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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $160
  • Weight
    Men: 10.8oz
    Women: 9.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Oct 2017
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Summary

We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

1 reasons to buy

  • The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 looked appealing, based on some consumers’ responses.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some consumers noted that the ISOFIT system engendered pressure points to the skin, causing discomfort and blistering.
  • Several testers complained that the fit was too narrow in the forefoot and midfoot sections.
  • The midsole wasn’t as reactive as the previous version, according to a few reviewers.
  • The ride was considered to be subpar compared to the Triumph ISO 3. People noted that it was stiff and unwieldy and that the break-in time was overlong.
  • The upper and underfoot platform apparently restricted the natural flexibility of the foot, a runner observed.

Bottom line

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 received mostly negative reviews from those who have tested it. People were shocked that it gave such a stiff ride and an uncomfortably narrow in-shoe experience. They expected more out of it as it’s an update to one of the up-and-coming series of footwear that’s garnered a fan base. The restructured design was welcomed by some, but that’s just about the only positive feedback about this road shoe.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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87 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Road Runner Sports

    Overall, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 provides your run with bounce and comfort.

  • 81 / 100 | Harold's Desk

    So, if you're looking for a new shoe you've worn the Triumphs or you maybe even the rides you're looking for something a little bit softer, definitely go and check it out.

  • 96 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    It is supportive and stable, very well cushioned without being sloppy and mushy as some in the class, and has a comfortable upper that can accommodate many foot shapes.

  • 82 / 100 | Motion Control Running Shoes

    The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has a somewhat less supportive upper than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 but might offer a bit more comfort and a more precise fit to runners.

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Updates to Saucony Triumph ISO 4

  • The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is a running shoe that’s created for the neutral pronator. It features an updated design that moves away from the layered look of its predecessor, the Triumph ISO 3. Instead of using separate layers of overlays, this one has the printed variety. It’s directly fused with the cloth-like mesh upper, giving a smooth and seamless façade.
  • The midsole unit makes use of the EVERUN, a foam compound that aims to provide cushioning and shock attenuation. A Topsole that’s created from the same technology has the purpose of gracing the runner with a soft underfoot experience. Rubber compounds shield the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt.

Saucony Triumph ISO 4 size and fit

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the preferences of consumers. For the men’s version, the available widths are D – Medium and 2E – Wide; for the women’s version, it’s B – Medium and D – Wide. The semi-curved shape of this product mimics the curve of the human foot.

Outsole

XT-900 is made from carbon rubber. It’s created to provide responsible traction over the surfaces. It’s also made to last long because it acts as a shield against wear and tear. It’s placed throughout the length of the s Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

IBR+ or Injection Blown Rubber is a lightweight compound that’s added to the forefoot section. Its responsive nature allows it to give additional cushioning and springiness to each step. It’s flexible, as well.

The Tri-Flex design is a network of grooves and patterns on the outsole that permits the flexibility of the wearer’s foot.

Midsole

EVERUN is a foam unit that runs the entire length of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4. It carries the foot throughout the running session, cushioning it with every step. It also aims to absorb impact shock and disperse the resulting energy, potentially maintaining comfort as the runner goes through the gait cycle.

An EVERUN Topsole is placed right above the foam that is more substantial in thickness. Its purpose is to immediately cushion the underfoot, supporting it and energizing each step.

The High Elasticity Sockliner provides a little more cushioning and flexibility. It has tiny pores that allow air to circulate in the foot-chamber.

Upper

Engineered Mesh has the properties of woven cloth. It wraps around the foot like a sock, preventing or reducing irritation in the process. It has ventilation apertures that allow air into the foot-chamber to keep the wearer cool and dry when running.

ISOFIT is a system that uses stretchable mesh and thin synthetic overlays. They’re patterned across the midfoot and heel sections, with the goal of providing a snug and secure fit. They connect directly to the lacing system, so they adjust in conjunction with the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces.

The RUNDRY Collar Lining is made up of fabric that hugs the heel and ankles. It’s formed to have a soft and smooth disposition. It has a moisture wicking capacity that prevents odor and the buildup of bacteria.

The padded tongue and collar hold the foot in place and prevent it from wobbling inside the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 during the run. They also prevent unintentional shoe-removals.