Kinvara 7 Review
It seems like just yesterday I was reviewing the Kinvara 6, but then again I was a little late in reviewing the shoe. Throughout the last few months, the Saucony Kinvara 6 has been a great shoe for me. The timing worked out to streamline into a new model.
The Saucony Kinvara is a neutral lightweight shoe with a 4mm drop. It’s one of Saucony’s most popular shoes because it’s able to cover a broad range of training from races to volume and long runs. The update from the Kinvara 6 to the Kinvara 7 includes significant changes in the cushioning system as well as well as the fit of the shoe.
I noticed the Saucony Kinvara 6 was more narrow than I hoped and the upper to the Kinvara 7 fits similarly. I usually wear a size 9.5 wide or 10, and I fit into a size 10. I do wish there was a wide option. The upper now uses “flexfilm” which helps to lock the feet in place. My feet haven’t felt uncomfortable running in the shoe and the fit works for me. My only wish is more volume to accommodate better wide feet.
The ride of the Saucony Kinvara 7 is much different than the 6. However, the difference isn’t a bad thing. While it’s still more lightweight than a traditional trainer, the Kinvara 7 is more of a shoe.
The new Kinvara 7 now uses the EVERRUN cushioning material. Similar to the Saucony Triumph, the Everrun lasts longer than traditional foam. The Kinvara has the Everrun built directly into the heel instead of spread throughout the shoe. It’s also a denser cushioning, so it feels like “more of a shoe.” For someone who prefers the firm everrun in the Triumph, I like the update. The Kinvara has taken over a new more “trainer like” feel. It’s much more bouncy and responsive than the previous model.
Cost: $110 (it did rise in price by $10 this model)
- The Everrun makes it more durable
- It has more cushioning which benefits most runners
- Increase in cost
- The updates are significant and it does fit and feel different
Recommended for anyone who likes a lightweight neutral trainer. It is also a great speed work and racing shoe.
So do I like it?
Personally, I like the extra cushioning. I like to run in higher cushioned shoes, and the Saucony Kinvara 6 had a little less cushioning than I would prefer. I enjoy using the Kinvara for race warmups/cooldowns and occasionally midweek runs.
Questions for you:
Do you like more cushion in your running shoes?