Amazing packaging, at least for the samples they sent me, with a multi-panel box, a shirt with an enormous Duane Solomon (US Olympian, 800m) face, along with the shoes. Nicely done. But first, the box. With a greeting card annoyingness (is that a word?), it squawks a noisy “Whoa” each time you move it the wrong way (or I guess it’s the right way). You better believe I hid that from the kids.
I ran in Triumphs many years ago and felt that they were a decent shoe, though nothing outstanding. The most recent Sauconys I wore were the Virrata, which were minimal but still comfortable for a bigger guy like me. These new Triumph ISOs give some of the benefits of the Virrata in their slipper-like feel and light weight, while adding some cushioning for comfort.
With a focus on cushioning and impact protection, Saucony’s goal with the new Triumph ISO was to make it so comfortable it would make you say “WHOA” (that’s the WHOAFACE hashtag you’ve been seeing). A new new, one-piece cushioning platform featuring 21mm in the forefoot and 29mm in the heel is called PWRGRID+, while a combined plush inner fit sleeve with a flexible external cage (ISOFIT technology) creates a system that moves with each runner’s foot while in motion.
The shoes are lightweight and flexible, even in a men’s 14 (note: even though I normally wear a size 13, these 14s fit me just fine, leading me to believe that they run small).
As always, I took these out on as many surfaces as I could, reasoning that, while made for the road, it’s always nice to find out whether they can stand up to the demands of the trail. These shoes definitely did.
The “sleeve” ties tight and keeps small pebbles out, while the ultra light shoes (for this cushioned style) also allow for easy avoidance of obstacles. This neutral cushioned shoe is, as mentioned, incredibly light, felt great underfoot, and was a blast to run in, everywhere.
The upper is really a marvel of engineering – while there is plenty of room in the toe box, the sleeve fits like a glove, so it feels like your feet are moving in tandem with the shoe, with no slipping or movement inside. Very cool.
If you are looking for shoes with plenty of cushioning, comfortable fit and responsiveness, the Saucony Triumph ISO might be the shoe for you. Definitely recommended.
These shoes provided for review purposes – all opinions are my own.
[Other shoes to check out: GoLite Tara, Somnio Nada, Nike Pegasus + 25 ESC, Saucony Virrata, Saucony Triumph 10, Mizuno Wave Rider 18, Under Armour Spine RPM, Reebok ZQuick, Nike Lunartrainer+, Newton Running Kismet Core Trainer and Brooks Pure Connect.