The Saucony Endorphine Speed 2 is in a league of its own. While it boasts many advanced features in similar race-day shoes (such as nylon midsole plate, heightened durability, great lockdown, and a lightweight design), the price point is much more affordable.
Our run tester Evan Wood wore this shoe on long-distance runs, interval training, and speed work. Check out Evan’s thoughts and final thoughts on this shoe below.
The feel of these shoes felt just right. They provided my feet plenty of room without feeling overly tight, and they didn’t rub hot spots or blisters in my feet. Often, carbon-plated shoes can feel a little awkward when you haven’t hit your stride, but the nylon plate was virtually invisible.
With a super lightweight feel and simple profile, I was pleasantly surprised at how incredibly comfortable these shoes felt right out of the box!
The upper of these shoes are perfect for both warm and cool weather runs and kept my feet at that ideal temperature- never too hot or too cold. I tested them on both sidewalks and modest trails, and they performed well, as long as you steer clear to technical trials.
When running on slick sidewalks, I noticed that I lost some traction and needed to slow down my pace a bit. If I could change just one thing about this fantastic shoe, it would be to add just a little bit of more grippy traction on the outsole.
I also loved the design of this upper because it is the perfect shoe to wear 12 months out of the year. The engineered mono-mesh materials helped retain heat when running in cold weather, but it was also very breathable when running in warmer climates. Whether I ran in cold or warm temperatures, my feet never felt too hot or cold.
The nylon plate in this shoe didn’t feel awkward in the slightest and still provided that same snappy energy return found in similarly built carbon-plated race-day running shoes.
A nylon plate in the midsole offers springy responsiveness and I could barely notice that it was even there. Plus, I felt that it is much softer and more flexible than rigid carbon fiber plated running shoes. A more flexible midsole means a more versatile running on training shoe.
Even after my first initial runs, the outsole of this shoe showed very few signs of wear and tear. It’s a shoe built to conquer hundreds of miles as a perfect daily trainer or even a race-day shoe.
My only complaint about the outsole of this shoe is that I lost a little bit of traction when running on wet surfaces. I wish the outsole were just a little bit grippier for slick sidewalks.
I recommend this shoe for runners who like to set personal PRs or prefer nice, leisurely tempo runs. The incredibly versatile design makes it an excellent option for working out at the gym.
What makes the Endorphin Speed 2 stand out in a sea of race running shoes is the affordable price point. This shoe is much more affordable- and just as durable and responsive- as many higher-end racing shoes, which makes it worth checking out.