Runners with high arches tend to be underpronators. The height of the arch stops the foot from rolling naturally and causes the foot to not absorb enough impact when running, which can lead to major injuries. Neutral-cushioning shoes help alleviate the stress put on the knees, shins and legs due to high arches, and the absence of stability features in the medial section of the shoe promotes pronation. The Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 was released in November 2010, and has received high praise from both experts and users. The updated model is a whopping 1.5 ounces lighter -- making the men's shoe 11.9 ounces and the women's version 10.6 ounces -- than the previous Triumph 7. The ProGrid Triumph 8 is suited to those with a higher-than-normal arch and mild underpronation. Those with extreme underpronation may want to consider the Brooks Glycerin 8 (discontinued but widely available) or the newer Glycerin 9 (*Est. $130). The ProGrid Triumph 8 delivers high heel protection but is less plush than other neutral-cushioning shoes. Still, users say the Triumph is more responsive than comparable models, making it an ideal pick for those who need arch support and a shoe that encourages pronation, but like a firmer ride.
We found the most detailed reviews for the Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 at U.K.-based publications Ransacker.co.uk and Runner's World U.K. Women's Health and Runner's World (U.S.) magazines recently selected the shoe as a top neutral-cushioning model. Buzzillions.com is by far the best source of user-generated reviews for this shoe. Reviews are relatively detailed and provide insight into the ProGrid Triumph 8's pluses and drawbacks.
The U.K.-based site Ransacker provides an extensive database of running-shoe reviews. Each shoe is given a percentage rating and placed in one of five categories: stability shoes, neutral shoes, racing shoes, trail shoes or gym shoes. The site provides lists of the top-10 shoes in each category based on the percentage rating assigned by editors. The Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 is rated best in its class, and the very detailed individual review says the shoe is good for casual runners looking for a neutral-cushioning shoe with good balance.
Review: Best Neutral Running Shoes 2011, Editors of Ransacker.co.uk, Jan. 28, 2011
2. Runner's World
Runner's World is known for its stellar quarterly running-shoe guides, and reviewers Warren Greene and Martyn Shorten are considered two of the foremost experts on the running-shoe market. All shoes are wear-tested by runners and evaluated by editors. Here, Greene and Shorten say the Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 is a good fit for heel-strikers who like a soft shoe and good fit.
Review: Winter 2010 Running Shoe Guide, Warren Greene, Martyn Shorten, December 2010
3. Runner's World U.K.
The U.K. edition of Runner's World features an online guide to the newest running shoes. Editors provide a detailed review and technical information for each of 32 shoes tested by real-world runners and two running teams. Shoes are scored by both readers and editors on a 5-star scale. The Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 earns a 4.5-star score from editors, who say the updated version of the shoe preserves the snug fit and excellent ride of the Triumph 7 while shaving off 1.2 ounces of weight.
Review: Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 , Editors of Runner's World U.K., As of July 2011
4. Women's Health magazine
A dozen different running shoes are reviewed by the editors of Women's Health for their Shoe Finder Shopping Guide. Each selection includes a brief description about why the shoe is so unique, but editors don't say how the shoes were tested or by which criteria they were selected. Here, the Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 is considered a neutral shoe for normal pronators that's best for those with normal to mildly high arches.
Review: The WH Shoe Finder, Editors of Women's Health, As of July 2011
Buzzillions.com is an aggregate site that collects user reviews from some of the most popular online retail sites. The Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 receives nearly 40 user reviews (men's and women's combined) that are very positive, with runners saying the fit and cushioning of the shoe are rave-worthy.
Review: Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8 Running Shoe, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of July 2011