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
$150
Weight
Men: 11oz
Women: 9.4oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

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

9 reasons to buy

  • A runner stated that even though they had the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 for some time, it still felt fresh and comfortable, like wearing it for the first time.
  • A tester commented that the platform felt just as plush as the previous version.
  • The responsiveness of the mid-sole unit was enjoyed by many.
  • Several consumers wrote that the toe box had enough room to accommodate natural toe-splaying.
  • The upper unit’s breathable nature was appreciated by the consumers.
  • A lot of runners agreed that this shoe was true-to-size.
  • A reviewer reported that the underfoot experience didn’t make them feel as if they were sinking into the cushioning system; it was smooth yet reliable.
  • According to a runner, it was versatile enough to handle tempo runs and those long, slow sessions on the road.
  • Based on the feedback of purchasers, wearing this shoe was a generally comfortable affair.

3 reasons not to buy

  • According to a tester, the tongue of this running shoe was too thin, causing lacing pressure to transfer directly to the skin.
  • For a few consumers, it was ½ size smaller than what they were used to.
  • Some runners felt that this shoe’s price was a bit expensive.

Bottom line

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 was a success, according to the feedback of many of those who have used it. It delivered a smooth and comfortable ride, which agreed with neutral runners. The responsiveness of its components gained some praise, as well. Conversely, it didn’t fit well for a few testers.


Rankings

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Ratings

4 / 5 based on 94 ratings

5 star
52%
4 star
16%
3 star
13%
2 star
6%
1 star
7%

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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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83 / 100 based on 26 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The Triumph is still all about cushioning, although, this shoe got a little bit softer.

  • 88 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Dan Way • Level 3 expert

    For something that is so supportive, it is super light and rides very, very soft.

  • 94 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The Triumph ISO 3 is one comfortable, capable shoe for long miles and recovery runs at slow to moderate pace. The larger Everun heel insert and upper changes are a distinct improvement over ISO 2 but the transition to toe off could use some snap.

  • 85 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Most of the Triumph ISO 3’s cushioning goodness is concentrated under the heel due to the large Everun core; this makes the ISO 3 a shoe better suited for rearfoot strikers. The ISOFIT cage loses yet another strap vs. the ISO 2.

  • 84 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    Saucony has managed to maintain the cushiness while at the same time increase the flexibility of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The upper has been refined, most notably with an engineered mesh giving a sturdy hold through the forefoot, and a slimmed-down saddle that still locks the midfoot down.

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    Runners who want a more secure, stable, and flexible ride may want to consider the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 more than the Saucony Ride 9.

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    Neutral runners may appreciate the lightness, cushioning, and stability of the Hoka One One Clifton 3, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is good for runners who want a more secure and comfortable fit in addition to softness and flexibility.

  • 85 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    This provides incredible support and comfort in a lightweight neutral running shoe.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    The shoes are a tad heavier than some of the competitors, but that is easy to understand when you see how durable the shoes are. I would recommend these shoes to any neutral runner that wants a responsive and long lasting shoe.

  • 88 / 100 by Endurance Review • Gelder Lewis • Level 3 expert

    In conclusion if you are wanting more comfort for more miles check out the TRIUMPH ISO 3.  This is a solid go to shoe that can take you further than you think.

  • 85 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David • Level 3 expert

    What it's about? It has lots of support, cushion, and very light.

  • 80 / 100 by The Running Centre • The Running Centre • Level 3 expert

    The Triumph ISO 3 functions as a volume trainer that provides the runner with a full length, highly cushioned feel underfoot. An increased use of EVERUN midsole material in the heel ensures a highly cushioned and soft feel.

  • 87 / 100 by Women's Running • Jenny Bozon • Level 2 expert

    So what do you get with these shoes that you didn’t with the Iso 2’s? A much more comfortable, flexible and form-fitting upper and an even plusher, more resilient ride. For neutral runners looking for a comfortable and well-cushioned shoe for long-distance training, these are a solid choice.

  • 85 / 100 by Coach Mag • Coach Mag • Level 2 expert

    Plush is the word to describe how the Triumph ISO 3 feels on the foot. It’s a joy to pull on, no matter how much you’re dreading the run you’re about to start. The upper is snug without being restrictive, and there’s padding in all the right places to ensure maximum comfort over long runs. 

  • 75 / 100 by Triathlete Europe • Triathlete Europe • Level 2 expert

    Overall the ride and fit is refined in smoothness but is a touch less responsive compared to other shoes on the market, especially in the mid and forefoot.

  • 91 / 100 by Expert Reviews • Nick Harris-Fry • Level 1 expert

    Saucony’s neutral Triumph ISO line is just about the last word in comfort when it comes to running shoes, and the third iteration is the best of the bunch.

  • 90 / 100 by Stanford Bear • Stanford Bear • Level 1 expert

    The bigget selling point is that if you are looking for a cushioned ride in a lighter shoe, something like the Kayanos, I would definitely try this out.

  • 84 / 100 by Better Livin • Rachel • Level 1 expert

    When I first put them on I figured I would have the whole sore and tingling feet in class situation but like I said, as light as they are I have so much support.

  • 83 / 100 by JP Carboman • Jamie Pang • Level 1 expert

     Regardless of you’re the sort to heel/midfoot/forefoot strike, you’re assured a very comfortable run. If you’re a heel striker, you will certainly feel the silky transition as you toe-off.

  • 83 / 100 by Expert Reviews • Alex Mott Nick • Level 1 expert

    This extreme comfort makes the Triumph ISO 3 a joy to pull even in the bleakest parts of a winter marathon-training regime, and will keep your feet in fine fettle no matter how many miles you rack up.

  • 82 / 100 by Michael Lin • Michael Lin • Level 1 expert

    The Triumph ISO 3 is a solid shoe that delivers superior cushioning and the fit should work for most. If you liked the Triumph ISO 2, the ISO 3 should be a natural transition.

  • 82 / 100 by Runner's Radar • Runner's Radar • Level 1 expert

    They are lightweight and offer a snug, yet comfortable fit.

  • 81 / 100 by Run Janji • Mary Grant • Level 1 expert

    But best of all is the super snug, super comfortable ISO upper that makes the shoe fit like a sock. For the runner with shin splints who wants to fix their ailments on a super comfortable ride, the Triumph ISO 3 is the perfect choice.

  • 80 / 100 by Live Lean TV • Brad Gouthro • Level 1 expert

    I've also never been a huge fan of the Saucony style. Until now.

  • 80 / 100 by Independent • Zoe Galloway • Level 1 expert

    The cushioning provides comfort and support (no blisters, even after a long first run) but they aren’t waterproof – our feet started to feel a bit damp after a particularly wet and windy outing. 

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Updates to Saucony Triumph ISO 3

  • Saucony brings in a host of changes from top to bottom in the Triumph ISO 3 to create a more relaxed feel, a springier and more flexible ride. At a glance, the upper offers major modifications. The ISOfit tech now uses 2 bands or straps to provide runners with more volume in their foot more room. With the removal of the 3rd band, runners with average volume still get adequate, if a more forgiving fit.
  • The alteration continues with the use of a new engineered mesh that is more flexible than the regular mesh of the past version. It gives a more adaptive fit and has more ventilation due to the bigger holes. Saucony also removed most of the thick overlays and replaced them with thinner versions. The support remains to be sufficient without more weight.
  • A welcome addition, where fit goes, is the thinner tongue. From the overly thick version of the prior model, runners should get the same plush feel, but with a design that molds better to the runner’s foot.
  • Running in low-light areas gets a boost as the heel section now features a huge reflective band.
  • The biggest change in the 3rd version of the Triumph ISO is somehow not visible. Saucony gives the ride more spring and cushioning as the Everun heel insert is double the size of the earlier model. It also extends to the midfoot in this model. This is a huge development for heavy heel strikers, heavy-framed runners, and those who love optimal heel cushioning.
  • The outsole is not spared from the changes as well. Saucony deepens the grooves for better flexibility. There is also a bigger cut from the midfoot to the heel to enhance the softer ride of the shoe.

Saucony Triumph ISO 3 size and fit

The sizing of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is quite standard. It continues to offer a roomy toe box like its predecessor. The changes in the upper give the shoe more volume and a more forgiving it. Heel and midfoot security are more than enough to inspire confidence and security with every run.


Outsole

The Triumph ISO 3 brings the popular Tri-Flex layout to runners. This design is characterized by huge flex grooves, which are also deeper in this version than the previous version for even more flexibility. The rubber between the grooves are slightly wider for enhanced ground contact. A combination of IBR+ and XT-900 rubber deliver a nice mix of traction and durability. The former is located in the forefoot to the midfoot while the latter is placed in the heel and the tips of the forefoot.


Midsole

A full-length Everun top sole, which is just beneath the sock liner and the midsole offers excellent spring and consistent cushioning. The midsole’s main foam is the SSL EVA for adequate responsiveness and durability. Giving the Triumph ISO 3 a distinctly bouncier ride and more cushioning is an Everun heel insert that actually extends to the midfoot.


Upper

Saucony welcomes the 3rd instalment of the Triumph ISO with a new engineered mesh with enhanced adaptability and ventilation. The ISOfit tech or the plush and supportive inner sleeve hugs the foot in wraparound comfort. Saucony tweaks the exterior panel by using just 2 bands instead of 3 for a more forgiving fit. The upper uses FlexFilm overlays for melded, lightweight support. Luxurious comfort continues with the plush tongue and ankle collar. The flat laces cinches the fit of this shoe.