Saucony Endorphin Edge vs Endorphin Trail
Two new trail speed shoes face off, which suits your runs best?
Saucony: The Endorphin Edge VS Endorphin Trail, Choose your fighter!
With Two Trail running shoes in Saucony’s Endorphin range of super speedy shoes, how do they differ, and which one is going to suit your needs best?
Since the Saucony Peregrine, among others, is already a very well respected and successful trail shoe, and a fast one too, what is going on with the latest two-part trail side of the endorphin range? What splits them apart and what rises them above the more established range?
Saucony Endorphin Edge
Stack height: 36mm – 30mm
Heel drop/Offset: 6mm
Lug Height: 4mm
Foot Type: Neutral
Lightweight, moisture wicking upper
PWRRUN PB Midsole foam
3-quarter Carbitex AFX carbon-fibre plate
Vegan, includes recycled materials
Saucony Endorphin Trail
Stack height: 36.5mm – 32.5mm
Heel drop/Offset: 4mm
Lug height: 4.5mm
Foot Type: Neutral
Quick fit sleeve and formfit construction
PWRRUN PB Midsole foam
Includes recycled materials
It seems like there are three stand out differences in the stats above (four if you’re vegan), the price, the weight, and that carbon fibre plate, but to understand how these differences will affect the shoes, it’s important to take a look at some of the similarities.
Firstly, they both use a similar amount of Sauconys top of the range PWRRUN PB midsole foam. Made from Peba polymers like those found in Nikes ZoomX top end race day shoes, Saucony has found a way to form multiple small beads into a midsole, for an explosively energetic feel with incredible lightness that still maintains durability.
They also feature SPEEDROLL technology, a shaping of the underfoot that drives you forward step by step, offering a smooth transition from foot strike to toe off and helping to propel you forward.
In the outsole, PWRTRAC technology provides all the traction you need, with only 0.5mm of difference in lug hight, the Endorphin Trail has a slightly deeper tread, making it better for loose earth and mud, but less versatile over hard surfaces.
The seemingly small difference in offset may give us a clue to the way Saucony see these shoes being used, with the Edge having a larger drop of 6mm, which has the effect of putting you more onto your toes, for a faster feel. Their top end road speedster, the Endorphin Pro has an 8mm offset, making the Edge closer to this seems an indication that it is expected to be a faster shoe than the Trail.
This is off course backed up by both the lower weight, and the carbon plate. The weight must have been incredibly carefully reduced, given all the similarities, although the higher offset does mean the Edge has slightly less foam under the forefoot which would help. The new, moisture wicking upper is another area that weight has been saved.
That Carbitex™ AFX carbon-fibre plate is going to make a big difference to how the shoe feels. Purpose built for trail running, the snappy, energy giving nature of carbon plates are well known, but they also help to guide your foot through the stride, offering support and an even smoother transition. This plate is designed to give you improved speed and efficiency, without sacrificing ground feel or stability. Instead of the more common, full-length plate, Saucony have chosen to go with a three-quarter plate, which allows for a more adaptable heel strike over uneven terrain.
What makes the Saucony Endorphin Trail, and the Endorphin Edge stand out from the crowd?
That deep stack of PWRRUN PB cushioning, and SPEEDROLL construction is aimed at making you fly over uneven terrain, for record times, and over serious distances. The endorphin range has always offered next level performance, and these two shoes certainly stick to that winning formula.
What is the difference between the Saucony Endorphin Trail and Endorphin Edge?
The carbon plate, off course, and the lightness in the Saucony Edge, but it’s not just that. The offset putting you more on your toes, traction lugs aimed at a more versatile range of terrain, and a lightweight upper, all make the Saucony Endorphin Edge a shoe for smashing off road PB’s over any distance. Described as “the only distance shoe you need for your adventure” the Saucony Edge can cover vast distances at incredible speed and in enhanced comfort.
So where does that leave the Endorphin trail? Well, the extra weight means improved protection, and probably improved durability, it’s a little more rugged, and with traction more suited to technical terrain and loose stuff. This is still a seriously fast shoe, that deep stack of PWRRUN PB ensures that, and one you will want to lace up whenever the terrain gets a little more serious, or whenever you want to put down a fast-training run, perhaps saving the more expensive Edge for race day?
So which shoe should you choose? Well maybe both, fast training, and race day shoe together making the perfect trail running rotation to get you on the top of the podium, or at least break a personal record or two.
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