Saucony Kinvara 3
Here’s a review of one of my shoes currently in my rotation. I am probably a bit late to reviewing this seeing as I have about 300kms on the sneaker already. In a way, I am glad I waited to review it because this was definitely a shoe I grew to appreciate.
These shoes are considered neutral minimal trainers, weighing in at 7.7oz for a men’s size 9, with a 4mm heel to toe drop (23 heel, 19 forefoot). Basically this means you shouldn’t start out with a shoe this basic if you are new to running. If you are anything like I was when I began running, you associate squishy cushioned shoes with being the best ones. Over the last few years, I have learned this is not always the case, although it still may be for some *cough supinators cough* runners.
Enough about my taste in shoes and more stats about this shoe! Bear with me, this is my first shoe review and I am far from technical when I describe a shoe. Okay, here we go!
Who would I recommend it to? Someone that is looking for their next pair of sneakers to replace their clunky trainers. Overweight runners might go through these sneakers a little quicker as well. Also it is a very safe ‘middle ground’ *no pun intended* between barefoot and traditional. If you want a little more cushioning than the Kinvara currently provides, you might want to try the Saucony Mirage.
Like I said, originally this shoe didn’t wow me. I hear rave reviews about it and heard about so many people using it. When I finally tried a pair, I didn’t see the mass appeal. Fast forward about 50kms into these shoes and I love them. They disappear on my feet and they make me feel fast. I no longer get any rubbing on the heel and they fit so roomy on the toe box.
This is my go to shoe for anything from light speed work to long 20+ km runs. I would recommend them for the marathon distance if you are light enough or do not require a cushioning shoe.
- Breathable, spacious upper
- Huge selection of color options
- Version 3 is last year’s model so it may be found for fairly cheap online
- Disappears on my foot (not literally!)
- Maybe too minimal for inexperienced and heavier runners