Saucony Caliber TR Review Facts
The Saucony Caliber TR is a trail shoe that is designed by people who understand running shoes. The Saucony engineers have taken their know-how and applied it to creating a world-class trail running shoe. This is a trail shoe for the runner who is looking for a shoe that will take them on longer, tough training runs across aggressive trails. This shoe provides the same level of support and cushioning that a road shoe would provide a runner and added a tougher element in the outsole to create an amazing trail experience. A key feature of the shoe is the aggressive lug system found on the underfoot of the shoe. This provides the runner with a security and peace of mind while running on wet or loose trails surfaces. The shoe is also known to provide the runner with an exceptionally comfortable ride due to the various midsole technologies that were included in the design of the shoe. Runners can expect to find an upper that provides a rugged look as well as a protective, knit textile upper. The inside of the upper is uniquely lined with ventilation holes to provide maximum airflow to reach the foot. The price of the shoe is perfectly aligned with the budget of most runners. It is affordable for most runners. The shoe has a more classic look with muted tones as opposed to bright, flashing coloring.
The outsole of this trail shoe
is designed to take runners on any terrain they feel confident running on. The shoe comes equipped with an aggressive lug system all along the bottom of the shoe to grip onto the ground below, even if the ground below is muddy, slippery, loose gravel, or jagged rocks. The outsole material is a high-quality rubber that is designed to stand up to the wear and tear of the trails and keep the runner protected against the elements. Every inch of this outsole is designed to hold tightly to the ground and keep the runner safe and feeling secure on their runs.
The midsole of the Saucony
Caliber TR has been described as runners by springy and plush. It employs a variety of materials to create a comfortable ride for runners. To begin, the shoe uses a full-length EVA midsole foam. This provides a bouncy ride for runners that quickly and efficiently respond to changes in direction, speed, and terrain. In addition to the full-length EVA midsole foam, the sock liner of this shoe offers added cushioning for the runner. This sock liner is Saucony’s patented React2U sock liner that is made using memory foam that gives the shoe a very plush, very comfortable feel that adapts to the unique shape of each runner’s foot. This provides added arch support because it cradles the foot and rises up to adapt to the shape of the runner’s arch.
This shoe uses a unique technique to provide support and breathability to the runner. It has what Saucony calls, Hot melt overlays, along the top of the shoe to help keep the runner’s foot in place. These overlays reduce unwanted movement which can lead to irritation and blisters. This shoe also features a heel counter to lock the heel of the foot in place. The upper material that is used is a knit textile that provides a soft, comfortable fit across the entire top of the shoe. This material is also breathable and helps regulate the temperature inside of the shoe as well. All in all, the entire design of the upper help reduce friction and works to keep the shoe in place while the runner traverses over challenging terrains.
While many uppers are now designed using a synthetic mesh, this shoe actually uses a knit textile. This material does a great job of allowing air to freely flow into the shoe and circulate around the foot to help regulate the temperature inside of the shoe. Runners reported that even during their long runs
or their runs in hot weather
, their feet stayed cool and comfortable.
For as rugged as this shoe is, it isn’t very heavy at all. Runners appreciated that this shoe provides protection and durability without adding excessive weight that can weigh the shoe down and subsequently, slow the runner down as well. The men’s size nine of this shoe comes in 10.1 ounces while the women’s version is a mere 8.4 ounces. The lightness keeps the runner feeling connected to the trails
and able to efficiently react to changes in terrain.
Runners were very pleased with the overall comfort of this shoe. The majority of this luxurious comfort can come from the material choices that Saucony
went with while designing this shoe. The midsole uses a springy EVA
foam, but the real comfort comes from the REACT2U sock liner that is made with a plush memory foam. This foam is extra plush and molds to the shape of the foot. In addition to this material, the upper is also designed with an extra soft material. The material used in the upper is a knit textile that is soft to the touch but does a great job of absorbing moisture and wicking it away from the foot.
This shoe is not designed for the runner who needs a bright, eye-catching look. It is designed with a more subdued color
scheme and muted colors that provides a classic look. Runners liked the look of the shoe, but they were disappointed that it wasn’t offered in more options.
Runners commented that this shoe provides a high level of responsiveness. The heel drop of this shoe is lower and the material used on the outsole is durable, but it is also thin enough to provide the runner with a close ground feel. This connection to the ground below them provided the runner with the ability to change direction quickly and respond to unexpected changes in terrain. Runners reported that they felt more surefooted in these shoes because of the high level of responsiveness.
The key support elements come through in the upper of the shoe. The hot melt overlays provide a secure, structured fit that keeps the foot in place and reduced the risk of unwanted movement. Likewise, the shoe has a structured heel counter that works to lock the foot in place. Runners appreciated this features as they traversed across uneven terrain and ran down steep hills
on the trail. This helps keep the foot stable and reduced the amount of friction that can lead to discomfort and blisters.
Runners know that when it comes to protection, a quality trail shoe
needs to provide the runner with a base that will keep them safe from debris and jagged elements that can be found on the trail. Another part of the protection that needs to be found in a quality trail shoe is a lug system that will provide the runner this enough traction and grip
to keep them upright. This shoe provides both of these elements through its aggressive lug system and high-quality rubber used in the outsole.
The rubber used in this outsole is of the highest quality and Saucony specifically choose this material to help the shoe hold up against wear and tear. Runners reported that the outsole of this shoe withstood the elements of the trail and stayed looking and feeling newer for longer. They also said the same thing about the midsole and found the addition of the plush sock liner to keep the shoe feeling newer for longer. However, runners did comment that the knitted material of the upper tended to wear and rip more easily than they would have wanted.
This shoe is designed for the most aggressive trails that you can think up. Runners particularly liked this shoe for trail racing because of its lightweight nature, lower drop, and superior underfoot traction. This shoe provides the runners with a powerful trail
running companion, but it doesn’t weight the runner down with unnecessary materials. This shoe utilizes an aggressive lug system underfoot so this isn’t a shoe that should be sued for road running
or as a cross training
companion in the gym.
Runners were pleased with how reasonable the price tag on these shoes is. It comes in under the average price of a trail running shoe
on today’s market, and it falls well within the affordable price range for most runners.
Due to the lug system found underfoot, runners can expect to receive the highest level of traction. The underfoot of this shoe is almost entirely lined with tough lugs, and this makes this shoe a great choice for some of the toughest terrains. Runners reported that the traction keeps them safe and secure even on slippery and muddy terrain or as they traverse steep up or downhill climbs.
Runners found this shoe to provide adequate flexibility, but overall, it is more of a structured, supportive shoe than a flexible shoe that bends and moves with the natural movement of your foot. Runners found the upper to provide the most flexibility of the entire shoe.
This shoe is officially a neutral running shoe
, but runners found the plush, memory foam of the midsole to provide good arch support and adequate stability control. In addition to this, the upper of the shoe does a great job of helping keep the runner stable
on their runs. This helped the runner feel safe and secure regardless of the terrain they were racing on.
This shoe features an 8-millimeter drop that helps the runners feel connected to the trail below them. While some trail runners appreciated a higher drop for added cushioning and support, many trail runners find that a lower drop helps them feel more stable and sure footed on the trails. This drop won’t take much getting used to for a runner who is used to a traditional drop of ten or higher, but there will be a small adjustment period because these shoes are more level and provide less forward propulsion.
- React2U sock liner with plush memory foam
- Full-length EVA midsole foam
- Aggressive lug system for added traction on wet or dry terrain
- Cushioned tongue and collar for added comfort
- Knit textile upper
- Hot melt synthetic overlays for added support
- 8-millimeter drop
- Part of Saucony’s RunAnyWhere line
Caliber TR is a trail shoe for the runner who is looking to stay connected to the ground below them, but still have enough cushioning and support to carry them across treacherous terrain. Runners commented over and over about the overall comfort of the shoe. This can be attributed to the knit upper and the memory foam sock liner that rests atop the full-length EVA midsole foam. Saucony is a road running brand
that lent their expertise to the trails to create a shoe for the off road
adventure. The price is affordable and the color schemes of this shoe fall into the more classic design spectrum. Across the board, this is a quality shoe for the runner looking to get off the road and feel connected to nature.