The Saucony Kinvara is here to stay

July 8, 2010

Asia has a great review of the Kinvara on her blog today. I’d mentioned this new shoe as something I decided to try and figured I might as well post an update. My review unfortunately isn’t as well though out as the one Asia wrote today.

The Brooks Green Silence is now off my list of shoes I like to wear, the way the laces dig in just doesn’t work for me. Overall my ranking on shoes I now wear is:

  1. Saucony Kinvara
  2. Brooks Launch
  3. Nike LunarRacer+ 2

I like all three of these shoes. The Saucony Kinvara is very comfortable, responsive but still has some cushion where longer runs are manageable with it. It’s a really tough balancing act that Saucony seems to have managed. I still use the Brooks Launch for most of my runs right now since it’s a “more shoe” and support and with my higher mileage target this season I need all the help I can get. It was the first shoe where the first time I put it on it just felt great, a very different feel from anything I’d tried before. The Nike LunarRacer+ 2 feels pretty good too but seems to pinch my right outer toe a little my personal negative issue. This could be just because of my form and how I push off. From others, the Nike may also not really last very long and I don’t think I can really go with a show that doesn’t give me 250ish miles given a 90 miles/week target this season.

If you are looking for some light weight trainers I wouldn’t hesitate recommending you try all three of these out. They’re all at Rogue so go try them all side by side and see what you think, I’d love to hear your take on these shoes.


Another shoe to try out is on the list, the Saucony Kinvara

May 16, 2010

After talking with John at Rogue Equipment I’ve decided to give another show a try, and from a totally new brand. It’s the Saucony Kinvara. I haven’t tried them on since they aren’t available yet but John got a pair to try out and described them to me and I think I’ll have to give them a go. He hasn’t done me wrong on show advice yet so I’ll have to give it a go.

Saucony Kinvara

Some of the highlights from John on the Kinvara compared to the Brooks Launch that have been my trainer of choice for over a year:

  • The Kinvara is lighter maybe 1.5 oz lighter than the Launch.
  • It’s a little firmer than the launch. The softness of the Launch has been one challenge with them for me from a responsiveness standpoint so the comparison will be interesting.
  • The upper is made of three layers, which may or may not be something each person likes.
  • It’s relatively flat. In John’s words “A standard training shoe runs 24mm under the heel, 12 mm under the forefoot.  The Launch is lower, 22/11.  The Kinvara is 18/14.  18 is low, for sure, but 14 is really unusual.  So it serves to bring the foot to a natural position.  Or closer to it, anyway.”. Note to self: be careful with the flatness and ease into wearing the shoes to avoid any issues with my my calf and Achilles.

So pretty soon my running shoes will consist of this colorful bunch.

Brooks Launch

Saucony Kinvara

Brooks Green Silence

Nike Lunarracer+ 2

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