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Speed and control – spring footwear 2024

Saucony Endorphin Pro 4

As marathon season approaches so do the latest road racing shoes aiming to propel us to faster times. Here we take a look at some of the latest carbon racing shoes as well as some supportive training options

Built for speed

Saucony – Endorphin Pro 4 – £230.00

The update to the Endorphin Pro takes some inspiration from the brand’s Elite model of last season. Now featuring a midsole which combines the PWRRUN HG foam of the Elite with the PWRRUN PB foam we have a lightweight, yet highly propulsive midsole that when combined with the full-length carbon plate and Speedroll technology provides a super-quick ride.

The overall stack sits just under the World Athletics 40mm limit at 39.5mm and an 8mm drop into the forefoot naturally aids forward motion. The cushioning feels a little softer, especially in the heel but it’s a welcoming sensation, especially after a few miles and gives a smooth transition from heel to forefoot. It’s a pretty snappy feel as you push off, the carbon plate making the most of the Speedroll geometry.

It’s light and fast and a great option for racing over the half and marathon distance.

Saucony Endorphin Pro 4

New Balance – FuelCell SuperComp Elite v4 – £260.00

With an aggressive rocker design and geometrically sculptured high-stack midsole, the Elite v4 makes a striking entrance to the start line.

A refreshed FuelCell midsole uses a PEBA-based foam sandwiching the brand’s Energy Arc full-length carbon plate. The Energy Arc maximises potential energy return with the use of void in the midsole to allow it to compress on impact before the push-off, propulsive phase of the stride. It works well and also makes for a very stable ride given the soft overall feel of the foam cushioning.

A rocker design from heel to forefoot makes the whole shoe roll along very smoothly for a soft, efficient and propulsive ride.

The Elite v4 is a great update to the previous model providing a gently revised model that feels familiar enough to go straight to the start line.

It’s another race-day option that offers exceptional cushioning and versatility making it a good choice for any distance from 10km and beyond.

New Balance SC Elite v4

New Balance SC Elite v4

Mizuno – Rebellion Pro 2 – £210.00

Arguably the most aggressive-looking racing shoe of this line-up, the Rebellion Pro 2 revises the previous version with improvements to stability, cushioning and energy return.

It’s still a shoe very much focussed on…

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