Saucony Kinvara 4 Shoe Review

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Scott Warr

What more can you do to the already successful Saucony Kinvara line?  Let’s take a look at the Saucony Kinvara 4 (May 1, 2013 Release Date).

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

The Saucony Kinvara 4 has a very nice fit out of the box.  For those who are familiar with the Kinvara line, it is already an impressive line from Saucony.  What more can Saucony do?  The Kinvara 4 has the FlexFilm adjustments (adds support to the upper while reducing weight and increasing breathability) and an upgraded heel insert to the PowerGrid material.

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ROAD (AND SOME TRAIL) TESTING

Out of the box, the Kinvara 4 fit true to size.  The forefoot area is roomy and not too tight.  The readjusted overlays make the shoes extremely breathable, especially after a run in the rain and through water puddles.  The Kinvara 4 worked well in all types of training from aerobic base building runs to the faster tempo runs (even on mild non-technical terrain).  Saucony has kept the popular offset at 4mm and similar fit through the heel and midfoot, while keeping it lightweight at under 8 oz. (227 g) – all great properties of the Kinvara line.  The Kinvara 4 is a solid every day trainer for those looking for a road trainer when unable to make it to the trails.

TECH SPECS

  • Forefoot Height – 19 mm
  • Heel Height – 23 mm
  • Drop – 4 mm
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Neutral  Shoe
  • No Rock Plate
  • Midsole – EVA
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – China
  • Women’ Version – May 1, 2013 Release

Weight Breakdown

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CONCLUSION

The Kinvara 4 continues to keep the things that make the Kinvara line near perfect – 4mm drop, similar feel from heel to midfoot and in a very lightweight package.  The upgrades include the readjusted overlays (more in the heel and midfoot to provide a secure fit) and upgraded heel insert to the PowerGrid material.  In summary, a solid redesign to an already great shoe.

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