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Saucony Endorphin LD3 – Our Take

January 9th, 2012

Saucony Endorphin LD3

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (and of course, you are), you’ll remember that a few years ago we kind of ragged on the Saucony Endorphin LD2 (click here and scroll to the bottom for a recap). We weren’t being harsh because the LD2 was a bad shoe (it certainly wasn’t), but because it was boring to the core. An all-white shoe with a plain mesh upper for the top-tier distance runner? Oops.

All is forgiven with the introduction of the Saucony Endorphin LD3, another amazingly lightweight and comfortable distance spike, now with some eye-catching style for athletes who want to show off their fast.

The Endorphin LD3 is Saucony‚Äôs top end distance spike, competing with the likes of the Nike Zoom Matumbo, Brooks The Wire 2 and the Asics Japan Thunder 4. At just $90.00 MSRP, this shoe undercuts the competition by a fair bit, and it also comes in at a lower weight (just 3.0 oz for men’s size 9).

The light weight is obviously the talk of the office around here, but we’re also impressed with the responsive spike plate and the quality of the upper construction. In terms of upper fit, the LD3 offers a sock-like fit with a bit more room than a shoe like the Matumbo, but not so much room that you’ll be sloshing around when turning a corner. The heel is snug as it should be and is made of a sock-type material that should prevent the uncomfortable Achilles rubbing that can occur in other spikes.

If we had to search for drawbacks, we’d say the arch of the LD3 might be a touch low, and one of our product testers noted that the spike closest to the little toe felt a bit “off.” But again, we really had to work at finding a few things not to love about this shoe.

We expect to see the Endorphin LD3 on the feet of many elite distance runners this spring.

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