The Kinvara has undergone some modifications since last year. Don’t worry, Kinvara lovers, Saucony has only subtly tweaked this lightweight neutral trainer, and the changes are all for the better. Most notably, the new Kinvara has an additional layer of next-generation Everrun foam (an expanded TPU material) in the heel that helps absorb impact and, our testers thought, add a touch of rearfoot stability by easing the foot strike force and smoothing out the transition of the foot through the stride. There’s a new outsole pattern aimed at a smoother, forward-focused flex and a few more patches of rubber for added durability. Despite the notable changes, this shoe retains the consistently soft, smooth and very flexible ride it’s always had. It’s still super light, plenty soft and extremely versatile for strong-legged, efficient runners. If you’re a runner who typically runs in one shoe for all of your training, this is a good choice. Use it for short, fast speed sessions or take it for the long run. Some wear-testers thought it was too a tad too soft, but those who liked it generally loved it.
This is the shoe for you if … You’re looking for a lightweight and versatile everyday trainer with a low heel-toe drop.
Weights: 7.7 oz. (men’s), 6.6 oz. (women’s)
Heel-toe offset: 4mm; 22mm (heel),18mm (forefoot)