Saucony Triumph Review

Disclosure: I was provided product from Saucony through Fitfluential for this review, however all opinions are my own.

Hey everyone.  This is Heather’s husband, Bobby, and you are in for a real treat today, because I am guest posting!  …Okay, well it may not be that exciting, but here we go.  I’m going to be talking about running shoes, and to be more specific, the Saucony Triumph ISO.

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Saucony was kind enough to send me a pair of shoes in exchange for my review.  I was very willing to take them up on the offer since I have been running in Saucony shoes for a couple of years now.  My wonderful wife got me my first pair after I told her I wanted to run in more minimal shoes but the brand I had made my feet hurt.  She got me the Virratas and I loved them.  I’ve put a good few hundred miles on the Virratas and she recently got me a second pair from the same line.

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Saucony Virrata’s

Now that I’ve put some backstory in, you will understand that I am comparing the Triumphs to many miles in a similar shoe.  First, I’ll distinguish the two lines by saying that the Triumphs are not a minimal shoe; they have a good bit more stability than the Virrata and are considered a neutral shoe.  I had my first run in them about a week ago and the run felt good.  I don’t know about you, but just knowing that I’m wearing new high-end running shoes makes me feel faster, which makes me say WHOA!

My favorite part about the Triumphs is also my favorite thing about the Virratas, and that is the mesh on top rather than a hard and constricting plastic.  I have big feet and I’m not exactly light, so my feet take a pounding.  Anything I can do to make them feel less restricted is a good thing.  If you look closely you can see that the laces go into a part of the shoes that is not attached to the mesh directly, which contributes to the feeling of not being confined.  After writing this paragraph my wife pointed out that one of the main features of the shoe is the “ISOFIT” which is responsible for the comfort I was just discussing, while still making the shoe feel flexible and not bulky.

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Saucony focuses on one other aspect of the shoe, and that is the cushion of the platform (POWERGRID cushioning).  Thinking back on the workouts that I have done so far I would agree that they have delivered.  Like I said earlier, I felt good on the run and it was more than the new shoe high.

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Lastly, let’s not forget that they look awesome.  As I looked around the gym I saw a lot of grey and black shoes and even the gym was dully colored.  These shoes stand out! Not to mention, so does the shoe BOX!

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I appreciate the chance to try out the new shoes and I know I’m going to wear down the Triumphs to nubs like I did my Virratas. Be sure to follow #WHOAface on Twitter to get other blogger’s opinions on the shoe. Also you can follow Saucony on Twitter and Instagram @Saucony.

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My WHOA face

QOTD: Do these shoes make you say WHOA! Do you like the colors? What do you look for in a running shoe?

Men’s Saucony Virrata’s

Greetings everyone, this is Heather’s husband, Bobby, and this is my review of my Saucony Virratas. First a little background, though any of you who regularly read Heather’s Looking Glass will already know a bit about my physical activity. I have been working out with weights since 7th grade and took up running about five years ago when I graduated college and realized I needed something to help me stay in shape (at least a shape other than round) now that I am not regularly playing sports. Heather and I have worked up to half and full marathons, though I really prefer 5ks, and I recently ran my first triathlon.

On to the Saucony Virratas.

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My favorite thing about them is that my feet do not feel cramped. I have larger than average feet and my feet usually feel cramped in shoes. I’m not just talking about width either. My feet often feel liked they are being squished from top to bottom and I have rough callouses across the tops of my toes because most shoes cramp down. The Saucony Virratas has a type of mesh that goes over the top of your foot and doesn’t make you feel as cramped. I’m the type of guy who would wear flip-flops at all times if not for sports and dressing up, so this great for me. The mesh also allows more airflow into the shoes and keeps your foot cooler.

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Weight: I’m heavy enough on my own and don’t need any additional poundage (is that a word?) to lift. These shoes are lighter than any of my other running/workout shoes. I have had the chance to run in them several times now and I can honestly say I feel a significant difference in simply lifting my feet.

This is my second pair of minimalist shoes and I prefer the feeling of running barefoot to running in a shoe that alters my steps. I think the flexibility of the shoes also contributes to the sense of less confinement. Can you tell that I sometimes get a little claustrophobic?

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I hope this review has given some useful information to any of you considering the Saucony Virratas as your next pair of running shoes. I also want to thank everyone who reads Heather’s Looking Glass and hope you keep following my amazing wife (/brownie-points).

 

QOTD: Do your feet ever feel cramped in certain shoes? Do you like shoes with more mesh/allowing for air flow?

Saucony Virrata Review

I have an obsession with shoes. Not your typical high heels and boots obsession (although those are nice too!) I’m talking running shoes. You should see all the pairs I own right now. It’s almost embarrassing. The thing about it though, is I am also PICKY about my shoes. I may own a lot of pairs, but most of them end up being cross training shoes. There are only a few I will actually RUN in. From the moment I put on my new Virrata’s from Saucony, I knew these were going to be “running shoes.” I was actually out of town when they came in mail. My husband texted me a photo of them and I instantly told him to put them in his suitcase and bring them with him! (He was meeting me a couple days later).

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The Virrata is Saucony’s lightest and most flexible training shoe. This shoe is super light (6 ounces!) Amazingly flexible,  but also cushioned to protect you from the road.  This shoe has a 0mm heel drop, and is very breathable and quick drying.

So all of that stuff is of course great to know (and important!) But let’s talk about these cool colors. I LOVE brightly colored running shoes. Who says you have to look boring when you are running? I would definitely call these shoes a “touch of sass” to add to your running gear.

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I have not been running in zero drop shoes, so I wanted to make sure I safety transitioned. I started out just walking around in them, and then took them on a two mile run. Not going to lie, my calves were very sore after and during the run, but it got much better with each run. Now I can run three miles in them with no tightness or soreness.

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Something I really love about these shoes is how I can “feel the road” underneath me when I am running, while still having some cushion. I have very high arches and I overpronate, so I never wanted to go into barefoot running, so the virrata is the perfect mix of flexibility and cushion for this girl. My feet feel so light and like I really am flying, it’s a great speed shoe for sure.

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I haven’t taken them on anything longer than 3 miles yet, but I am hoping to build up my mileage in them, but I can definitely attest to the fact that they are an amazing short distance shoe! If you are looking for something with a 0mm drop but don’t want to go totally minimalist, this is the shoe for you.

Be sure to follow the hashtags #Virrata and #FindYourStrong on Twitter to hear more about these shoes.

 

Disclosure: I was provided this product for review from Fitfluential and Saucony. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

QOTD: Have you ever run in zero drop shoes? What are your thoughts on such a light flexible shoe?