Saucony Kinvara – Faster Runs are only 7.7 oz’s Away.

Saucony ProGrid Kinvara for Men

Saucony ProGrid Kinvara for Men

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.

Saucony ProGrid Kinvara for Women

Saucony ProGrid Kinvara for Women

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.

  • Fabio

    What’s the heel to toe drop?

  • Ziran

    I heard somewhere it is 14/18. So a high midsole which seems typical of Saucony but not a lot of difference between forefoot/heel.

    Do you guys know how flexibility is? The midsole looks kind of chunky from the picture but I do see some forefoot flex grooves…. Is there a picture of the outsole?

  • Joe

    The folks at Saucony are saying 22 heel, 18 forefoot.

  • Jonathan

    Keep in mind the adiZero Adios is 22/11 and the Asics Piranha 3 is 14/10.

  • Jonathan

    The shoe is very flexible and the midsole is quite airy.

  • Edster922

    This is the most I’ve *ever* looked forward to trying a new shoe, ever. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there are any other shoes on the market in this weight class with that substantial of a sole, AND with such a tiny H/T drop.

    Well, maybe the Newtons, but they cost an arm and a leg.

  • Edster922

    PS. I have the Piranhas and love their 4mm offset. But it’s not a shoe I could see myself using every day, and definitely not for long road runs.

  • Jeroen

    Does anybody now how the sizing of the Kinvara is?
    I have US 10 in all of my Triumphs but US 10.5 in the Sinister and Fastwich 4.
    I want to pre order the Kinvara but i’m not sure about the size.

    Jeroen Schmidt
    The Netherlands

  • Joe

    Until we get the actual production models in and try them on, we do not know how the shoe fits yet. Once we receive the shoes into the warehouse, we’ll try them on and list the fit on the site under product description located to the right of the individual shoe.


  • Jennifer

    I just bought a pair of these today. I have a 9 miler in the morning and I will post back on a full report of how these felt for some kind of distance. I have to say though, they felt soooooo featherweight doing laps around the store. I’m very anxious to run tomorrow morning and get a full effect!

  • Tracy

    LOVE, LOVE these shoes. I have since tried to run in my Newtons and Mizunos. I just can’t any more. These shoes fit like a glove. One of the best running shoes I have ever tried. I am going to buy the Red ones in the near future!!