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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    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
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Mar 2016
  • Special editions
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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

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 37 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Giovanbattista Fichera

    Saucony Kinvara 7 - It's (almost) sprint time!

    The reason why I got the Saucony Kinvara 7 can be summed up in two words: light and durable.

     

    Light, Built for Roadrunners

    These shoes are incredibly light, weighing at a little more than 200gr (about 7.5oz) for a size 9, which I think is awesome, to say the least.

    As soon as I got them I tested them on asphalt, its natural habitat, that's where they truly shined as competition shoes.

    A Springy- Comfy Ride

    The very first thing I noticed about these shoes is how responsive they are.

    Change of pace comes like the most natural thing in the world with the Kinvara. It does that without sacrificing comfort, which is the perfect combination for long-distance competitions.

    Outsole

    The Kinvara 7 comes with a special outsole, which is the result of combination of the IBR and inserts of the softer IBR+ (1) in the midfoot area for better cushioning on impact.

     

     

    The third outsole material is the denser XT900 rubber, which is in the heel and toe area.

    The aim is to improve durability by reducing abrasion during toe-off or when occasionally landing on the heels while going down.

     

    Drop

    The Kinvaras have a 4 mm drop and let me tell you, this is just in the sweet spot for me.

    I felt sprinting and going fast came much easier and the shoes responded well to slowing down to an autopilot pace, too.

    Mesh and Internal Padding

    The mesh used in the Kinvara 7 is very breathable and quite soft, with thin plastic-like reinforcements for the areas where the foot tends to push more in a material called Flexfilm.

    The heel area and the tongue are well-padded and built using the Run Dry technology which wicks off moisture quickly.

     

     

    I had run in these shoes in 10 cm deep snow in the Bulgarian winter and they surprisingly performed really well in that department, keeping my feet dry and snug.

    Midsole

    The Kinvara 7 introduces an innovative material called Everrun for an increased force return and thus responsiveness.

    This as far as I am concerned is absolutely true, although I believe it made the shoe definitely more reactive, thus sacrificing a bit of cushioning.

     

    Design

    The Kinvara 7 is a well-designed shoe, without any fancy useless extra.

    My guess is that at Saucony they definitely wanted to keep the light weight no matter what and they definitely succeed in that. I am not a big fan of fluorescent colors like the ones I am running in now, but if you don't mind getting noticed these are exactly what you need.

    Lacing

    I think these shoes deserve some mention as far as the lacing system is concerned. The laces come a bit too short for those who want to go ahead and use all of the holes to prevent heel slippage.

    Also, the shoes come with a quite atypical midfoot locking system called ProLock, which in my opinion is quite unnecessary and makes for an uneven feel.

     

    Price

    I got the Kinvara 7 for about 100 dollars and considering the weight, the quality of the materials and the amount of thought in the building of this shoe, I have to say these are definitely a bang for the buck.

    Final Thoughts

    Lightweight, fast, with good cushioning, outsole built for durability and all of this at a reasonable price. 

    The only negative remark is the ProLock system, which I think is useless. Nothing's perfect, but we're getting close, Saucony!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 80 / 100 | Gearist

    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.

  • 80 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

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

  • 91 / 100 | Gearist

    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.

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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.