Saucony Triumph 20

Overall Grades And Reviews

8.9 Overall Grade
29 reviews

The #1 Saucony shoe as of Sept 2023. The Saucony Triumph 20 is a neutral trainer. Reviewers praise it for its overall quality and solid performance on cushioning, comfort, and durability. With a MSRP similar to most top-end shoes from other brands, this shoe can often be found on sale for under $100 as the Triumph 21 is out.

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Shoe Properties
Shoe Type
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Pronation Control
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Weight
9.8 oz. (men's), 8.7 oz. (women's)
9.8 oz. (men's), 8.8 oz. (women's)
9.6 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's)
11.1 oz. (men's), 10.1 oz. (women's)
Stack Height
39mm.
39mm.
35mm.
43mm.
Forefoot Height
29mm.
29mm.
23mm.
39mm.
Drop Height
10 mm.
10 mm.
12 mm.
4 mm.
Upper material
Engineered mesh, FORMFIT Contoured Footbed
Refined 3D Fit Print mesh, Recycled Materials include:
Engineered mesh, Lycra comfort frame, Internal heel counter, Pillowed Tongue
Shoe Released
Q3 2022
Q2 2023
Q4 2022
Q3 2022
MSRP
$160
$160
$140
$165
LRC Ratings
Out of 10
Overall
8.9
8.9
9.2
9.0
Comfort
9.0
9.0
9.1
9.6
Cushioning
9.2
9.3
9.1
9.6
Durability
8.7
8.2
8.8
8.1
Appearance
8.2
8.4
8.2
7.9
Value
8.7
8.5
8.6
7.7

Reader Reviews

  • Saucony Triumph 20 - first max cushion shoe I've used and now my favorite shoe in my rotation

    15 miles per week, neutral pronator, low arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    9.0

    As my first max cushioned shoe I was rather skeptical, as there is a lot of competition in this category right now. As a forefoot/midfoot striker who never particularly ran high mileage, I needed something that could just eat miles as I moved up in events for longer runs and recovery runs. I didn't like how high the stack height was, but after biting the bullet on a nice colorway all my skepticism was alleviated. Despite being a bit on the heavier end, the weight is distributed super well and the shoe never feels heavy on foot at all. After some 70 miles in the shoe, the outsole is still in excellent condition, with the forefoot area still looking brand new despite most of my foot strike being in that area. Other runners have used these for 500-600+ miles and their outsoles look very intact with the midsole foam also being very springy still - a sign that the shoe will last well beyond most other trainers on the market.

    I never thought I'd have my heaviest most cushioned shoe be my favorite to run in, but it happened. Though the shoe is definitely meant for easier/longer runs, I never find it difficult to pick up the pace in these and love the responsiveness of the PWRRUN PB+ foam. I personally value foot feel and responsiveness very highly, and these shoes don't make it difficult for increasing the pace on longer progression runs; it feels very natural.

    As a slightly wide-footer, however, I had to go half a size in these as the toebox runs a little narrow. After reading some other reviews, I went up to a size 10.5 and I'm happy I did, as it fits perfectly around the midfoot and leaves just enough room in the forefoot. For other Saucony's such as the Kinvara 13 I'm a size 10M wide, Speed 3 size 10 (perfect fit), and for Nikes I'm a size 10.5/11 for racing shoes. 

    For those looking for a responsive, versatile max cushioned shoe, this is probably the best option on the market. 

    • LRC Editor's Choice

      Definite upgrade over my previous shoes

      20 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      9.0
      Comfort
      9.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      10.0
      Appearance
      9.0
      Value
      8.0

      I was looking for a highly cushioned, durable shoe with significant heel drop (on account on some achilles niggles).

      My previous such shoe was the Saucony Ride 13, before that the Nike Epic React 2. 

      Both were fine shoes. The Triumph 20 is probably an upgrade over the Ride 13, with a much plusher, bouncier ride, a promised longer lifespan/durability on account of the TPU foam; and a comfier upper.

      The Triumph may be slightly less "stable" than the Ride 13- my heels sometimes brush the inside of my calf as I bring the rear leg forwards. 

      It's easy to up the pace a bit in the Tri 20, because it gives so much back.

      I've run only 40k or so, and I cannotjudge the durability yet. 


      They also look great in the "Palm gold" colourway.

    • LRC Editor's Choice

      Completely different than the Triumph 19

      20 miles per week, medium arches
      Overall
      9.0
      Comfort
      9.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      8.0
      Appearance
      8.0
      Value
      8.0

      I've love the last 3 Triumphs. They were very consistent in their fit and feel.  But this version... wow!   The midsole was completely different.  Lighter, springier with much more energy return.  Initially...i did NOT like it...it felt "unstable."  But, after a few runs, my perception changed and i suddenly DID like the shoe:)  So..buy it!

    • LRC Editor's Choice

      Great daily trainer

      32 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      9.0
      Comfort
      10.0
      Cushioning
      9.0
      Durability
      9.0
      Appearance
      10.0
      Value
      10.0

      I'd never been a Saucony wearer until recently. I used to wear Nike Pegasus as my main daily trainer but heard that the Triumph had updated and evolved in it's 20th edition so gave it a try. I was not disappointed. This is a comfortable, cushioned, durable shoe. It's like your comfortable sofa, a favourite home cooked meal or that pair of jeans that just feels right - you may not rave about it everyday but it's always there for you when you need it. A shoe that will keep a place in my rotation.

    • Very dependable and greatly priced

      30 miles per week, underpronator, medium arches
      Overall
      9.0
      Comfort
      9.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      10.0
      Appearance
      7.0
      Value
      10.0

      Durability is a factor I highly value in running shoes. With the Saucony Triumph 20 one can attain such a quality. The Triumph 20s give great comfort, reliability, and durability. They are also greatly priced, one can purchase these and be expierencing the fullness of the Run for under 100$. Although they are not the most crazy stylish looking shoes and they don't perform greatly at sprints, they are dependable and inexpensive.

    • Very good for easy runs

      20 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      9.0
      Comfort
      9.0
      Cushioning
      9.0
      Durability
      9.0
      Appearance
      9.0
      Value
      9.0

      Very comfortable upper and nice, springy cushioning. Cannot imagine the need for more cushioning than this offers. I've accumulated no more than 100km in the shoes so far, but expect the durability to be high with the sole being TPU. 

      For easy runs, I find the Triumph 20 much nicer than past shoes including Saucony Ride 12 and Freedom 2, Nike Epic React and various older Asics models.

      I do not expect the Triumph 20s to be great for intervals or high intensity run - a bit too soft for that. At a discounted price equivalent to 100USD, I think this was a great buy.

    • Solid Trainer

      20 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      7.0
      Comfort
      7.0
      Cushioning
      6.0
      Durability
      8.0
      Appearance
      9.0
      Value
      9.0

      Took a little bit to break into them, they were tight in the toe box but after adjusting the laces a bit they feel much better.

    • Very solid.

      40 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      9.0
      Comfort
      9.0
      Cushioning
      9.0
      Durability
      9.0
      Appearance
      9.0
      Value
      9.0

      Very solid shoe that lasts a long time. Won’t disappoint either. Probably isn’t the best at anything but is very good at everything. Would keep to easy runs + strides and tempo at fastest. Would recommend - 9/10.

    • Best version of the triumph to date

      50 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      9.0
      Comfort
      8.0
      Cushioning
      9.0
      Durability
      10.0
      Appearance
      7.0
      Value
      9.0

      I have loved this shoe. Great for everyday running but has enough get up and go that it can be used for tempo runs or slower track intervals.

    • Not perfect

      60 miles per week, neutral pronator, low arches
      Overall
      7.0
      Comfort
      8.0
      Cushioning
      6.0
      Durability
      7.0
      Appearance
      9.0
      Value
      10.0

      Wasn't exactly what I was looking for after buying it. Price was really cheap compared to other shoes but I will say that if you are looking a hobby jog shoe than I definitely recommend this shoe. To put it simply, unlike other shoes I've had in the past I start to feel foot pain at around 7-9 miles into a run while wearing these shoes. For instance the other day I was going my LR and it was almost unbearable pain in them but for my easy 6 milers this shoe feels like a dream. 

    • Best All-Purpose Shoe I've Ever Run In

      30 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
      Overall
      10.0
      Comfort
      10.0
      Cushioning
      9.0
      Durability
      10.0
      Appearance
      9.0
      Value
      10.0

      Awesome shoe. Great cushioning, comfort, energy return, fabrication, looks.