Saucony released the Breakthru as an addition to fill the gap between two other of its popular models, the Ride and the Kinvara. With the Ride being more of a traditional shoe and the Kinvara being a fast ultra-lightweight trainer, the Breakthru attempts to be a happy medium between the two. Whether it succeeded in its quest to be a hybrid version of two types of shoes is to be questioned.
However, based on its own merits, Saucony has produced a fast and responsive trainer that’s ideal for racing and daily training sessions. It’s ideal for the type of runner who may appreciate a shoe like the Kinvara, Nike’s Zoom Elite or any other class of performance trainers but who wants some added cushioning and durability without having to sacrifice speed. The Breakthru has been outfitted with additional cushioning and durability, making it more adept at holding out for a longer number of miles than its competition, while still retaining the main elements of a performance trainer.
- Versatile shoe
- Lightweight construction
- Low drop offset
- PowerGrid technology
- Good durability on the outsole
- Narrow toe box
- Constrictive fit and lacks flexibility
- Upper mesh material is not stretchable enough
- Saucony Breakthrus get significant praise for their lightweight comfort.
- Many reviewers claim these have a decent level of durability. They have held up through heavy use by active teenagers.
- The materials are lighter than some other Saucony running shoes without sacrificing comfort.
- The bright colors don't fade after extensive use.
- For some reviewers, these helped relieve calf tightness caused by running in heavier shoes.
- For most buyers, the quality lives up to Saucony standards.
- The fit works well for narrow feet.
- Experienced and avid runners give positive reviews.
- These can be found for discounted prices.
- Positive reviewers say these are worth the price.
- There are positive reviews from runners with high arches.
- The structure can help support improved gait and posture.
- The heel cup has plenty of cushion.
- Five star reviews come from sprinters, long distance runners, and those who use these for long days at work.
- Overall, the majority of buyers say these live up to the expectations of long-time Saucony fans.
- I over pronate and these are a more neutral balance sneaker. Although I returned them them, they were super comfortable and fit exactly like they were supposed to.
- These are about 20% lighter than the Triumph model. They still have the good comfort of the others so I would call this an upgrade.
- They have a great cushioning and stability to them without adding weight, the are really light. They are a bit crazy to look at. They ave good motion control and way worth the price tag.
- I run in these daily and am not disappointed. I only got one blister from them later but never again.
- These are fast and light. I aways use sauconys for marathons, 9 so far. I can't get enough of their training shoes.
- I have trained in these for two marathons, one though mud and dirt and they have held up great. I have to give them 10 starts for durability. They comfort has remained and they are so light.
- The build of Saucony Breakthrus is narrow.
- The narrow fit makes it difficult to find a good size for wide feet.
- The toe box is narrow and low compared to some other running shoes.
- The color combinations are unique and don't suite all tastes.
- Several buyers who order these online report significant issues with poor workmanship.
- Another issue experienced by some online buyers is quick wear on the upper. There are several reports of tears and holes quickly forming.
- Depending on foot shape, the Saucony logo placement can cause rub on the outside of toes.
- Some people have needed a little break in time for these to feel comfortable.
- There are a few reports of blisters from sizing issues and the narrow toe box shape.
- A few reviewers complain that the tongue can shift during runs.
- I'm underwhelmed. They have no support like other Sauconys I have owned did. They actually hurt my feet. I returned them.
Despite the fact that the Breakthru was meant to be more cushioned than the Kinvara, it’s still a firm shoe. There is greater cushion than you’d find on a more minimalist design, but in general, the midsole emphasizes responsiveness rather than cushioning.
Several color combinations are available, most of which combine grey and another color. The most appealing color combination for the men is the yellow/blue/orange option and for the women, it would be the blue/vizi/orange combination. — this, of course, is assuming that you’re a fan of bright colored running shoes.
Other protective features include the use of the Run Dry Collar on the heel and the use of soft blown rubber on the outsole for added cushioning which helps to protect your joints. Additionally, the bright colors and reflective features help with running in low-light conditions.
• Soft mesh upper
• 8 mm drop
• XT-900 carbon rubber and IBR+ material on the outsole
• Designed for versatility as a race shoe and daily trainer for fast tempo running
Unfortunately, there some considerable drawbacks that still persist even in the current upgrades. The most significant of these is in the shoe’s lack of flexibility. The midsole is firm and responsive but lacks mobility. The upper is also very constricted and the forefoot area fits too snug according to some of its users. These issues are enough for anyone to consider exploring other options for a performance shoe that can deliver a more well-rounded experience. In the case of the Breakthru, the consensus seems to be that you get some benefits at the expense of others.