Saucony Triumph 18 Shoe Review

Shoe Review: Saucony Triumph 18

Saucony Triumph 18

Category- Neutral Daily Trainer-Premium Cushioning

Weight-9.7 oz(W), 11.1(M)

Heal to Toe Drop: 8 mm

Stack Height (Heel/toe): 32.5 mm (Heel), 24.5 mm (Forefoot)

Preferred Surfaces: Track and Road

Cost: $150

My quick Opinion:

Most of the serious runners I work with have made the triumph their go to shoe to eat up miles.  Its TPU foam offers it asuper bouncy and soft feel that makes your long run effortless.   Around the foot it fits true to size and has a lot of plushness around the heel.  For none runners, I think this is one of the most comfortable shoes on the market, without having a the ultra cushion look of the Hokas.

Pros for Saucony Triumph 18:

Cons for Saucony Triumph 18:

  • Heavier shoe and not optional for speed days
  • Expensive

Comparable shoes to Saucony Triumph 18:

  1. Mizuno Wave Sky 4:
    • In many ways this the same shoe. The Mizuno run slightly more narrow.  However, the underfoot foam is very similar.
  2. New Balance 1080:
    • The 1080 is another premium cushioned shoe that serves as a workhorse for your training.  The Fresh foam in the 1080 does not hold up as well as the TPU foam in the triumph.
  3. Hoka Bondi
    • For people who are standing on their feet both the triumph and bondi are good options.  Triumph has a more sleek look compared to the bondi

Who would I recommend the Saucony Triumph For?

Most of the serious high end runners I know have made this their “work horse” shoe.  These shoes offer them the ability to eat up miles with a smooth and cushioned. The TPU foam offers a high energy return.  High end runners will be who I suggest this to the most.  I would also recommend it to someone who is on their feet all day and looking for a more sleek option than the Hoka Bondi.

Hoka Bondi 7 Shoe Review

Shoe: Hoka Bondi 7

Hoka Bondi 7 Shoe review

Category- Premium Cushion “Neutral”/I would argue more support

Weight- Men sz 10.5 (10.7 Oz)/ Women’s sz 7.5 (8.9 oz)

Heal to Toe Drop: 4 mm

Stack Height (Heel/toe): 31/27 mm (W), 33/29 mm (M)

Preferred Surfaces: Track/Road/Concrete

Cost: $150

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My quick opinion: In the beginning of Covid, every healthcare worker was placing curbside pickups for their pairs of Hoka Bondi. These are incredible shoes if you are on your feet all day and need maximum cushion. These shoes are also incredibly useful for individuals with high volume feet(wide and tall).

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Pros:

  • Cushion
    • May be the most cushioned shoe on the market
  • Roomy
    • Great for Wide and tall feet
  • Durability
  • Great for easy runs
  • Makes me 6ft tall
  • Offered in a non slip version
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Cons

  • Heavy for running purposes
  • Thick upper material
    • Can cause feet to get hot during the summer
  • Looks
  • Too Wide for narrow feet

Comparable Shoes:

  1. Hoka Clifton 7 (~$130)
    • The Hoka Clifton is a more light weight and a slightly softer foam, The only issue with the Cliftons in health care workers and other long term standing is the crash pad(heel) breaks down quickly in the Clifton
  2. Brooks Dyad 11 (~$130)
    • This has a similar straight last with a wide base as the bondi. However, this lacks both the cushion and the height within the shoe of the Bondi
  3. New Balance 840v4 (~$125)
    • similar to the Dyad it shares a similar shape but lacks the cushioned feel.

Who would I recommend the Hoka Bondi For?

As I have mentioned multiple times before in this shoe review, the Hoka Bondi 7 is the ultimate shoe for anyone who has to be standing on their feet all day. It offers the cushion and durability to withstand 12 hour shifts at the hospital. Although it may be a little wide on most, many have found this to be beneficial as their feet swell throughout their shift. As a running shoe I wouldn’t recommend this for most, unless you are only focused on cushioning.

Check out my other shoe reviews!

Shoe Review:KARHU Fusion 2021

Shoe: Karhu Fusion 2021

Category- Neutral Daily Trainer

Weight- 8.8 oz (W) 10.5 oz (M)

Heal to Toe Drop: 6 mm

Stack Height (Heel/toe): 24 mm / 18 mm

Preferred Surfaces: Track and Road

Cost: $140

My quick opinion: This has been one of the best updates I have seen by a shoe year to year. Karhu is a Fleet Feet Exclusive shoe and uses the 3D scans taken in store to design their shoes. The Fulcram through the midsole helps generate some needed motion for some. Overall I’m a big fan of this shoe and their HiVO option is great for people with “tall” feet(High instep Height)

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Pros:

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Cons:

  • Sold in limited locations
  • Lacks color options
  • Unique ride that some dont enjoy

Comparable shoe:

  1. Asics Numbus(~$150)
    • Similiar to the Karhu Fusion the Asics Nimbus has support through the midsole. The Nimbus is a slightly more cushioned model, falling into the premium cushion category
  2. Hoka Clifton (~$130)
    • Hoka Clifton also has a slight rocker to the bottom of the shoe. This shoe will offer a much more cushioned feel
  3. On Cloud Swift ($150)
    • Another rocker bottom shoe with a little more cushion. However this will be a slightly snugger fit
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Who would I recommend the Karhu Fusion 2021 for?

This is a great shoe for someone looking for a daily trainer. This is a great hybrid shoe as it offers alittle more support than most neutral shoes but not a true stability shoes. Overall if you are looking for a little extra motion coming from you shoe and dont want a carbon plate this is the shoe for you

Shoe Review: Saucony Endorphin Speed

Shoe: Saucony Endorphin Speed

Category- Light weight Tempo run and Race Day Shoe

Weight- Men sz 9 (7.8 Oz)/ Women’s sz 8 (6.8 oz)

Heal to Toe Drop: 8 mm

Stack Height (Heel/toe): 33 mm (Heel), 25 mm (Forefoot)

Preferred Surfaces: Track and Road

Cost: $160

My quick opinion: First lets start with the color options, If you wanted a 70’s and 80’s disco party on your feet, these are the shoes. I got to try these out the other day and I was pleasantly surprised. They ran true to size and while wearing them you could feel the soft yet responsive underfoot. In terms of weight you aren’t getting much lighter than these. If I was in the market for a new tempo shoe, these would be high up on my list.

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Pros:

  • Plastic plate increasing energy return
    • Although we are not getting the full power of the carbon fiber plate. The plastic plastic in this shoe definitely makes this an easier ride
  • PWRRUN PB foam Offers best of both worlds for TPU and EVA foam
  • Light weight upper maintained support even at high speeds
  • Bouncy feel
  • Color Options
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Cons:

  • Heel almost felt too soft at slower speeds and while standing around
  • Much different feel then you are probably use to
  • Does not have the greatest grip on them

Comparable shoe:

  1. Nike Zoomfly 3 (~$160)
    • At the same price point the Zoomfly offers a carbon fiber plate compared to the plastic plate in this shoe. However if you have a slightly wider foot a zoom fly may not work for you.
  2. Hoka Rincon 2 (~$115)
    • Hoka Rincon is another lightweight speed day shoe. Although it is significantly less expensive you miss out on the plate in the shoe and increased durability
  3. Brooks Hyperion Tempo(~$150)
    • Very similar shoe in terms of purpose, price, weight and fit.
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Who would I recommend the Hoka Rincon For?

This is going to be for our more serious runners who match their shoes purpose to their training day. This may also be a great shoe for someone who is beginning to explore the performance shoe category.