Saucony Excursion TR10 Review Facts
In the summer of 2016, Saucony released its 10th edition to a popular line of trail running shoe, the Saucony Excursion TR10. Like its predecessors, this is a very cushioned shoe designed for runners with a neutral running gait. The updates to this popular running shoe have improved the durability and fit, as well as offering some brighter color options.
The outsole features the same rugged design found in the TR9
. It has large multidirectional lugs that allow traction on a variety of terrains. These large lugs allow for a transition from trail to road without any discomfort. The shoe can be used on the road without considerable wear on the outsole. The XT-600 carbon rubber that makes up the outer layer of the outsole allows traction on a number of surfaces. This is a great road to trail shoe or a shoe for hard packed trail.
With an 18mm stack height, the midsole is substantially cushioned
with injection molded EVA material. The full length midsole offers even cushioning from heel to toe which contributes to an exceptional ride throughout. The IMEVA material also offers a springiness not offered with some other types of EVA material while being lightweight. This shoe also features the Saucony GRID system in the heel which protects against impact related injuries. These two midsole materials work together to provide a soft landing for any foot strike.
The upper is a combination of knitted mesh material and synthetic overlays, offering superior breathability while also being strong enough to keep out trail debris. The inner shoe is lined with soft plush material for a great feeling. The lace area is protected by a plush tongue and collar, making for a comfortable fit on all sides. It is tightened using a traditional lacing system
Comparing this shoe to previous revisions, Saucony has managed to shave off a little weight, although not enough to make a considerable difference. They weigh in 9.8oz for men and 8.2oz for women, which is typical for a heavily cushioned shoe of this type. Overall, the weight is in the midrange balancing durability and comfort.
The mesh upper gives the Excursion TR10 excellent breathability, and the inner lining makes it a good all weather shoe. It has sufficient breathability for the summer months
, and still provides protection and some warmth for colder training seasons, a change in socks makes this an (almost) all weather shoe. Even the Gore-tex model, while waterproof, is exceptionally breathable.
Comfort has always been the goal when in comes to the Saucony Excursion design. It offers good cushion and all around support with a number of features in the midsole. The springiness of the IMEVA offers an excellent ride for long distances
. The GRID system provides extra protection from impact. This is a neutral shoe, offering support while still allowing the foot to move naturally. The shoe comes in both regular and wide sizes to fit a variety of foot types. The plush inner lining provides tons of comfort. The insole is removable, so this shoe can accommodate custom inserts.
A major improvement in this revision of the Excursion is the added variety of colors. It comes in 3 color variations for men and 4 for women. The majority of the men’s colors maintain the neutral tone to be used in a variety of places while the women’s comes in more bright colors, usually characteristic of the Saucony brand. My favorite is the grey/blue/coral variation. Being that this is still a neutral shoe with lots of cushioning, no matter what color you choose, it is still a touch bulkier than other types of shoes.
The durability has really impressed runners with this edition of the Excursion! The outsole is extremely durable, showing almost no wear after several miles of road and trail running
. Previous shoes in this line have been met with complaints regarding the durability of the upper, which has been much improved upon this time, no significant damage to the shoe after extended use.
The thick rubber outsole offers excellent protection in any trail elements, and also protects from getting tender toes during long runs. The upper is durable and stands up trail debris. The tongue and lace area are padded to protect the upper area of the foot and prevent dirt from entering. There is also a little extra padding in the heel cup to prevent debris from working its way into the shoe.
The IMEVA material makes the shoe feel more responsive than most other 8mm offset shoes cushioned with other types of EVA material. The IMEVA material gives the shoe a bouncy feeling at lift off. Although the significant amount of cushion does reduce overall ground feel, the shoe maintains its snappy underfoot feeling.
While the Saucony Excursion TR10 is classified as a neutral running shoe, it borders on being a “light stability” shoe and offers excellent support from heel to toe. It is great for anyone with high arches, overpronation
or supination because of its additional support. The different types of midsole features throughout the shoe offer slightly different support right where you’ll need it most. The laces help to give the shoe a snug fit which is great for lateral support.
The sticky rubber outsole and the large lugs make this shoe perfect for almost any terrain with the exception of deep mud. The size of the lugs and design make it an excellent road to trail shoe
. This shoe does also comes in a waterproof Gore-tex version.
This is an exceptionally well priced shoe, originally priced at $70 USD on the Saucony
website, it is available for only $60 USD when ordered online. Considering all of the features this shoe has, at this price the shoe is a very good deal. The durability, functionality and style means that you can have a reasonably priced shoe that will last a long time.
The sticky rubber sole and multidirectional lugs offers excellent traction for most terrains both dry or wet. One flaw is that because it is a little rigid, there is some trouble maintaining control on smoother round stones that being said, this is a shoe that has great traction and can go most places. The exceptional traction also make it an ideal hiking or fast packing shoe.
The plentiful IMEVA cushion, along with the stability features of this shoe, make for a somewhat rigid construction. However, the rigidity of the shoe make it great for stability and more gnarly trails, giving it a smooth consistent ride throughout. This is a great shoe for long comfortable training runs.
The lacing system which cinches the synthetic overlay around the foot, locks the foot in and distributes support and stability throughout the length of the foot. The 8mm heel to toe offset offers great stability throughout the shoe while catering to someone with a neutral running stride. The stack height, is a little higher than I prefer but it is proportionate to the overall size of the shoe.
The heel to toe offset is 8mm. This allows for extra cushioning in the heel, along with support in case of a heel strike, but it is not so much that you feel like you are dragging your heels throughout the run. At this drop, the shoe is perfect for a variety of foot strikes and walks the line between being a neutral
running shoe and a light stability. The major benefit of this offset is the neutral range of motion, neither too controlling nor requiring excessive foot strength, perfect for someone looking to transition between a stability shoe to a more neutral feeling shoe.
Key Features of the Saucony Excursion TR10
Key Features of the Saucony Excursion TR10
• Neutral support, best for medium to high arches, pronation and supination
• Heel GRID system for stable cushioning
• Sock liner is comfortable and plush
• XT-600 carbon rubber outsole for excellent traction and durability on trails
• IMEVA cushioning provides excellent comfort for any distance training run
• Upper weld and mesh provide lightweight support and lock down to give the shoe a customizable feel
• 8mm offset distributes cushioning evenly throughout the shoe, helping the body to stay balanced with every foot strike
• A multi directional lug pattern provides traction on any terrain
• Goretex is optional, providing additional protection and waterproofing to keep feet dry
• Breathable mesh upper dries quickly and keeps feet cool
This is a great addition to the Excursion line of running shoe. It is a high quality shoe with tons of features that cater to different types of runners and heel strikes. The new colors are brighter and more exciting, adding new variety to the line while catering to many different tastes. This plush feeling shoe makes comfort a priority while not being too bulky. This is perfect for any situation where you might be in your shoes or on your feet for a long period of time, such as extended trail runs, fast packing or even working. It comes in Gore-tex
and wide sizes, great for many different situations. This is an affordable shoe that you can log many comfortable miles in, on a variety of terrain.