Saucony Triumph ISO 3

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Neutral running shoe lovers, listen up: The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 could just be the running shoe that you have been dreaming of. This neutral shoe, designed for runners with normal to high arches, is absolutely perfect for both tempo and long distance runs. The Triumph ISO 3, an update from the much-loved Saucony Triumph ISO 2, boast a plethora of exciting features that are brand-new for Saucony Triumph newbies and upgraded for the Saucony veterans. Trust us- if you think you’ve seen it all in the Triumph ISO 2, think again. Saucony has lots of surprises up their sleeve!

These running shoes are great for any runner looking for a reliable, standard shoe to add to their collection. It is plush but responsive, and its ISOFIT construction is designed to adapt to both the shape and motion of your feet. What is ISOFIT? Without giving too much away, ISOFIT is Saucony’s newest secret weapon that adds a custom upper shoe fit that simply has to be experienced to believe. The ISOFIT upper combined with the rest of the features of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 makes this a model to be reckoned with.

If you are searching for your go-to running shoe, and are looking for something neutral with plenty of cushion, check out the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and all that it has to offer below!

 

Pros
  • Great neutral running shoe
  • EVERUN midsole provides cushioning without sacrificing responsiveness
  • Good for tempo runs and comfortable enough for long distances
  • Roomy toe box
  • ISOFIT design adapts to the shape of your foot
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Complaints about a thin tongue causing lace pressure
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 shoes features their revolutionary TRI-FLEX zig-zag design. The Saucony TRI-FLEX outsole increases the way your running impact is dispersed across a greater surface, allowing you to make better contact with the ground. The TRI-FLEX design lives up to its name, allowing maximum flexibility. You won't find any difficulties with the bottom of this shoe; it is meant to move and flex right along with you on your runs. The outsole of the shoe features a slightly harder rubber under the heel versus under the forefoot.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Triumph ISO 3 running shoes feature an EVERUN midsole— a bouncy midsole foam with plush cushioning. There is a special Everun Landing Zone under the heel; the cushioning is thicker and more noticeable there, resulting in a comfortable experience that you will love—especially if you are a heel striker. The Saucony Triumph ISO 3's EVERUN midsole provides a great base, and even with the plush feeling underfoot, there is no sensation of "sinking" into the shoe or sluggishness while running. This springy, but plush, midsole allows for great improvement in reducing shock impact upon landing. The EVERUN foam is actually 3 times more resilient than normal EVA foam found in most running shoes, and when the temperatures drop, the foam stays flexible. Northern runners, rejoice!


Upper
Upper

Upper

If you think you know the Saucony Triumph ISO model from its predecessor—the Saucony Triumph ISO 2—think again. Saucony flipped this model on its head (or should we say, heel?) when they designed and released this shoe. The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 model features ISOFIT. ISOFIT is an engineered mesh upper with a lightweight and dynamic fit, sturdy hold, and slimmer saddle. The ISOFIT design is specifically engineered to fit and adapt to the shape of your foot, which results in a shoe fit and running experience that feels completely custom. One downside to the super-fitting, lightweight ISOFIT design is that for some runners, this upgraded ISOFIT material does seem a little thin—a few runners reported that the thin tongue, specifically, led to occasional lace pressure. But with some experimentation with different shoe lacing methods, you should be able to find the perfect lacing technique that works for you to minimize any lace discomfort.
Weight
Weight

Weight

These running shoes are probably not well-suited for speed workouts. The men's model of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 weighs in at 11 ounces, while the women's model weighs in at 9.4 ounces. While this is not a racing shoe, it is by no means clunky or cumbersome. But with the extra EVERUN cushioning in the heel and the higher drop, this model of running shoe is not specifically meant for speed. Take these shoes for spin on your long or easy runs and enjoy the ride!
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The ISOFIT upper, designed to mold and shape to a runner's foot, is lightweight and breathable. While not designed specifically as a lightweight shoe, most runners shouldn't have any problem with excess sweat or discomfort.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

If you are a runner looking for a truly comfortable ride, look no further. The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 are designed with comfort in mind. The EVERUN plush cushioning is an absolute dream to run on. It is lightweight, so you won't find yourself sinking into it or feeling weighed down. The special EVERUN plush cushion actually has a trampoline effect—it's bouncy! These shoes to tend to run small, so size up—probably a full size up—but the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 also feature a roomy toe box. So if you are a toe-splayer, it is likely that you will find that you have plenty of room in the front of your shoe—ingrown/black toenails, be gone!
Style
Style

Style

When it comes to style and design, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is a pretty typical, run-of-the-mill running shoe. It has a thick heel and a fuller design—some might liken it to a Hoka or an Altra, though it's not quite that big. It's an attractive, eye-catching shoe, with several color choices. In the men's model, some of the color combinations include Grey/Black/Slime (green), Red/Navy, White/Black/Citron, and a few other combinations. In the women's model, color combinations include Purple/Blue, Navy/Turquoise, Grey/Blue, White/Teal, and a few others.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Take good care of your shoes—if you love your Saucony Triumph ISO 3, they will love you back! These running shoes feel fresh, springy, and responsive even after taking them out for miles and miles of running and races. Some runners reported up to 800 miles logged in these shoes! (We recommend replacing your running shoes regularly, so keep track of your miles to ensure you do not end up uncomfortable or injured!) This model of shoe is particularly great for long distance training runs and races. Take them to your 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, marathons, and beyond—they'll go along with you for many miles of happy running! There are some concerns about the ISOFIT upper being a little on the flimsy side, but overall this is a very durable shoe that should last you a long time. Just don't go crazy and do a bunch of obstacle races where you have to jump over fire pits!
Protection
Protection

Protection

One of the most protective features of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is the Everun Landing Zone in the heel. This is especially beneficial if you are a running who tends to heel-strike. This is not a minimalist shoe, so its protection is sufficient enough for the typical road/treadmill/track racer. These running shoes are not water resistant or waterproof, so tread with caution when running through puddles.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Upon first glance, it may seem that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 would be clunky or cumbersome—but that could not be farther from the truth! Thanks to the EVERUN cushioning, these shoes should give you a surprisingly responsive ride—particularly in the heel, where the extra Everun Landing Zone is. Its springy midsole and TRI-FLEX zig zag outsole provide nice, smooth landings and firm takeoffs. Even though this shoe is plush and comfortable, it does not negatively impact the responsiveness at all. These shoes will respond to your run nicely!
Support
Support

Support

While the Triumph ISO 3 is not designed specifically for support, runners will find that they do give good support without being too heavy. The TRI-FLEX outsole, paired with the EVERUN midsole and ISOFIT upper, work together to create a harmoniously supportive run for those who lace up these shoes.

Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

On the surface, these shoes may appear perfect for all manners of terrain. And although the Saucony Triumph ISO 3's are durable, they are not made for rough, wet, or really uneven surfaces. The lightweight ISOFIT design is not meant for trail running, so stick to flat surfaces when you are running in these shoes. We recommend that you run on roads, tracks, treadmills, or sidewalks when taking your Saucony Triumph ISO 3 out and about on your running adventures.
Price
Price

Price

The price of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 may influence your decision to give them a try. The MSRP of these trainers is $150. However, there is a lot of return on investment there: they last a long time and are very comfortable. If you are looking for a cheaper shoe, you might want to consider a few other options. But if you are unconcerned with price, or want a shoe that will last for a long time and be well worth your money, give these shoes a try.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3's TRI-FLEX outsole zig zag pattern distributes force over a larger surface area, and is designed specifically for good traction. These shoes aren't designed for rugged surfaces, but the outsole pattern does grip the ground nicely. You shouldn't experience any more slippage than usual when raining, but as always, use caution when you head out during a rain storm!
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The combination of the ISOFIT upper and the outsole's TRI-FLEX design allows for optimal flexibility—you will not have stiffness problems in this shoe! The ISOFIT technology is specifically engineered to mold to your foot, so you know it will flex and move with you while you run. This is great news for runners who hate feeling stifled by their running shoes. In addition to the ISOFIT upper and the TRI-FLEX outsole flexibility, the EVERUN midsole foam does not stiffen up when it is cold outside. Northern runners, we're looking at you—take these shoes for a run when those temperatures drop!
Stability
Stability

Stability

The EVERUN cushioning may seem like it would make you sink into your shoe and cause a little bit of instability, but that's the amazing thing about Saucony's EVERUN technology—it is soft, but springy, and you never feel like your shoes are going to swallow up your foot. These shoes feature cushioning that is evenly distributed for comfort without that soft, sinking feeling. The design of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 gives you a balanced, comfortable ride. There is enough stability present for the average runner, but if you are seeking a stability shoe, you should look into other models for your perfect fit.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 feature a heel height of 30mm and a forefoot height of 22mm, resulting in a middle-of-the-road, average, 8mm drop. For people preferring a running experience that's closer to the ground, the drop on this shoe might be a bit too much for you. But if drop isn't particularly an issue, or if you prefer more height in the heel, you will probably find that the drop on these running shoes is just right.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- EVERUN bouncy, midsole plush foam for a comfortable but springy ride
- Everun Landing Zone beneath the heel for greater heel strike energy return
- ISOFIT upper mesh that contours and molds to your foot
- TRI-FLEX zig zag outsole, designed for maximum energy dispersement and flexibility
- Neutral running shoe

Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are a runner who has been searching high and low for your "Holy Grail" running shoe, you might just find it in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3. This running shoe is ideal for any runner looking for a comfortable, neutral running shoe. The EVERUN plush midsole, TRI-FLEX outsole, and revolutionary ISOFIT upper mesh result in a trifecta of comfort.

Runners who do not pronate and have normal-to-high arches should find that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 meets all of their basic running needs. From tempo runs to long distances, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 will stick with you and become a reliable staple to your running routine. Springy and responsive, this running shoe will give you a simply fantastic running experience from mile 1 to mile 26.2!