The brand-new Virrata’s name may be difficult to say at first (it’s pronounced vur-ah-tah), but here are three things about it that are perfectly clear: (1) zero offset, (2) extremely light, (3) highly flexible. The Virrata is part of the Saucony Natural Series, which includes the award-winning Kinvara 3 and upcoming Mirage 3.
We got a chance to run a few laps in a pre-production model of the Virrata, and let’s just say that this shoe is set to offer the smooth ride and barely there feel that many runners crave.
What to Watch For
- Zero Offset: The Virrata is dead level, with only 18mm of material underfoot front and rear. Still, the shoe has a pretty cushioned feel.
- Featherweight: At just 6.5 oz in Men’s 9 and 6.0 oz in Women’s 8, the Virrata is Saucony’s lightest training shoe.
- Big Flex: The deep tread pattern with springy pods and accentuated flex grooves helps to make the Virrata extremely flexible. (See the outsole view below.)
- No-Sew Upper: Bootie construction utilizing a breathable mesh means you can go sockless if you’re into that sort of thing.