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Saucony Endorphin Racer Review

Saucony Endorphin Racer Review £74.98 from Wiggle here Tech Specs Saucony Endorphin Racer Weight 88g / 3.1 oz (amazingly light) Materials Upper – Flexifilm with lightweight, breathable mesh. Midsole – EVA foam cushioning + water drainage ports. Outer sole – XT-LITE injected out sole. Heel to Toe Drop 0mm (heel and toe both 11mm) Saucony Endorphin Racer Look and Feel First things first, Training a Runner asked Saucony directly about the correct pronunciation of their name – for the record, it’s ‘sock-a-knee’. Ok… First impressions, when the parcel arrived, was that someone had forgotten to include the shoes  – but there they were, in the box – florescent yellow with a smart orange and black Saucony ‘swoosh’. Out of the box and on to the scales – wow – there’s light and there’s light but these racing flats are something else! As you’d expect for something so light, they feel a little flimsy when handled but, once on your feet, they feel surprisingly reassuring and comfortable. I’ve never worn anything remotely this light so my first venture out on to the road was a tentative, but hilly, 4k. The support was sufficient but with little in the way of structure, and the sole provided more cushioning that expected. Uphill and on the flats, the shoes performed beyond expectations. However, down hills were a bit more of a problem as the inevitable heel strike on the down hill gave more force than the cushioning could handle. This apart, I was very impressed with my new super-light footwear. Saucony Endorphin Racer Testing Under Race Conditions… So that was ok for starters, but there’s only one way to really test out a racing shoe and that’s at a race. Next on my calendar was the Bristol 10k – a nice flat ‘out and back’ affair – ideal for the purposes of my road test. It was a great event – 12,000 runners and large supportive crowds. After a rather congested start I got into my stride and hit my target of around 3.45 minute per km pace and soon forgot I was wearing new shoes. Around 8k, however, I began to feel my feet – nothing serious but a little more cushioning would certainly have been welcome. Hardly fair to blame the shoes on only their second outing, so a few more training runs then I’ll be wearing them in a 10k road race later this month. Saucony Endorphin Racer Summary The Saucony Endorphin Racer is a true racing flat with the focus being on lightness rather than comfort. If you’re a light club or competitive runner looking to shave seconds off your times then these are about as light as they come. Heavier runners and those looking for a longer distance shoe may prefer the Adidas Ultra Boost. Buy now from Wiggle for £74.98

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Light, flimsy but fast

“Track shoe goes road!”

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Saucony Endorphin Racer Review

£74.98 from Wiggle here

Tech Specs

Saucony Endorphin Racer Weight

88g / 3.1 oz (amazingly light)

Materials

Upper – Flexifilm with lightweight, breathable mesh.
Midsole – EVA foam cushioning + water drainage ports.
Outer sole – XT-LITE injected out sole.

Heel to Toe Drop

0mm (heel and toe both 11mm)

Saucony Endorphin Racer Look and Feel

First things first, Training a Runner asked Saucony directly about the correct pronunciation of their name – for the record, it’s ‘sock-a-knee’. Ok…

First impressions, when the parcel arrived, was that someone had forgotten to include the shoes  – but there they were, in the box – florescent yellow with a smart orange and black Saucony ‘swoosh’. Out of the box and on to the scales – wow – there’s light and there’s light but these racing flats are something else! As you’d expect for something so light, they feel a little flimsy when handled but, once on your feet, they feel surprisingly reassuring and comfortable.

I’ve never worn anything remotely this light so my first venture out on to the road was a tentative, but hilly, 4k. The support was sufficient but with little in the way of structure, and the sole provided more cushioning that expected. Uphill and on the flats, the shoes performed beyond expectations. However, down hills were a bit more of a problem as the inevitable heel strike on the down hill gave more force than the cushioning could handle. This apart, I was very impressed with my new super-light footwear.

Saucony Endorphin Racer

Saucony Endorphin Racer

Testing Under Race Conditions…

So that was ok for starters, but there’s only one way to really test out a racing shoe and that’s at a race. Next on my calendar was the Bristol 10k – a nice flat ‘out and back’ affair – ideal for the purposes of my road test. It was a great event – 12,000 runners and large supportive crowds. After a rather congested start I got into my stride and hit my target of around 3.45 minute per km pace and soon forgot I was wearing new shoes. Around 8k, however, I began to feel my feet – nothing serious but a little more cushioning would certainly have been welcome. Hardly fair to blame the shoes on only their second outing, so a few more training runs then I’ll be wearing them in a 10k road race later this month.

Saucony Endorphin Racer

Saucony Endorphin Racer

Summary

The Saucony Endorphin Racer is a true racing flat with the focus being on lightness rather than comfort. If you’re a light club or competitive runner looking to shave seconds off your times then these are about as light as they come. Heavier runners and those looking for a longer distance shoe may prefer the Adidas Ultra Boost.

Buy now from Wiggle for £74.98

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