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.

Shoe Review: New Balance 1080 V11

Shoe:New Balance 1080 V11

Category- Premium Cushion Neutral Shoe

Weight- Men sz 10.5 (10.04 Oz)/ Women’s sz 7.5 (8 oz)

Heal to Toe Drop: 8 mm

Cost- ~$150

My quick opinion: This is one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. The fresh foam cushion is incredibly soft, making it feel like you are on pillows. I especially love the sock like upper, that allows for maximum breathability. ** pro tip if you order a 1.5 size bigger and in the wide for the women’s version it will be the same as the mens shoe”

Pros:

  • Extremely soft cushioning
  • Comes in narrow/ regular width/ wide and extra wide options
  • Rocker bottom that helps glide you forward
  • Sock like upper that is insanely comfortable
  • Color options(especially on the women’s options)
  • Great for long recovery runs
  • Unique heel cup that does a great job locking in the heel

Cons:

  • Not built for speed
  • Has a lot of exposed foam underneath which can wear quickly
  • Fresh foam can wear quickly in heavier individuals
  • Rocker bottom can take some getting used to for many individuals
  • Cost

Comparable shoe:

  1. Hoka Clifton
    • Very similar stack height and feel of cushion. The 1080 has a much more distinct rocker feel and a softer upper
  2. Nike React Infinity Run
    • This is going to be a much more narrow option for someone looking for a high cushion running shoe.
  3. Saucony Triumph
    • Premium cushion neutral trainer. Although they are both built for cushion, the 1080 takes the sock like feel, while the triumph can only be described as plush

Who would I recommend the 1080 for?

This is a shoe I bring out for anyone who is looking for a comfortable walking shoe. The fresh foam and rocker bottom makes for an incredibly smooth ride. This is also a great option for anyone suffering from mechanical foot/achilles pain. For runners, this is primarily going to be used for long recovery runs.

**I would avoid this shoe if you are suffering from knee pain/injury, as rocker bottom shoes have been shown to put more strain on runners knees.**