What's new with the Saucony Kinvara?
This lightweight neutral trainer is a fan favorite because of its low to the ground platform and feather-light feel. Here are a few tweaks to the ninth version of the shoe:
Improved Upper: All around, this shoe has gotten a bit more pleasing aesthetically and will perform a bit better as well. The toe box features a new type of engineered mesh to give you a sock-like feel without any complicated overlays that have the potential to rub your feet. The tongue and heel collar are also softer for a slightly more luxurious feel.
Midsole: The Kinvara 9 continues with the trend of segmenting EVA foam with Saucony's EVERUN midsole material. This combo gives you a bouncier and more durable shoe.
Outsole: You'll find a few adjustments in the patterning of the outsole to help with more durability. Rubber lines the heel and toe area as well as the sections under the ball of your foot to aid in traction and lets you get a few more miles out of the shoe!
So what all can this shoe be used for? If you like a lighter and more fluid ride or are looking for a shoe to do speed work in, then this is a great option. For those who do more than just run, this is a great shoe for workout classes like OrangeTheory or other cross training activities. The Kinvara is a versatile shoe in a light package.
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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.