The Tuesday Kick: plush pumps

A "plush ride" that didn't live up to its billing

The shoe

Saucony Triumph 9

The Official Description

“Premium cushioning redefined,” purrs Saucony. The company says the shoe features a new injection-moulded foam that “delivers an ultra-plush yet still responsive feel underfoot.” The shoe weighs in at a relatively light 9.6 ounces (heavy by today’s ever-increasing minimalist standards, but not bad at all for a cushioned shoe).

Who Wears It

Donna Gaskin, 48, started running on a treadmill in 2008. The Bedford, Nova Scotia runner took to the streets in May, 2009 and has since tackled a number of full and half marathons, including the Bluenose and Valley Harvest.

Why She Likes Them (or not)

The second week in the shoes, Gaskin said she “almost loved” the Triumph 9. But she hadn’t done her long slow run yet. After the run, it was a different story. “At $170-plus,” Gaskin said, “the redesign of these shoes are taking way too long to be comfortable.”

While Gaskin likes the look of the shoes and appreciated the lack of wear on the heels, she noted that after 23 km. – her longest run in them to date – that she’d be looking for a different pair next time around.

Premium? Yes. But apparently not cushioned enough.

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About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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