Review: Saucony Excursion TR13

Written by

Athena Farias

Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Run Coach.

This expert review is written by

Athena Farias

Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Run Coach.
Athena has been running for 31 years. She ran her first race, which was a marathon in 2002. She has run everything from a 5K to Ultras and 7 consecutive years of a 223 mile relay.

She is an Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Run Coach.

Running is her safe haven and it is also her passion, which she loves to share with her community.

Weight

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.
Expert score
5/10

Expert Review: Saucony Excursion TR13

Quick overview

Best for
Regular training
Terrain
Best for moderate trails
Grip
The Excursion TR13 provides good traction on most types of terrains and surfaces
Lack Traction
Average Traction
Provide Traction
Cushioning
The Excursion TR13 offers little cushioning
Little cushioning
Medium cushioning
Highly cushioned
Weight

10.6

 oz
301 g
Heel to toe drop
Drop

8

 mm

Pros and cons according to our running expert

Pros and cons according to our running expert

  • Lightweight
  • Color
  • Lacing
  • Too small
  • Tight around toe box

Our verdict

The Saucony Excursion TR13 felt good as an everyday shoe to walk around in or stand in. On the trails these shoes did not provide the performance that I like in a trail shoe.

Introduction Saucony Excursion TR13

The Saucony Excursion TR13 is a mid-priced trail running shoe. This is a neutral running shoe with a 8mm offset at a weight of 9.7oz. It consists of versafoam that provides cushioning from heel to toe.

Cushioning Type
The Excursion TR13 is more responsive than... Read more plush: provides energy return and some shock
Responsive
Plush
Cushioning Amount
The Excursion TR13 offers little cushioning
Little cushioning
Highly cushioned
Flexibility
The Excursion TR13 has a good mix between... Read more flexibility and structure
Rigid
Flexible
Stability
The Excursion TR13 is not stable: not... Read more indicated for runners that need support
Not particularly stable
Very stable

Impressions Saucony Excursion TR13

Saucony Excursion TR13 - Lateral Side

Saucony Excursion TR13 – Lateral Side


I like the color scheme of the shoe and how lightweight it felt. I laced up and right away I knew that the shoes were a little too small.

The toe box was also tight and the lack of arch support could be felt with each step.

I took them out on the trail and was able to get in 4 miles before I felt my feet tiring. The trail was soft and hard packed dirt with rocks and roots. It is a pretty flat trail with a couple of small hills.

These shoes are pretty light weight so I could run a strong pace. They felt a little unstable as I would go over the rocks or uneven terrain, so I found myself guarding.

I took the shoes out a few more times and tried to get in higher mileage each time, unfortunately I could only get up to 8 miles before it was too painful to run any longer.

Protection Saucony Excursion TR13

Saucony Excursion TR13 - Top

Saucony Excursion TR13 – Top

The shoe has a knit mesh with overlays that support and lock your foot into place.

Rockplate
The Excursion TR13 does not have a rock... Read more plate.
Not present
Solid protection
Lugs
The Excursion TR13 provides good traction on... Read more most types of terrains and surfaces
Lack Traction
Provide Traction
Water resistance
The Excursion TR13 performs badly in wet... Read more weather conditions, getting wet rapidly and
Poor
Water Resistant

Durability Saucony Excursion TR13

Saucony Excursion TR13 - Sole

Saucony Excursion TR13 – Sole


The outsoles of the shoes have triangular-lugged grips that are suppose to help with footing. I didn’t find the lugs comfortable as I could feel them with each and every step.

Responsiveness & Speed Saucony Excursion TR13

Saucony Excursion TR13 - Medial Side

Saucony Excursion TR13 – Medial Side


The shoes are lightweight so you could maintain a descent speed on the trail. My feet would just tire out due to the lack of support for my feet.

Comfort and Fit Saucony Excursion TR13

Saucony Excursion TR13 - Closeup

Saucony Excursion TR13 – Closeup


The versafoam cushioning is nice at first but it seemed to break down after the 5th run in the shoes. They were a very snug fit so I had to wear my lightweight socks which was uncomfortable in itself.

Sizing
The Excursion TR13 fits a little small: buy... Read more half a size bigger than usual
Buy size smaller
Buy size bigger

Conclusion Saucony Excursion TR13

Saucony Excursion TR13 - Heel

Saucony Excursion TR13 – Heel


Overall, if you plan not to run long distance I feel that you can enjoy these shoes. They may be better just for an afternoon hike or walk.

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