Thursday, December 07, 2023

Saucony 2024 Previews: Hurricane 24, Triumph 22+, Ride TR 2, Kinvara 15, Tempus 2, Xodus Ultra 3

 Reporting by Peter Stuart, Sally Reiley and Renee Krusemark

Update:Saucony Triumph 22 Review (6 Comparisons)

Saucony continued to demonstrate that they closely focus on the needs of a wide range of runner types, terrains, paces, and biomechanical needs with a broad range of carefully targeted models. 

They focused our attention on a big and all new reimagining of their max stability model the Hurricane 24, more stack in the Xodus Ultra 3 trail shoe, upper fine tunes of their light trainer the Kinvara 15 and light stability trainer Tempus 2, and last, but not least, the Triumph 22 which gets a PWRRUN Pb PEBA blend midsole foam.

Of course, more excitement is on the way before the shoes previewed in this article are launched as in the first part of the year we will see big updates to the Endorphin Pro 4 and Endorphin Speed 4 although at this time we are not allowed to discuss or show them.

Hurricane 24

The stability support Hurricane returns after a bit of an absence with a full re design moving in the recent direction seen at most brands towards “inherent stability”- a broad platform  and supportive side walls  geometry rather than denser medial foams and plastic parts, and lighter weights in the category

To provide underfoot comfort, protection and some big shoe run fun, Saucony goes with a dual layer construction of its softer and bouncy supercritical PEBA based PWRRUN Pb underfoot with below that their PWRRUN EVA/TPU blend for at the ground stability and durability.

To deliver the stability and balance, the Hurricane sits on a broad platform with more vertical medial side walls and with the foot sitting down in the midsole as you might in a big “Lazy Boy” chair.

To move the foot along during the gait cycle (especially important in such a broad platform shoe), the 24 incorporates Saucony’s Center Path technology which is essentially what is described above:

"CenterPath Technology provides comfort and protection with a broader platform, higher sidewalls, an asymmetric profile and a rocker shape that guides your stride from impact to toe off."

The upper is a plushly padded engineered mesh.

Weight is 10.6 oz / 300g US 9 for the men’s, with the women’s at 9.8 oz / 278g US 8.

The Hurricane 24 for sure modernizes the lumbering big stability shoe and should be more fun than the old school approaches. We see it as a nice and plush recovery run shoe, walking shoe, and of course stability trainer. $160. July 1, 2024 release. 

Ride TR 2

The RTR team agreed that the TR 2 had one of the best visual designs of any shoe at The Running Event. But there are more than great looks to this door to trail variant of the road Ride 17 (RTR Initial Review). 

As with the Ride 17, its midsole is upgraded to PWRRUN+ foam, an energetic softer TPU foam which Saucony has used for several years in shoes such as the Triumph 20/21.

Shod with an all purpose outsole with 3.5mm lugs that should be at least light trail worthy, the TR should prove super versatile, while looking great,  and is an ideal choice for gravel and dirt roads with pavement mixed in and for winter running.

Weight: men’s 10.4 oz /  295 g US9, women’s 8.9 oz / 252g US8

$140. Available July 2024

Triumph 22

The Triumph 20/21 has been one of RTR favorite all around daily trainers of the more plush and soft variety in recent years. 

The midsole foam changes from PWRRUN+ TPU to a new PWRRUN Pb supercritical blend formulated to be a bit more durable than the Endorphins’ Pb given here the focus here on everyday miles.

The stack height is 37 mm heel / 27mm forefoot so unchanged but on a wider platform.

The weight for the men’s is 10.1 oz /  286g US9 with the  women’s 8.4 oz / 238g  US8. The men’s version sees a minor 7g gain in weight.

$160. May 2024. Also available in a GTX version at $180.

Tempus 2

The Tempus is a light support shoe that provides nicely adaptive stability. All of our testers of the prior version were neutral shoe type runners and enjoyed its ride.

The midsole is unchanged with an outer frame of PWRRUN for some stability and a PWRRUN Pb core. The drop remains at 8mm as does the stack height of 36.5 mm heel / 28.5 mm forefoot with the weight increasing somewhat (0.5 oz / 14g) for the men’s to 9.4 oz / 266g US9, women’s 8.2 oz / 232g US8

The upper is a new engineered mesh.  $160 Releases August 2024

Kinvara 15

Weight remains unchanged from Kinvara 14 with the  men’s 7 oz / 198g  US9, women’s 6.2 oz  / 176g  US8. The Kinvara 15 gets a more breathable and seamless upper.

As with most 2023 Saucony,  we get a soft and energetic PWRRUN+ sock liner 

$120. Mid June 2024 release

Xodus Ultra 3

The stack height increases 3.5mm to 36mm/30mm so the Ultra is now more cushioned sitting on a broader base, with the idea to make it more ultra worthy and just plain well cushioned and more stable.

The cushioning remains an outer rim of PWRRUN (to stabilize) with an inner core of energetic supercritical PWRRUN Pb PEBA foam. The sidewalls are higher to better seat the foot into the platform. 

The weight of the men’s is 10.1 oz /  286g US9, women’s 8.7 oz / 247g  This is a relatively slight increase (given the increased stack height and broader base) of 14g in the men’s.

The outsole is “reinvented” and has 4 mm lugs (from 4.5mm) and said to have improved durability and wet weather traction. $160. Releases July, 2024

Saucony presents the Hurricane 24, Kinvara 15, and Xodus Ultra 3 at The Running Event

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Anonymous said...

These look great. I love the Triumph 20s for my daily non-fast runs, I use them in wide. I'm looking for a new pair of shoes for next summer's "long walks" in Europe, including some city, some trails, etc. Would the Ride TR 2 or the Xodus Ultra be better in your thought? Both according to your text seem to come in wider toebox.

Σπύρος said...

I hope the Kinvara 15 has a wider toebox

Robbie said...

Passed on the TR v1 as they were too narrow (I find the Runshield's have poor wet traction, but are roomy, if not voluminous in comparison). Hope v2 is sized more in line with the regular version, or offer a "wide" version. Looking forward to lacing up the EU v3!

Anonymous said...

Why did they increase the weight of the Tempus???