Continuing on with our new season offerings, up next is the latest from Saucony:
Saucony Triumph 12 Iso Series
The Saucony Triumph has always been Saucony's pinnacle of neutral cushioning, using the very best technology at their disposal. With the new Triumph 12, or as it is also being called, the Triumph Iso Series, they have completely remade a legend. First lets take a look at the simplest update - the midsole. Still using PowerGrid foam, they have added a further 20% of cushioning by adding 3mm to both the rear and the front stacks, incresing them from 18 and 26mm to 21 and 29mm respectively. This leaves you still with an 8mm offset, which fans of recent Saucony shoes will know and love, but also increases the cushioning, leaving you with Saucony's softest ride ever. Now, onto the more complex updates. Saucony believe that traditional 'luxury' cushion shoes tend to have bigger and bulkier uppers, resulting in a heavy and often clumpy shoe. This is where their new IsoFit system comes in. The upper of the Triumph 12 is like something we've never seen before. By using an internal sock, and a flexible external cage, the shoe flexes with your foot like nothing else in its class. No bulk. No stiffness. Just a shoe that offers the softest and smoothest ride. It is also incredibly light, weighing in at just 297grams. For a shoe of this nature, that is light. The outsole is one of the smallest updates, and is more a consequence of the bigger wholesale changes described above. All things considered, this looks to be the shoe to beat this season.
Saucony Guide 8
The Guide has been in recent years, Saucony's most popular shoe, and they have used the theory of 'if it aint broke, don't fix it' with this edition. In terms of the midsole, it still uses a Powergrid foam, and a dual density midpost to offer guidance. What you do get is a newly extended SRC crashpad to better transition from heel to toe, and an adjusted toe box designed to offer a better fit. The upper uses hotmelt film to offer structure without any needless stitches, and has a RUNDRY lining to better wick sweat away. The biggest change however comes in the midsole, where it now has deeper flex grooves to provide even more flexibility. All this in a shoe weighing just 238g is pretty impressive work. Like I said, if it aint broke, don't fix it.
Both shoes will be available from Runners need soon, with the Triumph 12 costing £125 and the Guide 8 costing around £105
Photos courtesy of www.saucony.com