With a lower drop from heel to toe than previous models, the Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 9 gives a smooth ride that is close to the ground. This new Triumph has a heel drop of 8 mm, down from the prior 12 mm, and it is also a whole ounce lighter than the previous version of this shoe. It is dedicated to performance, and is ideal for running long distance with its mix of support and stability. If you are switching shoes, you might feel the drop at first so it's best to take it slowly as you ease into this new mode of running. Otherwise, your calf muscles might pay the price from using them at a slightly different angle.
I enjoyed the roomy nature and accurate fit of the new Triumph, which has extensive cushioning that feels great on my feet. The lower heel drop feels interesting at first and takes a little bit of time to get used to.
In addition to the heel drop, there are some other features in this new Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 9 that are worth paying attention to. It has a breathable mesh with synthetic overlays to help give your upper feet some support, but still allows them to breathe with its high level of ventilation. The heel bed has extra support to keep your heels from slipping around while running as well. There is a bit of stretch in the laces, with flat laces that help reduce pressure on the tops of the feet so that you can stay comfortable without any strain.
The midsole region of the shoe also has a variety of important features, with extremely comfortable cushioning. The Saucony Powerfoam is used throughout this part of the shoe, to help minimize shock and absorb pressure during running. The heel cushioning is quite effective as well, helping support the heels and keep them in place. Running through the middle of the shoe is a Support Bridge, which runs from the heel to the center of the foot. This is able to help decrease torsion while you are running, but it doesn't run far enough to hinder your foot's flexibility, for a natural feeling.
It's estimated by the manufacturer that users of the Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 9 can run for over 500 miles in these shoes, with the durable outsole constructed from carbon rubber. This outsole is also designed to handle technical trails and rough terrain without strain.
The cushioning is probably one of the most important advantages of the Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 9. Other reviewers loved the 8mm heel drop, because it helps to improve the ride and overall transition of foot movement. Another pro to this version of the PowerGrid is that it is a good 1 oz lighter than the previous version, which makes it easier to wear. You will feel light and fast on your feet when you take a stride in these shoes.
On the other hand, a downside of the Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 9 is its price, which is at the higher end of the range of running shoes. Yet if you feel that the pros outweigh this con, then it may be worth upgrading your running capabilities. With a low drop, light weight, and responsive cushioning, there is much to recommend with this new shoe from Saucony.