Plated shoes are the future of running and up to now they are better suited to speed and performance. Nike Tempo Next% established the training shoe with plates category but it has its flaws. They Endorphin Speed has taken the perfomance training category to a whole new level with a fantastic balance of energetic cushioning and plated efficiency. Right now, this shoe doesnt really have any competition on the market - it is a stand out product in the industry.
The Endorphin Speed has the wow factor if you really want to go fast. You can feel the speed underfoot as they urge you to pick up the pace.
A full length PWRRUN PB midsole (thinking similar to Adidas Boost) is really well cushioned and stacked at 33mm in the heel and 25mm in the forefoot - so its thick. An 8mm drop with a large toe spring to create a very efficient toe off. Cushioning alone, this shoe is great compared to some of its competition, but adding the semi-rigid nylon plate (it's stiff but you can still easily bend it compared to a completely rigid Carbon Plate) has created are really snappy feeling shoe that has no restriction on flex. This combination means you can easily run most days in this shoe without having to worry about stiff calves etc, but the propulsion is excellent.
A pretty no frills engineered upper with a simple lacing system deliver a good fit without being special and kudos to Saucony for saving money here to put in the midsole to deliver a very commerically priced performance trainer. The forefoot is roomy, the fit is generous and the heel counter is solid so there is no heel slip.
A cored out rubber outsole delivers plenty of durabilty but keeps the weight in check. The outsole is the only part of the shoe were there are some negatives. On wet roads, the compound is just too hard and it gets slippy. Once or twice I did slow down massively while cornering as I just didn't trust the shoes on the wet surface!
As far as perfromance training shoes go, this is right now, the stand out market leader. No other shoe has managed to combine the balance of cushioning, propulsion and energy return as smoothly and seamlessly as the Endorphin Speed! Bravo Saucony - you have create a monster!
Other shoes to consider might be the Endorphin Pro and the New Balance Fuelcell TC
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