SAUCONY TRIUMPH 17 – SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | OCTOBER 2019
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What New: Saucony Triumph 17?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Saucony Triumph 17
- About the Author
The Saucony Triumph 17 is as comfy as a bedroom slipper but as performance-oriented as any running shoe you’ve ever worn.
Read on to learn what our shoe guru Brian Metzler has to say about the revamped Triumph from Saucony.
Saucony’s completely overhauled this top-tier neutral cushioned training shoe for its 17th edition Triumph and we love the results.
The new edition features a new midsole foam and a more accommodating upper that help make this version of the Triumph lighter, softer and more flexible. All this adds together for a better overall running experience.
As much as we loved previous editions of the Triumph — and we really did — this one is light years ahead when it comes to comfort, fit and ride.
WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY TRIUMPH 17
The biggest highlight of this shoe is the new PWRRUN+ midsole foam, which is 28 percent lighter and notably more springy and responsive than the Everun cushioning foam of several recent editions. Saucony said also good-bye to its ISO Fit lacing closure system in favor of a more traditional gusseted tongue that does a better job of syncing with the upper and adapting to all foot shapes.
Of note is the Saucony Triumph 17 is the first shoe in the Saucony line to featurePWRRUN+ midsole foam. It’s a foam compound that Saucony worked on for more than five years and tested it extensively with more than 20,000 wear-test miles from hundreds of runners.
Although it looks a little bit like the previous Everun foam of previous editions, PWRRUN+ is lighter, more responsive and a better cushioning agent.
The Saucony Triumph 17 serves up a snug, accommodating fit for a wide variety of foot shapes. The new premium jacquard mesh upper plays a big part of that. It is comfortable and accommodating, but it also offers a bit of cradling structure from the lightweight TPU overlays and the “bucket seat” created by the FormFit system in the rearfoot.
The Saucony Triumph has always given off a soft and luxurious vibe, but this edition takes the cake. The ride serves up the ultimate mix of springiness and softness that feels energetic for the duration of long runs as well as shorter recovery runs. This new edition of the Saucony Triumph feels soft and springy when your foot hits the ground, then rolls smoothly through the midfoot and then serves up an energetic boost when your foot lifts of the ground.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
The Saucony Triumph 17 is a great running shoe for runners who log mid- to high-mileage weeks in training will love this shoe for its comfort, smooth ride and energy return. It’s versatile enough to be used as an everyday trainer and some faster tempo runs and progression runs.
PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY TRIUMPH 17
Pros: Saucony Triumph 17
The Tri-Flex Crystal Rubber outsole is extremely flexible, but it is also very grippy and durable too. Those qualities combine to promote a secure, agile ride in both wet and dry conditions.
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.
Our wear-testers described the Saucony Triumph 17 as having “cushy comfort” and a “pillowy sensation” on the run. The moment you step into the shoe and lace it up, it feels like it becomes part of your foot.
Cons: Saucony Triumph 17
The only slight drawback to the Triumph is that it’s not quite as light as other shoes. But the energetic sensation from the PWRRUN+ makes up for some of the additional ounces.
It’s not a heavy shoe by any means, but it’s just not nimble enough for fast workouts.
SAUCONY TRIUMPH 17 SPECS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”