Coming from one of the most respected names in running shoes, the Saucony Excursion TR8 offers an athletic feel and performance without breaking the bank. Featuring many of the company’s latest innovations, this pair ensures a comfortable, stable, and secure ride on moderately challenging terrain.
The Excursion TR8 shoe comes with an aggressive lug pattern for traction and control, while the IMEVA and Grid midsole keeps your feet safe from debris and harsh obstacles. For the upper, the manufacturers used a breathable mesh with Gore-Tex overcoat for a moisture-free run on wet conditions. It also has an ensemble of unique Saucony technology built into the design.
A closer look at the Saucony Excursion TR8
Excellent traction, superb sensitivity
What makes the Excursion TR8 stand out from most budget-friendly trail runners is the multi-directional rubber lugs and intricate tread design. This combination provides excellent traction on just about any surface, save for slick rocks.
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The reason for this is because hard rubber cannot compress and form to grip such wet and slippery surface. With that out of the way, the Excursion ensures a grippy performance on everything else. What’s even better is that the pair hosts superb sensitivity underfoot, letting you feel the roots, rocks and dirt for the truest trail experience.
Reliable foot protection
No matter if you’re an athletic trail runner or an adventurous thrill-seeker, you are bound to face some harsh obstacles along the way. For this reason, Saucony designed the Excursion TR8 with thick and rigid IMEVA (injection-molded EVA foam) and heel grid midsole to protect your feet from sharp rocks, uneven surfaces, and other obstacles that the trail may throw at you.
The shoe’s toe box is somewhat larger while the toe cap is hard, similar to that of the Cascadia 9 by Brooks Running. This means that you also get added protection from trail debris and stubbed toes.
Stable and well-cushioned
Apart from protecting your feet on the trail, the TR8’s IMEVA midsole also acts as a cushioning system to give you a comfy ride down those technical terrains. The insole is also cushioned for extra shock absorption and paired with textile lining to conform nicely to your foot.
In typical Saucony fashion, the insole is removable and replaceable for a more personalized fit. Further cushioning is provided by the company’s Grid system, which is a sole-based technology that absorbs impact and stabilizes your stride at the same time. With this, you can slash through the trail without losing speed or balance.
The upper section of the Excursion TR8 is soft and breathable thanks to the durable mesh design. It helps provide a comfortable support to your foot without the added weight to the shoe. This allows the pair to achieve a feathery 20 ounces for a women’s size 9.
Another good thing about these trail running shoes is the padded collar and tongue that offers another layer of protection and comfort. Top it all off with the GORE-TEX Waterproof upper, and your feet can stay cool and dry, rain or shine.
The Saucony Exursion TR8 Trail Running Shoes has a lace-up closure and is intended for neutral runners. It is available in men’s standard and women’s standard sizes, and comes in a range of color combos including Black/Blue, Grey/Red, and Black/Orange. It is covered by the manufacturer’s 45-day return policy.