One of the most anticipated new models due in this summer is the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara: a lightweight, minimal neutral trainer that features a one piece midsole/outsole with carbon triangle lugs for added durability that look like they were taken directly from the outsole of the original Jazz. A three-piece upper provides a good amount of support, is breathable and sports a cool graphic treatment. A small, lightweight ProGrid Lite cookie is placed in the heel for a touch of extra cushioning.
The ProGrid Kinvara is very light for being classified as a trainer. As a point of reference the Saucony racing flats, the Fastwitch 4 and new Grid Type A4 come in at 7.0 and 6.4 oz respectively. Based on this metric, the Kinvara is light at a projected 7.7 oz. If you think of this as Saucony’s answer to the Brooks Launch, meaning a neutral, lightweight trainer designed for those who tend to midfoot plant, you’ll have a good idea of what the shoe is about, yet comes in 15% lighter than the Launch.
Saucony is planning a host of colors and tons of advertising which indicates that Saucony is expecting big things from this shoe. Expect to see the Kinvara in just about every running magazine in the very near future. The official line is a launch date of 7/1 for the ProGrid Kinvara, but you may see it on the RW site as soon as late May if everything falls into place. The ProGrid Kinvara is a very exciting intro from Saucony, we can’t wait to get this into the warehouse and take a pair for a spin. We expect it to instantly shave a few ticks off our weekly lunch time 7 miler from the shop.