Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 vs. Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 (2022)

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 vs. Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2

These two carbon plate shoes have similar configurations but with different results.

They both have a high stack (maximal cushioning), a carbon plate (of course), and a Pebax-based foam.

They are also lightweight shoes, even if the Endorphin Pro is heavier with 213 g/7.5 oz compared to 186 g/6.6 oz for the Vaporfly Next 2 (men’s model).

However, the ride and the underfoot feel are opposed: the Endorphin Pro 2 proposes a traditional ride but with very effective propulsion under the forefoot while running. The cushioning is also firm. In contrast, the Vaporfly Next 2 has a soft, more bouncy cushioning.

Endorphin Pro vs. Vaporfly: which one to choose?

It’s one of those cases where we have to answer: it depends on you and your preferences.

Runners who like firm cushioning will opt for the Endorphin Pro, while those who favor a soft underfoot feel will choose the Vaporfly.

Overall, the former is better suited for short and medium runs (up to half marathons), while the latter is more comfortable for longer distances like marathons with its softer cushioning.

However, there’s still an objective criterion: durability. The outsole of the Endorphin Pro 2 features more rubber and is therefore much more resistant.

Side-by-side comparison

Bottom Line
Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 score
Saucony Endorphin Pro 2
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An elite shoe with a carbon plate. It offers a very responsive ride and firm cushioning ideal for the half marathon
Great comfort
Improved upper: slightly more spacious with better heel lockdown
Very responsive ride’s responsiveness
Good durability for this type of shoe
Shoe profile remains classic in terms of configuration
Firm cushioning that may not be suitable for everyone
The upper is still a bit narrow
Nike Zoomx Vaporfly NEXT% 2
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2
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A carbon plate shoe for fast, long, and comfortable running. This second version is more stable with a wider upper
Even more comfortable than the first version
Impressive cushioning
More stable platform
New upper with a wider, more breathable forefoot
Better versatility
Sloppy foot lockdown according to testers
Hefty price considering the expected lifespan

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2

Technical Specs

Pronation typeNeutralNeutral
Drop8 mm8 mm
Heel stack height36 mm40 mm
Forefoot stack height28 mm32 mm
FeaturesCarbon plate, Rocker, VeganCarbon plate, Rocker
Weight (men)213 g/7.5 oz186 g/6.6 oz
Weight (women)179 g/6.3 oz168 g/5.9 oz
Release year20212021
AthletesMolly Seidel


OutsoleCarbon rubberTextured rubber
MidsoleCarbon plate, PWRRUN PB, SPEEDROLLZoomX
UpperFORMFIT, engineered meshEngineered mesh


Softness (1-5)2 – Firm4 – Soft
Bounce (1-5)5 – Very bouncy5 – Very bouncy


SpeedModerate, fastModerate, fast
DistanceShort, mid, 5k, 10k, half marathonMid, long, 10k, marathon
Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.