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DOR Podcast #146: Designing the Kinvara Pro and Creating PWRRUN HG & Endorphin Elite with Saucony

In this episode, Nathan and Matt are joined by special guests Andrea Paulson and Cory Hoffman from Saucony, to discuss two of their newest and most exciting shoes: the Endorphin Elite and Kinvara Pro. Together, they explore the intricate process of developing and testing midsole foams. Get a behind the scenes look at the development of PWRRUN HG and the unique geometry of the Endorphin Elite.


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About Andrea Paulson and Cory Hoffmann

Andrea Paulson is the Vice President of Product Engineering & Human Performance at Saucony. She leads different, yet connected, divisions that work on every aspect of shoe design, construction and future innovations, as well as biomechanical testing, gathering performance & personal preference data. 

Cory Hofmann is a Performance Engineer at Saucony research laboratory, testing almost every aspect of their shoe: fit, durability, mechanical properties, etc. Cory specializes in testing and measuring running shoe performance, focusing on biomechanics and physiology.


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0:00 - Intro 
7:40 - How midsole foams are developed & tested 
18:22 - How are PWRRUN HG and PWRRUN PB different? 
21:42 - The development of the Endorphin Elite's geometry 
27:30 - Running economy testing for the Endorphin Elite 
30:28 - Is Saucony heading towards ditching EVA/TPU foams? 
33:41 - How durable is PWRRUN HG? 
38:42 - What's next for PWRRUN HG? 
45:40 - The origin story of the Kinvara Pro 
53:30 - The testing & development of the Kinvara Pro 
1:01:47 - Who does the Kinvara Pro benefit? 
1:13:59 - How does this data impact the conversation about training in super shoes?  1:19:56 - How much should we train in plated shoes? 
1:30:03 - What does HG stand for? 
1:31:24 - Wrap-up

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