The Saucony Kinvara was one of the hottest shoes in 2010, which normally is a very good thing. The problem comes around a year later when the updated version is due. Tradition dictates that you “improve” the model every 12-24 months, yet you have a shoe that is killing it, as it is. What do you do? If you’re smart, you make almost no changes, add the next numeral to the name and call it good. This is exactly what Saucony has done with the update to the wildly popular Saucony Kinvara. The Kinvara 2 is nearly identical to the original which should please all the current fans or at the very least, not upset many.
The Kinvara 2 sports updates to the upper only. The midsole, outsole, heel drop, all the good things that people have come to love about the current Kinvara remain unchanged. To improve the fit, the sub-epidermal skeleton overlay pattern, which primarily sits over the midfoot of the current Kinvara, has the most forward “arm” and lengthened it and moved forward, which should help secure the foot better. A new Monomesh replaces the current Open Mesh upper. The Monomesh should offer similar levels of breathability while keeping unwanted stuff out.
As easily seen, very little has been changed. A few upper tweaks, the number 2 added to the name, several new color combinations, the midsole, outsole and price unchanged and its all good. The Kinvara 2 should continue to please those who love the current model and attract legions of new ones as well. The Kinvara 2 comes in at a projected 7.7 oz for a men’s size 9.0 (6.7 oz for a women’s 8.0) and a suggested retail price of $90.00. Look for the Saucony Kinvara 2 to be available at Running Warehouse in May 2011.