Recently I decided to try out the popular Saucony Kinvara. My Saucony Zealots needed to be replaced, and the Saucony Kinvara was a lighter but comparable option. The Kinvara is one of Saucony’s most popular shoes but not a shoe I tried until recently.
I was not asked to review the shoe, but I wanted too. Remember what works for my feet might not work for yours since every foot is different.
This is my first review of any Saucony Kinvara. I have not tried the previous models, so I am only speaking from experience with the Saucony Kinvara 6. It’s harder to start this way since I have nothing to compare the shoe too!
In running shoes, I generally wear a size 9.5 wide or a 10. The Saucony Kinvara 6 fits true to size, and I opted for a size 10. I have more full, foot, and the 10 was ok. The top is breathable and doesn’t hug my feet too tight.
Running in the Shoes:
I’ve run just over 100 miles in them. Saucony uses Powergrid in the Kinvara 6 which makes the Kinvara a more responsive ride. It’s a light weight shoe and has a four-millimeter offset. Those running in the shoe get about the same amount of miles as previous versions since the bottom of the shoe is very similar.
Something to note about the shoe, as with any minimal shoe, is they don’t last as long. The Saucony Kinvara is light weight and uses fewer materials. That is the kiss of death because the light weight and responsiveness of the shoe are what makes it attractive. However, the lightweight property of the shoe also causes it to last less time. Traditional running shoes last about 400 miles. From working at the store, I can say customer feedback on the Kinvara says they last about 250. At 100 miles, I can tell they are fading faster than other more traditional shoes.
- Light weight but still cushioned
- $100 retail value (inexpensive compared to similar models)
- Since the shoe is light weight, it does not last as long as a traditional running shoe.
Similar models: Nike Pegasus, Saucony Zealot, Brooks Launch or even Brooks Pureflow (Possibly those who have fallen to the RIP of the Brooks PureConnect too)
Verdict: So far, I like the shoe. I haven’t had any issues with it. That being said, I don’t think I would do all of my runs in it because I would go through at least one pair a month and it doesn’t have enough cushion. For the majority of my running, I like to have a shoe with a little bit more cushioned (which for me is the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 ).
Recommend for: A neutral runner who is looking for a responsive light weight shoe.
The good news is the Saucony Kinvara 7 is coming out in a few weeks so the Saucony Kinvara 6 should be on sale.
In case you wondered my current shoe rotation:
Saucony Triumph ISO 2: majority of my miles
Saucony Kinvara: warm up and cool down miles, occasional shorter mid-week run
Saucony A6: Races
Nike Pegasus: once a week
Here is a brief post about the importance of changing shoes as well.
Questions for you:
Have you run in the Saucony Kinvara before?
What is your favorite running shoe?