If you ask an independent running shoe retailer “What running brand consistently impresses you?“ more often than not they will say; Saucony. And if you go one step further and ask them “What is the best shoe in their range?” they will say the Saucony ProGrid Omni or the Triumph. So we thought we’d ask Mark Walker to review the latest Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8.
I’m less of a thoroughbred and more of a workhorse when it comes to running. Middle of the pack, never in-front and never behind. I love running for the sake of running, racing isn’t my cup of tea. I just like hitting the road or trail 5-6 days a week and occasionally doing a marathon. And I think I’ve found my perfect partner!
Over the years I’ve lost a bit of faith in ASICS. They chop and change their formula so regularly that I’m never sure if my favored ASICS GEL Nimbus will be the same from one year to the next. Consequently I was delighted to test Saucony’s equivalent.
OUT OF THE BOX: The Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 have a reassuring look. They look like running shoes and aren’t trying to be anything else and they are as stylish as any other running shoes I’ve seen. Also they aren’t garish, unlike some of the recent creations from Nike.
I’m like a kid when I get new shoes. It has something to do with the smell and the fact that you feel 6 inches taller. Well the Triumphs don’t disappoint. The fit is spot-on. My only initial concern was the heal liner, which actually feels a bit too obtrusive when you put the shoes on for the first time. However, it soon moulds to your feet. I was also impressed with the lacing. Sometimes I struggle to get an evenly tight fit however the lock-down on the Triumphs is brilliant.
ON THE RUN: I tend to heel strike when I run and the Triumphs allow me to do so. They provide a soft but balanced feeling. Without being too cushioned, they propel you onwards. Often it takes me a week or so to break in a new pair of running shoes, however my feet took an instant liking to the Triumphs. One other thing I must credit the Triumphs for is that they seem to provide a better level of shock protection than the Nimbus. I say this because usually after 1Hr or so my knees start to feel the constant impact however I didn’t find this with the Triumphs.
OVERALL: I think a lot of runners are in my position. They’re never going to win a race but they enjoy running. They aren’t under 10 stone which means they need a bit more cushioning and they just want a reliable pair of shoes.
One of the joys of running is the opportunity to forget about the stresses of everyday life. The Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 help you do this, unlike any other shoe I’ve ever worn. The biggest compliment I can pay them is that you forget you are wearing them. To be honest I don’t have a problem with the price, I run enough to warrant the cost (£100 RRP) and I often pay CIRCA £100 for a pair of Nimbus. Sorry ASICS, I didn’t want to break it to you this way but I don’t think I will be returning anytime soon.
N.B I’d certainly not recommend the Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 to everyone but if you run anything like me you will love them!
If you have any questions just ask. I hope you found my ramblings useful.
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