Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The breathable upper unit of the Kineta Relay keeps moisture away while maintaining a cool environment for the foot.
  • The FORM2U Memory Foam technology provides a custom platform that’s unique to each wearer because it mimics the shape of the underside of the foot noted several runners.
  • The color options for the Kineta Relay are numerous.
  • Some runners appreciated the comfortable inner sleeve, which lets them have an easier time wearing and taking the shoe off.
  • High abrasion EVA makes up the outsole unit of the Relay, which provides grip and more cushioning to the foot.
  • It has a very light weight.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the complaints about this shoe were about its outsole, which lacked any rubber for protection against wear and tear.
  • Some runners felt that it was a bit tight in the forefoot area.
  • Others noted that the mid-sole unit didn’t have as much effectiveness in terms of underfoot support.

Bottom line

The Kineta Relay from Saucony is a popular running shoe model that many runners have tried out. It’s for daily performance training and running activities, offering mild support and lightweight service to the wearer. Overall, the Kineta Relay has proven to be a reliable road running shoe.

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Good to know

  • The Saucony Kineta Relay features a featherweight platform that allows runners to move at faster speed without reducing the necessary support, protection and comfort.
  • The shoe uses the FORM2U memory foam cushioning that provides an ultra-plush foot bed protection conforming to every stride. It provides the necessary comfort and cushioning when needed.
  • It also uses the high-abrasion EVA foam that delivers a durable traction and added cushioning. The triangular lugs in the outsole provide impressive grip on different surfaces.

The Kineta Relay is available in standard running shoe length. It is designed for a wide variety of foot types. It can comfortably accommodate runners with narrow and medium foot measurements. The heel and the midfoot are in medium measurements but deliver a snug fit.


The combination of the rubber outsole and EVA foam composed the outsole unit of the shoe. Along with the aggressive lugs, this shoe offer reliable grip on varied surfaces. It gives added cushioning and durability.


The shoe’s midsole features the innovative FORM2U cushioning system that conforms to the natural shape of the foot for added comfort. It delivers enough amount of soft underfoot protection with high energy return and efficient shock-absorption capacity.


The upper of the Saucony Kineta Relay features the lightweight and durable breathable mesh upper. The inner fit sleeve provides an unmatched seamless, next-to-skin comfort. It also has a quick lacing system for an easy on and easy off. The soft padded tongue and padded heel collar gives added comfort..

How Kineta Relay compares

This shoe: 81
All shoes average: 82
57 93
This shoe: $70
All shoes average: $120
$40 $300
This shoe: 6.8oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 15.4oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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