Verdict from 1 expert and 17 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Triumph 12 has an Air Mesh upper provides breathable coverage that isn’t heavy.
  • The Moisture Wicking Lining and the HydraMAX Collar Lining staves off moisture, thus maintaining a dry and cool interior environment.
  • The ProGrid and ResponTek platform mixes materials that absorb shock and provide smoother transitions throughout the gait.
  • A Molded Sock Liner cradles the arch, affording additional stability and control over the stance of the wearer.
  • The XT-900 outsole material, combined with the IBR+, affords the wearer high levels of durability and traction over the roads.
  • Reviewers generally welcomed the color and design choices that are available for this shoe, making it more appealing and interesting to look at.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the complaints about this shoe were about its stiff nature, which limited the natural movement capability of the foot.
  • Some of the testers noted that the upper and sole unit wore out easily after a few months of use.
  • The 12th version of the Triumph has an expensive price.
  • The men’s version of this running shoe is moderately heavy.

Bottom line

The Triumph 12 from Saucony is a stand-out model for many runners who need stability and efficient performance. It’s comfortable, appeasing to the eyes, and capable of reducing the rate of pronation, which are ideal components for extended trainings and races.

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Good to know

  • The 12th iteration of the Saucony Triumph gives the runner a very plush and comfortable underfoot experience. Featuring an upper technology that allows the foot to feel a sock-like fit, and a mid-sole foam technology that’s efficient in delivering balanced cushioning, this running shoe was crafted to encourage runners to perform at their best.
  • The upper unit of this reliable running shoe uses a breathable fabric to cover the foot in a well-ventilated manner. This material is soft and responsive, so it keeps the foot comfortable at all times. The ISOFIT technology conforms to the movements and shape of the foot, essentially allowing a sock-like fit.
  • The mid-sole unit features a cushioning system that delivers a well-balanced underfoot experience that’s soft and mildly springy. Lightweight, but durable this mid-sole material delivers 20% more cushioning than most foam units. Shock absorption is also afforded by the platform.
  • Saucony’s lightweight outsole unit material gives the mid-sole reliable protection from wear and tear. Two rubber compounds make up this layer. One delivers durable shielding while the other doles out extra cushioning and flexibility, particularly during the toe-off phase.

The Saucony Triumph 12 has a standard running shoe length. Men and women’s versions come in sizes that follow the regular measurements. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections have a medium-width, so it accommodates the runner with a medium-sized foot. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe also lets the natural shape of the foot to acclimate well to it.


The XT-900™ is a carbon rubber material that’s placed in specific sections of the outsole where abrasion and wear are likely to be observed. It shields the mid-sole unit from damage while also delivering traction.

The IBR+ or Injected Blown Rubber is a rubber material that’s more pliable and responsive. It’s 33% lighter than most outsole layers, but it still delivers dependable protection. It also adds a bit of cushioning, so each step stays supported.


The PWRGRID+ is a mid-sole foam that uses a grid system to distribute cushioning responsibly and equally. It’s durable and reliable, and it even gives 20% more cushioning than most mid-sole foams.

The SRC Impact Zone is a unit in the platform that manages shock when landing the foot on the ground. It absorbs shock and keeps the foot at ease when taking each step. Striking the foot on the ground becomes less strenuous to the runner.


A mesh material that has an open construction is used in the upper unit of the Triumph 12. It is soft and comfortable, while an open construction allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe and keep the foot cool and dry.

The ISOFIT technology creates a dynamic-fit system that adapts to the shape and motion of the wearer. It basically makes the upper feel like wearing a sock. The interior material is smooth and non-irritating to the skin, so welts and blisters are prevented.

The open toe box design allows the forefoot section some wiggle room. It lets the toes spread naturally, giving a more natural stride, especially during the toe-off phase.

How Triumph 12 compares

This shoe: 86
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: $140
All shoes average: $119
$40 $300
This shoe: 9oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
2.8oz 15.4oz
Author
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.

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