For Every Day and For Every Type of Run …
Saucony has the Running Shoe for You
Last month, I got a first-hand look at the 2019 Saucony Running shoe collection from Sharon Barbano at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. For those of you who do not know Sharon, pictured above, her longevity in the running industry speaks volumes, from working for all the major shoe brands to being the official announcer for many of the nation’s top running events, including coverage of the Boston, Chicago and New York City marathons.
A Road Runners’ Club of America certified coach, a former world class distance runner, a competitor in the Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials and past U.S. 50K Trail Running Champion, Sharon knows a thing or two about the anatomy of a great running shoe and all the many great benefits. Here is a first look at what’s new from Saucony for Spring 2019 from Sharon.
When you look at running surveys, fit is the most important. For Spring 2019 and moving forward, Saucony wanted to do two things to get the fit right.
Number One … on three of our franchise shoes we’ve updated the Last. It’s a little wider in the forefoot and a little more-narrow in the heel, similar to what Saucony had years ago.
Number Two … our Form Fit System. It’s a three-layer system that’s in all of our shoes. On the top of the shoe, you have your sock liner that molds to your foot. The next layer is our EVERRUN topsole which, as the foot comes down, handles the impact in different areas.
Number Three … we are contouring our midsoles so that the foot sits in the shoe cradled.
Let’s start with the Kinvara, pictured left. This is the tenth anniversary of the shoe. The whole idea for 2019 was to advance the experience of the Kinvara while giving kudos to the shoe’s heritage and on November 1, Saucony will launch the Kinvara 10.
Kinvara 10 … Evolution of a Revolution. The Kinvara celebrates the 10-year legacy of the shoe and its followers with performance upgrades for a smooth, incredibly energetic ride.
Saucony has a fan base of Kinvara wearers, and we never want to mess around too much with the shoe. Historically, the Kinvara has a springy, quick feel. For 2019 the shoe will continue to have the EVA Plus outsole/midsole with XT900 rubber for more durability, EVERRUN topsole and a special mesh on the upper that is reinforced and includes 3D print overlays instead of hot melt for a smoother, lighter design.
We also returned to the first version of the Kinvara and added small pods to the heel to keep the shoe from slipping and to offer a more plush and comfortable feel.
Triumph ISO5 … Fit to Float. Another big franchise shoe for Saucony is the Triumph. On November 1, Saucony will release a completely new version of the Triumph because the shoe was not offering a broad enough fit, and, we also heard the ride wasn’t feeling the same from the heel to the fore foot.
For 2019, our designers replaced the rubber carbon outsole material with Crystal Rubber which is extremely durable. And, because of its durability, 2mm were removed from the bottom of the shoe. Now, the Crystal Rubber is 2mm narrower from the other material and to allow for the difference, the designers added 2mm of EVERUN mid-sole—a compound that never breaks down or loses its cushioning properties.
When you run in a regular shoe with EVA, friction occurs. As the friction happens, EVA loses its ability to absorb shock, even in the winter, and losing its cushioning abilities when you need it most at the end of your run.
EVERRUN never breaks down its cushioning properties and is three times more durable than EVA with incredible shock absorption. With the addition and subtraction of material, it’s a more uniform, better running outsole. We are offering a new last, 3D print overlays and a double jacquard knit that is strong but very breathable.
Guide ISO2Trail Runner … The Answer. Stability or cushioning? The answer is “yes, please.” Saucony’s FORMFIT performance contoured foot bed better connects you to your run. A supportive shoe, the original Guide was designed for short, quick runs, hill work, sprints or recovery day runs. The 2019 Guide offers more support to runners with a Powerfoam base and an EVERRUN Topsole for more medial support in a running shoe. We’ve taken the original Guide and made the Guide Trail Runner and within the Guide Trail, we offer four options for people who need more support.
Peregrine 8 … Our award-winning Peregrine, pictured right, is a beautiful shoe. For 2019 we did not change the tooling but incorporated ISOFIT construction adapting to your foot as you move.
The shoe has a full-length PWRTRAC outsole for underfoot protection and cushioning—three-times more sticky than regular carbon rubber—6.5mm lugs for really great grip, EVERRUN Topsole, Powerfoam Midsole, reinforced mesh and bumper on the toe and the heel.
Switchback ISO … Dial in, Log out. We took our Freedom shoe with 4mm offset, partnered with BOA technology—combining their BOA lacing system with our ISOFIT construction—to create a game-changing fit experience in a trail shoe.
The key to this shoe is that has a ISOFIT plus Boa Lace System. This shoe becomes one with your foot. Between all of the pieces, you are cradled in the shoe and it all wraps around with XT900 PWRTRAC that’s more durable and gives you more push through protection strategically placed in push off zones.
We also added a full-length FORMFIT contoured EVERUN Midsole, woven and coated textile upper suitable for the runner who does not want, or need, a lot of foot protection.
Photos courtesy Saucony