Who should buy the Saucony Endorphin Edge

If you're looking for any of the following, then we highly suggest not skipping on the Saucony Endorphin Edge: 

  • a trail running shoe with maximum protection and minimal weight
  • an off-road racer that's grippy on wet, dry, and muddy terrains 
  • a shoe that can go fast and go the distance

Saucony Endorphin Edge saucony logo

Overall, the Endorphin Edge is described by an expert as a "modern take on the long and fast trail racer." Another even adds, "It's built for both speed and the long haul, no doubt about it."

Who should NOT buy it

The heel fit of the Endorphin Edge is rather sloppy. If you crave a dialed-in rearfoot fit, chances are you'll love the Saucony Xodus Ultra better. And if you want a consistently confident footing, regardless of pace, the Saucony Peregrine 12 is right up your alley. 

Saucony Endorphin Edge who should not buy it

Minimal weight for maximum cushion

"A tremendous amount of shoe" is how one running shoe reviewer finds the Saucony Endorphin Edge. But just like everyone else, he was speechless when he found out that it only weighs 258 grams/9.1 ounces in US men's 9. For context, trail shoes weigh 297 grams/10.5 ounces, on average. 

Saucony Endorphin Edge ride

A running expert couldn't believe this; he said he "zeroed out [his] scale twice to make sure it was working." Another chimes in stating, "Considering how much shoe there is, it's almost hard to believe." 

Nothing can top the Edge's protection and comfort

As mentioned, this trail racer is jam-packed with copious cushion. And this tells us two things: (1) it's one heck of a comfy shoe, and (2) it will keep your feet and legs free from strain. And this is all thanks to the "thick juicy slab of PWRRUN PB goodness," as reported by one trail runner. 

Saucony Endorphin Edge comfort

Because of the maxed-out cushion, a reviewer claims that sliding the shoe on equals "exceptional comfort." Another attests to this stating that the shoe "sets a new and high standard" in this department.

And if you don't want to feel any of that slapping against the surface, the Saucony Endorphin Edge is an effective and solid impact dampener. 

Ready to race...and win! 

"This is the stuff of legends" and "like tying two bright pink wildcats to your feet" are the standout comments from different critics who can't get enough of the shoe's incredible speed.

The combination of the high energy return given by the midsole, the snappy carbon plate, and the smooth and rockered ride "scares the hell out of me," boasts one runner. He then continues, "because I cannot and do not want to slow down when I have this sucker on." 

Saucony Endorphin Edge toe box

Overall, the explosive ride "warrants the hefty $200 price of the shoe," happily expresses one (very) satisfied tester. 

You better not slow down

It's clear that the Endorphin Edge is made for speed. Running shoe reviewers who have tried running in it at a slow pace all report that it feels unstable. It can feel like "you are 'high and dry,'" one of them comments. 

Saucony Endorphin Edge cushion

Grip is king in the Endorphin Edge

Whether you're running on rocky terrain, wet trails, puddles, creek crossings, and even mud, you can maneuver the Saucony Endorphin Edge with utmost confidence. And on the road? A long-time runner has this to say: "also exceptional on pavement, even if it’s not the intended surface."

Saucony Endorphin Edge outsole

Fit: Takes the distance into account

Meaning to say it has a generous fit that bears foot swelling in mind. And despite this, runners still find it a secure fit just as long as you do the runner's loop for the laces. 

Saucony Endorphin Edge fit

The toe box is also very roomy; there's plenty of wiggle room. It even welcomes wide feet! The only downside to the shoe's fit is the heel area. It's a touch loose, which makes "cornering and more technical segments treacherous," observes one Saucony fan.

Breathability is anything but a bust

Because it's downright awesome! "The engineered mesh walks the fine line between breathability and debris protection like a champ," shares one expert. Another who has tested the shoe under 90-degree weather remarks that breathability remains excellent. While another one adds that it's an environment "where your foot can stay for a long, long time." 

Saucony Endorphin Edge toe room

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 9.1oz
Drop: Men 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: Men 30mm
Heel height: Men 36mm
Collection: Saucony Endorphin

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.