We must point out that while the new design makes the forefoot fit more comfortable than the 2014 ISO, the speed loop based lacing tends to pucker up the forefoot mesh if cinched tight. This leads to the upper bending inwards over the foot, apart from making the shoe look like a shriveled prune.
Sizing fits true, albeit with an upgraded toe-box fit. The toe-bumper molding has changed on the Triumph ISO 2, resulting in a relaxed fit on the medial side of the big toe, and over the small toe too.
The increase in room is just perfect; and this is happily achieved without the shoe ending up sloppy in fit. If you’re getting yourself a pair of the ISO 2’s, do so in the same size as the prior edition.
Minor updates are applied to the upper rearfoot. The tongue is slightly longer now, helping insulate the heel-lock lacing pressure.
The external heel counter design is revised to a ‘support frame’ heel clip, though functionally there isn’t any difference. The run-dry lined collar grips the same, and feels the same too.
Low light reflective bits are downsized on the Triumph 2. The toe-bumper loses both of its small slivers, and so does the lateral midfoot and under-heel. The strips on the heel has also been reduced in size.
If a firmer and more responsive ride isn’t a deal breaker for you, then the 2015 Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is a sensible shoe suitable for long miles. Some of the 2014 Triumph’s rough spots are polished over, resulting in a product which fits much better. The caveat which applied to the first generation Triumph ISO is also valid on the new Triumph. That you need to rein in your expectations in light of Saucony’s marketing hype.
The 2015 Triumph ISO 2 makes all the right moves, just that the entire ride experience borders on running shoe tedium. It just isn’t the engaging experience the brand makes it out to be.
It’s a shoe which you buy with your head, and not your heart. And where’s the fun in that?
(Disclaimer: For this review, Solereview bought the shoe at full US retail price.)
Looking to upgrade your older Triumph ISO to the latest version, but not sure how the 2015 model compares? We can help here. The following infographic is a ready-reckoner for what changes you might expect in the new model vs. old. To make this more fun, we’ve put in a system of percentage match, which calculates a weighted average for a set of attributes.
A higher or lower match percentage is neither good or bad. The % number just tells you how similar or distanced the new shoe is from the previous version. Total match % is a result of weighted averages.