My name is Suzi, and I am a sneaker addict.
So imagine my excitement when I came home after my morning class one day last week to find these beauties waiting for me:
(photo bombed by Pekoe)
These are the Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 10 which will be released in November 2012 and was sent to me to review. First of all, can I say that I think it is crazyinsaneawesome that I have a job that allows me to get my sneaker lovin’ hands on a pair of pre-released sneakers? This is a pretty cool gig I’ve got here.
But back to the sneakers. The Triumph 10 is a lightweight neutral running sneaker with an 8mm heel to toe offset
and some serious cushion. When I first tried them on I felt like jumping everywhere (and maybe I did…) because they provide so much cushion and shock absorption.
I am normally a Nike girl (mostly because I know how they fit my feet and don’t have to worry about what size to order when buying online), and asked for the size I normally take in Nikes. Then I found out others had received their sneakers and a number of them found they were too big for them and I started to wonder if I had ordered the right size. Thankfully, when mine came they fit me fabulously. There is lots of room for my toes to move in the toe box, but there isn’t so much room that they are too big.
I would certainly suggest that these are a sneaker you want to try on in store (or if you purchase online make sure you can return them) to make sure you get the proper fit. Sneakers that are too big are no good!
You know I had to try these babies out immediately so I took them for a few spins out on the Zumba floor last week so I wore them to teach two classes last week.
Because the bottoms of the Triumph 10’s are quite smooth (and not really grippy as some running sneakers can be) they make a really good sneaker for taking or teaching Zumba.
I had no issues at all with pivots, swivels or any other movement. However, I did find by the end of my second class the ball of my foot was starting to be bothered by the cushioning in the front of the sneaker. I spend a lot of time on my toes during Zumba classes, so I think the extra cushioning in the front (that I’m not used to having) was throwing my balance off slightly and that was the cause of my pain. So while I don’t think these would make a good everyday Zumba sneaker for me, I know a lot of people who want/need a more cushioned sneaker for Zumba and if you are one of them, I think this would make a great choice.
While I haven’t taught a step class in ages, I think it would make a really great step sneaker too as I find I need more cushion in my sneakers when teaching step versus Zumba.
Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to take the sneakers for a proper run yet but will this weekend when I run the Muir Murray Winery 5K . I have however, run around my basement wearing one of the Triumph 10’s and one of my 2009 NikeTailWind sneakers and without a doubt, I prefer the Triumphs. In comparison the Nikes feel heavy, clunky and hard while the Sauconys are light and airy and so full of cushion. Though I am not a long distance runner, I can only imagine how much easier on my joints these would be versus the Nikes.
My one and only complaint about the shoe is that I wish they would have sent me a brighter colour scheme. I’m not sure what other colours the Triumph 10’s come in, but I’m normally a bright shoe kind of gal so I would have been even more pumped if they had come in a two-toned colour scheme. Obviously that is just a colour preference and not a problem with the shoe itself.
This is my first time trying Saucony, and now I understand why Saucony fans are die hards. The next time I am shopping for running sneakers, Saucony will certainly be at the top of my list.
Thank you so much to my friends at Saucony for sending me these sneakers for review!
Update (Jan 25/14)
Since writing my original review I have worn these sneakers for approximately 15 races including a half marathon and have no complaints what so ever. They always have provided me with great support, not chafing or blistering and provide the shock absorption I need when running. If you are looking for a good neutral show I would most definitely recommend the Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 10.
Disclaimer: Saucony and FitFluential LLC provided me with a pair Women’s PowerGrid Triumph 10’s for review. All views and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.