Review: Saucony Cohesion TR12

Written by

Katherine Takai

Long Distance Runner, former Sprinter.

This expert review is written by

Katherine Takai

Long Distance Runner, former Sprinter.
Katherine Takai lives in Denver, CO and is a budget analyst and fitness enthusiast.

Although she was a sprinter in high school, since became fascinated with endurance sports and began participating in long-distance running events over eight years ago.

During her leisure time, she can be found chasing around her dog on the trails of the Front Range.


We usually consider 10 ounces a "medium" weight for a running shoe: less than 10 and we are entering the lightweight category and above 10 the shoes start to be heavy.

Heel-to-toe drop

Heel drop is the measurement in mm of the difference between the height of the heel and the toe of the sole.

A lower drop (0mm - 5mm) promotes running on mid-foot and fore-foot, while higher drops (8mm - 12mm) are more traditional and meant to support a heel-striking gait.
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Expert Review: Saucony Cohesion TR12

Quick overview

Best for
Regular training, speedwork on flat surfaces, short trail races (up to half marathons)
Best for moderate trails, technical trails, rocky areas
The Cohesion TR12 provides good traction on most types of terrains and surfaces
Lack Traction
Average Traction
Provide Traction
The Cohesion TR12 offers just the right amount of cushioning
Little cushioning
Medium cushioning
Highly cushioned


272 g
Heel to toe drop



Pros and cons according to our running expert

Pros and cons according to our running expert

  • Lighweight
  • Low price
  • Responsive on most types of terrain, e.g. dirt, grass, mud, smooth rock, road
  • Traction was unreliable on more wet terrain, e.g. snow, ice, wet rock
  • Upper is not very protective

Our verdict

The Saucony Cohesion TR12 is a lightweight, lower cost trail running shoe providing adequate support and traction on non-technical trails.

While limiting on snow, rock, and slippery terrain, these are comfortable on grass, dirt, and road.

Introduction Saucony Cohesion TR12

The Saucony Cohesion TR12 is a $60 lightweight and neutral trail running shoe performs well on non-technical terrain, such as dirt or grass.

This is the successor to the Cohesion TR11. This shoe features a Heel Grid system and VERSAFOAM technology for stable cushioning.

Cushioning Type
The Cohesion TR12 is more responsive than... Read more plush: provides energy return and some shock
Cushioning Amount
The Cohesion TR12 offers just the right... Read more amount of cushioning
Little cushioning
Highly cushioned
The Cohesion TR12 has a good mix between... Read more flexibility and structure
The Cohesion TR12 offers great stability for... Read more runners who needs the most support for
Not particularly stable
Very stable

Impressions Saucony Cohesion TR12

Saucony Cohesion TR12 - Pair

Saucony Cohesion TR12 – Pair

This shoe is simple, sleek, and lightweight compared to other trail running shoes that I’ve worn. They fit slightly snug at the toe.

My first run in them felt comfortable, stable, and well-cushioned for a few miles on road and dirt trail.

This is a great shoe for shorter or less technical trails (ie., road, gravel, and dirt) and even more casual everyday wear.

However, they lack protection and the durability required for sustained efforts and rugged terrain.

Protection Saucony Cohesion TR12

Saucony Cohesion TR12 - Top

Saucony Cohesion TR12 – Top

I found the protection on this shoe to be lacking. The upper felt thin and easy to penetrate by abrasion from rocks and other hazards on the trail.

Water and snow easily entered into the shoe through mesh paneling. However, this mesh paneling also allowed the shoe to dry more quickly.

At 29mm at the heel and 17mm at forefoot, the outsoles on these shoes offered protection from sharp objects.

The Cohesion TR12 does not have a rock plate.
Not present
Solid protection
The Cohesion TR12 provides good traction on... Read more most types of terrains and surfaces
Lack Traction
Provide Traction
Water resistance
The Cohesion TR12 performs badly in wet... Read more weather conditions, getting wet rapidly and
Water Resistant

Durability Saucony Cohesion TR12

Saucony Cohesion TR12 - Heel

Saucony Cohesion TR12 – Heel

I have seen general wear and tear on these shoes but generally have found them be durable for shorter trail runs (around 3-8 miles).

I would not wear these for longer efforts or on tough mountain terrain because I would not expect the thin upper to hold up with aggressive movements, over trail hazards, or during a longer trail run.

The outsole was softer and quicker to wear down than other trail shoes.

Responsiveness & Speed Saucony Cohesion TR12

Saucony Cohesion TR12 - Medial Side

Saucony Cohesion TR12 – Medial Side

These shoes felt light and responsive over most types of terrain. I was able to get up to top speed on most dry surfaces, but the shoe does not perform as well on wet surfaces.

This would be a good shoe for a dry, non-technical trail race. Rubber lugs on the outsole allowed for decent traction on most surfaces on both the uphill and downhill but became slippery when wet.

Comfort and Fit Saucony Cohesion TR12

These shoes were generally comfortable right out of the box. I would consider sizing up a half a size, as the shoe was tight in the toe box.

Thus, I would not wear these shoes for longer efforts because they do not offer very much room in the toe box for feet to expand over longer durations.

The rest of the shoe was slightly narrow but felt more secure than overly tight. The lace system also offered more stability and stayed tied.

Saucony’s Heel Grid system provides good stability and cushioning. Mesh paneling on the upper offered ventilation, keeping my feet cooler.

The Cohesion TR12 fits a little small: buy... Read more half a size bigger than usual
Buy size smaller
Buy size bigger

Conclusion Saucony Cohesion TR12

Saucony Cohesion TR12 - Toe

Saucony Cohesion TR12 – Toe

This is a solid low-cost option for a runner who primarily uses non-technical trails or on drier conditions, or someone who wants to keep a shoe like that in their training rotation.

These shoes really were comfortable and effective in most conditions; but I would not feel confident racing in them or wearing them on a longer trail day with the potential for wet, snowy or icy conditions or seriously rocky terrain.

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