With the Saucony Triumph 20 the North American brand considerably modernizes one of its flagship running shoes, improving some key points to influence in the purchase decisions of current runners, it is mandatory to sell to keep the lights on. Despite the fact that the thickness of the midsole has been increased, the set of notches and flex lines not only hide this larger size but also give it a more dynamic impression of a shoe, something to be appreciated in a model that is top of the lineup in terms of cushioning (and price). A concept that successfully introduced the Hoka One One brand to the market and is shown in an extraordinary way in the Clifton 8. As usual in recent years, designers use striking color combinations to also wear them as urban sneakers while remaining fashionable, whatever that may be.
For the unconditional fans of the saga, there is no doubt the summary of the changes with respect to its predecessor Triumph 19 is modernization. Going from a "traditional" shoe to a more "modern" one could lose some loyal customers, but given the success of the Endorphin saga, it is worth taking the risk. In the upper cut, the side straps that end in eyelets and hug the midfoot stand out, providing a personalized fit thanks to the tension of the laces, a solution seen not only in other brands but also in the house treadmill Ride 15. As you would expect from a top-of-the-range shoe, the padding on both tongue and collar around the ankle give that impression of a premium shoe, something that the sale retail price already tells everyone at first glance.
The impressive midsole of the Triumph 20 promises to square the circle with the latest evolution of the PWRRUN+ compound: more cushioning, better response, less weight, etc. The high height could be an inconvenience for stability and certainly prevents having any kind of sensation on the ground, so each runner will have to see what they value to make it worth the purchase. The sole has also been completely redesigned, configuring a rubber pattern with independent pieces in the front part that lightens the whole and favors greater flexibility, seeking a smoother transition without impairing the useful life of the shoe. Let's go for run.
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