The Saucony Kilkenny has developed a reputation as being a quality, comfortable cross country shoe with good traction and flexibility in a lightweight design. The spikeless version has also been a bit of a crossover hit for runners who want a very barebones shoe for training. (See the current Men’s Kilkenny XC4 /Women’s Kilkenny XC4.) In the upcoming XC5 version, Saucony introduces a cleaner look and even brighter color combos to advertise the performance capabilities of this shoe.
What to Watch For
- Lighter Weight: According to Saucony, the new Kilkenny drops about 0.4 oz across the board. The Men’s size 9 will be 5.6 oz/5.9 oz (spikeless/spike) and the Women’s size 8 will be 5.0 oz/5.3 oz (spikeless/spike).
- Streamlined Upper: The weight reduction comes from a new upper that uses fewer overlays but is still designed to deliver a close-feeling, performance fit.
- Carryover Platform: Saucony made no changes to the mid/outsole introduced on the Kilkenny XC4.
$60.00 (spike), $55.00 (spikeless)