Saucony Kinvara 7 Review

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.

Saucony Kinvara 7 Review

Overview:

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.

Fit:

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.

Saucony Kinvara 7 Review

Ride:

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.

Saucony Kinvara 7 Review

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.

Saucony Kinvara 7 Review

Cost: $110 (it did rise in price by $10 this model)

Pros:

  • The Everrun makes it more durable
  • It has more cushioning which benefits most runners

Cons:

  • 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.

Saucony Kinvara 7 Review

Current Shoe Rotation:
Saucony Kinvara 7 (for shorter runs)
Saucony Triumph ISO 2 (primary shoe)
Adidas Energy Boost 3

Questions for you:
Do you like more cushion in your running shoes?

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17 thoughts on “Saucony Kinvara 7 Review”

  1. I switched to the Saucony Ride 8 specifically for more cushion (and higher drop) and because they last longer. But with the switch to Everrun cushioning, I may have to go back to the Kinvaras and try them out this summer. I haven’t run in them since the Kinvara 5 and I miss them! They are such a great training and racing shoe.

  2. I’ve always seen the Kinvara as a lighter, almost minimalist shoe so I haven’t ever really given them a chance, but I haven’t tried on the new ones yet. That’s interesting that they made it into an entirely different shoe. I don’t love a super cushioned shoe but every so often, especially when I’m on my feet at the store, I do like some padding under me.

      1. I’ll need a new pair of shoes pretty soon, so I will definitely look into it. My parents got me a Saucony running belt for Christmas and I’m loving it. I know it’s not the same, but I’ve been hearing a lot about their shoes and your post just reinforced it 🙂 Thank you, Hollie! xo

  3. I have a pair of the Kinvara 6’s and really like them. I’ve been interested in hearing how the 7’s compare so this was super interesting! I didn’t even notice they were more expensive.

  4. Yeh, I like the Kinvara and have the previous 4 models of the shoe but have recently moved away toward a more cushioned shoe. I’ve been thinking about trying the Triumph…Do you find there’s a huge difference in feel between the Kinvara and Triumph? Thanks. Good post.

    1. The Kinvara is one of the least cushioned shoes Saucony has while the Triumph has significantly more cushion. Long story short, there is quite a big difference!

  5. Nice!! I have been eyeing these and wanted to know what they were like! I’m traditionally a Ride girl but I have always liked the Kinvara. Thanks for the review!

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