Saucony Caliber TR
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.
The Saucony Caliber TR 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 security and peace of mind while running on wet or loose trails surfaces. The Saucony Caliber TR 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.
- Aggressive lug system
- Supportive and secure fit
- Color scheme is more mellow
- Upper tends to wear down easily
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.
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 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.
Runners reported that even during their long runs or their runs in hot weather, their feet stayed cool and comfortable.
The men’s size nine of the Saucony Caliber TR 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.
The midsole uses a springy EVA foam, but the real comfort comes from the REACT2U sock liner that is made with 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
- 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
Runners commented over and over about the overall comfort of the Saucony Caliber TR. 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 of the Saucony Caliber TR 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.