Are you looking for a lightweight shoe to add to your rotation? Or maybe you've thought about trying a more minimal trainer? Perhaps you're in the market for a fast shoe that still offers plenty of cushion without going all the way down to a racing flat. If any of these are true for you, then you should take a look at the Kinvara 8 from Saucony.
The Kinvara 8 is the most recent update in the lightweight training shoe line from Saucony. The features include:
- the addition of a full-length EVERUN topsole layer. This adds the continuous cushion from Saucony throughout the shoe instead of just a heel insert, which was the construction in the previous model. Expect a more responsive and cushioned ride.
- upper material using a new FLEXFILM overlay that makes for a seamless fit.
- the shoe's traditional 4mm platform, or drop. This means that the height of your heel in the shoe is 4mm higher than your toe, which makes you feel a bit closer to the ground as well as giving you a speedier feeling. Traditional training shoes usually have a drop of 8-12mm, so the Kinvara leans more towards the "minimal" category.
The Kinvara fits like a performance-oriented shoe. When I say "performance-oriented," I don't mean that you have to run a certain time or pace to wear this shoe; rather, it makes you feel confident taking on any challenge your training throws at you. The upper material comfortably hugs your foot and the shoe includes what Saucony calls an "internal strap" that lightly secures your midfoot.
Similar options to the Kinvara 8 are the Adidas Adizero Boston 6, Hoka One One Clifton 3 and Hoka One One Tracer. These shoes all fit the bill of being light enough for faster running, gym workouts, and races while still providing you with enough cushion and durability for day-to-day running.
With eight different iterations of the Kinvara, each one has had its own unique fit. One of the first things I noticed when I put on the new Kinvara was how light it is. The weight combined with the EVERUN cushioning gives the Kinvara a responsive and springy feel. Even with its lighter weight, the current model still definitely feels more cushioned than previous versions.
You can find the Kinvara 8 at your local CRC or online in Grey/Teal/Purple or Orange/Yellow/Blue for women and Black/Citron or Grey/Blue/Orange for men. There's no doubt that the Kinvara 8 is a rockin' shoe that will be a great addition to your closet if you're looking for a lightweight trainer.
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Evan Schwartz spends his time running the roads of central Ohio and managing the Short North CRC. When he isn't brainstorming the "next great thing," he is geeking out over all things running shoes.