SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO 5 – SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | OCTOBER 4, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What's New: Saucony Triumph ISO 5
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Saucony Triumph ISO
- About the Author
The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has seem some major updates this season. There's a 'grippier' heel, some extra millimeters of cushioning and a updated upper.
Read on to learn what JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler and his running pals have to say about the #5 in the Triumph collection from Saucony.
The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is a top-of-the-line luxury cruiser, Saucony’s most cushioned neutral cushioned training shoe.
It’s been completely reworked since last year’s edition—which was a great shoe—but the big and small changes to this year’s model have given it a better look, fit, feel and ride.
WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO 5
The biggest change to this edition of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is slightly thicker full-length Everun midsole and a slightly thinner rubber outsole. The foam package (which includes a 3mm Everun topsole directly under a premium footbed) adds more softness, energy return and guidance to the shoe, while a wider forefoot and narrower heel enhances the fit from previous editions of the Triumph.
The new Crystal Rubber outsole is not only thinner, inherently tackier and more durable, but it also offers has additional texture for better grip on wet surfaces.
Finally, a full-length double-layer jacquard engineered knit mesh offers great mechanical stretch, flexibility and breathability, but not hotspots typically caused from overlays.
Sliding your foot inside the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is like slipping into the bucket seat of a sports car.
It’s offers a comfortably snug, performance-oriented fit with just a smidge of extra room in the forefoot to allow toes to wiggle and splay. The interior bootie construction and ISOFit dynamic saddle system adapt to a wide range of foot shapes and volumes, allowing the foot to flex with the shoe and very fluidly and securely rebound into the next stride. For such a thickly cushioned and mildly supportive shoe, the Triumph ISO 5 offers a very lively, energetic ride.
The heel has been updated with a soft, plush lining to add comfort and grab around.
The 3mm topsole layer of innovative Everun foam sandwiched between the footbed and the full-length PWRFoam midsole serves up a springy underfoot sensation, creating a ride with a dreamy mix of shock absorption, resiliency and subtle guidance from heel-strike to toe-off.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is a perfect shoe for runners who have a neutral or supinating gait and want a premium, thickly cushioned high-mileage trainer that offers a dynamic ride and versatile performance.
PROS AND CONS OF THE SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO 5
Versatility is this shoe’s middle name. Our wear-testers found it ideal for a wide variety of workouts, from long runs to fartleks to recovery runs to tempos. It’s also energetic enough to wear on race day for 10Ks to marathons.
The premium FORMFIT contoured footbed cradles and wraps the foot, providing a near-custom fit that adds to the cushy, comfortable ride.
The Triumph ISO 5 is about a half ounce heavier than the previous version, but that didn’t seem to be an issue with most of our wear-testers.
Although not quite as light or nimble as some of the new modern lightweight trainers, it’s a very durable high-mileage shoe with as much or more “pop” than any other shoe in its class.
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.”