Saturday, July 02, 2022

Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 Multi Tester Review: Speed Meets New Comfort & Versatility! 10 Comparisons

Article by Zack Dunn, Jamie Hershfang, and Sam Winebaum

Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 ($160) 


Introduction


Sam: The first two editions of the Endorphin Speed were huge successes. They delivered never really seen before racer/trainers with high stack, beaded PEBA super foam, lightweight nylon plates,  with friendly and pocketbook friendly rides suitable for faster training and racing. There were only minor differences between versions 1 and 2, the upper.

With the Speed 3 Saucony shakes things up! 

  • broader base on the ground, a big 7mm wider at the heel and 5 mm wider at the forefoot with the midfoot staying the same.

  • wider winged shaped nylon plate with more front flex with the wings providing a touch of midfoot support which is more about stabilizing the softer foam than pronation control.

  • softer to touch and on the run PWRRUN PB Peba foam using smaller expanded beads. My sense it is a lighter foam as well.

  • no change in weight in my US8.5 from v2 at 7.76 oz  / 220g despite wider base

  • outsole reduces coverage where it is not needed and gets more longitudinal flex contributing to the improved flexibility

  • New upper has a less pointy toe, more midfoot width, and somewhat softer thinner mesh

The basics above point to a slightly more mellow yet still speedy ride. Speed with comfort! Read on to see what we found in our testing.


Pros:

Zack/Sam/Jamie: Extremely versatile:  can be used for racing, tempos, speed work and also for longer runs at moderate paces

Jamie/Sam/Zack: Upper has a nice, lightweight fit,  is much more accommodating than v1/v2 while still providing a secure lockdown

 Zack/Jamie: The midsole has a good amount of comfort, and the plate gives it a lot of response for faster paces

Zack: The outsole has the perfect amount of rubber coverage to still have grip yet keep weight light. 

Sam: Broader platform and plate with significant improvements in stability over v2, yet with no weight gain.


Cons:

Jamie: None!

Sam: Less aggressive broader plate, wider platform, and softer foam leans the Speed slightly away from being a race day option.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Test de la ON Running Cloudrunner: Encore Raté! (French)

Article par Jeremy Marie

ON Running Cloudrunner (149€)

Introduction

Positionnée comme une chaussure pours tous les runners (pour ne pas dire plutôt destinée aux runners occasionnels), la CloudRunner se présente comme une chaussure confortable, amortie et présentant quelques éléments de stabilité pour contenir la pronation de fatigue qui arrive assez tôt lorsque qu’on ne court qu'occasionnellement.

ON peut lister: 

  • Une tige renforcée à l’intérieur du pied avec un mesh plus dense

  • Des éléments CloudTec différenciés sur la partie intérieure pour minimiser leur compression

  • Un “baquet”.qui maintient la base du pied

  • Une mousse assez ferme (comme toujours chez On)


Malheureusement, le ramage ne se rapporte pas au plumage de cette très élégante chaussure. Les détails dans le test.


Pour:

  • Le style!

  • La qualité.

  • Le confort du chaussant, moelleux, accueillant, sans être trop épais.

  • La tenue du pied

  • De la place pour les orteils.

  • Parfaite à porter en dehors des sessions de running.

  • L’accroche de la semelle

  • Pas trop rigide malgré la plaque Speedboard.

  • Passe  très bien sur chemins (mais a-t-on envie d'abîmer une si belle chaussure?)


Cons:

  • Assez lourde compte tenue de l’amorti

  • L’amorti est ferme, trop ferme, avec peu de retour d’énergie. Comme inerte.

  • Transition peu naturelle, avec une zone morte entre le médio-pied et l’avant pied.

Saucony Endorphin Edge Multi Tester Review: Carbon Plated, Super Foam Trail Racer!

Article by Canice Harte, Renee Krusemark, Jeff Beck and Sam Winebaum

Saucony Endorphin Edge ($200)



Introduction


Sam: The Endorphin Edge is a lightweight, highly cushioned and carbon plated trail racer/trainer.


The Edge seeks to deliver the lightest possible weight for the most possible cushion and protection by using Saucony’s PWRRUN PB expanded beads PEBA foam with rock protection and propulsion provided by a ¾ length asymmetrically flexing Carbitex plate. 


At 8.85 oz  / 250g (US8.5) with a max cushion 36 mm heel / 30 mm forefoot stack and with a stout 4mm lug PWRTRAC outsole, it is a tremendous amount of shoe, trail or even road, for its weight. 

It is a thoroughly modern take on the long and fast trail racer competing with entries such as Hoka’s new Tecton X, Salomon’s S/Lab Pulsar, Brooks Catamount, Scarpa’s heavier and more mountain focused Kima RT and the similar PEBA midsole foam equipped Speedland also with a Carbitex plate but a DFX (dynamically flexing) one. 

Topped by a simple, thin and very breathable mesh upper, the package said fast moving, long, smooth trails (and even roads) to me. It clearly compliments other models in the Saucony 2022 trail line: Peregrine 12  (RTR Review) for shorter technical trail runs, the Xodus Ultra (RTR Review) as named and the ultra and all around choice for most along with the soon to come Ride 15 TR as the door to trail option.  



Pros:

Canice/Renee/Jeff B/Sam: Incredibly lightweight, well cushioned with a roomy toe box and great forefoot ground feel.

Sam/Jeff B: Very leg friendly, yet also stable midsole foam and midsole

Sam/Renee/Jeff B: Explosive and fast on smooth trails, effective at hiking paces

Jeff B: Plenty of toebox space


Cons:

Canice/Renee: Loose fit in the heel.

Sam: Plate could be more flexible. Not intended for slow pace running on rough terrain when the plate can’t be fully activated.

Sam/Jeff B: Some of our early sample run test pairs saw premature lug wear due to incomplete rubber curing. Corrected for production according to Saucony.

Jeff B: Busy straps and tabs on tongue makes foot pod attachment awkward

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

adidas Supernova 2 Initial Video Review: No Compromises Fit, Ride, or Style $100 Trainer

Video by Sam Winebaum

adidas Supernova 2 ($100)

In the video, RTR Editor Sam takes the adidas Supernova 2 for a first run and comes away delighted by this sub 10 oz $100 daily trainer with a simple effective upper, lively dual foam (Boost and Bounce) midsole, broad stable heel and lively ride. Weighing 9.5 oz / 270g in the US8.5 sample it has a 33mm heel /24mm forefoot stack height. Releases late June 2022.

Full review soon.

Please Watch the Supernova 2 Initial Video Review (11:20)


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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Joost's Saucony Endorphin Pro 3 Initial Video Review: Marathon Test! More Stack, Less Weight, Friendlier Ride

Video by Joost de Raeymaeker

Our contributor Joost de Raeymaeker in Angola, African details the Endorphin Pro 3, the changes from prior versions. 

He puts them to a full practice marathon test (2:51) sharing his impressions in the video.

The Pro 3 gains 4mm of stack height while losing 0.35 oz / 10g to come in at 7.5 oz / 213g in his US9.5 samples.
The Endorphin Pro 3 will be available early August at Saucony HERE. $225

Watch the Saucony Endorphin Pro 3 Initial Video Review (11:57)



Tester Profile

Joost is a Belgian in his 50s living in Luanda, Angola, Africa, where he faces the heat, humidity and general chaos to run anything between 60-100 miles per week. He’s on a mission to win in his age group in the 6 marathon majors and has completed half of his project, with a 2:26:10 PB in Berlin in 2019 at 51. He ran in primary school, but then thought it would be a lot cooler to be a guitar player in a hard rock band, only picking up running again in 2012, gradually improving his results. Please check out Joost's coaching service here


Still group photo credit: Caminhada do Kilamba (race organizers)

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