This Saucony Endorphin Pace 2 evaluation is a part of our 2021 SELF Licensed Sneaker Awards, the place the shoe received Finest Impartial Sneaker. You possibly can see the remainder of our award winners here.
I solely have a couple of regrets in life, and one among them is sleeping on Saucony trainers for the final 25 years. Final 12 months, for SELF’s 2020 Sneaker Awards, I reviewed the Saucony Endorphin Shift shoes and fell in love with their cloudlike cushioning. Whereas I nonetheless run in them for long-distance coaching, the 2021 SELF Licensed Sneaker Awards testing launched me to my new dependable operating buddy: the Saucony Endorphin Pace 2. I’m not exaggerating once I say this: I don’t suppose I may’ve discovered a greater shoe to coach for a marathon in.
How I Examined
I began coaching for the TCS 2021 New York City Marathon—my first marathon and the race’s fiftieth anniversary!—this June, which simply so occurred to coincide with SELF’s annual sneaker testing. My weekly coaching consists of three days of simple operating (three to 4 miles), someday of a longish run (six to 9 miles) with velocity work blended in, and someday of a protracted, gradual distance run (eight or extra miles) in addition to some speed-endurance drills. So except I’m sick, hungover, or not awake early sufficient to run earlier than the warmth turns into too unbearable, I’m operating about 5 days per week.
No complaints for my left foot. There was simply the correct quantity of room within the toe field in order that I may wiggle my toes throughout my runs. It was principally the identical for the suitable shoe, apart from my pinky toe. Once I first put the shoe on, my proper pinky toe protruded barely, pushing up in opposition to the shoe in an uncomfortable—however not painful—approach. I barely discover the slight discomfort whereas operating in them now; I solely actually take into consideration the match once I first placed on the sneakers and stand nonetheless. I truthfully don’t know whether or not it’s the sneakers or that my proper foot is wider than my left, however I assume for this reason you need to all the time attempt on sneakers earlier than committing to them.
One factor I’ll spotlight for each ft is that my heels felt locked in place, which is a superb factor! My ft felt extremely safe within the shoe. Usually once I get residence from a run, I instantly take off my sneakers by kicking them off on the heel utilizing the opposite foot. No exaggeration: It was a battle to try this with these sneakers. After the primary two or three check runs, I must sit down on the bench in my entryway to correctly untie every shoe after which take them off. Now that I’ve damaged them in additional, I can take away them in my regular approach, but it surely nonetheless takes a good quantity of power. That is additional proof of the soundness of the Endorphin Pace 2’s match. Not as soon as have I fearful about my ft slipping out throughout a run or stroll.
Form of the Shoe
My flat ft didn’t thoughts the slight curvature of the shoe. Generally when testing trainers, my ft really feel as in the event that they’re working in opposition to the shoe’s design, however on this case I didn’t discover any pushback. The sneakers felt virtually like a second pores and skin for my ft. I used to be ready to connect with the pavement with a light-weight, responsive contact throughout my strides with out feeling like my physique and sneakers had been out of sync with one another.
Really feel of the Shoe
The Endorphin Pace 2 has the proper stability of help and responsiveness. There’s extra cushioning towards the again of the foot, whereas the entrance thins out and feels a bit stiffer. This mixture was very a lot appreciated throughout runs that concerned velocity drills. At the least as soon as per week throughout my lengthy runs, I do a tempo run, which helps practice my physique to turn out to be extra snug operating quicker for longer distances. And I like that this Saucony shoe helps me accomplish that purpose.