Everyone loves getting new shoes, but have you felt hard done by when a shoe you like is altered or discontinued?
Moving to a shoe with updated features and newer technology can seem a risk, especially if you are prone to running injuries. The all new, 'premium cushioning' Saucony Triumph ISO2 is a shoe I took a punt on recently for the reasons above.
As a lover of Saucony I primarily do faster running in the Kinvara and race in the Fastwitch. However as an endurance triathlete most of my running is done over a steadier pace and often on fatigued legs, this is why I always opt for a shoe in my running bag with a higher level of cushioning. I started with the Saucony Mirage back in 2011, when these were discontinued from Australia I tried the Zealot, and now since the removal of those I have been trialling the Triumph ISO 2.
Premium cushioning shoe
Neutral with normal-high arch
ISO Fit design
On the street:
The first thing you notice with the Triumph ISO2 is the cushioning. The shoe feels like it has a lot of rebound and I feel like my legs are being looked after a little better with the ride I get. This is due to the new EVERUN technology, a foam layer that is designed to distribute impact over a bigger surface area to spread the load, also making the shoe potentially last longer. After 300km's in the shoes (primarily on the roads) I'd agree.
The ISO Fit design system makes the shoe feel very secure with its sock like interior and the independent upper layer that allows for a very personal, conforming fit. With my foot shape being thinner in the mid-foot and wider forefoot I had room to play with the lacing over a few runs to find out where I wanted to tighten and where I could leave some room. The soft design of the upper makes it pretty forgiving on the foot, even if you don't get this spot on.
While the grey colour model is a bit dull, it bodes well for those dirty winter runs on the trails or wet roads. While there are other colour options available, including the Paris and Boston marathon limited editions, it can depend on what your local store/region stocks.
This shoe is all about cushioning and comfort. Saucony has plenty of other options for varied athlete needs, and although I use this shoe for faster tempo work as well, if you are after supreme cushioning - this shoe ticks the box.