Saucony Kinvara 7 Review
It seems like just yesterday, I was reviewing the Saucony 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 7.
Saucony Kinvara 7. Overview:
The Saucony Kinvara is a neutral lightweight shoe with a 4mm drop. The Saucony Kinvara 7 is 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 Saucony Kinvara 6 to the Saucony Kinvara 7 includes significant changes in the cushioning system as well as the fit of the shoe.
Saucony Kinvara 7 Fit:
I noticed the Saucony Kinvara 6 was more narrow than I hoped and the upper to the Saucony 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 of the Saucony Kinvara 7 now uses “flex film” which helps to lock the feet in place as well as having wicking properties. The lacing system remails reasonably similar. 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 Ride:
The ride of the Saucony Kinvara 7 is much different than the Saucony Kinvara 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. Kinvara loyalists will notice that the Kinvara has more energy return as well as ground contact. In general, the Kinvara is much more lightweight, responsive, ride.
The new Saucony Kinvara 7 now uses an everun heel insert and EVA foam to keep the shoe cushioned. The Saucony Kinvara 7is the first of the Kinvara line to integrate everun. Similar to the Saucony Triumph, the Everrun lasts longer than traditional foam. The Saucony Kinvara 7 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 Saucony Kinvara 7 has taken over a new more “trainer like” feel and able to go long distance. It’s much more bouncy and responsive than the previous model. Plus together with the flex outsole, you have more traction.
Cost: $110 (it did rise in price by $10 this model)
Saucony Kinvara 7 Pros:
- The Everrun makes it more durable
- It has more cushioning which benefits most runners
Saucony Kinvara 7 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 of the Saucony Kinvara 7. 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? Have you tried the Saucony Kinvara 7?