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Saucony Kinvara TR2 Sneak Peek

March 12th, 2013

Saucony Kinvara TR2 Men's Shoe

The original Kinvara TR gained a fair share of “traction” among minimalists and performance trail runners when released last year. Don’t expect any huge changes in the first update of this low profile and lightweight trail shoe. The lighter rock plate and upgraded cushioning of the Kinvara TR2 should offer a nicely improved running experience, while some bold new colorways scream performance on race day.

What to Watch For

  • Upgraded Cushioning Tech: ProGrid cushioning in the heel has been replaced with PowerGrid for a smoother and softer landing.
  • New Rock Plate: A new nylon-fiber mesh rock plate sheds weight without sacrificing flexibility or protection.
  • Reduced Weight: Saucony claims weights of 7.8 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 6.8 oz in a Women’s 8, about an ounce lighter in both versions.

MSRP
$100.00

Launch Date
May 2013 Read more…

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Saucony ProGrid Kinvara TR – Our Take

August 10th, 2012

Saucony Kinvara TR Men's Shoes

Our Tweet

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

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Saucony Peregrine 2 – First Look

January 19th, 2012

Saucony Peregrine 2 Men's Trail Running Shoe

The Peregrine falcon is a bird of prey known for its blazing speed, capable of speeds of over 200 miles per hour. The Saucony Peregrine ain’t that fast, but it’s plenty quick and nimble in its natural environment on the trail.

The original Peregrine was a popular trail shoe, in large part because it ticked a number of the boxes on today’s trail runner’s list, including light weight (9.7 oz Men’s 9), low heel-to-toe drop (4mm), rock protection, and a sticky outsole.

Knowing it has a winner on its hands, Saucony went easy with the updates for the Peregrine 2. They didn’t touch the mid/outsole, but made some key changes to the upper to reduce materials and make the shoe more “minimal.” Saucony claims a weight of 9.9 oz for the Men’s 9, but we expect a lighter measurement than that when we get a chance to weigh the shoe.

As you may have heard, Saucony also will be coming out with a Kinvara TR, a trail running shoe inspired by the popular Kinvara road shoe. This shoe will come in a little lighter than the Peregrine 2, and slots in as a competitor to the New Balance MT110/WT110 and Asics Fuji Racer (Men’s and Women’s). It will have a much more minimal feel than the Peregrine for those runners who prioritize being fleet of feet in the trail setting. Many more details to come closer to the Kinvara TR’s launch in July 2012.

The Black/Green Men’s shoe you see above is scheduled to arrive in our warehouse in mid-March, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day (along with a few other colors – Grey/Black/Red for men and Purple/Blue for women).

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