The “Shoe Whisperer” reviews the newest version of Saucony’s responsive trainer.
RUNNING SHOE: Saucony Triumph 11
Best for: Training, Roads
Weight: 10.8 oz. (men’s size 10), 9.3 oz. (women’s size 8)
Heel-to-toe drop: 8 mm
By John Raveling, aka Shoe Whisperer, Greater Boston Running Company – Lexington
The one major issue with the Triumph 10 was its shallow fitting upper, which Saucony has addressed with version 11.
New overlays and an internal strapping package, called SAUC-FIT, have opened up the medial toe box area, while tightening up the arch and heel fit. Along with a slightly thinner insole that allows the foot to sit lower in the shoe, the Triumph 11 has an improved, more flexible, and deeper fit.
This style’s Powergrid EVA Midsole remains the same in durometer (a measure of resistance to indentation), and dimensions. It retains an 8 mm heel-to-toe drop. Changes to the Arch TPU insert and outsole are only cosmetic.
This is one of the firmer feeling shoes in the Neutral category, so if you are looking for a soft plush ride this is not it. Triumph 11 is more for the individual who is wanting a firm, responsive trainer with inherent support. The wide forefoot platform and 8 mm drop also make this an ideal trainer for the midfoot or forefoot striker who wants to log some serious miles.