With a 37 on the durometer score, the Endorphin Elite becomes a little more firm under step when compared to the Endorphin Pro 3. This increased firmness is a smart move for Saucony, because it helps create a snappy feel understep, rather than too much mush; if you like really soft midsoles on race day I would lean away from this racing shoe. The Endorphin Pro 3 and Elite feel very similar understep with respect to the ride, specificall the lateral motion and stability of your landing.
The biggest midsole change is to that carbon fiber plate sandwiched inside the PWRRUN HG foam. Rather than a plate that is completely solid, they added a forked design under the forefoot. These are thin slats in the plate to allow for more push off agility and power through the footstrike. This forked approach allows for an adaptive toe-off to help runners remain in control of the shoe, rather than the other way around. The transition of the footstrike did feel a little faster in this iteration, when compared to its predecessor. In addition to bounce, energy return, and a faster toe-off, the resilience of the lattice structure foam is special once again. I can tell this shoe is going to go and go for you through multiple marathon races, and faster training sessions on the roads. Lastly, the angle of the midsole under the toebox really does create an aggressive “speedroll” feel. It is definitely Saucony’s most aggressive toe-off experience.