One of the best carbon plate running shoes is getting an update soon, with the Saucony Endorphin Pro 4 set to launch in the US on February 29th, but UK residents can already order the shoes on Saucony’s UK website.
Saucony has chosen not to update its Endorphin Pro 3 successor in 2023 and instead launched a new carbon shoe called the Saucony Endorphin Elite. This currently ranks above his Endorphin Pro within the brand’s range.
While I found the Endorphin Elite to be the best racing shoe for short distances (and chose it as the best racer in Saucony’s selection of best running shoes), the new PWRRUN HG used in the midsole The foam provides a harsher, more aggressive ride than the Endorphin Elite. As a result, the Saucony Endorphin Pro 3 remained popular as an inexpensive shoe with a more natural and comfortable feel, preferred by many runners, especially during long-distance events such as marathons.
What’s new in Saucony Endorphin 4?
The new Endorphin Pro 4 looks to split the difference between the Elite and Pro 3 with a new dual-density midsole design using the PWRRUN HG foam upper layer and PWRRUN PB foam lower layer used in the Pro 3.
Saucony also slightly updated the Pro 4’s upper and outsole with a new sockliner.
The stack height remains the same as the Pro 3, the weight appears to be about the same, and the Speedroll rocker geometry common across Saucony’s Endorphin product line is also maintained.
How much does Saucony Endorphin 4 cost?
The Endorphin Pro 4 costs $225/£230, the same price as the Pro 3 in the US, but £20 more in the UK.
Saucony also launched the Endorphin Speed 4 Training Partner shoe. Priced at $170/£180, they replace the excellent Saucony Endorphin Speed 3, which I rate as the best all-round shoe I’ve tested.