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
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 :)
Whoever said less is more is right!!This shoe is awesome..Only two runs in them and im hooked on barefoot running!!One up tempo 7mile run and a 5k PR and no soreness in my legs or feet at all!!
Great minamilist trainer
Great for track workouts. Intervals and short to mid distance races. Light and help workouts where turnover is important
About me: Male, 24, 160 lbs, runs 20-30 miles/week, midfoot striker, mild pronator.
I have only 23 miles on the shoe so far (5 runs - 7, 6, 6, 3 miles and part of a track workout), but it has performed as expected up to this point. As advertised, the Kinvara is light and fast, but if you're looking for a barefoot, "minimalist" shoe, you may be disappointed. Comparatively, the Kinvara is downright plush. The forefoot cushioning and height is more than that of my other fast shoe, the Saucony Fastwitch 4, so a minimalist runner may feel they are too high off the ground, but this is not the case for me.
I bought the Kinvara as an aid to help my transition to a mid-foot strike (I was a heel-striker for 5 years), and the low drop between the heel and forefoot (4mm) really helps with the process.
On pavement, the shoe grips nicely, even in wet conditions. Hard-pack gravel is also a good surface for this shoe. I have not yet tested the Kinvara on dirt trails, though I have no doubts it would still be as effective as on other terrain.
The track performance is where I found the Kinvara to be less than suitable. The combination of the springiness of a rubber track and the ample forefoot cushioning made me feel like I was wearing moonshoes, yet I still ran similar times compared to my other shoes. For track workouts, I prefer my Fastwitch 4, which is not as cushioned and provides a more responsive feel. Then again, the Kinvara is not advertised as a track shoe, so don't expect to get the same result as you would from spikes.
Here is my one complaint, in agreement with Pete L., author of the RunBlogger website (you can read a very detailed and in-depth review of the Kinvara on his site): The outer sole, especially on the lateral side of the shoe, seems to wear down quickly. I have not yet put 25 miles on my first pair of Kinvaras, but the outer lugs (not the triangular pieces in the middle, but the ones farthest to the outside of the shoe) have worn down at an alarming rate. As a midfoot or forefoot striker lands, the outside of the foot contacts the ground first, then rolls through to the inside - we call this pronation, as I'm sure most of you know. That row of lugs is unprotected by the XT-900 rubber (or whatever number it is), and the foam gives up after a while. I expect that Saucony will make an improvement to the next edition of the Kinvara to include rubber on this outermost part of the sole.
I bought two pairs of Kinvaras together (ViZi-Pro orange; black and yellow), and I plan on wearing one of them for my marathon debut in June 2011.
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.
Minimalist Trainer: Ideal balance
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.
This is my now and future running shoe
This is my shoe. i will not purchase another until this model goes out of stock, the company stops making it, and I cant pick up cheap pairs from wharehouses.
The floorboard of the shoe is very rigid. this is a good thing. It kinda forces you to land on the entire shoe, more or lass, rather than landing on the heal and following through. as we know, landing on the heal is not good.
I use these for everyday trainers. I run 80 minutes a day, 5 times a week. i run trail and tracks....spongy tracks like at a school. I put these shoes on and they are comfortable. i hate having to tie and retie laces to get a comfortable fit, because if you are going to run, your feet need to be comfortable.
these shoes just tie and I am off. The are lightweight and even though they are considered minalist, they are good enough for a bigger guy to run on. I have lost weight recently because these shoes have allowed me to run without worrying about anything. I would even use them for some running on concrete, which is what does in most runners. I really have a hard on for these shoes. You will not be disappointed if you buy them...I promise.
80 minute run guy
Very Light, Comfortable Training Shoe
I do a lot of training for USATF Masters and Senior Games sprints, therefore, was looking for a lightweight training shoe that I could use on pavement and tracks. This shoe offers that. I am very pleased with the comfort and weight. Don't look for a lot of arch support or heel cushioning. This shoe is meant to be used for fast running, e.g. running on the balls of your feet. I haven't used it on a regulation track yet but I feel it will be great both for training there and for use in warming up prior to my actual races. I have only had these for about three weeks so I can't say how long they will hold up but they seem to be made well. I first ordered the lime green, which are very noticeable in dim light, and also have just ordered another pair in black/yellow. Can't wait to get those.
Great Transition from Adrenaline GTS's
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!
Ft. Collins, Colorado
I would buy this product again and again
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.
Hot Springs, AR
Excellent Tempo/Track 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.
Dry heat runner
El Paso, Texas
Not perfect but the best I've tried
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.
What a find!
The Kinvara is my first minimalist shoes and I'm hooked on them. Did a lot of research on various brands and decided on them - I've not been disappointed. Started out slowly and built up. Recently ran a half marathon in them and they were fabulous - my feet felt comfortable and light the whole way. Run pavement and road with no problems yet. Just bought a 2nd pair. Should point out that I'm 63, 6'3" and weigh 170 lbs, so I'm a larger than average runner. Also, note that I'm a devoted ChiRunner for many years, so the low heel on the Kinvara helps me to land on my forefoot.
Jim the Runner
Less is more
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.
Fantastic. Simply fantastic.
These suckers are fantastic. If you've been a slave to the heavier stuff (like, anything over 10oz), you put these on and you just want to start running. Fast.
Please note that they are really minimalist, so do NOT just switch over from a regular shoe. First off, if you heel strike (or don't know what that means), do not get these shoes: they are not for you. Secondly, you need to slowly work them into your routine in a gradual transition. All that said, I couldn't help but zip off on a 20 miler one of my first days in these and they were just wonderful.
I'll never go back to stability/motion control/heavy trainers again. Never.
Redwood City, CA
Great lightweight training shoe
I typically run in Asics Cumulus 12s and Asics have always fitted my foot perfectly. I wanted a lightweight, minimalist shoe to train in so I could reap the benefits of near barefoot running (even though the Cumulus is considered lightweight). After getting the recommendation from [...], I purchased the Kinvaras and they are great. I was told to gradually introduce them into my training and that I shouldn't necessarily use them every day, but they feel great and I feel I'm slightly quicker when I run in the Kinvaras. I probably won't use these to run the half marathon I'm training for, but I think I could.
Virginia Beach, VA
Fast and Comfy with Perfect Cushioning!
These shoes feel great out of the box. They are light but offer the right amount of cushioning. Perfect for road racing and speed training, but feel great on grass or soft trails too.
Ideal if you are a neutral runner, running in an every day cushioned trainer and want to try a lighter or minimalistic shoe (Nike Free Run, Five Fingers, etc). These shoes will make that transition smoother, or you can stick to the Kinvara. At 7.7 Oz, they're already lighter than the Nike Free Run, and offer more cushioning.
ONE of the BEST shoes I've ever run in.
San Diego, CA
Great gateway shoe!
These are neutral pronation control shoes. They are a good if you are considering a switch to minimalist running. They have a 4mm heel drop which helps with a forefoot foot strike., are very lightweight and comfortable. I find the uppers very well constructed. I have put 50 miles on them and they are performing well. I had been training in asics kayano, and nike equalon, because I was told I needed stability plus shoes. but I had nagging knee problems. Since I began using the kinvara's, my knee issues have improved. I will never go back to heavy trainers. These are my new marathon shoes
A great shoe!
I am a recent minimalist convert. I started out wearing the shoe just on short runs and track workouts. They are really lightweight and fast. I felt like I was running more efficiently and stared increasing my mileage in them. At first I was concerned that there would not be enough support for longer runs especially since the shoe feels a lot like a slipper. But I just ran my first 20-miler in them and my feet and legs feel great. I am about to but my second pair. i went out for a run in my old Omnis a few days ago and they made my calf muscles sore. I may never go back to over-cushioned shoes. I plan to run a marathon in my Kinvaras in March.
Dennis - Saucony Loyalist
Wonderfully light weight!
I run 20-35 miles a week depending on what I'm training for, just received these shoes and they are pretty much everything Saucony says the are. Super lightweight, yet strong enough to be a daily trainer. They're so lightweight, it makes me want to run faster than my planned pace, which is nice, but bad because I run out of steam quicker. Overall, I think they're some of the best designed shoes available. If I were to get something with more support, I would probably go back to a Mizuno Wave Rider, but I'll still with these for a good while.
Skinny in SC
"The most comfortable running shoe ever.
Originally I purchased the Kinvara to alternate with my Newton's but since wearing them the first time I have ran every session in them.
They are equally at home on cross country surfaces as they are on the roads and the lightness of them makes an ideal shoe for training and racing. Not sure about the durability but expect they will last at least 500km before purchasing a new pair. I just hope this shoes continues on the market for years to come as I can't see myself changing to any other shoe.
Reservoir, Victoria, Australia
Low heel to forefoot height ratio promotes landing more on the forefoot resulting in less impact force creating more normal running biomechanics.
Cushing is excellent and satisfactory for endurance running on firm/hard surfaces. I am a mild pronator and have been running for 8 years with a partially torn meniscus with orthotics. I have been a runner for 18 years (5 or more miles daily) and for the past 8 months running in the Kinvera, the best shoe I have ever run in. If running in a traditional neutral-cushioned shoe suggest gradually integrating the Kinvera into your running routine.
This shoes is as advertised - very minimal and neutral - a nice segue between traditional running shoes to barefoot running. I use the Kinvara for distance training since I am not able to run more than 8 miles comfortably barefoot.
My only complaint is that the highest eyelet and surrounding area of the shoe seems high and forward, causing a bit of discomfort from friction on the fore of my ankle bone. I have never experienced this with any other running shoe. Regardless, I changed the lacing pattern to reduce the pressure so it's no longer a consideration.
Tried them all-it's the best minimalist
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.
Michael slightly shoe obsessed
Ready to Race
Looking for something light for racing. Did not expect much cushioning for longer runs. Still this shoe gets you close to barefoot running without the risk of injury. I used these in a 10K race and was very happy with my performance. Felt good after the run with a little forefoot ache. You definitely will run more on the ball of your foot with this shoe. Your sprinting will improve from the light weight.
I have not tried these on more than 10K so cant comment how they would feel. I suppose the foot will be more sore without the extra cusioning of a trainer. This shoe does exactly what its designed to do.
Santa Cruz, CA
So far, so good!
Last Saturday I ran a 10k with the Brooks ST Racers. The shoes were okay but my lower legs were "beat-up" from racing in them. Looking a solution I came across the Saucony Kinvaras. Right away I felt the difference along with my tired legs. The next day I went for a run with some friends and I was good to go. The shoes remind me so much of the Nike Lunar Trainers. I plan on using them only for track practice and road racing. Great consept Saucony. Don't get rid of them like you did with the "grid spy".
Washington, DC area
Super light, very comfortable, fit like a glove shoe. I have decided to incorporate a bi-weekly shoe change, and fit the Sauc's into the rotation. I run with 2 differend Nike shoes, one Reebok shoe, and now the Sauc. The switch up philosphy, has really increased my stability and strength. The addition of the Sauc has been a phenominal change to my program. I also use either the Sauc or Nike Zoom for race days. I think this self-experiement will soon become a trend for serious runners...give it a shot.
Great Tempo/ Marathon 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.
Best Shoe I got
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.
AC - CT173
Great Minimalist Shoe
On my second pair and very happy with these shoes. I had been training for years in Saucony Hurricanes. Along came the "Anti Heel Strike" revolution and I switched to Newton's as I adjusted my stride to land on my forefoot. Ultimately, the Newton's just didn't work for me and I set out to try another minimalist shoe. There are lots of choices out there, but these shoes still provide good cushioning and support while feeling like a racing flat. They are so light in fact that I might ditch my flats and race in the Kinvaras at Boston.
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