Saucony ProGrid Kinvara TR – Our Take

Saucony Kinvara TR Men's Shoes

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Sleek and nimble, the Saucony Kinvara TR lets you experience the terrain on trail races and faster trail runs.
(View Men’s Kinvara TR and Women’s Kinvara TR)

Big Features

  • Low Profile: Stack heights of 15mm in the forefoot and 18mm in the heel keep the foot close to the ground.
  • Flexible Rock Plate: A lightweight woven rock plate runs from the midfoot forward to provide extra protection from what lies underneath, without completely sacrificing flexibility.
  • High Traction Outsole: The sticky rubber outsole features a lug pattern that offers solid grip on most terrain types.

Trail Test

The Kinvara TR is the most minimal of Saucony’s trail run lineup, which also includes the Peregrine (View Men’s and Women’s) and the Xodus (View Men’s and Women’s). This performance-oriented shoe features low stack heights, delivering a fast and close-to-the-ground feeling, though this means the amount of impact protection supplied is limited and best suited for shorter runs and races.

The Kinvara TR’s outsole offers excellent grip. Though the lug pattern is not the most aggressive available, it does deliver confidence inspiring traction on all but the most technical terrain. Our testers felt that the flexible rock plate only provided some protection from rocks and debris. If the trails you run are peppered with a bunch of sharp and rocky hazards, a more protective shoe may be needed.

The shoe features a snug- fitting upper, especially towards the base of the laces and the toebox, delivering a secure, locked down sensation that’s great for fast running. Our testers also noted that the shoe shape provides an increased range of motion at the ankle joint and arch. Those who tend to overpronate should exercise caution due to the hyper-mobility offered in this shoe.

The Kinvara TR, with its low weight and fast feel, makes a strong case to serve as a race day shoe in the serious trail runner’s collection, or even as a stripped-down daily trainer for the speedy billygoats among us.

Runners Say

“This is definitely a shoe best suited for runners with excellent biomechanics – the ankle mobility offered by the Kinvara TR exaggerates even slight overpronation.” – Jonathan

“I can run an hour to an hour and a half max in the Kinvara TR before my legs feel trashed. Anything longer and I’d want a more substantial shoe with more underfoot protection.” – Erik

“The low profile and snug, secure upper give this shoe a performance feel. I’m bringing these to my next trail race.” – Taro

  • solarweasel

    I’ve been a huge fan of the Peregrine and Kinvara by Saucony having gone through many a pair of each. Naturally I was stoked when I first heard about the Kinvara TR.

    The shoe is great — snug fit that I like, low to the ground, a little bit of stiffness for response and underfoot protection. I will say though that the fit is almost a bit more snug than the Kinvara. I thought about sizing up a 1/2 size, but decided I’ll see if they stretch out after a few more miles.

    That said, I ran a technical, mountainous 50K in them right out of the box with no consequences. Awesome shoe, but I will still run in Peregrines as my go-to trail shoe, particularly for distances over 30 miles or so.

  • Dan

    This is the most inflexible trail shoe I’ve run in. MT110, Mix Master, Trailroc, Puregrit are all way more flexible.

    I would not worry about this being not enough protection. It has less protection than a classic hiking shoe, but compared to any shoe on the minimalist spectrum, the rock plate is an overkill.

  • Matt

    Thanks for the comments, Dan. It’s definitely a bit stiffer than we expected up front. Anyone else have some thoughts on the flexibility of this shoe?

  • Wes

    I have really bad shin splints and found that these saucony’s did a great job of keeping the flare ups at bay. Really an impressive feat given the pain that i normally experience. Nice write up.