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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$110
Weight
Men: 7.7oz
Women: 6.6oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Based on some reviews, the Kinvara 7 has a breathable and comfortable upper coverage.
  • The welded thin film overlays called the Flex Film secures the foot in a snug fit.
  • Runners generally welcomed the moisture wicking qualities of the RUNDRY Collar Lining.
  • The SSL EVA is a mid-sole component that’s durable, lightweight and responsive.
  • The EVERUN Heel Insert assists in returning energy to the wearer during heel striking.
  • The outsole were durable enough for road running, according to user reviews.
  • The Saucony Kinvara 7 is available in 7 different color options.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that it was a bit tight in the mid-foot area.
  • Others experienced the sole unit remain inflexible even after wearing it a few times.
  • A few noted that it was one size smaller than what they were used to.
  • The testers said that the mid-sole wasn’t as comfortable as the previous version.

Bottom line

The Kinvara 7 from Saucony is a running shoe that provides adequate service to those who want a comfortable running experience. It can handle up-tempo running and daily trainings, which are great activities for beginners and advanced athletes.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 246 ratings

5 star
65%
4 star
18%
3 star
7%
2 star
4%
1 star
5%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 40 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    This is a shoe that could easily be your shoe for anything from a 5K and up and at a consistent $110, the Kinvara continues to be a lot of bang for your buck.

  • 92 / 100 by Shoe Ranger • Dave • Level 3 expert

    To have this kind of support in a lightweight shoe is awesome.

  • 91 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    This is a shoe that could easily be your shoe for anything from a 5K and up and at a consistent $110, the Kinvara continues to be a lot of bang for your buck.

  • 88 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Less "natural", less slipper like, more stable, all good improvements for me vs. earlier versions and still, and even more so now, a lot of shoe for 7.7 oz.

  • 84 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    Compared with its predecessor, the Kinvara 6, version 7 is a little lighter, a little firmer, and a little more drop, but the changes are relatively modest.

  • 84 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The inclusion of a pad of Saucony’s new Everun foam in the heel and a reconfigured outsole had little effect on the cushioning scores or the ride, which pleased Kinvara loyalists and new runners alike.

  • 82 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    And if you want a somewhat lighter running shoe that can make you feel fast and that provides enough cushioning for a comfortable ride, the Saucony Kinvara 7 could be the one for you.

  • 80 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    First, Saucony isn’t creating the entire midsole of the Kinvara 7 from the new material. The EVERUN is only in the heel.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    Saucony isn't doing too much to this popular lightweight neutral trainer, but it is giving it a nice wedge of its new Everun foam in the heel and adding some additonal bits of durable rubber on the outsole.

  • 78 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    I would not view the addition of Everun in the sole as a major selling point, and the sole actually felt a bit dead to me – Sacuony may want to extend the material further into the forefoot to see if that improves the ride.

  • 86 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    With a more compliant landing, the ride is smoother and feels better at a greater range of paces.

  • 85 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 4 expert

    It’s a really nice option for a daily trainer – light, responsive and durable.

  • 83 / 100 by Triathlete • Brian Metzler • Level 4 expert

    Despite the changes, this shoe retains the consistently soft, smooth and very flexible ride it’s always had.

  • 81 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    Not only does the updated sole provide a better feel, but is reportedly supposed to increase the life of the sole. 

  • 78 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    The updates are significant and it does fit and feel different.

  • 87 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David • Level 3 expert

    It's an all-around shoe for training and racing.

  • 85 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Australia • The Athlete's Foot Australia • Level 3 expert

    It is a lightweight trainer that is perfect for those days when you may want to run quicker.

  • 83 / 100 by Endurance Review • Gelder Lewis • Level 3 expert

    For a responsive shoe this is great for training and racing. 

  • 82 / 100 by Happy Feet • Nick Phillips • Level 3 expert

    But after more runs in them and once you go out a little longer in them, your feet begins to settle into them and this is when the cushioning of the K7 really comes into play. 

  • 82 / 100 by The Running Centre • The Running Centre • Level 3 expert

    Runners can expect more of the same from the model 7, with minimal changes to the shoes functionality from previous models. 

  • 80 / 100 by Gear Institute • flyersfan1088 • Level 3 expert

    The Kinvara 7 is the shoe of choice for the masses of runners who love the lightweight feel for training, but still want the necessary support the Kinvara supplies. Still one of the best shoes available.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Taylor Gupton • Level 3 expert

    The Kinvara 7 is in keeping with the lightweight, high-performing comfort that runners have come to expect from this shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

    It's still the same Kinvara; great for training long distances, marathon, half marathon and then race in them.

  • 78 / 100 by Running Commentary • Derek Li • Level 3 expert

    One thing that struck me on the very first run was how rigid the anterior lip of the heel collar was in this shoe.

  • 75 / 100 by Run Bulldog Run • Steve Speirs • Level 3 expert

    Now with an EVERUN treatment in the heel, this ride delivers a step up in comfort. Add in a lightweight FLEXFILM in the upper for a durable, flexible fit, and you may never want to slow down.

  • 86 / 100 by Bearded Brothers Trail Running • Bearded Brothers Trail Running • Level 2 expert

    This keeps the minimalist feeling by ensuring the bodies centre of gravity remains closer to the ground, while providing enough comfort to sustain high mileage in training.

  • 84 / 100 by Running Ramble • Chris Johnson • Level 2 expert

    The Kinvara provided a nice soft, but never squishy platform for each step but I did not sense any motion control features. 

  • 90 / 100 by Run Oregon • Joe Dudman • Level 1 expert

    The weight, cushioning, and fit are as good as ever.

  • 90 / 100 by Reggie Rowe • Reggie Rowe • Level 1 expert

    It's really light, super, super comfortable, while the new foam compound does what it is supposed to do.

  • 89 / 100 by No Names Mentioned • CY's ego • Level 1 expert

    Now, I can vouch that the K7 does live up to the expectation of the goods that Kinvara series has made famous for. 

  • 88 / 100 by Frank's Blog • Frank Chong • Level 1 expert

    Not only the shoe feels more lively with a slight increase in flex, it's actually more tacky too. 

  • 88 / 100 by Natalie Van Coevorden • Natalie Van Coevorden • Level 1 expert

    The Kinvara 7 ticks all my boxes and is appropriate for every type of run I want to do.”

  • 86 / 100 by Train Wise Fitness • Ross • Level 1 expert

    This shoe feels very cloud-like, not unlike the Hokas!

  • 85 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Kyle Miller • Level 1 expert

    It can take on everyday miles for efficient neutral runners or serve as a great change of pace option in a rotation.

  • 85 / 100 by Runs Hill Runs • Runs Hill Runs • Level 1 expert

    They were light, and fit my foot as well as I could hope for.

  • 85 / 100 by Taipei Running • Taipei Running • Level 1 expert

    Overall, the Kinvara 7 is the same fast, well-designed, cushioned, responsive shoe it was from the first model. 

  • 85 / 100 by Mile Split • Nathaniel Friedman • Level 1 expert

    It is smoother in the transitions and toe off while still inherently stable and very comfortable.

  • 83 / 100 by Kom Igen Johannes • Kom Igen Johannes • Level 1 expert

    They are lightweight (218 g), and although it may not make much difference in the race for seconds, it’s always nice to run with lightweight shoes instead of two concrete lumps.

  • 82 / 100 by Alex OatRunner • Alex • Level 1 expert

    A lightweight, everyday trainer that has good grip on all surfaces.

  • 80 / 100 by Woman in Digital • Marjorie Pineda-Uy • Level 1 expert

    I must say it was really comfortable with good cushion.

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Updates to Saucony Kinvara 7

  • The Saucony Kinvara 7 features an updated seamless upper, making it more durable compared to the older version. It used the Flex Film technology for a secure and snug fit.
  • The Kinavara 7 utilizes the new EVERUN Heel Insert. It replaced the POWERGRID insert of its predecessor in order to provide an efficient energy return, for a smoother and faster toe-off.
  • The 7th version of the Saucony Kinvara comes with an updated outsole. It uses new technology to provide an enhanced traction, durability and flexibility.

Saucony Kinvara 7 size and fit

Nothing was changed in the updated version of the shoe. The Kinvara 7 is still available in a standard shoe length. Just like its predecessor, it is ideal for those with standard foot measurements and who love to let their toes naturally splay while running.


Outsole

The XT-900 element is found in the entire outsole unit. It is a carbon rubber material that offers durable traction for varied surfaces.

The Tri-Flex Design, which is new to this version, gives an improved ground contact. It increases the flexibility of the shoes as well. This works efficiently with the Saucony’s IBR+ technology that gives added cushioning for a smoother ride.


Midsole

The midsole of the Kinvara 7 utilizes the EVERUN Heel Insert. It offers an efficient energy return for a more flexible running experience. This element also provides sufficient shock cushioning.

It also uses the SSL EVA foam that is soft and lightweight. This technology gives added durability and energy-rebound attributes for a responsive ride.


Upper

The Flex Film Overlays of the shoe’s upper is a new feature of the Saucony Kinvara 7. It is a thin film attached to the upper in order to give a secure and snug fit. The improved upper gives great lockdown for every stride.

The upper also features the RUNDRY Collar Lining. It secures the heel while keeping the foot cool and dry though it moisture wicking properties.