Average Weight: Men's 315g / Women's 275g
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 32.5/24.5mm
A fantastic road running shoe for those looking for a smooth ride, soft feel, and balance in their running gait. This shoe is also a great option for those returning to running after an injury.
- Upper: The FORMFIT upper wraps the foot from heel to midfoot, cradling it in a secure way but without restricting the foot in the width of the shoe. The toe box is nice and deep, so there’s less risk of black toe nails or blisters on long runs or in the heat of summer. The uppers feel nicely padded whilst maintaining breathability. This version of Triumph comes up a fraction longer than version 17, by a millimetre or two.
- Midsole: The PWRRUN+ cushioning is plush! It’s also more flexible and lighter than standard EVA (the common cushioning material used for years in running shoes) plus it’s durable, so the shoes don’t start out soft and collapse to a firmer feel within the first few months. The perfect flexibility of the midsole ensures that you have a smooth running stride.
- Outer sole: This new model of Triumph features a more durable rubber across the sole, so it’s hard wearing.
- For the amount of cushioning provided this is fairly light.
- Holds your ankles really well and thereby supports your gait
- Has a great fit on the uppers which will adapt to different foot types and widths
- Lush cushioning whilst maintaining the Saucony springiness
- IMO the most naturally supportive ‘neutral’ road running shoe currently on the market
- All the protection you need no matter how many miles / hours you’re running for
- Ideal for anyone who’s had/has a foot injury as it’s so supportive, cushioned and has plush up-pers
- Won’t suit anyone who’s used to a firmer feel underfoot.
- Not ideal for tempo running or speed sessions as the cushioning is soft. The energy return is there but you still pad into the cushioning a bit.
Saucony has been my go-to brand for distance running for years. I totally loved Triumph 17 and with version 18 things have only got better. The mix of plush comfort yet lightness, and a secure hold is a winning formula. These are 1mm lower in profile than version 17 but I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference.
In the past, I’ve had issues with some of the tendons in my feet but these are so naturally supportive that things have really improved. The heel counter is genius – supportive without digging in and managing to guide the foot from heel strike to toe-off. The additional foot support coming from the FORMFIT midfoot cradle keeps my feet in just the right position without locking them down or restricting the width. I also love the depth of the toe box, nicely generous which is so helpful when you’re running long enough for your feet to swell a bit.
Overall Triumph 18 is very similar to version 17. I’ve found it a fraction smoother, which is impressive as version 17 was already very smooth, and it’s proving just as reliable and comfortable from short runs to long.
It will work for those looking to protect their muscles and tendons from fatigue brought on by long mileage. Equally it’s a lovely shoe for those who simply want comfort and excellent cushioning. It’s a sound option for those getting back into running after a break / injury, and will also offer extra protection when you’ve got an injury but (physiotherapist allowing) are still able to do some training and want maximum protection.
It falls into the Neutral Running Shoe category and it is a shoe for those with a neutral gait. However, the heel counter is so well designed, along with the cradle of the uppers and the way the shoe flexes through the stride, that it actually offers natural support; if you flick inwards a bit (rather than full-on over-pronate) this shoe will support you just fine.