Men's SAUCONY® PROGRID™ KINVARA 2 :: Run light, run fast, run simple. The perfect shoe for minimalist, neutral-footed runners who are interested in speed workouts. Weighing in at 7.7 ounces, the men's Saucony® ProGrid™ Kinvara 2, with a mesh upper, will give runners the barely there feel. But it is durable thanks to XT-900™a carbon rubber outsole material that offers increased traction and strength. New this year is an improved toe box, though fit and feel will be similar to past years. Offered in up to a men's size 15.
I'm new to Pose running and wanted a minimalist shoe to assist with mid-foot strike. This shoe fits like a glove and provides me improvement for Pose form over my Asics Gel Cumulus -- gets that heel out of there and provides good & comfortable road impact feel for training.
A minimalist running shoe for all
The Kinvara 2 improves on the Kinvara 1. In the Kinvara 1, my feet would feel a little worn and my big toe would get raw when the running distance got over the half-marathon mark. The Kinvara 2 by comparison is amazing. My first run in them was 16 miles, and no discomfort at all. The toe box of the K2 has had the widest part extended forward a bit, and what a wonderful improvement this has made. The cushioning of the K2 seems better (less bounce but smoother) than the K1. Overall,the K1 was okay, but the K2 is great. I'm 5'6" and 140 lbs with a mid-foot strike. I've been running for 34 years, and this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review of a running shoe.
New Paltz, NY
An excellent shoe
I have 5 pair of the Kinvara 1s and find them great. I have a narrow (B) foot and a high arch. The Kinvara is great for that. May not be so good for a person with a wide foot. Just wore the 2 for the first time. Initial impression is that is very similar to the 1 which I really like. I saw some other reviews indicating it may have a wider toe box. If it does it is not noticable and having a narrow foot I would be able to tell if the toe box had widened very much. Seems like it may have a tad more cushion. The only issue I had with the 1s is that my big toes would get achy sometimes. Now I am a walker and not a runner. I use a heel, toe racewalking (speedwalking) technique so this may not be a problem for a runner. The 2 model may have a bit more cushion in the toe area as I did not feel the ground as much. Candidly, this shoe is great and the differences between this model and the original are minimal. I got the black/gray combination and do like it better than the black/yellow combination of the Kinvara 1. Wonderful shoe.
Jim the Racewalker
light and fast
I'm a fairly low-mileage runner, and not a racer; but I've always run in light-weight stability or performance stability shoes (ASICS DS-Trainers, for example). As I've changed to more midfoot running, I thought I'd try a more minimalist shoe. ASICS doesn't make one. So I turned to Saucony. This shoe really fits the bill perfectly. It has a really snug (in a good sense) and well-designed upper, very flexible forefoot and enough cushioning in the relatively low-profile heel to give you a comfortable ride. It is a bit short (I've always worn a 9D ASICS, and these are a bit snug on my toes); but I wear Wrightsox coolmesh, so they still work fine, and you do get great control in the forefoot with the snug fit. The toe box is definitely wide enough. It's possible that a 9.5D might work, too; but these are fine. A very well thought out shoe. And there is definitely a little arch support, so I have no pronation issues at all with these.
Excellent minimalist shoe with cushion
Already owned Kinvaras, and heard that the Kinvara 2 was a little roomier in the toe box. Since I have a little wider foot (feels a bit snug in the Kinvara, but the shoe gives and it isn't uncomfortable on the move), I ran out and bought the Kinvara 2.
It is as advertised, though the difference is not dramatic. One improvement is the higher bolstering of the heel area on the side. Not that the Kinvara is bad in that respect, but this feels a bit more stable on the move. Both shoes are excellent at encouraging the midfoot strike a minimalist runner aspires to. Its extemely light, yet cushiony sole gives protection when unforeseen heel strikes or uneven pavement cause impact that could be damaging.
It's really hard to find anything bad to say about this shoe. Would recommend to anyone! BTW, I'm a bigger runner - 6'1" and about 240#. No problems at all.
The Running Horn Player
Love this shoe
I have had to buy Kinvara 2's since my Kinvara's wore out and I only noticed a week before my first marathon (probably a good thing as my feet were getting sore after 30km)
I am a midfoot striker and like cushioning in the impact zone. The Kinvaras provide a really plush ride. I used them for a 5km before my marathon and then in the marathon. They were great. I dont recall any problems with my feet (other than a black toe).
My only issue with these shoes is for me they are not durable (I land on the outer blade of my midfoot) and the protective lugs don't extend that far. As they are still new, I might put some shoe goo on the effected area. I will probably buy some mirage's to train in and keep the Kinvaras for races
One of the best running shoes I've ever experienced. Just ran 8 miler with these shoes right out of the box. Felt fantastic. These K-2s were to temporarily replace my K-1's that I am returning to Saucony for a replacement shoe because of a tear in the upper. I've had the K-1's for 7 months, and I loved those shoes. But for as good as those shoes felt, these K-2s feel that much better. Same light shoe, but these feel more secure and supportive in the upper. I am thrilled with this shoe and with Saucony in general. The K-2 surely will be my primary road shoe. Sizing note: I typically wear a 9.5 D shoe but, following a recommendation, bought the Sauconys in a 10. That definitely was the right decision.
Best Shoe I have ever owned
I have been transitioning from Heel Strike to mid foot strike for about the past 1 1/2. I had heard about the Kinvara's and gave them a try. Being a "seasoned" runner (read old guy), i kind of viewed them as a modern version of racing flats and was scared to use them (K-1) beyond a 10K. However a trusted advisor told me he had used them for up through a half so I used them for a 10 mile race then a 1/2 marathon with great results. I thought what the heck and started training in them for a marathon. Zero problems on training runs up to 23 miles nor in the marathon itself. I do get a touch of tightness in my achilles, but I think that is more my physical makeup than the shoe. Bought the K-2's and love them even more than the K-1. Great job Saucony!!!!
So far, so good
Having gone the gamut with running shoes from motion control to barefoot, I have embraced the minimalist approach. Stepping down from the Brooks Launch, which I am thoroughly pleased with, I wanted a flater platform (less heel). The Kinvaras felt right from the start. The lower heel lends itself to fore/mid foot landings. For me, there is plenty of protection for any distance, at the expense of some road feel. One thing I've noticed, lacing tension greatly affects the fit. I lace them a bit loose up front and wear thin socks so my forefoot isn't confined. BTW, I'm 170 lbs, medium width foot, pronate moderately. and run many marathons.
Great minimalist shoe
This was my first pair of minimalist shoes. They were far more comfortable and cushioned than I would have expected for a minimal shoe. I currently have 400 miles in my pair and they still perform great. My only complaint is that the outer layer of mesh on the uppers begins to tear over time. It started with a few micro tears and slowly progressed to several larger tears. This does not affect performance as the tears are only on the mesh outer layer which really only serves a cosmetic purpose. I would reccommend this shoe to anyone looking for a lighter, thinner, more minimal shoe.
Sooo close to perfection, but
This shoe is painfully close to the perfect shoe for me. Just too narrow. Not so narrow that I can't wear it, but I can't take it on long runs. And, that is what I really want this shoe to do.
It would be my 'go to' shoe for long workouts and racing...I'd even take them off road on not to technical(slippery) trails because of the great stone protection.
It would be my marathon shoe, if only...
It fits my high arch well, it is flexible, has great cushoning.
If you are in my position you may want to avoid this shoe in favor of the Minimus 10.
San Mateo, CA
Best shoe I've ever owned
I'm not completely sold on the minimalist craze as I don't think that it's "natural" to run on pavement so these shoes were an ideal compromise, where I could focus on eliminating my natural heel-striking while still enjoying lightweight cushioning. As such, these shoes are ideal for both training and racing. As others have mentioned, they are cut at least a 1/2 size too small - had to return the first pair I received but the replacements fit perfectly! I absolutely love these and plan to purchase extras!
great light shoe
Great light affordable shoe, comparable to Newtons. Minimal shoe without a lot of cushion, so if you like a lot of cushion, these won't be for you. Sizing was true for me(size 8) I run sockless all the time and have had no issues from day one with these cutting or blistering my feet. Ran in Mizuno precisions before, but could not run sockless without some painful bleeding at times, due to construction of upper.
(not much experience yet on wet pavement with these, but they feel as though they may be a little slick there)
New Saucony Fan
Enough but not to much!
I use these for general distance training and I would have to say they are the best shoes I have owned. I like the fact that they provide some good cushion but don't feel like I have no sensory feedback. I have actually lost all pains that normally were associated with my overly long runs. The only thing negative I would say is that grip when the ground is wet is not the best but because of the overall performance that is easily over looked. Train and use them on race day, can't beat that!
Not bad at all :)
Have been buying New Balance for years, but finally got tired of the knee pain. Started running in Vibram's a couple of months ago, but couldn't deal with the achilles pain. Decided I needed a shoe with a little more support, and found the Kinvara 2 after doing some research. This shoe is awesome!! Extremely light and flexible, and definitely a minalist shoe. The only thing that could make this shoe better would be a bigger toe box to account for toe splay. Already ordering a backup pair.
20-25 mile / week indoor/road. Outstanding lightweight trainer and racer but developed a hole in the upper above the fifth toe area after 3 months which will probably need duct tape in another month or two. Despite this I would consider this the best shoe in over 25 years of running and would give it a 5 if It were more durable. I bought a second pair on sale and hope that Saucony will update with a more enduring fabric.
Still all time favorite!
Pretty much the same as the K1, upper is alittle more durable and there's more material inside the heel (less holes) then the original.I have 3 pairs of these and 4 of the K1.Toebox is just a hair wider which is a good thing for me.I have the Green/yellow pair for races/tempos and for some reason they are alot wider and have alittle more cushion.Idk if I got a defective pair or what but I still love them! Saucony please don't screw up the K3!!!!
Use them for anything
I normally use my Kinvara 2s when I race, but I also do speed work and shorter distance training (5k) especially on tracks with them. The best part about the Kinvara 2 is that they are flexible and easy to wear. It takes some shoes a long time to get broken into, but it took no time at all with these.
I can't think of anything that is bad about these shoes. I'm glad I got them.
Make sure you buy a half size up in this shoe. I had the 1s and they were great but I bought my actual running shoe size and after a couple of months they bothered me. So I just bought the 2s and listened to the recommendation and they were correct. They run a bit small so buy a half size up. Pefect for sprint training and up to 10 mile runs. Haven't run longer than 10mls in them but I would.
Nce light feel
A better feel than I'm accustomed to with mizuno prescion. Light than expected but no adverse feel after first week. Good for neutral runner, and probably best for lighter runner. Can feel diminished medial/lateral support so also probably best for predictable roads. I love the feel for the road that I get and after the first week, really love this shoe.
Developed shin splints after wearing these and had to go back to my old running shoes. Bottom line was that after scratching my head for weeks after the injury, my wife finally convinced me that my shoes could be the culprit. Unfortunately, I should have done better research and used Road Runner sports to determine my ideal shoe. I am over 180 lbs and this shoe is just too lightweight. It does feel great and padded and I will continue to wear it as a walking shoe.
Great shoe, just bough two more pairs...
I transitioning from Asics 2160 to Asics Gel Excel 33 and the Kinvara 2. I just bought two more pair so I am stocked up. My plan is transition to this being my standard shoe for running. It's reduced my heel striking on the left foot. I have a pair relegated for just "walking around" and others for running.
These shoes are great! I first tried the white pair and loved them so I figured I'd buy the orange pair as well.
Although its not surprising, there is a slight inconsistency between the two. The orange pair is MUCH faster than the white! So if you runners are looking to race...take my advice and grab the orange pair.
East Lansing, MI
Quick training shoe
I bought these to begin training in lighter shoes with less drop. I'm trying to strike more towards the midfoot and thought these performance shoes would do the trick. I wear a 10 in every running shoes I've owned, but these were small and tight. I recommend buying at least a 1/2 size up. These are performance oriented, quick, and good looking.
I have been running for over 35 years and these shoes are "by far" the best I have ever used. They are awesome. They are also the best transitional shoe from the more traditional to the more natural type, which did not cause me any heal/Achilles or calf soreness, which is common among the shift to a more natural run.
Have had 3 pairs of Kinvara 1's and 4 pairs of Kinvara 2's, put about 700-900 miles on each of them. No shoe has ever treated me better. Has strengthened my feet more and promoted a great light and quick footstrike. A very flexible shoe, I use it in all types of training.
Ryan H.(Not Hall)
Love the shoe for its low heal to toe profile, lightness and minimal support. Helped clear up some shin-splints and were the perfect shoe for marathon training and marathon running. Definitely buy 1/2 size up.
Tower City, PA
Similar to the first, but better
Feels quite a bit better than the Kinvara 1!
New upper makes the shoe a lot more comfortable!
Haven't given these a run but sure that it will be more comfortable than the Kinvara 1.
One of a Khan
Great Running shoe
I am a woman wearing a man's shoe for the width. Love this shoe for marathon training. I have worn Mizuno Waveriders for years and recently changed to this shoe. I am happier with this shoe.
San Antonio, TX
Finally found a shoe that doesn't hurt my left foot. These are awesome! Just finished a 9 mile training run in them & couldn't be happier. Now I can get down and run without foot pain. Finally!!
Tulare Cty CA
Mens Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 2 Running Shoe
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