Saucony Triumph 18

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The Saucony Triumph 18 is a very good, comfortably cushioned running shoe, ideal for daily training.


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Very good running shoe with soft and high-stack cushioning for daily training
The Saucony Triumph 18 is the ultimate everyday trainer with comfortable cushioning and an upper that fits most runners. With a 33 mm stack height under the heel (25 mm under the forefoot), the Triumph 18 is one of Saucony's most cushioned shoes. It now features PWRRUN+ foam, which gives a soft cushioning that comfortably absorbs shocks without being too soft. The shoe provides good stability, so the high-stack cushioning does not reduce balance while running. Overall, the runners found the cushioning lively but not bouncy by any means. Unfortunately, this reduces the versatility of the shoe: it's pleasant during daily training at low or medium speed but not for speed workouts (e.g., tempo, interval). However, on the plus side, testers note that this new model has the advantage of having a smaller heel than previously for better stability and offers smoother transitions. Then, the upper is still excellent with a comfortable and effective foot lockdown. The engineered mesh is relatively thick while remaining breathable. However, given the extra weight of this new version (over 300 g/11 oz) and the natural stability of its platform, testers wondered if such a thick and elaborate mesh was essential. Finally, there is the new XT-900 (carbon) rubber on the outsole, which provides a good grip and protects the shoe from wear and tear. To summarize, the Saucony Triumph 18 is a very good running shoe that will delight runners looking for a well-cushioned shoe for regular training and long runs. However, if you want a snappy shoe to run fast, then its heavyweight and lack of springe may not be ideal.
Value for money
  • Great comfort
  • Upper that offers an excellent foot lockdown
  • Soft and high-stack cushioning without being dull or unstable
  • Premium quality
  • Cushioning that lacks bounce for faster paces
  • Heavy shoe


Model: Saucony Triumph 18



Heel to toe drop

8 mm

Heel stack height

33 mm

Forefoot stack height

25 mm



Weight (men)

315 g/11.1 oz

Weight (women)

279 g/9.8 oz

Release year


Bounce (1-5)

3 – Moderate

Softness (1-5)

4 – Soft


Mid distance, Long distance


Slow, Moderate


Daily running, Recovery

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  • The outsole of the Saucony Triumph 18 uses durable rubber that is specially designed to provide optimum wear resistance. It replaces the Tri-Flex rubber found on the previous version. This configuration ensures a secure grip on the road, even in rainy weather.


  • The midsole is equipped with the PWRRUN+ cushioning technology on its entire length. It’s a lightweight and responsive foam developed by Saucony that blends TPU and EVA foam. Its purpose is to absorb shocks at the moment of impact throughout the run for optimal comfort. Also, this technology promises great energy return for a bouncier ride.


  • The upper of the Saucony Triumph 18 features an engineered mesh. This configuration keeps your foot secure in the shoe and facilitates good airflow to keep the foot cool while running.
  • Besides, the FORMFIT technology is a system of overlays that improves the foot lockdown for better stability. Developed as a replacement for ISOFIT, FORMFIT provides a precise and tighter foot lockdown. This system also has the advantage of increasing the durability of the upper by giving it a better structure.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How does the Saucony Triumph 18 fit?

This road shoe uses a standard sizing system. So far, runners who have tested the ST18 indicate that it fits true to size. You can, therefore, opt for your regular size. That said, if you have the opportunity, we recommend that you try on your shoes in the store to be 100% sure.

Is this model suitable for runners with overpronation?

This shoe is a neutral model. Thus, it is suitable for all runners regardless of their type of pronation. It doesn’t feature stability features to balance the stride and avoid surprises. Remember that in any case, stability shoes for overpronation are no more effective than neutral shoes in reducing the risk of injury. We, therefore, recommend that you select your running shoes according to their comfort, which is the most important criterion. In short, you can choose this model independently from your pronation, as long as it is comfortable.

Is this running shoe suitable for heavy athletes (80 kg/176 lbs or more)?

To our knowledge, only one study to date has investigated the relationship between stack height, weight, and risk of injury. According to the results of this study, minimalist footwear may increase the risk of injury for athletes weighing more than 71 kilograms 157 pounds. With its generous stack height (33 mm below the heel), the Triumph 18 should be a good fit regardless of your weight.

Are these shoes a good choice for running a marathon?

This road shoe offers high-stack cushioning and great comfort, which makes it an interesting option for the marathon. You may want to go for another model like Saucony Ride if you are looking for more pop to go after a new PR.

Comparisons – Saucony Triumph 18 vs:

Saucony Triumph 17

The ST18 cushioning offers greater shock-absorption as well as a smoother and more stable ride. However, the upper is thicker, which makes the shoe heavier than the previous version. The testers noted a lack of bounce on the Triumph 18, while their judgment on the subject was less severe with the ST17. The results are, therefore, mixed.

Saucony Ride 13

Although the Ride 13 has a similar stack height, it is lighter and offers firmer cushioning. Overall, the Ride 13 is more responsive, making it better suited to fast paces. However, if you want soft cushioning with maximum shock absorption, the Saucony Triumph 18 should be more comfortable. See detailed comparison.

Saucony Triumph 18 review road running shoe

Saucony Triumph 18 carbon rubber outsole

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  1. Runner’s Lab

    Very good running shoe with soft and high-stack cushioning for daily training.

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  2. cal collier

    Shoe is a very smooth ride on flats, or down hill runs. Problem is when running hilly terrain, or whenever landing on the front foot pads; the soft squishy sole under those pads is too soft, causing for an uncomfortable ride.

    + PROS: running on flats, or downhill good lock on heel
    - CONS: running on the front foot pads
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