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Saucony Triumph 17 Men
Big G Says…
Over the last couple of years, Saucony appears to have fallen behind the other major players in the running shoe industry, due mainly to their misplaced faith in the ISO fit. Major changes needed to be made and the Triumph 17 is the first of a new generation. The ISO fit has gone and so has the EVERUN midsole material.
The most important component of a running shoe is the midsole. Saucony has introduced a new foam called PWRRUN+ which bears an uncanny resemblance to Adidas Boost material. It has a thicker than average stack height but still an 8mm drop. Rumour has it that Saucony researched this midsole material for 5 years and road-tested it extensively clocking up around 30,000 kms on many different runners' feet. The heel has also been bevelled for a smoother rearfoot strike. The result is a very well cushioned and extremely responsive ride.
The upper has had the kitchen sink thrown at it and is maybe just a bit over the top in certain areas. The Ginger Runner comments that it feels like putting your feet into a giant bean bag - super plush with no sharp edges. The thickly padded collar and tongue make the shoe comfy like a bedroom slipper and with new premier jacquard mesh, lightweight TPU overlays and the rearfoot FORMFIT system enhance the really overall snug fit.
To complete the package, the crystal rubber outsole with even more durable rubber in high abrasion areas combine to ensure many happy miles. ln conclusion - this version is light years ahead of recent Triumphs when it comes to comfort, fit and cushioning. If you are a mid-high mileage runner looking for a really comfortable shoe and have not given Saucony a try recently, this may be a shoe to consider.
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