Comments: This is a great update. Positive changes are the lower heel rise, slightly more cushioned, and redesigned ankle collar. For me, the fit was identical to the 8's, so no +1/2 size. Also, for me, no road noise issue; these are quieter, not louder than the 8's. Altogether, a very good update that makes a very good shoe even better.
I am a 57 year old lifetime serious runner who still competes in track and road races. I use a 3 or 4 shoe rotation in my training and run 35 to 45 miles per week. I liked the Triumph 8's because they were fairly firm, resilient shoes -- they were my number one shoe for long training runs. With these updates, they will stay number one!
The redesign of the top two eyelets and what I call the ankle collar -- the top of the shoe that grips around your ankle bones -- is really excellent. In the 8's, I simply didn't use the top eyelet because it could put too much pressure on the tendons around the ankle, leading to inflammation. This resulted in a slightly looser fit that could cause issues with the foot sliding around on steep downhills. This update solves that. I use modified lacing with a loop through the two eyelets and a single cross-lace, and it is like magic. Just firm enough to eliminate any foot sliding (I've tried them on a very hilly run) but zero issues around the angle. Very nice.
They are a little softer than the 8's, but still in the firm category. Cushy shoes bother my ankles (a support thing), and these don't.
I am glad to see the lower heel rise. It's really hard to go from 12mm in a training shoe to zero on a racing flat!!! This is really true for the older runner, many of whom can no longer use true flat shoes, an issue that I believe is caused by training in shoes with higher heel rise. For me, getting used to the lower rise took zero time. I ran 6 miles the first time I used them, and everything was fine. However, I run a few times a week barefoot in grass or on the beach, and I run at least once a week in 0mm rise racing shoes. So getting used to the lower heel rise might be easier for me than for someone who never does this.
From: Basil, Kapaa, Hawaii, USA
Comments: After running around on these shoes for a week now, I can say these are the most comfortable I've worn. I was previously in the Asics Nimbus 12's, which I absolutely loved and was considering the 13's, but decided to try the Triumphs. The 8mm drop took a little getting use to at first, but I don't think I'll buy another pair of shoes unless they have it. Love the room up front and the way your foot feels locked in. Plus, I don't feel foot fatigue at the end of the day. This will probably be the shoe I buy from now on.
From: Jon, Virginia, MN, USA
Comments: Really great shoe. The 8mm offset is perfect. Even though it is a more cushioned shoe, it feels faster with the low profile and light weight. It is wider up front, that may be why there are mixed reviews. A runner used to narrow shoes may not like it.
From: Rajesh, Omaha, NE, USA
Comments: If you have a wide foot, these shoes are excellent -- I own them in a 2E size, but often wear 4E in other brands. The cushioning is excellent, and the 8mm drop works well for forefoot strikers like me.
From: Jeremy, Tenafly, NJ, USA
Comments: First, the shoe runs 1/2 size too big. Thanks to the feedback here, I ordered them in a size 9.5 (I usually take a 10)and the fit is excellent. The stretchy laces work fine, although I don't know if they are an improvement over the standard laces. I can see where these laces are worth it for those that have fit issues on the top of the foot. The 8mm heel/toe is very nice and works well for mid-foot strikers (I consider myself in this category). For a forefoot striker, you might want to consider the Cortana. Note, I also run in the Cortana and Kinvara with the 4mm heel/toe. Although not as light as the Cortana, these shoes are light enough to not interfere with the run. The new Powergrid in the Triumph provides plenty of protection and this shoe is great for long runs. However, it is a firm shoe and because of this (I believe), they are noisy. As Loopus mentions, they make a clip clop sound. So, Saucony, I think you need to soften the midsole up a bit (not too much). Finally, I ordered the black and yellow which is nice overall. But - wow, the yellow is really, well, yellow!
From: Greg, NY
Comments: I agree with all three previous posts...I feel loopuus is correct on the shoe running larger in size...which I think attributed to "noisy run" ..something I noticed the first couple of runs, too. I concur with Dave from Tempe regarding forefoot cushioning and lightweight feel...and regarding Nate's comments..I think upper is flimsy but I think part of that, in my case, is that I do feel it runs half size large, so the shoe can't support the foot properly..Despite all these observations , I like the Triumph and will probably downsize from my normal 9 to an 8.5. The drop in heel to toe is noticeable but not as difficult to get accustomed to as I imagined..about a week and a half...
From: Derry, Potsdam, NY USA
Comments: I'm a runner that loved firmness of the triumph 8's combined with the fit. For me, the upper on the 9 felt a little flimsy and didn't secure the foot well enough to my liking. The cushioning was quality but not as firm as the 8. The 8mm heel/toe drop was nice, and I think that's a feature for the future. Hopefully, in the next version they keep this but refine the fit and the upper. Overall, a good shoe but probably not the same category as the shoes with the Triumph name before it.
From: Nate, Iowa, USA
Comments: Flexibility is great in this new update to the high mileage triumph. Cushioning is abundant and the new heel drop of 8mm while noticeable is not too off-putting for those used to a traditional 12 mm drop shoe. However, the fit of the new triumph 9 is truly awful. The toe box is huge and I've had a couple of blisters and hot spots already from first couple of runs in them. The length of the shoe also seems off by +1/2 size on my normal running shoe size of 10.5. I think I should have come down to a 10 in these. They are also the noisiest shoes I've ever run in...they sound like a couple of horses clip clopping along when midfoot striking in them. A lot of "slap" sound in the transition that is extremely annoying! Overall, an interesting new direction by saucony for a mainstream high mileage trainer but they need to iron out the fit in the next update to be taken seriously with it.
Comments: Wow, what a major improvement! The forefoot cushioning is now literally like running on a cloud, but not mushy. A much, much lighter shoe and even the heel cushioning feels excellent. Have only taken an initial 6 mile run, however, it's very flexibilbe and responsive. Would seem to be also an excellent choice for those wanting to improve their forefoot running technique? This is no longer a heavy or supportive shoe, but a lighter weight long distance option!
From: David, Tempe, AZ USA