The Saucony Nomad TR is the real Kinvara TR. What I mean by this is the Kinvara TR that came out in July 2012 (and only lasted for two versions) was nothing like the Kinvara. With the Nomad TR, we find a trail shoe built on the same midsole height as the popular Kinvara road shoe. This means the Nomad TR has a close-to-the-ground, fast feel, while providing enough underground padding for non-minimalists. Additionally, with a 4mm heel-toe offset, the Nomad TR falls in line with other Saucony trail shoes (Peregrine and Xodus).
The benefits of the low heel-toe offset and low profile are three-fold:
- The shoe is light in weight, especially when considering it has a decent level of cushioning.
- The shoe has inherent stability, which is needed for running over varied terrain.
- The shoe feels nimble so you can maintain speed through tight turns.
Beyond the great platform, the Nomad TR has a PWRTRAC oustsole (I am surprised a vowel made its way into that name) to provide great traction. Saucony claims the traction is three times better than standard rubber. Not sure what standard rubber is, but the important thing is the PWRTRAC outsole is a sticky-rubber compound that will help you keep grip will ascending or descending hard, natural surfaces. There is no rock plate, so we will have to test the shoe to see how it deals with objects, but the outsole/midsole combination should be protective enough for most conditions.
Available June 2015 – MSRP $110.00
Stack Height: 24mm heel, 20mm forefoot, 4mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 9.2 oz (Men’s size 9), 8.1 oz (Women’s size 8) *Provided by manufacturer
Brooks PureGrit 4: available June 2015 – MSRP $120.00
Nike Terra Kiger 2/(3): available now/(July 2015) – MSRP $125.00
New Balance 980 Trail: available now – MSRP $110.00