Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many people claimed the midsole unit of the Saucony Triumph 17 is responsive enough to energize the foot while running. 
  • The underfoot cushioning of this road running shoe is so soft and bouncy, according to several reviewers. 
  • A lot of people were impressed with the lightweight structure of this running gear. 
  • Some users expressed that the overall construction and performance of the Saucony Triumph 17 is a lot better compared to its predecessors. 
  • This running partner offers great traction on varied surfaces, some commenters mentioned. 
  • A few runners noted that the Saucony Triumph is perfect for long-day and easy recovery runs. 
  • Numerous consumers appreciated the brand new look of this running companion. Some of them also mentioned that its stylish design is also great for casual walks. 
  • The rubber material that is used in the outsole unit of the Saucony Triumph 17 was lauded by many purchasers for being highly durable. 
  • Several wearers appreciated the flexible and breathable upper unit of this running shoe

1 reasons not to buy

  • A tester reported that the midsole cushioning of the Saucony Triumph 17 is a bit firm. 

Bottom line

The 17th version of the Saucony Triumph received positive reviews from a lot of satisfied runners and trainers. Aside from the shoe’s stylish design, people also welcomed the updated cushioning system that made the shoe more comfortable and supportive. Consumers were very happy about the shoe’s gripping ability and lightweight construction that both enhance the running speed of the user. Moreover, the majority of the users recommended the Saucony Triumph 17 for being highly durable and breathable. 

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 4% most popular running shoes

Expert Reviews

92 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

  • 99 / 100 |

    Saucony Triumph 17 review: My sole mate

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    I never used to believe in the idea of there being one, single, perfect running shoe for every runner. That was until I took my first run in the Saucony Triumph 17.

    My first run was a 25km Saturday morning run. You know you have something special on your feet when while you're running, you can't stop yourself from smiling like a child with a new favourite toy. 

    I distinctly remember the last time this happened was 10 years ago when I took my first run in my Nike Zoom Vomero 3's.

     

     

    My last pair of Saucony's I bought was the Freedom ISO 2 last year. While being a fantastic daily trainer, I felt the midsole to be too firm and heavy. The Everun foam felt dated. There was also lacing pressure at the top, around the ankle.

    It was a relief to hear that Saucony was changing their Everun midsole foam to a lighter, bouncier material in their upcoming shoe releases. The first shoe to get the new midsole treatment would be the Triumph 17. I knew then that I had to buy it.

    The Triumph 17 is a complete rework. It gets a new, plusher, more comfortable upper, a new, lighter, bouncier midsole made from their new compound Pwrrun+ and also a new outsole layout made from blown and crystal rubber.

     

     

    The result is a perfect combination of comfort, cushioning, and durability. If you have read any of my previous reviews, you'll know that I'm a sucker for a soft shoe, and the Triumph has softness in spades.

    It would be easy to assume that with all this cushioning, it would weigh down the shoe like a lead sinker, but that's where you'd be wrong. The Triumph 17 is even 28% lighter than its predecessor, the Triumph ISO 5, and lighter than other max cushioned shoes like the Ultraboost 20 and the Glycerin 17.

    I'm just going to say this now. The Saucony Triumph 17 is the best shoe I've ever run in.

    Specifications

          Category      Neutral
          Drop      8mm
          Weight      305g
          Price      $150
          Technology      Pwrrun+, FormFit

    Upper & fit

    When it comes to uppers, it's safe to say that Brooks uppers are the gold standard that everyone strives for.

    If you were to blindfold me and hand me the Triumph 17, I would bet my bottom dollar that it's a Brooks upper. That's how good the Triumph 17's FormFit upper is.

     

     

    The plush tongue and heel collar are generously filled with foam, so the upper runs on the warm side.

    The tongue is not sleeved, but bands are attaching the tongue to the sides of the shoe, so there is zero lateral tongue slide. I found the tongue to slide down slightly on runs, but it didn't cause me any discomfort.

     

     

    The heel collar lining is super smooth and rounded at the back, so I had to use all the rows of eyelets to stop my heel slipping out.

     

     

    There are fused on overlays on the midfoot of the upper to provide some structure and visual depth.

    These overlays are a million times more comfortable than Adidas' caged midfoot.

     

     

    There are no hot spots or irritating seams, so the Triumph 17 padded upper fits like a glove.

    It's true to size and has plenty of forefoot room for your feet to splay.

     

     

    I got the blackout version, which looks stealth and very "Batman."

    This version has the midsole painted grey, which is a bonus because white TPU midsoles start to turn yellow over time as they are exposed to air and sun.

     

     

    The Triumph 17 doesn't follow the industry trend of having a knitted upper with a swept back heel counter like the New Balance 1080 v10 or the Ultraboost 20, so the Triumph 17 has a slight "dad" look to them.

    Luckily the blackout version looks more modern and appealing to the younger generations.

     

     

    You also get reflective overlays on the heel, toe cap, midfoot, and below the last row of laces for night visibility. They thought of everything.

    Midsole & ride

    The one single word which defines the Triumph 17's midsole is bouncy. It can go toe to toe with the industry super foam leaders in Nike's ZoomX and Reebok's Floatride.

    It weighs slightly more than ZoomX and Floatride, but it feels like a more "solid" and durable cushioning system.

     

     

    The new Pwrrun+ midsole looks more similar to Adidas Boost than its evolution Everun.

    The TPU pellets are larger and shinier than they used to be when it was called Everun. You can't see the shine in this version because it is painted.

     

     

    It's not often that a product does exactly as advertised, but the hype is real. Saucony's Pwrrun+ midsole is springy and responsive. It's also 25% lighter, so it's an all-round improvement over its predecessor.

    The Triumph 17 was designed for long, easy or recovery runs and that's what it does best. Runs over 20km at speeds slower than 6 minutes per kilometre are where the shoe shines.

     

     

    Transitions are super smooth due to the one-piece midsole.

    Pwrrun+ is made from expanded polyurethane, which means that it is temperature resistant: it won't firm up in cold temperatures either will it get mushy in warm temperatures.

    Stability

    The Triumph 17 is a very stable, neutral shoe with no lean bias.

    The sidewalls of the midsole raise up to create rails that keep the foot centered. The black part of the midsole is the raised part.

     

     

    The foot sinks down into the soft foam and cradles the foot. This makes you feel like you're running inside a shoe and not on top of a shoe like with the Ultra Boost 20.

    There's no arch prominent, but the shoe is stable enough for light pronators or supinators to use without discomfort.

     

    Flexibility

    The soft midsole makes the Triumph very flexible. It flexes in the middle of the shoe at the arch section, where there is no outsole, which is an interesting flex point.

    I would love to know why Saucony made it flex in the middle and not at the forefoot, like most shoes.

     

    Insole

    The Triumph 17 has a thick insole as well as an additional thin TPU layer underneath the insole.

    Saucony doesn't specify if it's made from Everun or Pwrrun+, but it's lime green in colour, as it was in the Triumph ISO 5, so it's probably Everun.

     

     

    This insole and TPU top sole combine to give a plush sink-in comfort experience that comes second to none.

    Outsole & durability

    The Triumph 17's outsole is supremely durable. Crystal rubber is one of the industry's most durable, and the blown carbon rubber used in the heel and the toe is also super durable.

    There is an area under the arch which is not covered by rubber to save weight, so the outsole is not full contact. The outsole is flat, so it distributes wear evenly. Flat outsoles also result in a smoother ride.

     

     

    Crystal rubber doesn't usually grip well on wet surfaces, but on the Triumph 17, you get blown rubber to help with that issue.

    Blown rubber is softer than crystal rubber, so the addition of it makes the overall ride softer than if it were full crystal rubber.

    The cavity under the heel where the word "Saucony" is written also makes the heel softer by acting as a trampoline as the rear of the shoe is loaded. The heel is beveled at the edge, so the shoe helps you to rear foot strike instead of heel strike.

     

     

    The shoe has no weak points on the upper. The TPU midsole will not compress much over the life of the shoe.

    Also, the outsole shows no major signs of premature wear, so I expect it to last me over 1000 kilometres.

     

    Comparison

    Saucony Triumph 17 vs. Saucony Freedom ISO 2

    It's almost like these two shoes were made by completely different brands.

    The Triumph 17's upper is plusher and more comfortable, its midsole softer and more bouncy, and its outsole is softer and grips better on wet surfaces. The Freedom is a faster, firmer shoe, but I would choose the Triumph 17 any day of the week.

    Saucony Triumph 17 vs. New Balance 1080 v10 

    The 1080 v10 has the more breathable and lighter upper and is a more versatile shoe. However, the Triumph 17 wins on being plusher, more comfortable, and softer for long runs, which is what both shoes were designed for.

    My nod goes to the Saucony Triumph 17.

    Saucony Triumph 17 vs. Brooks Glycerin 17

    Both shoes have excellent, plush uppers but the Triumph 17 has a midsole technology, which is light years ahead of Brooks' DNA Loft. It's softer, lighter, and bouncier.

    The Triumph 17 also has a much more durable outsole. The Triumph 17 wins, and it's not even close.

    Saucony Triumph 17 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 6

    Both shoes are very well cushioned. The Clifton 6 is softer, and your foot sinks into the thick midsole, so it makes your feet tired on long runs as you continually push off with your forefoot into the soft foam.

    The Pwrrun+ foam of the Triumph 17 has more bounce and rebound, so I have to go with the Triumph 17.

    Saucony Triumph 17 vs. New Balance Fuelcell Propel 

    The Propel is softer than the Triumph 17 and feels more like running on clouds. The Triumph 17 midsole feels much more lively and springy, though.

    The Triumph 17 has an upper that's far superior and makes the Propel feel like it has a budget upper. The Propel is much cheaper than the Triumph, but the extra amount that you pay for the Triumph is well worth it. I pick the Triumph 17.

    Saucony Triumph 17 vs. Adidas Ultraboost 20

    The Ultraboost's Boost midsole feels heavy and outdated compared to Pwrrun+. The Ultraboost's knitted upper looks more modern, but the Triumph 17's upper is more business-like.

    The Ultraboost 20 still feels like a casual shoe trying to be a running shoe. The Triumph 17 is cheaper and by far the superior shoe.

    Pros 

    • Comfortable, plush upper
    • Soft and bouncy midsole
    • Wide and stable base
    • Super durable, grippy outsole

    Cons

    • The soft laces are not durable and fray easily

    Verdict

    The Triumph 17 is everything I've ever wanted in a long-distance cruiser. It has a plush, comfortable upper, a soft, responsive midsole that doesn't feel like a tank and a durable outsole to last for years.

     

     

    This shoe is literally flawless, so it doesn't need any improvements, but if I had to knit pick, I found the shoelaces to be too soft and fluffy. The laces began to fray after one run, so I would change them to a more durable, tougher lace in the Triumph 18.

    What I like about the Triumph 17 is that it makes me want to be a better runner. I find myself wanting to run longer and more frequently and even on my rest days because of the Triumph.

    The Saucony Triumph 17 is the shoe that I can picture myself getting old with, me wearing them while sitting in my rocking chair on the porch.

    I can confidently say that for me, the Triumph 17 is "the one."

  • 95 / 100 | Fleet Feet | | Level 1 expert

    Size-wise, I would say that the shoe does runs true to size.

  • 95 / 100 | Coach | | Level 5 expert

    The changes to the lacing system didn’t really affect my experience of the shoe, but the upper is certainly very comfortable, with loads of padding around the tongue and collar. Perhaps too much for some runners, who might find all the padding gets hot at times, but I’m a fan and on long runs it only added to the experience.

  • 94 / 100 | JackRabbit | | Level 5 expert

    The Triumph 17 has a plush interior, a wide, soft, gusseted tongue and a thickly padded heel collar. It’s also available in both normal and wide widths for every size.

  • 91 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    Very cushioned and very responsive, this high-stack trainer is perfect for those leisurely long-distance runs. The new upper is plush - perhaps too plush?

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  • Featuring a softer cushioning system, the Saucony Triumph 17 is the latest edition in a long line of Saucony full-cushioned running shoes. This neutral running shoe has been completely redesigned to provide a more comfortable and lighter running experience. 
  • This running gear now utilizes the upgraded PWRRUN+ midsole technology that provides a springy and responsive underfoot feel. Using this new technology, the manufacturers have successfully lowered the weight of the shoe while improving its overall functionality. 
  • This Saucony running shoe’s upper was also updated to be lighter and more durable than its previous versions. It utilizes the FORMFIT technology that serves as the luxurious bucket seat of the foot. This technology allows the shoes to adapt to the foot movements and provide a customized fit. 
  • The brand new upper is made out of a lighter, breathable material that keeps the foot dry all day long.

The brand new midsole cushioning and padded tongue of the Saucony Triumph 17 guarantee a more comfortable in-shoe feel. The traditional lacing system is another factor affecting the fit of the shoe. This running partner is available in standard shoe measurement for both men and women versions. It is designed to accommodate the usual choices of consumers when it comes to size, though it is advisable to test the shoe first or read the general feedback about the sizing to ensure a perfect fit. 

A firm and durable rubber material is incorporated in the outsole unit of the Saucony Triumph 17 to keep the runner in complete control of the road. The rubber outsole is designed to form a solid connection with a wide range of surfaces, making the gait cycle more efficient. The multi-direction lugs are strategically placed in the outsole to improve efficiency during landings and take-offs and provide a good amount of traction even in wet conditions. 

The PWRRUN+ midsole technology runs the full length of the shoe. This component made the 17th version of the Saucony Triumph softer and springier. Aside from being responsive, the midsole is also designed to be 25% lighter and three times more durable compared to its predecessors. 

At the top of the midsole is an extremely soft EVA material that effectively absorbs the impact, providing a more efficient and comfortable ride. The addition of EVA in the midsole also doubled the amount of the shoe’s flexibility, allowing it to be more responsive to the foot’s natural movements. Apart from reducing fatigue caused by impacts, the EVA foam also protects the foot from injuries.

EVA material is composed of thousands of tiny bubbles combined together to hold the air. When this material compresses, the bubbles provide excellent cushioning and shock absorption. Other running shoes that utilize the EVA midsole are the Altra Torin 3.0, and New Balance FuelCell Rebel

The engineered Jacquard mesh upper has also been updated to be more flexible and lighter than before. This breathable material allows the air to constantly flow in and out of the shoe, keeping the foot dry and well ventilated. The upper material can also stretch without causing any lasting damage, allowing the foot to move freely and naturally throughout the gait cycle. 

The FORMFIT Contoured Footbed in the upper unit of the Saucony Triumph 17 creates a cradle for added guidance and support. The FORMFIT technology is designed to adapt to the shape of the foot to provide a personalized fit. This firm structure surrounds all the sides of the shoe and securely holds the foot in an upright position to prevent unwanted foot injuries. 

The soft padded tongue and heel collar offer additional comfort and added protection. These components are working together to reduce the risks of irritation occurring from chafing and rubbing. 

Saucony Triumph 17 features the traditional lacing system to allow the runner to easily adjust the fit of the shoe. 

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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