SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO – SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE 2020
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What New: Saucony Endorphin Pro?
- Who’s it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Saucony Endorphin Pro
- About the Author
The Endorphin Pro is Saucony’s long-awaited entry into the world of long-distance racing shoes. The Endorphin Pro features a carbon-fiber plate embedded in a soft, resilient midsole foam.
This new style has been in the works for two years from Saucony. It debuted on the feet of Saucony pros at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in February in Atlanta, including women’s second-place finisher Molly Seidel.
WHAT’S NEW: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO
The Endorphin Pro is a brand new racemshoe that represents the best of Saucony’s engineering and design efforts. It’s built on Saucony’s SpeedRoll technology, a forward-leaning geometry that propels you forward with the feeling of continuous momentum, so you can run faster and more efficiently without running harder.
The Saucony Endorphin Pro feels light, firm, energetic, efficient and smooth, especially at faster speeds.
The Saucony Endorphin Pro fits snug and lean around your feet from heel to toe with a tiny bit of wiggle room in the toe box. The step-in feeling is soft, but the interior comfort isn’t overwhelmingly cushy and plush. It’s a lightweight shoe that without much structure — there is no heel counter and barely there upper, though the sockliner is highly molded and provides additional support in the heel and arch.
The magic of this shoe becomes apparent once you put it in motion. We found it to be light, lively and surprisingly stable during our initial training runs. It has a decidedly stiff flex demeanor, but it produces a buttery smooth rolling sensation from the moment your foot impacts with the ground to the moment your forefoot lifts off the ground to start a new stride.
For those reasons and more, we consider this race shoe to be one to be among the very best of this new class of carbon-fiber-enhanced racing shoes.
WHO’S IT BEST FOR?
Runners who are training with performance-oriented goals in mind will love the Saucony Endrophin Pro. It’s light, it’s fast and it’s efficient. It makes running fast speeds smoother and easier and can help take you down a path of progression in your fitness and your racing goals.
The secret sauce of the Endorphin Pro is SpeedRoll Technology, the combination of the new ultralight PeBa-based PWRRUN PB foam midsole cushioning and the full-length, S-curve carbon fiber plate embedded in the middle of it. The curvy carbon-fiber plate acts as a lever that propels a runner’s foot forward after impact, but it also reduces energy exerted from the muscles of the forefoot as it lifts off into a new stride and decreases fatigue in the lower calf muscle and Achilles tendon.
PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO
Pros: Saucony Endorphin Pro
The Endorphin Pro has a moderate 8mm heel-toe offset, which falls into the modern sweet spot of heel and forefoot stack heights. It doesn’t feel as high off the ground or as egregiously bouncy as some of the other shoes in this category.
The lightweight upper of the Endorphin Pro is breathable and accommodating, thanks to the FORMFIT technology that wraps a runner’s foot and ensures a personalized, locked-in fit for optimal performance.
This shoe has been in the works for nearly two years and has helped Saucony elite athletes Jared Ward, Molly Seidel, Parker Stinson and Noah Droddy run fast times, set records and achieve new levels of success.
The Endorphin Pro is a part of a series of shoes that includes the mid-range Endorphin Speed and cushier Endorphin Shift. Each shoe shares some of the same basic design tenets and materials.
Each of those shoes will be released in July 2020.
Cons: Saucony Endorphin Pro
To keep the shoe extremely light, Saucony used only small sections of durable rubber on the outsole, so there is a lot of exposed foam that is susceptible to wear and tear as the miles add up.
It’s not a huge detractor (as most shoes in this category are built with similar outsole design constructs) but it’s a reminder that this shoe should be reserved for racing and key speed workouts.
TECH SPECS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He’s the author of “Kicksology”, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”