Is 8 mm the New Standard? For decades, a 12 mm heel-to-toe drop has been the standard in running shoes. In the last few years, with the introduction of barefoot or minimalist shoes with a 4 mm or even 0 mm drop, this standard has come into question.
Saucony has redesigned all of its “franchise” shoes, the Guide, the Triumph, and the Hurricane, going from a 12 mm drop to an 8 mm drop. The Guide and the Triumph will be introduced in November and the Hurricane in Feburary 2012.
They are sending me a pair of the new Saucony Triumph 9 shoes to test. I’ll let you know what I think, as soon as I get them.
In the meantime, here’s a video from Saucony explaining the advantages of the 8 mm drop.