Canyon TR trail runner product review written by Saucony and ATRA trail ambassador Marcy Schwam. Marcy started running ultramarathons in 1978, is a member of the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame and continues to race regularly.
Weight: 11.2 oz for a US men’s size 9. 9.7 oz for a US women’s size 9.
Stack Height: 34mm heel / 26mm forefoot. 8mm drop
Available to the public: November 2020.
Building on a popular category of trail running shoe, Saucony nailed a crossover road-to-trail model with the Canyon TR recently announced as a Fall 2020 model.
While some runners a fortunate enough to live trail-side, many of us commute to our favorite trails on foot and may have to decide whether to wear a road shoe or a trail shoe. I found the Canyon TR to be the solution to my road to trail to road runs.
The Canyon TR delivers exceptional traction on the street and in most dirt conditions. The low-profile lugs provide a trail-worthy grip that still rides smooth on the road. 28% lighter than Saucony’s previous foam, the PWRRUN+ cushioning lends a springy feel to every stride. This new foam midsole is also 2-times more flexible for powerful take-offs, fluid transitions, and softer landings.
The Canyon TR upper is reinforced for trail conditions and yet flexible for a comfortable active fit.
What I enjoy most about this model is the 8mm heel-to-toe drop and the tacky rubber bottom. The outsole pattern is carried over from the popular Mad River TR trail shoe. It performs well on road, gravel double-track and dirt single-track trail. The Canyon TR runs true to size and offers a lace lock and gaiter compatible eye ring.
For those looking for one shoe that can do it all, the Saucony Canyon TR is the real deal.
Editor’s Note: Be safe as we continue to navigate the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to follow the recommendations and updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including proper hygiene practices. Also consider reading iRunFar’s COVID-19: A Trail Running and Ultrarunning Community Guide.