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Review of Saucony Triumph ISO Running Shoes

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I received a trial pair of Saucony Triumph ISO running shoes for review on this blog.   I almost passed up this offer since I prefer a lighter, minimalist style, but thought I’d give these cushioned shoes a try.  I’m glad I did, read on…

Description of these shoes from the Saucony website:

  • Delivers the plushest, most cushioned running experience we have ever created
  • ISOFIT upper morphs to your foot for a sock-like feel, providing superiour comfort and allowing the shoe to move in harmony with the foot
  • PWRGRID+ provides 20% more cushioning than the previous version for enhanced impact, protection & improved durability

How do they fit?

They fit true to size.  I ordered a size 10 and they fit me well.    I have low arches and Saucony shoes always feel very comfortable on my feet.

Overall Thoughts:

I normally prefer a lighter shoe that lets me “feel the ground”.  However, my boot camp workouts – which include a great deal of plyometrics – were giving me some knee and hip pain.  So, I thought the extra cushioning might be a good idea.  And I was right.  I love these shoes, not only for boot camp, but also for running!

Detailed Review and Pictures:

They arrived in the mail and I opened the box.  I love the colors.  When I get free stuff, I never get to choose color, only size.    But, I really love these vibrant colors:  “Twilight / Oxygen / Citron” is the official color name.

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Here I am trying them on for size with my flannel pajamas.  They go well together, don’t you think?

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Road Running Testing

My usual long run shoes are Mizuno Wave Inspire, which are classified as a lightweight stability shoe. Here are a couple pictures comparing the Mizuno Wave Inspire to the Saucony Triumph ISO. (And, yes, my Mizunos are old!)

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I’ve worn the new Saucony Triumph ISO shoes running on asphalt several times, for a total of about 25 miles.    Even though these shoes have much more cushioning than I am used to, they still felt responsive and I was able to maintain my “midfoot landing” running style.    I notice a big improvement in how running downhill feels – much easier on the knees for sure!  And I had less joint pain after longer runs.

The only thing I did notice on an 8 mile run was a little soreness in my bunion on the left foot.   My right foot felt great, it’s just my left foot that is sensitive to this.   The reinforcing bands on these shoes in that specific area of the mesh upper (see orange arrow in photo below) is made a little firmer than other shoes I wear, so that spot didn’t stretch to give my bones the extra room they need.    Since most people don’t have this problem, it won’t impact you at all.  I just have wide feet , and my left foot has this annoying bunion problem.   This might make me limit these shoes to medium length runs between 6 and 8 miles.   Unless I can figure out a way to prestretch that spot, or cut a little relief hole there.  Most of my shoes have such a hole already, just by normal wear and tear.  I don’t think that firm webbing is going to stretch on it’s own.

Note: thinking more on this later, it could also be the lack of stability in these shoes that bother that bunion.  I’m not really sure.  Anyway, this is a problem with my left foot, and only on longer runs.  

Note 2: thinking more, I don’t think it is due to lack of stability. My Kinvaras are also a nuetral shoe and have not ever felt any bunion pain wearing those. (love the Kinvaras).   I really like these Triumphs too, so may try to cut a slit in that reinforcing band so I can make these my long run shoes.   Still deciding on that, I’ll post again if I do.

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Boot Camp Testing

Wearing them to boot camp workouts was perfect!   Boot camp is a very high intensity workout that involves alot of sprinting and plyometrics.   My hips and knees take a beating during these workouts, and generally hurt the day afterwards.   The extra cushioning that these shoes provide helped alleviate this post workout soreness.  And I did not feel any different during the running sprints.

The only thing I do need to get used to is the wider footbed.  As compared to my lighter shoes, the footbed is 1/4″ wider.  So,  I found myself hitting the edge of the shoe against the blocks, and tripping a bit on some of the jumping activities.   I think this is just a matter of me getting used to the new dimensions I am working with in these shoes.  I definitely plan on wearing these for Boot camp workout to save my joints!

Snow Day Testing

Oooo, this was a fun day.   We had 6 inches of snow here in North Carolina.  We don’t usually get that much snow and I love running in it!

I ran twice, each time about 4 miles.  The first day was a slippery slush like mess on the roads and sidewalks.   I also ran on some trails, where I made fresh tracks in fluffy snow.   It was glorious, and these shoes handled the slick conditions well.  Being brand new, they had good tread.   And one thing I like about a slick snowy run is the practice of a midstrike foot landing and lifting the foot off the ground without pushing off.  If you do that wrong, you slip.   If done right, no slipping!

The second snow day run was in deep snow.  I took some pictures so you can see how deep it was.

The shoes performed really well.   The temperature had risen and some snow started to melt in spots forming big puddles.   I sloshed right through them getting my feet all wet.   I was pleasantly surprised that they did not get waterlogged and feel heavy afterwards.    Love these shoes for snow running!

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New shoes are comfy!

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General impressions

These shoes are great!  I will definitely wear them for boot camp and medium length runs.    In general, Saucony shoes fit true to size and feel great on my feet.

Happy Training

Disclaimer:  I got these shoes for free in exchange for reviewing them on my blog.    Even so, my review is an honest impression of what I think of these shoes!

 

 

 

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Follow CobbMobb Athletes during 2015!

I am super excited to be part of the CobbMobb racing team for 2015.    And big news today – the CobbMobb website is now LIVE!    Check out the athlete profiles by clicking on the Team button.   Read team blogs, view gallery of race photos, and shop for team apparel in the online Store.

Follow me and my teammates online via web, twitter and facebook!   Happy training as we gear up to a great 2015!

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If you are in need of a new saddle for your bike,  read this post about the Cobb V-flow Plus!

 

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New Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator Challenges Consumers to Bring the Stink

New Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator

Challenges Consumers to Bring the Stink

Toss a capful in the wash to remove tough smells like mildew, smoke and sweat

After towels, workout clothes, gear from a weekend camping trip, even the sweatshirt from last night’s bonfire have endured a spin cycle in the wash, it is expected that they will be clean and odor free. But, this is not always the case. Scented detergents, fabric softener and dryer sheets can sometimes mask those deep down odors, but they cannot always do the trick. The new Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator wash additive, with three times more freshening power, focuses solely on giving laundry a fresh clean scent, no matter what odorous encounters it has had.

Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator has the power to work seamlessly with any detergent. While the detergent is cleaning away dirt, Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator is fighting tough odors. Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator can be used for all types of odors such as smoke, sweat, mildew, pets, cooking and so on. Just one wash will give the smelliest piece of laundry a bright clean fragrance.

Similar to a bottle of detergent, Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator has a cap that is also a measureable cup. The in-wash odor eliminator works well for athletic uniforms, gym clothes, job uniforms, curtains, comforters and many other materials that can be put in the washing machine. Never again will towels, pet beds, work out clothes or other laundry emerge from the dryer smelling like they had never been washed in the first place.

Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator is sold at Walmart, Mejier, HEB, Kmart, A&P, Pathmark, Stop&Shop and many other grocery, drug and mass retailers. Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator is available in a 50-fl ounce bottle in Fresh Scent for $8.99. For more information visit http://www.newfebreze.com.

About Nehemiah Manufacturing

Nehemiah was founded in 2009 with the mission to build brands, create jobs and change lives. Led by a team of seasoned consumer product good professionals, Nehemiah partners with Procter & Gamble and other consumer product goods companies to license and acquire small brands, to innovate new concepts and contract manufacture products that support the company mission. Nehemiah is committed to bringing jobs back to the inner city of Cincinnati to stimulate community development and economic growth. For more information visit: http://www.nehemiahmfg.com.

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Saucony ® Triumph Iso Named “editor’s Choice” by Runner’s World

Saucony ® Triumph Iso Named “editor’s Choice” by Runner’s World
IN 2015 SPRING SHOE GUIDE

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LEXINGTON, MA (January 21, 2015) – Global performance running footwear and apparel brand Saucony, is proud to announce that the Triumph ISO, the brand’s flagship neutral running shoe, has been named “Editor’s Choice” in the Runner’s World 2015 Spring Shoe Guide (March 2015 issue, on newsstands February 3). The Triumph ISO, the pacesetter of the Saucony ISO-Series collection of performance footwear, showcases two of the brand’s latest innovations: ISOFIT™ and PWRGRID+™. The Triumph ISO received the highest marks of the shoes reviewed by the Runner’s World shoe lab, its wear-testers and editors in the 2015 Spring Shoe Guide to capture the prestigious award.
Over the past year, Saucony has earned four of the highly sought-after “Editor’s Choice” awards from Runner’s World: In addition to this most recent award for the Triumph ISO, the Kinvara 5 won the award in the 2014 Fall Shoe Guide; the Ride 7 in the 2014 Summer Shoe Guide; and the Peregrine 4 in the 2014 Spring Trail Shoe Guide.

“Saucony’s flagship cushioned shoe went in for a radical makeover in its 12th edition,” said the Runner’s World review of the shoe. “The big story is the new upper: Called ISOFIT, it merges an inner mesh wrap with an outer frame that adapts to your foot as you lace the shoe down, and makes for a secure fit.

“Saucony added slightly more cushioning, while keeping the lower heel-to-toe drop it adopted in 2009 that gives the Triumph a more natural stance. Testers loved the fit, feel, and smooth rolling transition and reported that the ride felt pretty stable, thanks to new midsole materials that replaced the plastic bridge. Remarkably light despite all its cushioning, the Triumph ISO appeals to a range of runners who demand comfort and performance. Bottom Line: Cradles without bulk.”

“Innovation is at the core of everything we do,” said Pat O’Malley, senior vice president of global product for Saucony. “The Triumph ISO is the result of an innovative and ongoing product philosophy focused on every aspect of the runner’s stride. All three models in the new ISO-Series line-up−Triumph, Hurricane and Zealot−stand out for delivering leading-edge innovations that inspire the best running experience for runners everywhere. Winning the Runner’s World “Editor’s Choice” award is a fantastic honor for the whole Saucony team and builds upon the excitement and momentum of the whole ISO-Series launch.”

ISOFIT™ Technology

According to the Running USA 2013 National Runner Survey, 92% of respondents surveyed selected “fit” as the most important criteria when purchasing running shoes. Saucony designers engineered an ultra-soft, inner fit-sleeve crafted out of stretchable air mesh that morphs to the foot for a sock-like feel. A floating support cage sits like a saddle over the fit-sleeve, cradling the midfoot and adapting to the foot’s size, shape and movement, allowing the shoe to respond to the individual runner’s gait throughout the run.

PWRGRID+™ Technology

The PWRGRID+ platform is engineered with PowerGrid™, a Powerfoam material that is integrated with Saucony’s GRID™ technology, creating a system that effectively centers the foot, absorbs impact and distributes pressure. The PWRGRID+ platform’s increased stack heights deliver over 20% more cushioning and 15% more resiliency than PowerGrid construction alone. The result is the most cushioned running experience the brand has ever created.

Triumph ISO

Weighing in at just 10.3 oz., the Triumph, with ISOFIT and PWRGRID+, is the brand’s super-plush neutral trainer. The open toe box of the 8mm-offset Triumph further enhances the shoe’s sock-like feel. The shoe’s SRC™ (Super Rebound Compound) Impact Zone provides durable shock absorption at impact while a lightweight Support Frame™ locks the heel in place for a secure fit.

Availability

The Triumph ISO is available at select specialty running retailers in men’s sizes 7-13, 14 and 15, and women’s sizes 5-12. The suggested retail price of the Triumph ISO is $150.00

To find a retailer near you, call 800-365-4933 or visit www.saucony.com.

Runner’s World is the largest and most influential media brand in the running space. To read the entire Runner’s World 2015 Spring Shoe Guide, check out the March issue of Runner’s World on sale at newsstands February 3 or visit www.runnersworld.com.

About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including the “Geometry of Strong™, PWRGRID+™, ISOFIT™ and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.

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Godiva Track Club Misery Run Race Report, November 2014

Intro:

Long before Tough Mudder or Rugged Maniac came onto the racing scene, the Godiva Track Club has held a muddy obstacle course event called the Misery Run.   Since at least as far back as 1999, they’ve put together this fantastic little race on an old cattle farm in Chatham County.  For just five bucks.  Can you believe it?   This event was so much fun!

The race consists of 3 laps of about 2 miles each.    Each lap consists of jumping two hay bales; and running through a forest with downed trees to jump over, rocks to scramble upon, and a huge puddle to wade through.

After doing all the above 3X, you are presented with one final obstacle: The manure pile.  I seen pictures from years past of waist deep manure. Ick.   However,  the farmer didn’t have many cows this year, so they made the manure pile out of mud instead.  I was not sorry to hear that news.

Here are some photos of the race:

The Hay Bales

They didn’t get a shot of me going over the hay bales, so I included a random picture so you can see how much fun it was.  :)

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 The gigantic puddle:

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The Manure Pile:

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Recap:

This is a time predictor race.   The prizes were chocolate!   The goal is to come as close as you can to your predicted finish time.      I thought the total distance was 6 miles, so I put in a time of 1:10.      However, it turns out the distance was more like 5.8 miles, so I beat my time by about 10 minutes.    That put me pretty far down in the rankings.  Crap, no chocolate prize for me ;-)

Final note: I had brought some really old running shoes to wear, and then just tossed them in the trash when I was done.    Did not want to try and wash running shoes after running through that much muck!

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