“I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.”Muhammad Ali
It’s Wednesday so you know what that means! Time for another post from ya boy. I have been lucky enough to get my hands on the new Saucony Triumph 17 and have been running in them for the past week. I’m going to transfer the thoughts from my brain, write them here and let you form your own opinion on these. *Spoiler* the shoes are delectable.
Visualisation of a centipede wearing running shoes.
Let’s get the numbers out of the way nice and early 🙂
- Price – £140
- Weight – 261g (Women’s) and 303g (Men’s)
- Drop – 8mm
- Type – Neutral & Cushioned
- Surface – Road
- Hotel – Trivago
Tbf this is the most excited I’ve been about numbers since I could improve the notch on my ruler.
Other shoes in the same league tend to have a 8-10mm drop and the Brooks Glycerin 17 is a smidge over 300g (for the men’s). So on paper the new Triumph stacks up well with its competitors. But what is different about the new kid on the block?
If you’re a “Saucony until I die” kinda person you may notice something odd. Saucony have binned their ISO fit and Everun from these foot cushions. They’ve changed their lacing system back to how it used to be as the ISO fit was deemed to appear “cheap” with the cutouts around the lace holes. Kudos to them for trying something new though.
Everun has been surpassed by the young buck know as “PWRRUN+” (Power Run Plus). What they have done is changed the way the foam beads that make the midsole are fused together. That’s supposedly how they’ve managed to shed weight like Jonah Hill (the old triumph was almost 10% heavier). But is this new magic formula going to be as durable? Only time will tell I guess.
As you can see the shoe has indentations on the upper. This ‘ribbed’ effect is supposedly there to give ladies a great pleasure whilst she rides in them… Actually they are there for the sole purpose (if you’ll pardon the pun) of making the shoe look more premium. Whether they do or not is up to you.
You know those days where your legs ache like hell but you still know you’ve got to run? Or those days aimed at just recovering and you just want to turn the legs over? Well these shoes are absolutely perfect for those situations. They take the force right out of every step, way more than the majority of the shoes on the market.
These are also ideal for your weekly Sunday long run where you’re not overly worried about your speed. I say this because as soon as I started to put speed into these shoes I found they become unstable. If I hit an uneven bit of pavement at pace the shoe bounced off hard at a weird angle. So they aren’t really for sessions or tempo runs really. But they will see you through the tougher runs really well!
Do The Shoes Triumph?
^Sorry^. These shoes aren’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination. You could buy a Costa Latte everyday for about a month and a half. That sounds peng to me so the shoes needs to offer something special… and oh boy they do.
I can’t stress enough how much of a Nike fan boy I am, when I like a shoe without a swoosh then there’s something special about them. And I tell you what, I love these. There has been no hesitation to grab the Triumphs for my easier runs. So much so I am concerned that my Nike Pegasus Turbos are going to develop a Vitamin D deficiency. Would I shell out 140 big ones for them though? As a higher mileage guy I definitely would, no question. If you don’t think you need the maximum cushioning then something like the Saucony Ride will do you fine.
It’s a 🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️/10 from me 🙂 Outrageously soft, but sometimes become unstable. Am I wrong? Then let me know in the comments what you thoughts are!
Lots of love,