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 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
- These were like running with a best friend; they were comfortable and supportive. They had a great toe box. These are my most favorite shoes ever.
- This shoe has some mean grip and comfort. It doesn't breath as well as some shoes I have due to the waterproofing. I am going to be using these as my winter runners. These have the typical knobs a trail shoe has however, they are not bulky feeling like most. These have great flexibility and low drop and really nice ride to them. The heel id really nug and holds my foot really well but could use a little more arch support. I recommend these as a light cold weather trail shoe.
- After looking and reading over the reviews, I ordered a half size larger and they are fitting great for my extended hospital work hours. They have a great toe box and really support my feet. They are really comfortable.
- This is a bit bigger than other Sauconys, for those of you who are exclusive. The lugs are bit shallow and do not work the best in the mud but they are wonderful on loose gravel and root and other dry terrain. They grip well and have good support and balance. These are a 4mm drop, which is spot on for my style running. Because they have more shallow luggs, they work really well of rods and concrete. This makes them a great versatile shoe.
- These are a great pried level and comfortable trail shoe for us that just like to take a hike. They look good on my feet and fit great. The quality is pretty good as well. These are great for moderate to light trails, just what I was looking for.
- I am happy with the shoe and the 4mm drop feel great They are true to size. I wore thick socks and they were a bit tight so note that. They have a lot more cushioning than my other shoes that are similar. For those that need extra space, I suggest a half size bigger.
- I like these way better than my TR9’s I have been using for years. They have a lot more cushioning and are a lot lighter as well. They have great space and are really flexible, which is great for my orthotics. I feel secure in these and they have held up on my walking terrain well.
- I wish they had a bit more arch support. Other than that, these are great. Super comfortable and fit my narrow heels good while still allowing ample toe space. They are light and breath pretty well too.
- Although the arches could use a little work, the shoe is light and roomy and doesn't compromise on cushion. These are working really well as my trail shoes. Do not hesitate to buy because of the low arches, just get insrts because these are really comfortable shoes.
- These it similar to my size 12 Altras and are just as comfortable. They have a great round toe with lots of room and they fit perfect.
- I was able to run a plain 4 miles in these as well as hike the trails in snow. These did not get any water in them from the snow. They have good stable reaction and are comfortable. I wore these in Yellowstone instead of my hiking boots and have no complaints.
- I ordered a half size larger, per reviews, and these are great.They lacked a bit it shock absorbency however, everything else is working great. They look good and they are comfortable.
- These tracked good on the loose dirt and on the rocks going downhill. The toe box is nice and wide, giving ample room to move the toes. They were great right out of the box.
- I use Saucony exclusively and they are always on point. These needed no break in time and they have great support and are comfortable. They don't roll when you hit loose dirt and rocks, which is great and safe.
- I like the 4mm heel zone and that they fit true to size. The traction is that of a tire. These are my 2nd purchase and I will buy them again until they discontinue. Great shoe!
- First of all, the price, fantastic. The shoe? They are the best for short trail burst and running on pavement. They are a really nice versatile shoe. I am also able to wear them to work and feel equally as comfortable. I would recommend these to active people who do not want to buy a shoe for every different step or activity.
- These are durable , rugged, have a great grip without being bulky and having over aggressive knobs. They are a good trail shoe while still having the ability to be used in a normal tennis shoe way. I have bought 2 pair so far.
- Favorite part about this shoe is the versatility. I wear them to work and to exercise and to run on the trails. I didn't have to break them in either. These are a fantastic, durable made shoe.
- These were great right out of the bo. They could go for a bit more arch support. However, this does not fault the shoe completely. It is a great and comfortable shoe with a lot to offer.
- I was so shocked that these shoes held up so well. They were so cheap and have withstood all the feels of a mountain and rugged trail hike. They have supb traction on wet surfaces and kept my feet stable and comfortable, even through the snow.
- These were great shoes: comfortable, cushioned, airy, great tread, etc. However, after less than 9 mies and no trail runs, they have began to fall apart. They are cracking on the tred and word down. They are really slick now. They are completely separating like I have worn them for a year or so. I am really disappointed.
- I have really high arches and the tongue on these really put some pressure on my foot and created blisters. I am thinking the tongue being attached is what made these bad for me.
- The tongue is too short and the soles are made really poorly. They do not have good traction for the trails I was running, although other reviewers differ. They are really mushy and you can feel every little pebble and rock under your foot. These are NOT made for long distant trails at all.
- These were way too tight and I always buy Saucony. The arch support was not there wither. These were a huge disappointment.
- These were really bad. They had no support and really hurt my feet. The heel especially was lacking.
- These have a extremely narrow toe box for trail shoes. They are not even close to the other brands, like Merrell and Salomon, that I have used. They are really hard and not comfortable at all. They look nice, for what it is worth.
- These have a hard foot bed and are rally narrow compared to their other trail shoes. I used these to work in and they have created some really damage to my feet. I am in constant pain. I am throwing these out, I do not want to share the experience with anyone.
- These were ugly on and had a jacked up tongue form. The material is super cheap and fake looking and it grinds into the top of your foot horribly. Really crappy designed shoe.
- I really like Saucony and they are affordable. This shoe however, garbage. The stitching started falling apart at the seams with minimal use. I am really disappointed in these shoes.
- These felt great on the trails. The normal Saucony comfort and durability I am used to was there. However, They fit really loose and slid around a lot, which can be dangerous on the trails. The heel does not support the foot at all and that is a deal breaker for me. If they fixed this issue in the is shoe, it would be about perfect.
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.
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.
- 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
- Removable insole
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.