Facts

Discontinued
Update: Kinvara 8
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$110
Weight
M: 218g | W: 187g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Forefoot height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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.



World wide, Kinvara 7 is in the top 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Saucony, is the 6th most popular.

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 850 ratings

5 star
77%
4 star
4%
3 star
8%
2 star
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1 star
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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

  • 92
    DaveLevel 3 expert
    by Shoe Ranger
    To have this kind of support in a lightweight shoe is awesome.
  • 90
    Reggie RoweLevel 1 expert
    by Reggie Rowe
    It's really light, super, super comfortable, while the new foam compound does what it is supposed to do.
  • 91
    Brandon WoodLevel 5 expert
    by 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.
  • 88
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    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
    FellrnrLevel 5 expert
    by Fellrnr
    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
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    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
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    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
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    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.
  • 80
    Brandon WoodLevel 5 expert
    by 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.
  • 78
    Peter LarsonLevel 5 expert
    by Runblogger
    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
    JonathanLevel 4 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    With a more compliant landing, the ride is smoother and feels better at a greater range of paces.
  • 85
    MeaghanLevel 4 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    It’s a really nice option for a daily trainer – light, responsive and durable.
  • 83
    Brian MetzlerLevel 4 expert
    by Triathlete
    Despite the changes, this shoe retains the consistently soft, smooth and very flexible ride it’s always had.
  • 81
    The Active GuyLevel 4 expert
    by The Active Guy
    Not only does the updated sole provide a better feel, but is reportedly supposed to increase the life of the sole. 
  • 87
    DavidLevel 3 expert
    by The Ultra Running Company
    It's an all-around shoe for training and racing.
  • 85
    The Athlete's Foot AustraliaLevel 3 expert
    by The Athlete's Foot Australia
    It is a lightweight trainer that is perfect for those days when you may want to run quicker.
  • 82
    Nick PhillipsLevel 3 expert
    by Happy Feet
    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
    The Running CentreLevel 3 expert
    by The Running Centre
    Runners can expect more of the same from the model 7, with minimal changes to the shoes functionality from previous models. 
  • 80
    Ethan NewberryLevel 3 expert
    by The Ginger Runner
    It's still the same Kinvara; great for training long distances, marathon, half marathon and then race in them.
  • 80
    ThomasLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    First, Saucony isn’t creating the entire midsole of the Kinvara 7 from the new material. The EVERUN is only in the heel.
  • 80
    flyersfan1088Level 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    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
    Taylor GuptonLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Kinvara 7 is in keeping with the lightweight, high-performing comfort that runners have come to expect from this shoe.
  • 78
    Derek LiLevel 3 expert
    by Running Commentary
    One thing that struck me on the very first run was how rigid the anterior lip of the heel collar was in this shoe.
  • 78
    HollieLevel 3 expert
    by Fueled by LOLz
    The updates are significant and it does fit and feel different.
  • 75
    Steve SpeirsLevel 3 expert
    by Run Bulldog Run
    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
    Bearded Brothers Trail RunningLevel 2 expert
    by Bearded Brothers Trail Running
    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
    Chris JohnsonLevel 2 expert
    by Running Ramble
    The Kinvara provided a nice soft, but never squishy platform for each step but I did not sense any motion control features. 
  • 83
    Gelder LewisLevel 2 expert
    by Endurance Review
    For a responsive shoe this is great for training and racing. 
  • 90
    Joe DudmanLevel 1 expert
    by Run Oregon
    The weight, cushioning, and fit are as good as ever.
  • 89
    CY's egoLevel 1 expert
    by No Names Mentioned
    Now, I can vouch that the K7 does live up to the expectation of the goods that Kinvara series has made famous for. 
  • 88
    Frank ChongLevel 1 expert
    by Frank's Blog
    Not only the shoe feels more lively with a slight increase in flex, it's actually more tacky too. 
  • 88
    Natalie Van CoevordenLevel 1 expert
    by Natalie Van Coevorden
    The Kinvara 7 ticks all my boxes and is appropriate for every type of run I want to do.”
  • 86
    RossLevel 1 expert
    by Train Wise Fitness
    This shoe feels very cloud-like, not unlike the Hokas!
  • 85
    Kyle MillerLevel 1 expert
    by Marathon Sports
    It can take on everyday miles for efficient neutral runners or serve as a great change of pace option in a rotation.
  • 85
    Runs Hill RunsLevel 1 expert
    by Runs Hill Runs
    They were light, and fit my foot as well as I could hope for.
  • 85
    Taipei RunningLevel 1 expert
    by Taipei Running
    Overall, the Kinvara 7 is the same fast, well-designed, cushioned, responsive shoe it was from the first model. 
  • 85
    Nathaniel FriedmanLevel 1 expert
    by Mile Split
    It is smoother in the transitions and toe off while still inherently stable and very comfortable.
  • 83
    Kom Igen JohannesLevel 1 expert
    by Kom Igen Johannes
    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
    AlexLevel 1 expert
    by Alex OatRunner
    A lightweight, everyday trainer that has good grip on all surfaces.
  • 80
    Marjorie Pineda-UyLevel 1 expert
    by Woman in Digital
    I must say it was really comfortable with good cushion.
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Updates to 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.

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.


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