Endorphin Racer 2 | First Look

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Saucony Endorphin Racer 2 Men’s Sample (subject to change)

Available February 2017 – MSRP $125.00

When the Endorphin Racer was released in 2015, it was one of the lightest racing flats on the market. Weighing in at 3.5 oz, the shoe was built to be as light and minimal as possible. As such, it was great for 5k road races. But sometimes, when racing flats get too light and stripped down, they can end up sacrificing key elements that are critical for running fast. The Endorphin Racer 2 hopes to improve upon the original by maintaining an ultra lightweight upper design while improving cushioning, responsiveness, traction, and durability.

In order to provide a more cushioned experience, the Endorphin Racer 2 gets about 2mm of additional stack height at the cost of an increase in weight. While the additional cushioning should provide a more versatile feel, the shoe will still be a great go-fast option on race day. The shoe continues to use SSL EVA in the heel but now utilizes Everun cushioning in the forefoot to create a more snappy and responsive ride. To help increase traction and durability, Saucony switched to a full length PWRTRAC outsole rather then utilzing strategically placed XT-LITE. This change should improve grip on wet roads and allow racers to run confidently as they pick up the pace.

To prevent further weight increases, the Endorphin Racer 2 contains the same ultra thin upper seen on the new Endorphin Spike. The breathable materials mixed with seamless overlays should offer a snug an irritant free fit.

Preliminary Tech Specs

Stack height*: 13mm heel, 13 mm forefoot, 0mm heel-toe offset

Weight*:  4.6 oz (men’s size 9),  4.2 oz (women’s size 8)

*Production stack heights and weights may differ from what is listed here.

Current Model

Men’s Saucony Endorphin Racer | Women’s Saucony Endorphin Racer MSRP $125.00

Competing Shoes

Men’s New Balance MRC5000 v2  | Women’s New Balance MRC5000 v2 MSRP $125.00

Men’s Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10  MSRP $115.00

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Saucony Endorphin Racer 2 Men’s Sample (subject to change)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saucony Endorphin Racer 2 Women’s Sample (subject to change)

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  1. Ronald Udasin

    I liked the first version of this shoe, but I like the New Balance RC5000v2 even better. Is it still possible to get that shoe? I’ve also run in the Mizuno Universe 5, but I find it too flexible, and the firmer sole of the New Balance and Saucony allow me to run faster. It seems this is a significant increase in weight, and I can’t find the RC5000v2 anywhere now. What would you recommend going forward?

    This is for racing distances up to half marathon (for marathons I’m very happy with Adidas Takumi Sen 3).

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