A very good and comfortable low drop trainer with a high-stack cushioning
With its fun and unique pops of color, optimal padding, and modern design, the Saucony Endorphin Shift is the third model in the Endorphin line. Of the three, It's the 'every day/recovery' shoe, a workhorse to comfortably run for long distances. With a stack height 38 mm under the heel and 34 mm under the forefoot, the Shift features a thoroughly-padded midsole designed with PWWRUN foam. Runners described it as 'bouncy' and 'rolling through every stride', which is a clear plus for running longer distances. The upper shoe is described as "stellar" and comparable to the other two Endorphin shoes. It's also highly-praised for its inviting and vibrant aesthetic. Finally, the outsole is particularly notable for its rubber grip that provides decent traction on roads. With its rubber grip, the shoe does perform well on off-road terrains as well, such as sand, gravel... However, one runner noted that the shoe began to slip a bit on wet terrain but consistently does well on a variety of dry landscapes. Also, while the Shift received many good reviews from satisfied runners, a few noted that the toe box of the shoe proved to be a bit too narrow/restrictive to fit a variety of feet. Additionally, some runners remarked that the shoe ran on the heavier side, which took away from its 'bouncy' engineering. Indeed, with 292 g/10.3 oz for men and 264 g/9.3 oz for women, the Shift is much heavier than its racing counterpart, the Endorphin Pro, and its 221 g/7.8 oz. This difference can be explained by the price but also by the vocation of each shoe. Saucony wants us to buy the three models of the collection and alternate according to our training and races. ln this regard, the Endorphin Shift is an interesting trainer option to run comfortably for a long time. To summarize, the Saucony Endorphin Shift is a very good low drop 'everyday trainer' that's especially great for recovery runs with its comfortable and generous cushioning.
Firstly, XT-900 equips the outsole of the Saucony Endorphin Shift. This translates into a high-quality carbon rubber in the areas of the outsole that are at risk of rapid wear and tear. The outsole also provides great traction on the road, even in bad weather, to prevent accidental slipping.
The midsole uses the PWRRUN cushioning technology : a soft, lightweight foam made of a blend of EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) and TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). It equips the midsole on its entire length and disperses shocks at the moment of impact for optimal comfort.
Furthermore, SPEEDROLL is an efficient sole design that aims to provide springy propulsion by ensuring a smooth transition from heel to toes while running. Among other things, this results in a firm forefoot and a high stack height.
The upper of the Saucony Endorphin Shift uses an engineered ‘sandwich’ mesh to safely and comfortably lock down the foot. The mesh also comes with ventilation holes to allow your foot to breathe and prevent excessive perspiration when you go faster.
Then, the FORMFIT technology is a system of overlays that wraps the foot in a tighter fit for better stability. FORMFIT replaces ISOFIT in 2020, which translates into a firmer foot lockdown without sacrificing comfort. Also, the overlays reinforce the upper to increase the sturdiness of the shoe.
Finally, the TPU heel counter comfortably holds the heel for a more effective and comfortable lockdown during running.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Does the Saucony Endorphin Shift run true to size?
This road running shoe uses a normal size system. Testers who have tried it on confirm that it fits according to the size chart. So you can choose your usual size for running shoes. However, if you can, it’s always better to try your shoes on in a shop to avoid surprises, especially if this your first pair of Saucony.
Is this model suitable for overpronation?
This shoe is a neutral model. Thus, it aims to be suitable for all runners independently from their type of pronation. As such, it does not have any special features (e.g. medial post) to stabilize the foot and avoid excessive pronation. However, please note that stability shoes for overpronation are no more effective than neutral shoes in preventing injuries. Accordingly, we recommend that you select your running shoes according to their comfort as this is the most important criterion. To summarize, you can use this model independently from your pronation, as long as it is comfortable.
Is this shoe suitable for heavy athletes (80 kg/176 lbs or more)?
Only one scientific research study at the moment has looked at the link between weight, risk of injury, and stack height. According to the results of this study, shoes with a very thin sole (minimalist) can increase the risk of injury for runners who weigh more than 71 kg/157 lbs. The Endorphin Shift features a rather thick sole (38 mm under the heel) and should, therefore, be adapted to your weight, even if you are a “heavy” runner.
Are these shoes suitable for running a marathon or half marathon?
This Saucony road shoe is a comfortable cruiser, ideal for long daily training runs. Therefore, you can use it to comfortably run a half marathon or marathon. However, if you want to go faster over these distances, you can take a look at the Saucony Endorphin Pro which is made for competition with its lighter build and carbon plate.
Comparisons – Saucony Endorphin Shift vs :
Saucony Endorphin Pro
The Pro version is intended for competition. Indeed, it is the first shoe of the brand to be equipped with a carbon plate to improve propulsion. Moreover, its chassis is much lighter and more springy than the Shift’s one. However, the Shift is better suited for daily training at a moderate pace. Ideally, if your budget allows it, you can use both in rotation: the Shift for your run-of-the-mill running sessions and the Pro for your speed sessions and official races.
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