|Update:||Saucony Triumph 18|
|Weight:||Men: 305g | Women: 261g|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Material:||Mesh upper, Rubber sole|
|Features:||Cushioned | Comfortable|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Heel height:||Men: 35.5mm | Women: 35.5mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 25.5mm | Women: 25.5mm|
|Release date:||Nov 2019|
|Type:||Heavy | Big guy | Maximalist|
|Width:||Normal, Wide | Normal, Wide|
|Colorways:||Black, Blue, Grey, White|
|SKUs:||S1054625, S1054645, S2054625, S2054635, S2054645, S2054650, S2054725|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Comfortable, plush upper
- Soft and bouncy midsole
- Wide and stable base
- Super durable, grippy outsole
- The soft laces are not durable and fray easily
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."
This is a shoe that I’ve wanted to try for a while now. I’ve been looking at the previous version of this shoe, but just never got around to it, so when the Triumph 17 came out I just had to buy it.
In case you are wondering how we all of a sudden ended up with version number 17 if the previous version was a 5, well, there were the Saucony Triumph 1 to 12 and then the Triumph 12 became the ISO 1 and then there were the Triumph ISO 2 to 5, that together makes this the 17th edition of this shoe.
The Triumph 17 is a neutral running shoe with a 33.5 mm heel stack and a 25.5 mm forefoot stack giving it an 8 mm drop and it weighs 261 grams in the women’s model. A lot has changed about this shoe since the previous version.
The Triumph 17 no longer has the ISOFIT system from the previous versions and the jacquard mesh has also been updated. It’s now rebranded to 360 fit and it’s more flexible than before and this version looks a bit sleeker than the previous one.
The flexibility of the upper helps to provide enough room in the toe box.
The laces are made out of some sort of velvet-like material, but they do start to pill pretty easily. Not sure why they chose this material, maybe to enhance the plush experience of the upper.
There is medium padding in the tongue and quite a bit of plush padding in the heel for a good lockdown.
The midsole has also changed. Gone is the Everun and I must say I’m a bit sad to see that go since I really enjoyed the Saucony Ride ISO 2.
Saucony now has a new midsole material called PWRRUN+. Apparently they are still not able to write out things in full. The PWRRUN+ looks a bit like Adidas Boost with the fused together beads that look a bit like styrofoam. It’s a combination of TPU and EVA.
It is lighter, bouncier, more flexible, and more durable than Everun. Saucony says it’s actually 28% lighter than EVERUN.
Well, the Triumph 17 is about 20 grams lighter than the ISO 5 version, although so much has changed in the shoe that it’s hard to tell why that is exactly. That might be the midsole, but could as well also be due to the upper.
Saucony also says PWRRUN+ is two times more flexible than EVERUN. I’ve tried to compare this to the Ride ISO 2 but found it difficult to compare. The PWRRUN+ seems to be a bit more flexible. The platform of the Triumph 17 is a bit wider than that of the Ride ISO 2.
Most of the outsole is made out of crystal rubber, which Saucony uses on most of their shoes. From my experience with the Ride ISO 2, I can say it is very durable.
The other parts are covered with hard rubber in the high abrasion areas. I’ve done over 100 kilometers in the Triumph 17 and I hardly see any wear on the outsole.
This shoe provides you with supreme cushioning and a bit of bounce. It is very plush and it does feel a bit like running on clouds.
That’s what makes this a good shoe for heel strikers. It’s a maximal cushioned shoe that does well on roads and easy trails.
However, for some reason, the muscles in my midfoot start to hurt while running in these shoes and I can’t figure out why. The platform is wider than the upper, so the ride isn’t unstable and the midsole underneath the arch doesn’t feel unusual.
It happens every time I run in these shoes and already after a few kilometers and the muscles in my feet remain sore even after I’ve taken off the shoes. But that might just be me.
In the beginning, I thought I just had to get used to the shoes, but after over 100 kilometers in these shoes I still have the same issue. Unfortunately for me, that would mean it would be really difficult to wear these as marathon shoes even though they would be really good for the marathon distance.
I’ve never had this in any other shoe, not Saucony or any other brand. My feet need to recover more from the shoes than from the run itself. I wonder how the stability version of this shoe would feel or the next version of this shoe for that matter.
Saucony Ride ISO 2
The upper of the Triumph 17 is a bit stretchier, but both have good lockdown in the midfoot. The Ride ISO 2 still has the EVERUN midsole, while the Triumph has the new PWRRUN+ midsole.
The Ride ISO 2 is a bit firmer, but also a bit lighter. The Triumph is overall more plush, as well in the upper as in the midsole, and has a wider platform than the ISO 2, which was already quite wide.
Brooks Glycerin 17
They weigh about the same, but the Glycerin has a 10 mm drop versus the 8 mm of the Triumph. Both have comfortable stretchy uppers, but that of the Triumph feels more plush.
The Triumph has a bit more stack height and even though the Glycerin is quite a plush shoe, the Triumph easily wins it from the Glycerin when it comes to being plush. The Glycerin is a bit more flexible in the forefoot, while the Triumph is more flexible in the midfoot area.
Asics Nimbus 22
There is not that much difference in weight between the two shoes. The Nimbus has a higher drop, which pushes you onto your forefoot a little more to help you toe off.
The upper of the Triumph feels softer and stretchier. The weight distribution in the Triumph is more evenly spread out, while in the Nimbus the heel is a bit heavier due to the gel. Both are plush shoes, but the midsole of the Triumph feels a bit more marshmallowy.
Adidas Ultraboost 20
The Triumph feels more plush, as well in the upper as in the midsole. That’s also because the Triumph has more stack height than the Ultraboost 20.
The Triumph has a more conventional upper and therefore feels a bit more stable than the knit upper of the Ultraboost, which gets its stability from the cage around the midfoot.
The Saucony Triumph 17 is a good long-distance shoe. Plush is definitely the word for this shoe, but it’s not a mushy ride.
It’s soft, but with some energy return. It is a good shoe for heel strikers and it does well for longer distances with a comfortable upper and a comfortable ride.
The Saucony Triumph 17 is the newest version of this shoe. This is a premium cushioned shoe in the Saucony line. This shoe retails for $150 and is the most cushioned neutral shoe that Saucony offers.
The Triumph 17 weighs 10.7 ounces and has an 8mm drop and a pretty high stack height with the heel at 33.5mm and the forefoot at 25.54mm.
Saucony designed this shoe with comfort in mind. This particular shoe has three color options to choose from. While the color schemes are limited, each of the color choices looks both fashionable and classic.
Choices include Black and Gold as seen here, a Blackout color scheme that is all black with a grey accent, and Blue and Black.
This shoe fits very true to size. It has a normal width and has a good amount of room in the forefoot and toe box without sacrificing a secure fit in the shoe.
It has a very padded FORMFIT ankle collar. While this collar looks a bit excessive it provides a comfortable fit for the ankle and achilles tendon. This “excessive and somewhat bulky” look disappears when running in the shoe.
Wearing the Triumph 17 is like treating your feet to a first-class seat on across the globe. It is very comfortable and does not feel bulky or heavy on the feet. It is on the lighter side of a “premium” training shoe.
The Saucony website states that this shoe is “the ultimate in protective cushioning” and that is not an exaggeration. Everything about this shoe is soft from the upper, the 360 DEGREE FORMFIT, and even the laces feel soft and velvety to the touch.
Their trademarked PWRRUN+ is incredibly light and provides a springy responsiveness in your stride. The first time running in this shoe was slightly shocking as I was not expecting a premium comfort shoe to feel so fast.
While this shoe is designed for the recovery run or the long run, I have opted on some of my steady states and tempos to forgo switching to my trainers and just continuing to run in these shoes instead. This would never have happened in my Asics Kayano days.
This is a very breathable shoe that has been with me on the hottest days of the year so far and has never been a hindrance to my run. I was incredibly amazed at how breathable a shoe that has this much cushion could be. This will continue to be a staple shoe in my marathon training.
Saucony touts that this shoe is twice as flexible as the previous models. I have found the shoe to be quite flexible. While I cannot speak to prior models, the shoe is very flexible providing the spring and power one needs for takeoff and still providing a cushioned landing needed to keep the feet of even the highest mileage runners ready for race day.
The new PWRRUN+ midsole has visible fused beads. Best that I can tell from reading up on this model is that this is some combination of TPU and EVA. The cushioning doesn't run too soft or too responsive. In the words of Goldilocks, it is “just right.” This enables one to really work on stride and form even in the easy runs.
The cushioning and responsiveness has been mentioned above. This shoe really feels like it propels you forward. When finishing my runs my feet do not feel overworked and stressed but I still feel that I am able to finish any plans I have for the day.
This is extremely important as a runner trying to reach the times of an elite athlete while still having the responsibilities of a regular job and other commitments.
This shoe does very well on the road. In extremely wet and rainy conditions, this shoe has still felt stable. The only issue I had with traction came on a trail that had been washed out with mud, and it slipped as I made my way through a muddy spot.
I plan to run a lot of miles in this shoe. I am approaching 250 miles in this shoe as I am writing this, and it still feels as good as it did in the first miles. I believe that I will get 400-450 miles out of this shoe before I have to begin thinking about replacing them.
Overall, I give this shoe a perfect score. This is the first shoe I have been in that I really have no negatives to report. I hope that Saucony knows this shoe is a fan favorite and does not make any negative changes in the next iteration.
I most likely will stock up on a couple more pairs of this shoe before they are phased out for the next model.
- 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.
Size and fit
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