It’s a curious time for running, with many of the biggest brands releasing the most exciting racing shoes in years into a world where no-one can actually race. However, racing will return one day, and when it does people will have the best ever selection of shoes with carbon plates in the midsole to help propel them to PBs.
One of the most exciting new arrivals is the Saucony Endorphin Pro, which is now available to order from select retailers in the UK. Some of the Endorphin Pro’s features are similar to those of other super shoes like the Vaporfly, such as soft, bouncy foam and a carbon plate, but it also has some key differences, with the SPEEDROLL tech in the sole designed to encourage your forward momentum.
The carbon plate in the Endorphin Pro is S-shaped to encourage a fast, efficient roll from heel to toe, followed by a springy toe-off. The foam is Saucony’s PWRRUN PB, which is PEBA-based like the ZoomX foam in the Vaporfly. It’s also a lighter version of the PWRRUN+ foam which gave a springy ride on Saucony’s Triumph 17.
Weighing around 213g (men’s size 8 UK), the Endorphin Pro is heavier than rival carbon plate-containing super shoes like the Vaporfly, Brooks Hyperion Elite and Asics Metaracer, which come in under 200g. A more welcome difference is that the Endorphin Pro costs £190, £50 less than the Vaporfly NEXT%.
As with other marquee shoes there will be cheaper options in the Endorphin range designed to be used for training. The Endorphin Speed has a TPU plate rather than a carbon one, and is slightly heavier than the Pro. It’s designed for your speedy training sessions, while the Endorphin Shift has a PWRRUN+ midsole, rather than PWRRUN PB, and is for your easy runs. The Speed and Shift will be available in the UK from 1st July and cost £155 and £130, respectively.
If you want to get hold of the Endorphin Pro you’ll have to move fast. There’s a full list of UK retailers who have the shoe on the Saucony website.