Team Accelerate Athlete Andy Shelton is back again with another review!! This time Andy is out on the roads testing out Saucony’s first every recycled shoe, the Saucony Triumph RFG (Run For Good). They are available Instore and Online now, you can find the Men’s Here>> and the Women’s Here>>
High Renewable content, more sustainable, no performance compromises…so what have we got then.
Corn and lots of it!!!
Here we have the Triumph RFG (Run For Good) it has a bio based midsole foam, and an outsole made from 80% natural rubber.
As we all hear more and more from the press and other outside agencies, the need to be more conscious about saving the planet, cutting down our single use plastics, and not creating to much consumer waste. We all try to our bit, but running companies have been a little bit behind its outdoor based equipment companies in terms of producing more environmentally friendly products. So the global running company Saucony took a huge step with the launch of the triumph RFG, and announcing the green goals for the next decade, that 100 % of a shoe that will contain organic, recycled or renewable materials by 2030 (7 years away)
First of all, lets look at the vitals of the shoe:
From the start, you are given with a very nice box, and when you have opened it all up your are presented with a very tasteful looking shoe, not bright and flashy, just nice and simple, for some, that will not cut it as they want colour everywhere, but for people that use the running shoes for the purpose they are designed for these are very subtle and very very nice…and it has more surprises than you think, so never judge it by its looks!
This model is a nice evolution from the last shoe as they have included PWRRUN+ tech for superior cushioning it is a touch firmer but you hardly notice, the upper is like a sock, very breathable and very malleable, great heel design giving you a great locked in feeling, and a nice wide toe box, this a neutral shoe with a slightly higher stack than normal daily runners which can make it slightly unstable, but on this occasion it has no detrimental effects so stability is very good, for me it’s one of the most versatile shoes on the market.
On my recovery runs which are nice and easy, the shoes are super lush, the soles cushioning is wonderful it absorbs the joyous and unsmooth tarmac of Britain’s wonderfully maintained roads, the shoes are not averse to going off road, and are not to shabby at all, put them through a faster session and I was extremely surprised (because they aren’t one of the lightest shoes) as they were responsive and snappy like a good top end racing shoe, and finally a long run 14miles which were lovely to run in and my legs didn’t suffer. The Triumph is most definitely a daily mile running shoe and pairs nicely with Saucony’s Endorphin collection.
I have been lucky enough to able to run in different brands ECO shoes but this by far has been the most comfortable to run in, a few other brands ECO friendly shoes are a bit more advanced in there promise of keeping things sustainable, but Saucony will have lots of runners backing this shoe in the long run.
So my overall opinion is that Saucony have made a great start with the RFG Eco shoe (shows what can be done and not having to pay a subscription like other manufacturers for the privilege of wearing something sustainable) for me a absolute no brainer to add this to your shoe rotation.
The shoe has a well cushioned ride, with plenty of responsiveness, ideally suited for long miles, easy runs not your tempo runs though. An attractive shoe with a great future, well done Saucony made a sustainable shoe without compromising performance.