Saucony Triumph 19 running shoe review
The Saucony Triumph has long been a great option for new riders with a budget well over Â£ 100. I took my first steps in the sport in an earlier version of the shoe and also recorded my first runs there.
It was a popular choice because the Triumph line offered plenty of cushioning while also being suitable for more than just running. In the past it has used Saucony’s animated Everun foam in the midsole, while the latest versions have the brand’s PWRRUN + foam, which aims to achieve the same blend of comfort and responsiveness.
I found that the Triumph 18 did not quite manage to keep this reputation, failing to break out of the cruiser category. Updates on the Triumph 19 are minimal, but above all Saucony managed to reduce the weight of the shoe a bit, with my UK size 9 weighing 324g compared to 339g for the Triumph 18.
This appears to have been largely achieved by reducing the amount of material used for the upper, which is now more breathable while retaining the plush and cushioned feel.
The main strength of the Triumph 19 is still its feel on easy trails. It is well padded and protects your legs whether you are a new runner used to the impact of running or an experienced runner who beats 100 km per week.
It also has a different feel to a lot of well padded shoes. Many brands choose to put very soft, spongy foams in the midsole; I like soft shoes, and the Nike Invincible and Asics Novablast 2 are comfortable and fun on easy runs, but many runners will prefer the more stable, traditional feel of the Triumph, which is a bit firmer underfoot.
This extra firmness gives the Triumph a bit more pop when you run at a faster pace, and I found that I liked using the shoe for long runs where I increased my speed to finish close to the pace. I’m still not convinced that he’s versatile enough to be used as a daily trainer for regular speed work, but he’s not a clunker who feels very awkward at fast paces.
One issue I had with the shoe during the 80k test is that in a few runs over 10 miles where I was progressing in pace, I developed uncomfortable hot spots under my forefoots. They were coming and going in the later stages of the race, and it wasn’t something so painful that I had to stop or slow down, but it was a bit surprising considering the amount of cushioning.
The Triumph 19 fits true to size, with a roomy toe box and a secure fit around the midfoot and heel thanks to padding on the collar and shank. I have used the same size that I have in every version of the Triumph that I have tested without any issues.
The small updates made the shoe a bit more versatile and the padded upper a bit less oppressive in hot weather. However, at Â£ 145, it’s still a very expensive shoe that really only shines on easy effort, and there are other options that I would rate as more impressive.
The Brooks Glycerin 19 is more comfortable, while the Puma Velocity Nitro is both more versatile and much cheaper while still being a good option for easy efforts. The Asics Novablast 2 has that smooth, bouncy ride that is a bit more fun on easy runs and also allows it to perform better than the Triumph for a faster run too, while the Nike Infinity 2 has a smoother ride and also does a little better on faster efforts.
All of these shoes are cheaper than the Triumph 19 but still offer a bit more, so while the Triumph is a solid shoe that does the job it sets out to do, look elsewhere if you’re looking for a cushioned cruiser.
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