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“Track shoe goes road!”
£74.98 from Wiggle here
Saucony Endorphin Racer Weight
88g / 3.1 oz (amazingly light)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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