

The Saucony Nomad TR uses its FlexFilm Technology that offers unmatched strength and comfort. Together with the internal support strap, the shoe delivers impressively secure and snug fit.