Triumph 10 Explained | Saucony Blog

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By Senior Designer, Chris M.

We made a big move on the Triumph 9 when we changed the heel-to-toe offset to 8mm. Some people weren’t convinced this was the right move, but as more and more people have worn these products we’ve received an overwhelming wave of support and praise. Not only does it put your foot into a more natural position and encourage a midfoot strike, it also helps to dramatically reduce weight. Many of our products are now 1 to 2 ounces lighter than previous versions, which is amazing.

So on the Triumph 10 we wanted to maintain that great cushioning and comfort that runners were drawn to, but we also wanted to make some subtle adjustments and improvements to make the running experience even better. We adjusted our SRC heel crash pad on the sole unit to not only make it larger but also more decoupled. This will actually provide a bigger ‘sweet spot’ during ground contact for midfoot and heel strikers. In the forefoot we enhanced the flexibility by adjusting the placement of the flex grooves. Those two adjustments create an even smoother transition from heel strike through toe-off.

In the upper the layering construction has been adjusted to provide a more breathable and secure fit. Instead of relying on stitched overlays in the forefoot or midfoot, we were able to take the supportive structure and embed it between the mesh layers. What you get is a very thin package of materials that are extremely breathable on the outside, supportive in the middle, and silky smooth against your foot.

Our goal with the Triumph 10 was to make a top level cushioned shoe for the neutral runner. We wanted to improve fit and the underfoot transition, but as we worked through and solved these problems on the design and engineering side, we had another happy accident…the weight…the shoe got lighter. It was an unexpected but welcomed change.

Overall we think runners will really enjoy the enhancements we’ve made to the Triumph 10.

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photo of the Triumph 10 upper materials with notes from the designer

Outsole components of the Triump 10, with sketched notes

Medial side of the Triumph 10 with sketched notes

Back side of the Triumph 10 with sketched notes

Fully constructed outsole of the Triumph 10 with sketched notes