Saucony Kinvara 8 Shoe Review

Saucony Kinvara 8 Shoe Review

Yes, this is the eighth iteration in the Kinvara line, one of the original minimalist-hybrid trainers. Saucony has kept the basic features of the original Kinvara line and made some nice additions.

Saucony Kinvara 8 Review

Let’s start with the additions. The primary change to the Kinvara 8 is the new seamless upper material, which gives the shoe a snug, but malleable, feel. Combined with the soft tongue, the shoe is unbelievably comfortable and has a glove-like fit.

This is not something that is apparent just when the shoe is first out of the box; having logged a couple hundred kilometres on the shoe, it still maintains this comfort.

Saucony Kinvara 8 Review

The Kinvara 8 continues with a 4-millimetre offset – 23mm to 19mm. However, with a nicely cushioned outsole, the shoe does not feel as minimal as one may think.

However, the Kinvara 8 is ideal for speedwork, as well as an everyday trainer for most runners – weighing in at just under 8 ounces for the men’s model, and 7 ounces for the women’s. One of the greatest features of the Kinvara 8 is its versatility.

Saucony Kinvara 8 Review

Verdict

If you want a responsive ride that has the cushion of an everyday trainer but the responsiveness of a racing flat, grab the Kinvara 8.

Adam Way
Kintec Race Team

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