The Triumph is a mainstay in the Saucony lineup, and the moral of the story here is going to be, if you like the Triumph 20, then you’ll probably like the Triumph 21. The reason for this is really the lack of updates. Aesthetically it is improved, but under the hood, it’s not all that much different so more of the same, not necessarily a bad thing.
Quick Details, Specs, and Availability
- Weight – 9.8oz or 278g for a US Men’s 9, 8.8oz or 249g for a US Women’s 7
- Cushion – 37mm of cushion and a 10mm heel/toe drop
- Pricing – $160 USD
- Colors – 6 colors
The big win on the Triumph 21 and many of the new Saucony shoes in general is PWRRUN+. The move from the original PWRRUN has led to a better cushioned and more responsive run experience, which is really good for everyone. The upper has also been switched to a new flat knit, and they have added their updated lacing system, which we have seen on other shoes as well. But at its core, the shoe is really just a tweak on the Triumph 20.
On the positive side, the shoe remains incredibly plush up top with a solid step in experience. The collar is well padded and the tongue is as well. The new knit does breathe nicely, not sure it’s that much different than before other than the material, but it does still function well. As we move to the midsole, again, the PWRRUN+ is the champion on here. With 37mm of cushion, this is a very capable daily trainer that will be super easy on the legs. It is a simple shoes in many ways and not one you’re going to run the super fast in, but it can knock down some miles
As for areas of concern, it really comes down to something simple and that is those loops added to the top of the lacing system. These are showing up across the Saucony lineup, and while does give you a secure fit, sometimes it’s too much. It feels like an unnecessary add, and almost like it’s overcompensating for something. This is definitely a nitpick, so don’t let the comment hold you back. Just make sure you don’t experience any lace bite from it.
Your best use here will be easy daily miles where you just want a little extra cushion and you want to take your time. If that is your goal, then Triumph 21 can be a solid option.
Construction and Materials
The Saucony Triumph 21 features a new flat-knit upper that incorporates a redesigned lacing system, ensuring both comfort and security in the areas that matter the most. With its soft collar, new laces, and padded tongue, the Triumph 21 is specifically designed to enhance your running experience and enable you to maximize your mileage to the fullest.
The Saucony Triumph 21 incorporates PWRRUN+ technology along with a PWRRUN+ sockliner, working in tandem to provide a luxurious underfoot feel that enhances your overall running experience. The combination of these features delivers a responsive yet plush cushioning, ensuring a comfortable and supportive ride with each step you take.
The Saucony Triumph 21 showcases an updated Tri-Flex design that enhances flexibility, adaptability, and durability, allowing for a more natural and comfortable running experience. Additionally, the inclusion of XT-900 Carbon Rubber in the outsole provides added durability and traction, ensuring the shoe can withstand the demands of regular use while offering reliable grip on various surfaces.
If you are a fan of the Saucony Triumph 20, then, by all means, get out there and check out the Triumph 21. Why? Because it’s pretty much the same shoe. It fits well, it’s got a decent amount of padding, the cushion is solid, and the weight is reasonable for the job. It makes for a really efficient daily trainer, but do not expect it to blow your mind. This is a staple shoe that people go back to and rely on year over year. One thing we really don’t love is that loop system Saucony implemented at the top eyelet. It is unnecessary and doesn’t really seem to solve any problem for us. In fact, it tends to create them and not sure why Saucony is adding it to all their shoes.
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