Saucony Nomad TR
The Saucony Nomad TR is a neutral shoe made for going off-road. The shoe is well-cushioned, low to the ground, and provides excellent traction. The shoe is geared towards runners who do not overpronate. It’s perfect for those who or supinate. or who have no particular issues of note when it comes to their gait. The midsole of the Nomad TR features ample cushioning for the wearer and the shoe can handle high-mileage running.
As the first version of the Nomad TR, there’s definitely room for Saucony to improve the shoe. Regardless, it’s a good start. The shoe is solidly constructed and would work for high-mileage runners or even first-time trail racers. It won’t be everyone’s choice for speedy runs, since it’s not the lightest shoe in the category, but it provides a nice rebound. It’s a solid daily trail shoe that will hold up even with heavy usage.
- Fairly lightweight for a trail shoe
- Comfortable fit
- Good amount of midsole cushion
- Great traction
- Unique design
- Roomy toe box
- Quite a few reviewers found the shoe felt bulky despite its lighter weight
- Not super breathable
- Lacks protective features
The shoe's tongue is fused to the upper and the laces are part of a PROLOCK system that provides a secure fit and locks down the midfoot. The shoe also features a RUNDRY heel collar that helps wick away moisture and enhances the wearer's comfort. The closed mesh upper is meant to keep debris out of the shoe during trail runs. The shoe's sock liner is removable and can accommodate an orthotic.
Saucony could definitely work to shave off some of the weight of the shoe. It's clear they were attempting to create a more minimal trail shoe with the Nomad TR but the shoe still feels chunky when worn.
There was some debate about the shoe's drainage capabilities. Some runners found the shoe drained water quite well but some felt waterlogged after stepping in puddles on their runs. Saucony may want to look to the shoe's upper to improve the next iteration of the Nomad TR. The shoe is probably not a good choice for very hot summer day runs but would make a good choice for cooler weather jaunts.
The RUNDRY heel collar provides a nice bit of padding around the wearer's ankle. Best of all, the shoe features a nice wide toe box that many reviewers were very happy about. They commented that the wide toe box enhanced the comfort of the shoe and allowed for natural toe splay.
The speckled look is a good way to conceal the dirt the shoe will no doubt pick up. The color options, all dark hues, are fairly limited. A few brighter color combinations would be welcome in the shoe's next update.
Many reviewers were pleased with the shoe's durable. The mesh material used in the upper is also durable enough to withstand miles of use. In addition, the midsole cushion should continue to provide padding and energy-return for miles.
The shoe is vulnerable to punctures from sharp debris since it does not have a rock plate, like other trail shoes do. This isn't something a runner wants to worry about when focusing on moving forward. The shoe's toe bumper could also be greatly improved. It just doesn't provide a lot of protection from impact with rocks, boulders, and/or tree roots.
The shoe still manages to provide a supportive base for runners. The midsole's PowerGrid cushion evenly distributes the forces of impact to keep runners well balanced and supported.
The shoe also fits securely thanks to the PROLOCK system which locks down the wearer's midfoot. There's not much arch support in the Nomad TR, so the shoe is best worn by those with normal or flat arches. Those with high arches may find the lack of support uncomfortable.
Some reviewers did caution that the shoes have trouble on trails with loose debris. In these conditions, the outsole did not provide enough traction to keep users from slipping when the surfaces were wet. For the most part, though, you shouldn't have much trouble going from road to trail in the Nomad TR. The shoe transitions seamlessly from one surface to the next.
The midsole features enough cushioning to protect the wearer accordingly and the overall fit is very comfortable. The shoe is also solidly constructed and is meant to hold up even after miles of use. They shouldn't require replacement for a while, so rest assured you'll be able to use them throughout your training cycle.
A few reviewers, who took the shoe out on technical trails, found the lugs underfoot had poor traction when faced with loose and wet debris. But otherwise, the shoe has exceptional grip without being too sticky.
The PROLOCK system ensures the wearer's midfoot is locked down securely. A few reviewers found the toe box was a bit too wide and found the wideness diminished the opportunity for a snug fit. They were in the minority, though. Most reviewers found the fit of the Nomad TR was socklike and found the wider toe box enhanced their comfort when wearing the shoe.
Key Features of the Saucony Nomad TR
PWRTRAC outsole can handle virtually any surface
Hexagonal shaped lugs provide excellent traction
FLEXFILM technology ensures upper fits snugly
RUNDRY Heel Collar provides extra padding and comfort
PROLOCK system locks down midfoot
ProGrid Midsole cushioning provides supportive base and excellent energy-return
Closed mesh upper to keep out debris
Shaving off a bit of weight would also be beneficial and would improve the Nomad TR's ride immensely. Despite the need for improvements in these areas, the shoe is well built and provides a comfortable fit. For trail runners who want more ground feel and for those who want a reliable trainer that can transition seamlessly from road to trail, the Nomad TR is a good buy.