Saucony Kinvara 4 Sneak Peek

Saucony Kinvara 4 Women's Shoe

Since its introduction in 2010, there have been few running shoes that have received the attention and buzz to match that of Saucony’s Kinvara. Part of Saucony’s Natural Series, the Kinvara’s legacy continues with the release of it’s fourth iteration in 2013.

Don’t expect any huge departures from the hugely popular Kinvara 3. The 4 retains many of the design elements of its successful predecessor, though a few tweaks (such as an improved upper and the addition of a PowerGrid heel insert) should make for a more enjoyable running experience. Saucony claims weights of 7.7 oz in a Men’s size 9 and 6.7 oz for a Women’s size 8.

What to Watch For

  • Revisited Upper: Overlays around the forefoot have been stripped down to increase breathability without sacrificing security, and a redesigned heel collar should reduce rubbing on the Achilles.
  • Upgraded Cushioning: We expect that the switch from ProGrid to PowerGrid in the heel will deliver a smoother and more plush transition from heel to toe.
  • Color Variety: The May 2013 release will consist of five colorways on both the Men’s and Women’s sides, so there should be something to suit everyone’s tastes.


Launch Date
May 2013

Men’s Colors
Citron/Black/Green Kinvara 4
White/Navy/Orange Kinvara 4
Blue/Black/Slime Kinvara 4
Red/Black/Citron Kinvara 4
Grey/Yellow/Black Kinvara 4

Women’s Colors
Purple/Pink/Citron Kinvara 4
White/Grey/Vizipro Coral Kinvara 4
Citron/Black/Pink Kinvara 4
Blue/Orange Kinvara 4
Black/Pink Kinvara 4

Saucony Kinvara 4 Men's Shoe

  • Cindy

    Any idea what the arch structure for these are? High, medium or low? The 3’s seemed to have had a higher arch than the 2’s. thanks!

  • Matt

    We haven’t been able to try on the shoe just yet, but since the platform is largely carried over from the Kinvara 3 (with the addition of PowerGrid), we’d expect the arch to feel about the same as the 3’s.

  • Rusty

    2 things: how is the powergrid lighter and stronger than Progrid, and with the exception of the limited edition boston’s these things are downright gawdy!! Love the Kinvara’s, I’ve owned all 3 editions but man they just get uglier every year…

  • Matt

    PowerGrid is both lighter and stronger because it uses a different type of foam compared to ProGrid. The colors and styling of the Kinvara 4 are definitely on the wild side, but that still seems to connect with the majority of runners who want a fast, light shoe.