The Saucony Triumph 19 is a neutral-oriented premium everyday trainer with a plush interior, a soft, mildly responsive midsole and an idyllic, smooth-riding demeanor.
The Triumph 19 is very similar to last year’s edition, except that it’s lighter and more breathable.
The Triumph 19 has a new mono-mesh upper that has improved the breathability and a new lacing system with an articulated eye-row that creates an adaptive, semi-custom fit. Best of all, this edition is a full ounce lighter than the previous version.
The thick PWRRUN+ midsole and an additional layer of the foam in the top sole, combined with the soft, contoured EVA sockliner, create a supremely plush sensation with a feeling of bottomless cushioning. It’s not mushy soft, but instead it’s dense, supportive and durable with a touch of responsiveness — though not nearly as much as its cousins in Saucony’s Endorphin line.
The Triumph 19 not only provides long-haul comfort for less stressful long runs, but our wear-testers found that it also helps your legs recover quicker without as much soreness the next day.
The new mono-mesh upper offers a nice blend of comfort and support, while the perforations in the toe box provide enhanced breathability. It features Saucony’s FormFIT technology and a new articulated eye-row pattern in the lacing system that combine to allow for an optimally personalized fit around the shape of your feet.
The Truimph 19 fits true to size with a medium to low volume interior from the heel through the midfoot area, with a slightly roomier forefoot that allows your toes to wiggle and flex. (The fit is noticeably improved from the Triumph 18, which was a bit sloppy in the forefoot.)
The step-in feel is divinely comfortable — as soft and cushy as any shoe available this year. The new mono-mesh upper and gusseted tongue provide a wrap-like fit that keeps your feet comfortably secured to the midsole chassis.
The PWRRUN+ midsole serves up a ride that is soft and compliant and mildly energetic, which is a great combination for this workhorse daily trainer.
The bottom line is that it’s an impressively cushioned shoe that feels soft and a little bit springy when your foot hits the ground, then rolls smoothly through the midfoot to the toe-off phase.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR
Runners who log mid- to high-mileage weeks in training will love this shoe for its cushy comfort, smooth ride and modest energy return. It’s best for short to long runs up at slower to moderate paces.
It could be used for tempo runs, but it doesn’t provide enough inherent energy return to be a speed shoe for faster workouts or short-distance racing.
SAUCONY TRIUMPH 19 PROS
The Triumph 19 fits a lot better from heel to toe than its predecessor, due to a sleeker shape, better upper material and more supportive heel cup. While the interior is very padded, it’s smoother and more conducive to a locked-down fit than the excessively cushioned and somewhat sloppy interior of the Triumph 18.
The reduced weight of the Triumph 19 is noticeable and appreciated and makes it slightly more versatile and conducive to up-tempo paces. Most importantly, though, it just improves the overall vibe of the shoe as a durable and reliable daily trainer.
The XT-900 carbon rubber outsole is durable and mildly soft, which means it will endure all of the miles you’ll willing to rack up in this shoe. The reconfigured flex grooves help make the shoe a bit more pliable, which contributes to the smooth ride.
SAUCONY TRIUMPH 19 CONS
The rope-like laces are not nearly as effective at providing a precise fit as flat laces.
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