Saucony has launched its 2020 shoe lineup, including the much-anticipated Endorphin Pro, the company’s carbon-plated racing flat.
Spencer White, VP Human Performance and Innovation Lab at Saucony, says this isn’t a spring-loaded shoe. “It’s not a spring, it’s a rigid roll. There’s a lot of storytelling with these carbon-plated shoes, but the thing you have to understand is that it’s not springing you forward. The shoe is absorbing the energy from a runner’s stride so your body doesn’t have to. This helps you feel better later into a race or the day after training.”
Endorphin Pro–the racer
The carbon-plated shoe uses SpeedRoll Geometry to deliver a pop at toe-off to help the runner feel fast. The shoe’s midsole is made of the ultralight PWRRUN PB cushioning that’s 40 per cent lighter than Saucony’s PWRRUN+ (which is used in the Triumph). The S-shaped carbon-plate runs the full length of the shoe. The plate is designed to give a springboard effect at take off.
Since this shoe is designed for speed, the upper is inspired by track spikes and uses Saucony’s track technology to wrap the foot in light, performance-oriented materials. The shoe has an 8mm offset and runs light at 212g for a men’s size 9. The shoe retails for $250.00.
Endorphin Speed–the interval trainer
The Speed could be a racing shoe or a trainer for your fastest road sessions. The Speed is everything that the Pro is, without the carbon plate. Instead of carbon, there’s a full-length TPU plate which gives a similar feel to the carbon, at a lower price point.
This shoe is just a touch heavier than the Pro, weighing 221g for the men’s size 9, but comes in at $50 less than the Pro, retailing for $200.
Endorphin Shift–the long run shoe
Shift is Saucony’s newest trainer, ideal for a hard long run. This neutral-cushioned shoe uses Saucony’s new PWRRUN foam (launched earlier this year) in combination with an extended TPU heel counter that works in unison with the a rubber wrap to support the runner’s foot.
The Shift runs a little heavier than the other models (286g for the men’s shoe), but that’s ok–this is a performance training shoe, not a racing shoe. It retails for $180.
The shoes will be in store by summer.