Saucony Excursion TR11
The style name means this is the 11th update Saucony has made to the Excursion TR. Users have given the mixed shoe reviews. If a consumer were to read two reviews of the TR11, he or she might wonder if the two reviewers are writing about the same shoe. Some critics highly recommend the shoe while others claim it would not be money well-spent.
People who have worn Saucony shoes for years expressed disappointment in the quality of the TR11. The shoe is an example of getting what you pay for. One reviewer was unhappy with a pair of the shoes, because it developed holes after six months. The pair the consumer received in exchange was given a five-star rating.
It is comfortable enough to be worn walking the dog. As a trail shoe, some reviewers found the shoe to be lacking what it takes. The TR11 has an updated upper that does a better job of keeping pebbles and rocks out of the shoe than previous versions. In terms of durability, the shoe falls short.
There is a better cushioning distribution in the new midsole design. Not everyone cares for the new midsole configuration. Durability is the most significant issue. Reviews express disappointment and frustration with the flimsy construction of the shoe. It is surprising that an 11th iteration has been given so little though to durability. The shoe does have some redeeming qualities.
Soft, comfortable cushioning
Lacks arch support
Poor technical trail traction
Serious durability issues
Slippage due to wide fitBreathable
Many felt it did not deliver the traction needed for technical trails. Those who were satisfied did not indicate the type of surface they regularly ran on. The TR11 is an unlikely fit for runners who regularly run on single technical tracks.
Users get additional support in the area of the heel and added padding at the back. A few reviewers preferred a trail shoe with more cushioning to meet their needs. The TR11, with its moderate cushioning, is suitable for both walking and running.
Good things said about the upper included its ability to ventilate efficiently and its lightweight. The upper features a well-padded collar, a heel tab, and a removable insole. A lace-up closure maintains a snug fit and locks down the feet. A plush tongue and collar are meant to secure feet in place and prevent wobbling and sliding inside the shoe.
The lightweight mesh is comfortable and airy, but incredibly flimsy. Some reviewers appreciated the lighter weight. They felt it was helpful in doing extra miles. Quite a few users thought the quality was sacrificed to keep down the heft of the shoe. Reviewers may not have tested previous editions of the Sacouny Excursion TR11. The midsole was updated to provide a more even cushion distribution.
The lightweight mesh is a great summer weather choice. It cools feet efficiently when conditions are hot. There is also a breathable fabric lining that provides a comfortable feeling in the shoe.
Some reviewers thought the cushioning in the midsole was inadequate. The even distribution of the IMEVA did not seem to have an effect. There were even conflicting reports about how wide or narrow the shoes are. The full fit was cited as a reason for compromised stability. Some felt running in the Excursion TR11 felt too jarring. A lack of arch support disappointed a few runners.
Various reports of rips and tears after a few uses were lodged. Because the shoe is so lightweight, it is prone to fraying. There were a few complaints about the outsole rubber. It came off in places. A multi-day hike would find the shoes a wreck at the end of an excursion.
The IMEVA midsole has a reputation of enhanced responsiveness and excellent cushioning that is meant to ensure a high return of energy that keeps runners from worrying about fatigue.
It can barely handle regular road running. Some reviewers report the traction of the outsole is insufficient for technical trails while others claim the outsole performs exceptionally well on various terrains.
The less than ideal design, flimsy upper, and fit issues make the shoe a poor trail running choice. There is no reason to settle for a pair of shoes with so many problems when there are so many good options available.
Sadly, the Saucony Excursion TR11 also has traction issues. A few reviewers felt the shoe's grip ability was no problem.
However, may felt the shoes were not up to the par needed for technical tail running. Some reviewers found it a chore to bound down a single track. The outsole was slippery on rugged terrain and wet rocks.
Breathable knit mesh upper
GRID cushioning system for support and protection
IMEVA cushioned midsole
Made for trail running
Moderate cushioning New upper design having smaller mesh to prevent debris from entering the shoes
Outsole lugs add underfoot protection and traction
Synthetic overlays that protect from trail debris
XT-600 outsole rubber for durability and traction
Well-padded ankle collar
These things might be suitable for occasional weekend hikers. The shoes do not provide the traction needed for technical runs. Even though the price tag is relatively low, the lifespan of the shoes keeps them from being worth the money.
The new mesh upper was not thoroughly pondered. It does keep out debris and dust but is weakly constructed and will rip easily. The TR11 has a tough and ready appearance, but the components of the shoe are not good enough for spending significant amounts of time outside running.
Serious trail runners wanting the guarantee of a solid, reliable shoe will have to look elsewhere, based on conflicting reviews of testers. It is almost painful to rate this shoe as 7.3 out of ten, but the list of key features, its breathability, aesthetics, drop, and stability are the only positive features. It lacks a quality outsole, midsole, or upper. It is not particularly comfortable, durable, protective, or flexible. The shoe has inadequate traction for diverse terrains.