Last month I was in the market for a new pair of running shoes. I loved my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12, but had no idea how many miles were on those shoes. I just knew I had run many, many miles in 2012 and had many, many more coming in January.
I decided to make a trip to my local running store, Running Revolution, which I hadn't been to since November of 2011 when I first started running.
I made sure to bring the pair of shoes they first recommended to me (ASICS Fortitude) as well as the Brooks I wore during the majority of 2012. After my wear pattern was inspected and after being analyzed on the treadmill, I was shocked to learn that Brooks I had been wearing all this time were not the shoe for me. I had chosen them online using a "what kind of shoe is right for you" shoe selector, and since I loved the color, I ordered them. While I loved them, and they served me seemingly well all year, it turns out they may truly be the cause of my IT issues. See, I am a neutral runner, and I was using a shoe for pronation control - which I didn't need. In fact, my wear pattern was all along the outside of the shoe, instead of a uniform wear pattern across the heel and under the ball of the foot like my ASICS.
After trying on and testing 4 different styles of cushioned, neutral running shoes, I selected the Saucony Triumph 10. I loved the lightweight feel of the shoe vs the similar model Brooks which felt heavy and clunky. I loved that I felt fast fast, while still maintaining a premium level of comfort in the Saucony. There was an Adidas model I also tried on, which I truly liked, but the Saucony felt as if it was better constructed.
A few days later I put my new shoes to the test and ran the Silicon Valley Santa Run 5K. I expected to slowly walk/run the race given my new shoes - instead I hit a PR!
Fast forward to this month. I ran 3 times in Orlando back-to-back: Walt Disney World Marathon Meet-Up, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World Full Marathon. I immediately flew back home to California where I wore the shoes during a hectic week of sales meetings, then boarded a plane and ran two more times in Disneyland: Disneyland Tink Half Meet-Up and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.
Conclusion: After running almost 60 miles in these shoes over the span of 10 days, I have to say that I am EXTREMELY pleased with the comfort, quality and durability. I had no blisters or pain (outside of the usual soreness one would experience after running around the country like a nut). My biggest issue with the shoe would have to be the way the tongue slips to the side no matter how tight I tie them. Bottom line: I love them & I love the bright colors!
Disclaimer: This review is based on my own personal experience with the shoe and is not meant to replace the expert opinion of a running shoe store / fitter. It is very important for any runner/walker to find the shoe that suits them best.
Below is the official description of the shoe from the Saucony website:
RUN – Neutral
Form and function strike a perfect balance in the new Triumph 10. Breathable open mesh and supportive underlays provide a clean, modern look while securing the foot to the platform. The redesigned crashpad features three fully-decoupled, independently responsive pods for a smooth landing and efficient transition. Deeper flex grooves in the forefoot add flexibility and PowerGrid™ midsole technology provides a plush ride for the runner seeking a cushioned feel. Weight: 9.2oz.