July 9, 2015

Saucony Nomad TR Shoe Review

Nomad TR - Wasatch tested and approved

Last month one of Saucony's brilliant technical reps told me about the brand's new trail running shoe - the Nomad TR. He said it was so comfortable that he was even wearing it casually throughout the day. I've been wearing the Peregrines for several years, but have tended to just wear my Kinvaras on most non-technical / non-rocky terrain, as I like the comfort and flexibility of the Kinvara over the Peregrine. And let's face it, the trails I like to run are of the smoother variety. I've had a pair for a few weeks, enough to give them my seal of approval.

The Nomad strikes the balance between the Kinvara and a more traditional trail shoe, with a couple of really nice upgrades...

1. The Nomad is built on the Kinvara's last, so you are starting off with exceptional geometry. But look at that toe box width - the oblique shape gives a little more room for the toes to spread out naturally... especially great when running downhill.

2. The PWRTRAC outsole is a new kind of rubber - more traction, and supposedly more durable. The outsole pattern is unique and won't get clogged up with sticky mud/clay.

3. FIT!!! Saucony is killing it in this category lately. The Nomad TR has a one piece upper with high end materials and a sock-like feel. I'm not going to say it has the luxurious feel of the Triumph ISO, but I'd say this is as good as you are going to get in a trail shoe.

I think the Nomad will be great for winter/snow running in addition to being my go-to for trails, dirt roads, and hiking! 

Cosmetics are a definite winner for this model as well for both genders.

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