Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe

Men's Saucony ProGrid Kinvara

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Men's SAUCONY® PROGRID&trade KINVARA :: A shoe for the true minimalist, the men's Saucony® ProGrid™ Kinvara is Saucony®'s most exciting new shoe. A super lightweight, performance trainer, the Kinvara features hyper-flexible cushioning and a stripped-down upper. Whether training fast or racing, you'll fly! 7.7 ounces

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PERFORMANCE NEUTRAL [?]
If you're a runner with high arches and you love to race or train fast, Performance Neutral shoes are right for you. Enjoy a lightweight, low-to-the-ground design that's perfect for picking up speed. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Heel ProGrid LITE: Lightest version of ProGrid absorbs impact, dissipates shock and sets the foot up for a smooth transition
  • Lightweight mesh upper: Ventilation and breathability
  • XT-900: A carbon rubber outsole material that offers exceptional traction properties without sacrificing durability
  • EVA Sockliner
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Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe
 
4.7

(based on 174 reviews)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (161)
  • Comfortable (154)
  • Breathable (151)
  • Fast (151)
  • Cushions impact (80)

Cons

  • Wears out quickly (25)
  • Narrow / tight (8)
  • Poor arch support (5)
  • Poor cushioning (5)
  • Poor support / stability (5)

Best Uses

  • Road running (130)
  • Distance / endurance (15)
  • Pavement (9)
  • Walking (5)
  • Gym (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      77% 

      (132 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      94% 

      (160 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (115), High arch (34), Low arch (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (140), Casual/ recreational (19), Gym rat (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (140), Yes (3)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Tempo/Track shoe

By Dry heat runner

from El Paso, Texas

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Fast
  • Good Arch Support
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

    Quick and light feeling shoes that I've used for tempo and track workouts. I've put approximately 50 miles on them so can't comment on durability. My longest run in them have been 10 miles and the cushioning was fine, based on my experience these shoes would be great for anything up to a half marathon. I've used New Balance 902's for tempo and track workouts and the Kinvara's give me a better run.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great shoe

    By Running Caveman

    from Monterey, CA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

      I use these shoes for my tempo runs primarily with a bit heavier and more cushioned shoe for longer runs. I also use these as my racing shoes for distances over 10K. Overall the fit is perfect as it fits like a glove. The shoe is flexible in the forefoot but not as flexible as the Nike Free, which I prefer. There is plenty of cushioning to make the longer time on the pavement and higher tempo runs feel very comfortable, but not so much that you get a soft response on push off. However, for faster races like a 5K I would prefer something like Saucony's A3 which has a little less cushion and a more responsive feel. The uppers are very different from most flats I've run in. They are simply not as stiff as others, but do not feel cheap either. It takes a little getting use to, but it helps the shoe be very breathable. I haven't gotten enough miles on them yet to determine how long the last, but I've had them for over 100 miles and they still feel good. They have excellent grip on most surfaces. I do run paved trails but would not recommend running in them for any trails that are not clearly paved as they are low and do not provide a lot of support from uneven surfaces and the flimsy uppers can allow the shoe to moves slight side to side on uneven surfaces, making you lose your footing. Overall I have found that this is an excellent shoe and one that provides more the more cushioned feel I was looking for in a racing flat. The only true downfall I wish the shoe had a small heel loop to help make putting the shoe on faster, as I also use these shoes for triathlons. Otherwise I think anyone will find this a great shoe for their faster workouts.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • High Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Minimalist Trainer: Ideal balance

      By EdB

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Fast
      • Flexible
      • Great with Jeans
      • Lightweight
      • Minimal heel rise

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Walking

        Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

        The MINIMAL part: With a barely noticeable heel rise & flexible sole, the Kinvara lends itself to mid-foot-strike running very well. I feel the same calf muscles working as I do when I run in my bare feet. If you'd like to become a mid-foot striker, Chi or POSE runner, these are the ideal shoes. If you're looking to transition to barefoot running, you can't go wrong. Although the shoe fits like a glove, the material & sole are so flexible that my toes can still spread

        The TRAINING part: Most minimal-ish shoes (like Nike Free) aren't sturdy enough to hold up during training. Many other shoes are like running in platform shoes with bindings, bolts & way too much going on. In spite of the Kinvara's minimal-ish qualities, it also provides enough cushion and sturdiness to hold up during training, w/o heel-dragging or causing my feet feel like they're on lock-down.

        The Kinvara is a unique looking shoe, but not as ghastly as most Asics and not as oddball as some minimalist shoes. Unlike Nike & Asics, you don't see them everywhere.

        I feel comfortable running long distances in this shoe. I plan to use Kinvaras to train for & run in the LA Marathon. It's light enough to race in, but substantial enough to train in, even for a 6', 200lb man like me.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Tempo/ Marathon Shoe

        By Darren

        from Colorado

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Pros

        • Cushions Impact
        • Fast
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

          I think this shoe is analogous to Nike's silo of Lunar shoes—specifically the LunaRacer. I've been searching for a lightweight tempo and marathon race shoe and I think I've found it. After two seasons of marathons in the LunaRacer, I'm happy to have found the Kinvara. I never liked the relatively narrow forefoot of the LunaRacer and find the Kinvara to be much more accommodating with an overall better fit. Additionally, I like the wider forefoot and deeper flex groves of the Kinvara—much better ride in my opinion. Note, I did size down ½ size as I have very narrow feet.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels half size too big
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing!!!!

          By DAKS

          from Salem, Oregon

          About Me Gym Rat

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Fast
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

            This is the most amazing and comfortable shoe I have ever ran in! I have been suffering from piriformis issues over the last year and after three weeks in the Kinvara's the pain is almost completely gone. The shoes are extremely light weight and provide the perfect amount of cushioning. By encouraging the midfoot/forefoot strike the impact on my knees and hips have been dramatically decreased. I feel like I can run the way my body was designed to and my stride feels much more natural. I am currently training for my second Marathon in June and these will be my go to shoes for training and running in the Marathon, in fact I just ordered a second pair. Build up your milage slowly and you will love the results!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Shoe I got

            By AC - CT173

            from Connecticut

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Fast
            • Good Traction
            • Great with Jeans
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Stability
            • Wears quickly

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

            I am 5'8, 162lbs, just purchased these and ran about 10-15 miles on them, excellent so far, highly recommend them, comfortable, super light. I have black/yellow style which is excellent look/style.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good for speedwork and marathon training

            By Linzomatic

            from Washington DC

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Fast
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Running

              Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

              I use this shoe for my weekly track workouts and weekly long runs (15 miles+). If you have good mechanics there is no reason to run in any more shoe than this. It is lightweight and allows your feet freedom to grow stonger but is also stable, providing plenty of cushion without sacrificing response. I have been training in this shoe for 4 months, ran a half marathon in them last month and will run another in them this month. Some have made comments about concern of durability, at 150 lbs, I have probaby 500 road miles on these shoes and they have plenty of life left. If you are looking for a minimalist shoe but don't want to feel like you are running in your bare feet, this is a great choice.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Saucony Makes Best Running Shoes

              By Triit33

              from Strongsville, Ohio

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Fast
              • Good Traction
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                I have run every day for the last 40 years. I participate in many triathlons over the last 20 years. I buy 3 to 6 pair of shoes every year since they started selling running shoes.(when I started running, I had to run in Converse Tennis shoes 1970
                For about the last 20 years, I have stuck with Saucony as my main running shoes. The KINVARA is nice running shoe for short distances. It can double as a pair of race shoes for a 5K. The Saucony Ignition (first generation)was also an awesome shoe. Have a great day :)

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this product again and again

                By rundmac

                from Hot Springs, AR

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Fast
                • Good Arch Support
                • Good Traction
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                  If you run marathons you know you need a shoe that is comfortable, light and one that preforms. My last marathon I ducked taped my shoe so it would hold together,but I did not want to give them up. I now have two marathons I will be running, 2/20 & 3/20. I bought this pair of shoes and only ran 30mins at a time in them. Knowing I did not want to have to duck tape my shoes again I tried these shoes on my long runs. I took another pair of shoes in case they did not work out, but after a 14mi run I loved them and then I ran 23 miles in them. Afterwards I was so elated because I have found my marathon shoes, so now I own 2 pair.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • High Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Cannot tell its minimalist

                  By nulmonkey

                  from Rohnert Park, CA

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Fast
                  • Good Traction
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Wears Out Quickly

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                  This is a great, fast, lightweight shoe without sacrificing cushion too much. They do not have the cushion that a trainer has, but enough to keep your knees from hurting. They are incredibly light weight, and have intense breathe-ability that is good for summer; they are even comfortable without socks (no blisters or other problems).

                  Overall great shoe for the money. Use it for training, racing, or just everyday. No matter your need, they will provide for it!

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic Road Running Shoe!

                  By Light'n Boy

                  from Pottsboro, TX

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Cushions Impact
                  • Fast
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Running

                    Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                    Highly recommend the shoe for those that have knee and joint problems when running. I have arthritis in both knees and bone spurs in right knee. Ran half marathon in Dallas, TX last April and experienced extreme joint and knee pain running in Brooks running shoes. Switch to a Nike Free a few months ago and discovered joint and knee pain went away. Decided to try the Kinvaras after studying reviews on Road Runner website. Bough a pair a couple of weeks ago. Put them on and ran 6 miles in them over a week ago. No joint or knee pain! The shoes are super light and have a fantastic feel and contact with the pavement. Increased my distance to 8 miles, then to 9 with same results. Plan on running a full marathon in Dallas, TX in April running in the Kinvaras. Highly recommend those runners that are starting out from a regular running shoe to a minimalist shoe to ease in to the distance they run to get their muscles in their feet built up to running in these or any minimalist shoe. I believe I will be able to achieve much quicker times in these shoes and have virtually no fatigue running in them.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Low Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great Transition from Adrenaline GTS's

                    By Razor Blade

                    from Ft. Collins, Colorado

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Fast
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Running

                      Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                      I'm a frequent half- and full marathoner, currently training for Boston in April. Thought I'd give the "minimal" thing a try after 5-6 years in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS series. I was a bit worried about the transition from a big heeled shoe to one with a lower heel, but it's been great so far. I rotated the shoe in slowly over a month or so, and I'm now running in it full time. It's held up really well so far through track workouts, tempo runs, and long runs of up to 15 miles on pavement. I've got about 90 miles on 'em without much sign of wear. Definitely lightweight and comfortable, even in the Colorado winter. If it gets below 25 F, I'll throw on the heavy socks. The only negative is the fit - for me, the toe box is just a bit too wide. Otherwise, great shoes!

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • High Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Not perfect but the best I've tried

                      By dsr

                      from Virginia

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Decent fit
                      • Lightweight
                      • Low Heel

                      Cons

                      • Wears Out Quickly

                      Best Uses

                      • Pavement

                      Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                      I switched to a midfoot strike about 10 months ago. These shoes are the best I've tried so far. Lightweight and with a LOW HEEL! There are too few shoes out there that cater to midfoot strikers. The high heel always gets in the way. Not with the Kinvara. I wish that the outsole was more durable though. Don't try any trails with this one either. No traction or protection. Also, the upper became more roomy as time went on. I had to cinch the laces down more and more. I'd be happy with an extra ounce or so if it meant a little more structure in the upper and an outsole that could adapt to pavement AND light trails. But still, the best I've found so far. Still looking though.

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Average Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect shoe for me

                      By PC Flash

                      from Northern Oklahoma

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Breathable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Flexible
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Running

                        Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                        I'm on my 3rd pair of Kinvaras since May. I retired my first pair after 450 miles (5'11" and 165 lbs). They do look worn, and the EVA in the forefoot is starting to break down. The little triangles (outsole) right in the middle of the shoe are worn through on the edges.

                        I really like them for tempo work and the long run, but have not tried them on the track.

                        What i like best about the shoe, is the relatively narrow heel with a wider forefoot, and the lack of a rigid plastic heel counter. I had been struggling with retrocalcaneal bursitis for six months, and i believe switching to the Kinvara (no pressure on the back of the heel) helped me get past that.

                        After training exclusively in these for several months, i tried to do a long run in my Fastwitch 4's, but felt like i was running in high heels. I was mixed whether the Kinvara would be a good marathon shoe, but I'm going to try them next Sunday (11/21/2010).

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Tried them all-it's the best minimalist

                        By Michael slightly shoe obsessed

                        from Cambridge, MA

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Breathable
                        • Comfortable
                        • Fast
                        • Good Traction
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Road Running

                          Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                          I ran my second marathon last week and over the course of the last year tried all of the other minimalist shoes (Nike, Brooks, Pearl Azumi, Newton). Kinvara was the clear winner for comfort. Newton was a close second, but they weren't as comfortable (nor as minimal), and they cost more than twice as much. I went a little overboard comparing the shoes so thoroughly to every comparable shoe, but in the end I feel like I got a shoe that far exceeds all the others. Plus I can finally write an online review that I can feel has a lot of value for everyone else.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels half size too small
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Average Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Less is more

                          By Raider77

                          from Rockford, IL

                          About Me Gym Rat

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Breathable
                          • Comfortable
                          • Cushions Impact
                          • Fast
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Road Running

                            Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                            As I have been doing more and more running I have gone with lighter and lighter shoes. These have been the lightest so far. They surprised me by how much cusioning they offer considering how little they weigh. The lower heel hight tends to make me want to take longer strides which has encouraged me to pick up my pace a little. I was very impressed. Since I am a bigger guy (225 lbs) I have a little concern with how durable they will be. Over the winter they will probably see a lot more treatdmill time so I will find out more next spring when I get back outside. But just in case, I bought a second pair when they went on sale.

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Average Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            No More Gel Trainers!!

                            By The General

                            from Des Moines, IA

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Pros

                            • Breathable
                            • Comfortable
                            • Cushions Impact
                            • Fast
                            • Good Arch Support
                            • Good Traction
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Road Running

                              Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                              Wonderful shoe. Have 2 pairs now. Perfect for 6-10 mile runs. So light but still provide exceptional stability. Love the colors. How about guy's pink in the future to promote the Komen's Race For The Cure.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels half size too small
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Average Arch
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              A good minimalist shoe

                              By BJ

                              from Roanoke, TX

                              About Me Avid Athlete

                              Pros

                              • Breathable
                              • Comfortable
                              • Cushions Impact
                              • Fast
                              • Good Traction
                              • Great with Jeans
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Running

                                Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                After moving to more of a natural running style over the past couple of years, this is the best minimalist I've found to match my personal needs. I loved the Newtons (very comfortable to put on), but didn't like the fore-foot hump (felt like I had a pebble in my shoe!).

                                This one is very comfortable just putting it on, let alone running. And it's absolutely great for my runs thus far... I've run up to 21 miles in a single run and up to about 55 in a week, and so far they feel great and hold up to the miles. (BTW... 155 lbs male, neutral, 3:10 marathoner)

                                And they're so comfortable that I've done with these what I've NEVER done with a pair of active training shoes... wear them for every-day use. Especially like them as my travel shoes... wear 'em on the plane for both travel and traveling runs. I love these shoes!

                                I've been an avid Asics-guy for many many years and will never go back... unless perhaps A comes up with a comparable shoe... we'll see. I hope this starts a new movement in the "big" brands creating minimalist shoes. These are great!

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels half size too big
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Arch Type:
                                • Average Arch
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great Shoe for Great Arch Support

                                By DB

                                from Ranger, GA

                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Breathable
                                • Comfortable
                                • Good Arch Support
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Endurance Training

                                  Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                  If you are a neutral runner than this shoe is made for you and your arches. Not recommended for normal to no arch.

                                  • Sizing:
                                  • Feels true to size
                                  • Width:
                                  • Feels true to width
                                  • Arch Type:
                                  • High Arch

                                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Not bad, but not right either

                                  By Rich Person

                                  from Thousand Oaks, CA

                                  About Me Avid Athlete

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Good Arch Support
                                  • Good Traction
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Cushioning

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Road Running

                                  Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                  Up until a year ago I used lightweight shoes for training and flats for racing. My love of the Nike Lunaracer cushioning got me to wear them for full time training over the last year. I was looking for a shoe with a low heal rise, but a bit more support for fast training. The Kinvara fit decently so I tried them out. The motion is okay. My main complaint is the cushioning feels very harsh (non-resilient, plasticy) compared to the softer feel of the Lunaracers. This doesn't make the Kinvara a bad shoe, it just doesn't surpass the Lunaracer for my training perferences. It is worth a try. My only other quibble is the upper feels a bit loose (sloppy), but that is the price you pay to have more room in the forefoot.

                                  • Sizing:
                                  • Feels true to size
                                  • Width:
                                  • Feels too wide
                                  • Arch Type:
                                  • High Arch

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Love this shoe

                                  By Holtzie

                                  from Eden Prairie, MN

                                  About Me Avid Athlete

                                  Pros

                                  • Breathable
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Narrow / Tight

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                    Love this shoe. Read the book 'Born to Run', read up on barefoot running on the Internet and wanted to try a lightweight shoe. I have always been partial to Saucony and have run exclusively on the Saucony Hurricane model for 11 years. I know longer use the Hurricane and have changed to this lightweight shoe. Run about 40-50 miles a week for fun. I found my posture change, my joints not aching after a run, and felt very fast because of this wonderful lightweight shoe. Highly recommend!

                                    • Sizing:
                                    • Feels true to size
                                    • Width:
                                    • Feels true to width
                                    • Arch Type:
                                    • Average Arch

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Fun to run in

                                    By Jim

                                    from Cheyenne, WY

                                    About Me Gym Rat

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Breathable
                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Cushions Impact
                                    • Fast
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Road Running

                                      Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                      It is as advertised, a minimalist shoe with little or no heel lift. Very similar to running in a racing flat but with a little more cushioning. Exactly what I wanted.

                                      • Sizing:
                                      • Feels half size too small
                                      • Width:
                                      • Feels true to width
                                      • Arch Type:
                                      • Average Arch

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Awesome shoe!!!

                                      By Steve

                                      from San Diego

                                      About Me Avid Athlete

                                      Pros

                                      • Breathable
                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Cushions Impact
                                      • Fast
                                      • Good Arch Support
                                      • Good Traction
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Road Running

                                        Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                        This is an amazing shoe! Super lightweight, breathable, has great cushion but still responsive, and a very comfortable fit! This is a great race shoe, but I also use it for everyday training, especially speedwork. I really have no complaints.

                                        • Sizing:
                                        • Feels half size too small
                                        • Width:
                                        • Feels true to width
                                        • Arch Type:
                                        • Average Arch

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Minimal Shoe, Great Ride

                                        By Jack

                                        from San Diego

                                        About Me Avid Athlete

                                        Pros

                                        • Breathable
                                        • Comfortable
                                        • Fast
                                        • Good Arch Support
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Road Running

                                          Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                          Super lightweight due to the layered mesh upper and reduced carbon rubber on the outsole. A wide base in the midfoot makes this shoe more stable than other lightweight racers.

                                          • Sizing:
                                          • Feels half size too small
                                          • Width:
                                          • Feels true to width
                                          • Arch Type:
                                          • Average Arch
                                           
                                          5.0

                                          First Impression - Great Shoes!

                                          By Freddy

                                          from New York, NY

                                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Breathable
                                          • Comfortable
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Gym

                                            Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                            I normally run in Nike Shox or Nike Free's and this is my first pair of Saucony's. I have to say I am super impressed. My first day of running in these and my arch pain has completely gone away. The shose are incredibly light and still provide more than adequate cushion. No blisters on my first day in them, not even any hotspots. Can't say that about my broken in Nike's! I'm a huge fan. On top of that, these shoes look really great!

                                            I have lined up some Brooks Ghost 3s to try out as well, and will be rotating between those two shoes.

                                            • Sizing:
                                            • Feels true to size
                                            • Width:
                                            • Feels true to width
                                            • Arch Type:
                                            • Average Arch
                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No
                                             
                                            5.0

                                            half marathons

                                            By half marathon runner

                                            from kc

                                            About Me Avid Athlete

                                            Pros

                                            • Breathable
                                            • Cushions Impact
                                            • Fast
                                            • Good Arch Support
                                            • Good Traction
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                            • Wears Out Quickly

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Road Running

                                            Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                            Excellent short distance runner. Lightweight and they make flicking your legs easier than some heavier shoes. I run 6miles on avg, 3 times a week and they dont hurt my feet like a pair of minimalist shoes I have. Great job sucuny!!!

                                            • Sizing:
                                            • Feels true to size
                                            • Width:
                                            • Feels true to width
                                            • Arch Type:
                                            • Average Arch
                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No
                                             
                                            5.0

                                            New Wave

                                            By Bourbon Bob

                                            from Southern New Jersey

                                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Comfortable
                                            • Fast
                                            • Good Arch Support
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Road Running

                                              Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                              Ran barefoot for the first time last year. Felt good! Overdid it which is not usual by running over 6 miles. My feet were not happy after blacktop and beach left them a bit bruised.

                                              The idea of running with little support intrigued me so I ordered the ProGrids. I'm 59, have extremely high arches and have been running for over 25 years. Typically have been faithful to New Balance 880 series which is rather heavy (12.2 oz), big toebox and a sl-2 last so these were a radical departure.

                                              Ran 8 miles the first time out of the box and had a smile on my face the entire time. What a new experience!

                                              Not at all like the old racing "flats" but comfortable,light, well cushioned alternative. Felt a bit snug compared to the NB 883 but so light! (I ordered a 1/2 size larger).

                                              Can't speak to durability as I've only had a couple of runs. However, all were a great experience and quite affordable compared to the $125+ options out there.

                                              Do yourself a favor and try this next generational type of shoe. You'll smile.

                                              • Sizing:
                                              • Feels half size too small
                                              • Width:
                                              • Feels true to width
                                              • Arch Type:
                                              • High Arch
                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No
                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Great transitional shoe

                                              By groundreactionforce

                                              from New York, NY

                                              About Me Avid Athlete

                                              Pros

                                              • Breathable
                                              • Comfortable
                                              • Cushions Impact
                                              • Durable
                                              • Fast
                                              • Good Traction
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Road Running

                                                Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                                Lace them snuggly and the sneaker will disappear. The Kinvara and your foot will become ONE.

                                                • Sizing:
                                                • Feels half size too big
                                                • Width:
                                                • Feels true to width
                                                • Arch Type:
                                                • Low Arch
                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No
                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                If only it lasted more than 3 months ...

                                                By Doc1581

                                                from APO, AE

                                                About Me Professional Athlete

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Breathable
                                                • Comfortable
                                                • Fast

                                                Cons

                                                • Poor Cushioning
                                                • Poor Traction
                                                • Wears Out Quickly

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Pavement

                                                Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                                I have to say that is it was not for the poor durability of this shoe, it would be my absolute favorite at this moment in time. The shoe feels true to size and breathes extremely well. The hydrator pad on the inside of the shoe collar are a very nice touch as well. Now for the bad. I run/walk on a variety of terrian types on daily basis. i am deployed right now, and although I do not expect the shoe to last as long as it normally would back in the civilian side, it literally feel apart on me and chunks of the foam sole are starting to come out. That being said, it was/still is a great shoe..while it lasts. I would buy a pair again if the price was right.

                                                • Sizing:
                                                • Feels true to size
                                                • Width:
                                                • Feels true to width
                                                • Arch Type:
                                                • High Arch
                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No
                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                The perfect fit

                                                By "Van Mile"

                                                from Pine Beach, NJ

                                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Breathable
                                                • Comfortable
                                                • Fast
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Trail Running

                                                  Comments about Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Running Shoe:

                                                  Kinvara's are very comfortable, the toe box has just the right room to allow your foot to do what it naturally should do. I don't have to cross train anymore because the Kinvaras have strengthened my legs especially the knee area. The shoe just fits naturally and it allow your feet to get more involved in the run.

                                                  • Sizing:
                                                  • Feels true to size
                                                  • Width:
                                                  • Feels true to width
                                                  • Arch Type:
                                                  • Low Arch
                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

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