Saturday, February 29, 2020

Saucony Endorphin Pro 1st Run Review, Shoe Details, Comparison to Endorphin Speed and Other "Super Shoes"

Article by Sam Winebaum

Saucony Endorphin Pro ($200)

I take Saucony's top new racer, the Endorphin Pro with its graphite polymer plate and very light and lively PWRN PB PeBa midsole for a 1st run and compare to the trainer Endorphin Speed with which it shares the same midsole foam but substitutes a nylon plate for the graphite polymer. 

Molly Seidel wore the Pro to 2nd place in the US Olympic Trials and a ticket to the Olympic Marathon in her first marathon ever.

I compare to the Endorphin Speed and other new "super shoes" in the video. I really like the more forward Speed Roll to toe off from the plate which gives a less flat ride feel than competitors in the carbon plated game, more "natural" as Saucony's marketing says.

Pro weighs 7.5 oz / 221 g has a big 27.5 mm forefoot / 35. 5 mm heel stack, 8 mm drop 
Pro will release April 15 so before July when the Speed and Shift, a heavier more maximal PWRUN TPU/ EVA blend midsole trainer release.

The Saucony Endorphin Family Front to Back: Pro, Speed, Shift
Watch the Video Review (11:00)
Correction: sock liner is not glued in and is removable.


Endorphin Speed review is here


A/B Test Run Pro vs Speed Comparison Video

Pro, Speed, and Shift full multi tester reviews coming soon. 

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Saucony Endorphin Speed Review: Super Light, Lively and Softer Cushioned, Uptempo Long Cruiser/Racer

Article by Sam Winebaum

Saucony Endorphin Speed ($160)


Stats

Official Weight: 7.8 oz / 221g men's US 9
Sample Weight: 7.8 oz / 221g men's US 9 (spot on official!)
Stack Height: 35.5mm heel / 27.5mm forefoot (all in including sockliner), 8mm drop
Available July 1,  2020. $160.

Introduction


Top: Endorphin Pro, Bottom Left: Endorphin Speed, Bottom Right: Endorphin Shift 
Saucony joins the super foams game with two super cushioned, very light plated shoes: The Endorphin Pro ($200) a graphite polymer plated racer (initial video review here)  and the Endorphin Speed ($160) tested here which relaxes the ride a bit with a nylon plate. Both shoes otherwise share identical stack heights of 35.5mm heel / 27.5mm forefoot with both having midsoles made of Saucony's new PWRUN PB a light high energy "return" PeBa foam (similar to Nike Zoom X) with identical outsoles and different light engineered mesh uppers  spec to weigh 0.3 oz less than the Speed.  

Update: A/B Test, one on each foot Pro to Speed detailed comparison video here 
A PWRUN midsole super cushioned recovery and daily trainer, the Endorphin Shift also joins the family. As PWRUN is a TPU EVA blend. It is considerably heavier with rear support features from an extended heel cup and a lower drop at 4mm yet greater maximal stack at 38mm heel / 34 mm forefoot. It has a plateless version of the Speed Roll technology of the other two created from the relative stiffness of the foam.

Peter Stuart and I show "floor jogged" the Pro and Speed a bit in December at the Running Event and preferred the slightly softer easier feel of the Speed and its nylon plate. Saucony was kind enough to send me one of those show floor runners to test. It may not have a final production propulsion plate with a bit softer not as rigid version as the final. 


Our multi tester reviews of the Pro and Shift will follow shortly as will a multi tester update to this review.

The Speed and Shift will have an July 1 release. The Pro is expected well before July 1st but no date has yet been confirmed by Saucony 

Pros
Strong cushion/stack to weight ratio
Pleasant riding, springy softer PEBA foam midsole
Stable, well directed ride from non totally rigid but propulsive nylon plate
Fast ride feel
Rockered effectively but not radically or stiffly so with a distinct toe off sensed, a familiar feel
Soft, secure as well as roomy upper

Cons

Heel feel is a bit soft for intended purpose.
Plate could be a touch more rigid, more overtly propulsive
Update: I am now testing a production version and the plate is more rigid and the heel less soft.

Monday, February 24, 2020

adidas SL20 Review: Fire on Ice!


Article by Sally Reiley and Sam Winebaum

Adidas SL20 ($120)
Stats
Weight:: 8.05 oz / 228 g men's / (US9, )  7.1 oz / 201g  women's / (US8)
  Samples: 7.8 oz / 222g  men’s US8.5
                  7.1 oz /  201g women’s  US 8
Stack Height: 29/19, 10mm drop
Available Feb. 27, 2020.   $120

Introduction
Sam: The all new SL 20 is one of several adi 2020 shoes with the brand’s new Lightstrike midsole in the mix. Here it is the entire midsole. Lightstrike is lighter than their previous top Boost foam, firmer, more stable, and more responsive in feel with less squish and bounce yet with solid cushion for weight.

The SL 20 at a shade over 8 oz is clearly an uptempo trainer that can race. It is 0.3 oz lighter than the Boston 8 and 0.2 oz heavier than previous flagship racer the Adios which in version 5 gets a Lightstrike main midsole with Boost in the heel. Most significantly given the slight weight differences, the SL20 has a fairly massive 6mm more stack height front and back thanthe adios 5 and 3mm more than the heavier Boston 8. 
Pros
Sam:  
          Dynamic, fast ride with lots of response from firmer midsole (and plenty of it)          
          uptempo trainer that can also race.
          Lots of get up and go, easy to accelerate, flexible front toe off
          Well matched grippy outsole
          True to size supportive upper, very easy to lace up and go
Sally: comfortable TTS fit. smooth, responsive ride 
Cons:
Sam:  more resilient bounce would perfect
          a touch heavy at just over 8 oz as a full blown racer, 
          upper is quite dense if well ventilated, may be warm in heat
Sally:  a bit stiffer initially than to my liking 
Sally/Sam:
Continental rubber outsole is so firm that the shoe is LOUD on the street - I felt like people could hear me coming from a mile away (or is my foot slapping down more because of the rigidity?) 

Friday, February 21, 2020

New Balance 2020 Run Trainer Comparison Review Video: FuelCell TC, Fresh Foam 1080v10, 880v10, and More v2

Article by Sam Winebaum
In the video below the highlights and stats I compare New Balance's strong and varied line up of 2020 daily trainers.

FuelCell TC ($200) (multi tester review)

Weight: men's 9.15 oz / 259 g(US9)   women's 7.8 oz / 221 g(US8)
Stack/Drop 30mm heel / 20 mm forefoot, 10mm
  • bounciest given Fuel Cell foam. Fresh Foam in the others. 
  • only one carbon plated, rockered, very dynamic in ride. 
  • uptempo daily trainer, 
  • most fun and priciest
Fresh Foam 1080 v10 ($150) (multi tester review)

Weight: men 9.5 oz / 269g (US9)
Stack/Drop: 30mm heel / 22 mm forefoot, 8mm
  • Engineered knit upper with some stretch. Fresh Foam midsole. Mildly rockered feel (with no plate). 
  • The more responsive daily trainer great for all paces except potentially slower recovery,
Fresh Foam X 880v10 ($130) (initial review)

Weight:  men's 10.25 oz /290 g (US9)
Stack/Drop: 10mm drop
  • all new Fresh Foam X midsole, Hypoknit upper, and outsole design
  • most flexible and easiest to run, with a strength at easier paces over the others. 
  • most traditional: in ride and for its very secure fit, yet with totally up to date materials.
  • Best value. 
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Fresh Foam X More v2 ($160) multi tester review

Weight:men's 9.25 oz / 262 g (US9)
Stack/Drop 30mm heel / 26mm, 4mm
  • Simple engineered mesh upper, 5mm Ground Contact midsole foam as outsole
  • Lowest drop, Most cushioned and stable, lightest and stiffest with a flatter responsive responsive feel.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR DETAILED COMPARISONS OF ALL (10:10)

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

adidas SL20 Initial Run Impressions Review, Shoe Details, and Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

adidas SL20 ($120)


The SL 20 is an all new light trainer racer which at about 8 oz / 228 g slots in weight right between the adios 5 and Boston 8 but has 6 mm more cushion stack front and back than the adios and 3mm more than the Boston coming from its new, very lively and energetic but not super soft Lightstrike midsole. No Boost here, and I didn't miss it all! 29mm heel / 19mm forefoot stack, 10 mm drop. Launching now. $120

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

adidas Ultraboost PB Review: big weight drop via a new cage and knit free upper!

Article by Mac Jeffries and Michael Ellenberger

adidas Ultraboost PB ($180)
Stats
Estimated Weight:  men's  10.45 oz / 296 g (US9) 
Samples: Mac: 13.2 oz (Size 14), Michael: 10.2 oz (Size 8.5)
Note: Ultraboost 20 weighs approximately 1 oz / more at 11.5 oz in a US9
Stack Height: heel 27 mm / forefoot 17 mm, 10mm drop
Available now including Running Warehouse here. $180


Introduction
Mac: I am going to be honest; I had low expectations for the PB coming in. I consider the UB to be primarily an athleisure line: comfortable and attractive, but too sloppy and heavy for serious running. However, with a more secure upper and a cleaner overall design, the UBPB promises to be a serious everyday trainer for longer speed work and everyday miles. Spoiler: I was pleasantly surprised :-) 
Michael: I haven’t worn an Adidas trainer since some variant of the Supernova, back in high school, and besides the Adios (and perhaps the Sub2), I don’t think any of their offerings have been particularly inspiring. But the UltraBoost PB looks like a real, serious running shoe and guess what? It feels like one, too. We’re going to have to move past the “racing” angle to it - yes, we’re told the “PB” stands for “personal best” but no, I don’t think you’re going to be running many of those in this shoe. Still, this is the best offering of the UltraBoost line I’ve seen! 


Pros: 
Mac: Comfortable upper; secure around the midfoot. Good combination of cushion, spring, and responsiveness. Looks fantastic. 
Michael: Upper is class-leading (Really! From Adidas!); Boost is as boost-y as ever; looks sharp.


Cons: 
Mac: Weight is an issue, at least for a shoe named “Personal Best”. Probably a tad long and narrow. Laces require some dexterity to cinch down
Michael: Not a racer; not even Adidas’s best lightweight trainer; sizing concerns; price.