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Those who liked the feel of last year's model will be happy to learn the light, springy feel is here to stay with the outsole and cushioning remaining largely unchanged. Since "less is more" is the name of the game for shoes right now, Saucony found a way to trim an ounce off the upper. That change brings the shoe down to 10.2 ounces for men and 9.1 ounces for women, aligning it with similar shoes such as the Brooks Glycerin 19 and New Balance 1080v11.
Our reviewer Keith said this year's model "feels like a performance upgrade" under his feet but thought the toe box was a little too roomy causing the upper to bunch when tied on his foot. Despite the bunching, he said the shoe felt secure and stable on his foot.
"It is enjoyable to have a shoe that provides this much protection for the foot while still providing a snappy ride," Keith said. "I even put them on for my last tempo run and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to hit my goal pace."
In short, the Triumph 19 is built for miles - and lots of them.
HEEL TO TOE OFFSET: 8mm (32.5mm heel/24.5mm forefoot)
WEIGHT: 9.1oz/259g women's, 10.2oz/290g men's
USE: Road Running, Walking, Everyday trainer, Racing
SURFACE: Road, track, urban
The fit of the Triumph 19 is a little less dialed in than other Saucony products. The FORMFIT upper does not wrap nearly as snug to the foot. The toe box is roomy to the point it is a little baggy on my foot. There is nothing uncomfortable about it, but it does get that bunched-up look when it's tied. The fit gets better in the midfoot where it locks down well enough to make the foot feel secure although I still feel a little gap near the arch. The heel cup and ankle collar treat the foot to an ultra-plush and luxurious feel. The ankle collar has a ton of soft padding especially near the Achilles and I don't feel even a millimeter of slipping. The heel isn't necessarily cradled but it is supported and protected by the oversized cushion back there. Even the tongue on this shoe is remarkably soft and adds to the comfort on the top of the foot where I don't feel any pressure on my instep.
Speaking of the cushioning of this shoe, well, it's definitely the highlight of the whole package! The Triumph 19 has a PWRRUN+ midsole, meaning that it feels a bit different than most of the high cushion competitors in this category. PWRRUN+ is a TPU-based beaded foam that is light and springy. That also means these shoes don't feel like pillows on the bottom of your feet. If you are looking for that ultra-soft, sinking into a cloud feel, then just keep on walking by. Instead, you will get a surprisingly propulsive ride and light feeling as you put on the miles (and this cushioning can handle a ton of miles!) While it doesn't feel the plushest, it left my feet feeling fresh after long runs.
The length may be a tiny bit on the long side, but not enough for me to size down at all. Although, if you don't like extra room for your toes, you may want to size down.
The oversized cushioning surrounding the heel makes the Triumph 19 feel very stable and well balanced.
The Triumph 19 is definitely built for eating up a lot of miles. It will do best on long runs, especially if you like to add some speed into the middle of them. They are also more than comfortable enough for your easy/recovery runs.
The Triumph 19 is definitely light and springy when compared to its competitors. I like that it is a bit firmer and gives me some pop off the pavement. Its closest competitors in feel and performance are the New Balance 1080v11 and Brooks Glycerin 19. You may want to give it a try also if you like the Mizuno Wave Sky or Hoka Clifton.
PWRRUN+ was introduced in the Triumph 17 in 2019, which was an upgrade from the previous Everrun midsole foam, making the shoe lighter and bouncier. With each subsequent version, the Triumph has been tweaked for a more lightweight, higher performance feel. Version 19 continues that evolution with what definitely feels like a performance upgrade under my feet.
Whether on my longer mileage jaunts, shorter tempo runs, or just easy days, the cushioning on this shoe never felt dead. It is enjoyable to have a shoe that provides this much protection for the foot while still providing a snappy ride. On several runs in this shoe, I found myself hitting a little bit faster pace than planned because it just felt good to do so. I even put them on for my last tempo run and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to hit my goal pace.
I would recommend the Saucony Triumph 19 for anyone who is looking for a high-cushion option but doesn't like their shoe to be too soft. It makes for a great high-mileage trainer, especially for those long runs with a bit of speedwork built-in.
37 year old
Wears men's size 11
Running has always been a part of my life. When I was younger it was mainly a way to stay in shape for soccer; running track in the off-season as a way to train hard and stay competitive. I liked it, but it wasn't until my first marathon in my late 20's that I really fell in love with running. Since then I have completed 8 marathons and a 50-mile ultra while also competing in countless 5k, 10k, and half-marathon races. I enjoy running just about anywhere except the treadmill. I prefer trails in the woods to the road and my favorite spot is the Corsair Trail System in the Huron National Forest near East Tawas, MI. I also frequent the many trails we have in Southeast Michigan. I currently work at Running Lab and have worked there for a total of just over 3 years. My favorite thing about running is that it can be super competitive yet the running community is so supportive of each other.