Shoe Review: Saucony ISO Triumph

Saucony recently released a new shoe called the ISO Triumph. According to the Saucony web site, this shoe uses the EVERRUN technology to give more cushioning in the heel of the shoe and less pressure on the forefoot of the shoe. The website gives the following specifications for the shoe.
  • Shoe Category: Neutral
  • Pronation: Neutral
  • Cushion: Plush
  • Construction Type: Neutral
  • Surface: Road, Track
  • Arch: High, Normal (Mid)
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Offset: 8mm
  • Heel Stack Height: 30mm
  • Forefoot Stack Height: 22mm
My first concern in using a new shoe is if the shoe can be used without being broken in, that is, right out of the box. I just finished my maiden run (2.6 miles) with this shoe, and I had no problems with the shoe. It was usable right out of the box. It did have the cushioning that one would expect from new shoes. The key thing is whether or not the cushioning still exists after 100 miles or more have been put on the shoe. I was pleased to see that the shoe has flat laces (I've never liked the round laces that many shoes have). I had no problems with the laces becoming loose, although I double knot the laces to keep them from becoming lose. I also liked the colorful trim of the shoe, and that color may help the shoes to be more visible at night.

I was surprised to discover that the laces did not go through the tongue of the shoe. I guess that Saucony has learned that the tongue doesn't shift position much as the shoe is used. I was disappointed that the shoe has no boot-strap loop at the heel of the shoe, because I've found that loop to be helpful with new shoes. The shoes were easy, though, to be put on, so the absence of the boot-strap loop is not a big thing.

I will periodically report on the shoe as I put miles on it.

01/23/2016 I've put 53 miles on these shoes, and have had no problems. They are a neutral shoe, and the wear-pattern on the heel of the shoe is very small but is centered  on the heel. I try to run with a mid-foot strike, and the wear on the heel is thus light. Because the wear on the heel is centered in the heel, a neutral shoe is right for me. As far as I could determine, the tongue of the show did not move during my runs.

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