Saucony Triumph 22 Review

Saucony Triumph 22 lifestyle man stretching with leg up

With roots dating all the way back to 1898, Saucony has truly earned the right to call itself “The Original Running Brand”. 

Starting out with just a few spike prototypes in a local shoe factory, the brand has evolved to become one of the most prominent running shoe brands around. Today, Saucony is a quintessential supplier of countless road running shoes, racing shoes, spikes, trail runners, apparel, and so much more. 

Saucony prides itself on constantly innovating, adapting, and creating products that inspire everyone to live their best life and connect with their community. The company is able to deliver on this goal by creating comfortable running shoes that make people excited to get outside and keep their bodies moving. 

Since the very first iteration, the brand’s Triumph line has been one of their most popular running shoes. This high-cushion neutral shoe was designed to keep runners comfortable through every stride, with high-quality materials, a comfortable upper, and lots and lots of soft midsole cushioning. 

And while the Triumph running shoe line has stuck to this goal with every iteration, the most recent version of the shoe, the Triumph 22, saw a nearly complete overhaul compared to previous models. With a brand new foam, redesigned upper, and an entirely different feel, this new design shows that Saucony isn’t afraid to mix things up and make changes to their well-loved shoes. 

But are these changes for the better, or did the shoe lose out on some of the features that kept long-term fans coming back with each new version? And how do they compare against other similar max cushion shoes? 

Keep reading to see how our reviewers felt about the new Triumph 22 and if this redesign makes it an ideal choice for you. 

Saucony Men's Triumph 22 Black/White lateral side
Saucony Men's Triumph 22 Black/White lateral side
Saucony Men's Triumph 22 Moon/Bough lateral side
Saucony Men's Triumph 22 Flint/Black lateral side

Saucony Triumph 22

Men's Shoes
price:$159.95
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 Moon lateral side
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 Moon lateral side
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 Black/White lateral side
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 Vapor/Moon lateral side
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 White/Foam lateral side

Saucony Triumph 22

Women's Shoes
price:$159.95

Our Review Process

When you walk into a Marathon Sports, we understand that you’re putting a lot of trust into us to help you find a running shoe that meets your needs and keeps you comfortable, happy, and pain-free.

We don’t want to let you down when it comes to finding the perfect running shoes. That’s why we’re continuously building on our running shoe knowledge and trying to understand everything we can about each shoe. 

As we analyze and dive deeper into every new shoe, we also want to offer you the most unbiased review possible based on our expertise and personal experience. To really get to know each shoe and how it performs, we put them to the test on a variety of different runs, traversing different terrains and wearing the shoe throughout nearly every kind of run imaginable. 

We’ve all been around running shoes long enough to see how the Triumph has changed and adapted over the years. So when it comes to the Triumph 22, we can provide you with all the insight you need to decide if this reimagined max cushion shoe is the right choice for you. 

Saucony Triumph 22: A Quick Rundown on Specs and Features

  • Men’s weighs 10.2 oz, women’s weighs 8.8 oz
  • Stack height: 37 mm heel, 27 mm forefoot
  • 10 mm drop
  • New PWRRUN PB midsole
  • Plush and cushioned engineered mesh upper
  • Wide midfoot and platform
  • Adaptive lacing system offers secure fit 
  • XT-900 carbon rubber outsole
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Cost: $159.95

A Deep Dive into the Saucony Triumph 22

If you think you know how the Triumph feels based on past models, you might want to reconsider. The major redesign and changes to the Triumph 22 give the shoe an entirely new feel underfoot. And while there’s still plenty to love for both long-time wearers and those looking for a new running shoe, be sure to consider some of the major features and changes to decide if the Triumph 22 is the best shoe for you. 

New PWRRUN PB Midsole Foam

One of the key differences you’ll notice with the Triumph 22 is the new and improved midsole foam. While the Triumph 21 used a PWRRUN+ foam for a springy ride, the Triumph 22 switched to a PWRRUN PB superfoam. 

If the name of the foam sounds familiar to you, you may have come across it in Saucony’s popular Endorphin racing series. The PWRRUN PB is Saucony’s premium signature foam, offering high energy return and a responsive feel without sacrificing any softness. 

Both the Triumph 22 and its predecessor have the same amount of cushioning. But with a plusher, higher-quality foam, the newest version of the shoe feels significantly more padded underfoot. 

PWRRUN PB is advertised as feeling more responsive and springy than the PWRRUN+ midsole. However, many of our reviewers felt as though the Triumph 22 actually felt significantly softer on runs than the previous version. 

The redesign does strike a pretty good balance between energetic and soft landings. Just keep in mind that the shoe does lean more towards a softer feel than other Saucony shoes, making it a great option for recovery runs and easy days. 

Engineered Mesh Upper

Whether or not the new cushioning is an improvement really comes down to individual preferences. But one area our reviewers felt that the shoe could use some improvement was in the engineered mesh upper. 

The Triumph 22 does have an extremely comfortable step-in feel, with the plush upper and padded tongue and collar offering plenty of immediate comfort. However, the padding and thickness of the upper do have some downsides. Many runners felt that the thicker upper led to less breathability and airflow during runs on warm days. 

The Triumph 22 is also slightly heavier than the Triumph 21, despite having the same amount of cushion. The dense, heavier upper adds a few ounces to the Triumph, which isn’t ideal in a running shoe game where so many shoes are becoming even lighter over time. 

Overall Fit

We always recommend trying on running shoes before buying. But if you’re wondering which size to start with, keep in mind that the Triumph 22 runs pretty true-to-size, if not slightly on the longer size. 

The newest model in the Triumph running shoe line also offers a slightly wider midfoot and toe box, making it a great option if you don’t need a wide width but still prefer a more spacious fit. 

Along with increasing the width of the midfoot, Saucony also expanded the width of the midsole, creating a wider platform for comfort and stability with each landing. While it’s a neutral shoe, this wider base does offer some inherent stability, making it a versatile option for neutral runners and mild overpronators. 

Adaptive Lacing System

After over a century of experience in the running shoe game, Saucony knows that every foot is unique. That’s why they created an adaptive lacing system to ensure that every runner can enjoy a perfect fit with the Triumph 22. 

The adaptive lacing fits the shoe to your foot shape, offering a snug fit that will keep you feeling comfortable and secure throughout every run. Our reviewers really appreciated this detail and how well it helped the shoe fit to our individual feet. 

XT-900 Carbon Rubber Outsole

Another feature our reviewers enjoyed in the Triumph 22 is the strategically placed XT-900 Carbon Rubber Outsole. 

The Triumph 22 might be ideal for longer road runs, but this outsole offers plenty of traction that makes the shoe more versatile and allows you to easily move between sidewalks and more slippery terrains such as dirt or wet pavement. 

The combination of the outsole and high-quality cushion also contributes to a more durable design, so you can rack up the miles without having to worry about early wear or the foam breaking down. 

The Road Test

The best and most informative part of our extensive review process is when we get to lace up our shoes and hit the road. We can learn a lot about a shoe through its features and specs, but taking the shoe out for a couple of good runs tells us so much about how the shoe feels and performs. 

From casual daily activities to easy recovery runs and uptempo workouts, we put the Triumph 22 to the test to fully understand it inside and out. 

From the get-go, the Saucony Triumph 22 felt plush and comfortable to step into. Our reviewers really appreciated the snug upper and adaptive lacing. The shoe hugged our feet while still offering plenty of space throughout the midfoot and toes.

The most immediate change we noticed, whether we were running or just walking around, was the updated cushioning. The large amount of cushioning and soft PWRRUN PB midsole made the shoe feel incredibly plush and padded. This padding, along with the slight rocker, felt great on longer recovery runs and helped absorb a lot of the impact and protected our feet and legs as we got up to higher mileage. 

Some runners who prefer a more responsive foam may not be a huge fan of the new Triumph. But as a soft max cushion shoe designed for daily training and long runs, it definitely serves its purpose. 

The Triumph’s soft, squishy foam is perfect for long runs, especially for people who prefer a soft, cushioned landing. But if you’re looking for a versatile, all-around shoe that can do it all, you might want to look for another option. On uptempo runs, we felt as though we were sinking into the shoes too much, making it difficult to comfortably pick up the pace. It’s also relatively heavy with a dense upper, so there are better options out there for faster, high-performance shoes. 

Pros and Cons

When there are major redesigns to an established running shoe line, there are going to be a lot of opinions about the changes and whether the shoe took a positive or negative turn. With the Triumph 22, there are both pros and cons to consider with the most recent update. 

Pros

  • Max cushioning is ideal for long recovery runs and helps protect your muscles and feet from the impact of road runs
  • Plush midsole with PWRRUN PB cushion feels nicely balanced – softer than previous models but still offers good energy return
  • High-quality materials and rubber outsole increase durability
  • Wider platform offers inherent stability, so both neutral runners and mild overpronators can benefit from the design
  • Unique adaptive lacing system offers a snug fit for every foot type

Cons

  • Cushioning may feel too soft for some runners, making it less adaptable for different runs
  • Heavy and dense upper isn’t as breathable next to comparable shoes
  • Slightly heavier than previous model
man and woman running in saucony triumph 22

Who Should Try the Saucony Triumph 22?

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete looking for a soft recovery shoe or a new runner who wants a comfortable, cushioned shoe as you build up your mileage, the Triumph can be a great shoe for a huge range of people and lifestyles. 

Because of the plush feeling and maximum cushioning, the Triumph 22 is best for anyone in search of a shoe for longer and slower runs or recovery days. The high-cushioned feel and quality foam will help save your legs and feet and keep them feeling good, even after miles and miles on pavement. 

Our reviewers wouldn’t suggest the Triumph 22 for anyone who’s preferred a springy and energetic shoe in the past. If you want a lighter, bouncier daily trainer, we’d suggest checking out the Saucony Ride 17 instead. 

The Triumph 22: How Does it Fare Next to Other Max Cushion Shoes?

Still narrowing down your options? Here’s how the Triumph 22 compares to similar high-cushion shoes from other running shoe brands. 

Another one of the most popular running shoes out there, the Asics Gel-Nimbus 26, offers a similar high-cushioned ride with a slight rocker, lightweight design, and a relatively high offset (10 mm for the Triumph, 8 mm for the Nimbus). The Gel-Nimbus 26 offers slightly more cushioning than the Triumph 22, along with a firmer landing. So if the new Triumph feels a bit too soft for you, the Nimbus could be another great option. 

The Hoka Bondi 8 is another good choice if you’re looking for a max cushion shoe with some inherent stability. Both the Bondi and Triumph offer plenty of soft cushion and a wider base for added stability.

While neither shoe will make you feel particularly fast on your feet on uptempo days, both are designed to keep you supported and comfortable during easy runs or long days on your feet. And with a 4 mm offset, the Bondi may be a preferable choice for those who prefer a lower drop.

Final Verdict: Was Saucony’s Redesign a Triumph? 

Longtime Saucony fans may have noticed a lot of differences when they slid the Triumph 22 on for the first time. So how did these changes and new features play out once we put the shoe to the test? 

While we didn’t find the Triumph 22 as versatile as previous versions, this high-cushion, neutral shoe certainly has a place in the shoe rotation when it comes to long, slow runs, easy recovery days, or even just being on our feet all day. 

The shift to the PWRRUN PB foam gives the shoe a much softer feel that works well for some runners but may feel too soft for others. And while the upper isn’t the most airy or breathable on warm days, it hugs the foot well and feels secure and comfortable throughout miles of pounding on pavement. 

Making so many changes to an already-loved and established design was a bold and risky decision. Some of the updates may be hit-or-miss, but we found that the Saucony Triumph 22 continued to serve us well as a high-cushion shoe that we can look forward to wearing on easy days.

Ready to try on the Saucony Triumph 22 and see the changes for yourself? Marathon Sports has the Triumph 22 and so many other running shoes both online and in our New England stores. Stop by today to speak to our running shoe experts and find the perfect next shoe for you!

Saucony Men's Triumph 22 Black/White lateral side
Saucony Men's Triumph 22 Black/White lateral side
Saucony Men's Triumph 22 Moon/Bough lateral side
Saucony Men's Triumph 22 Flint/Black lateral side

Saucony Triumph 22

Men's Shoes
price:$159.95
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 Moon lateral side
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 Moon lateral side
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 Black/White lateral side
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 Vapor/Moon lateral side
Saucony Women's Triumph 22 White/Foam lateral side

Saucony Triumph 22

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price:$159.95

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