Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • The Saucony Kinvara 6 is a reasonably-priced running shoe.
  • Many testers liked the lightweight construction of the Saucony Kinvara 6.
  • The shoe is very comfortable for distance running.
  • Some runners highlighted that the Kinvara 6 is a fast shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many runners noticed that the shoe wears out quickly than expected.
  • The shoe is not flexible enough to provide a responsive ride.
  • The shoe is too narrow for some runners.

Bottom line

The Saucony Kinvara 6 is a lightweight running shoe that delivers a good combination of cushioning, fit, durability and comfort. The shoe gained mix reviews from users but overall, there are still a huge number of users who think the shoe as a worthy investment. The Kinvara 6 is a great training partner and reliable enough for distance running.

Facts

Update: Saucony Kinvara 11
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.8oz | Women: 6.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Brand: Saucony
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Multi, Orange
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick
Better rated than the previous version Saucony Kinvara 7

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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85 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    But we deem the most important change to be the one which takes place inside the shoe. The internal half-sleeve of the Kinvara 6 is longer, extending further towards the forefoot than the Kinvara 5 ever did.

  • 60 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

    Outsole coverage is adequate for my wear pattern, though still no rubber on the outer forefoot so forefoot strikers may have durability issues with this shoe.

  • 85 / 100 | Believe in the Run | Level 4 expert

    I put more miles on the Saucony Kinvara 6 than I do on a lot of other shoes I review and there is a reason for that. I like running in them.

  • 100 / 100 | Happy Feet | | Level 3 expert

    Would I recommend them? Yes, most definitely I would!

  • 98 / 100 | Relentless Forward Commotion | | Level 3 expert

    THE KINVARA 6 has all of the features we’ve come to love in the Kinvara series: a 4 mm drop, lightweight, slightly cushioned ride that simply feels like you aren’t wearing any shoes at all.

  • 93 / 100 | 220 Triathlon | | Level 3 expert

    The updated mesh upper provide more breathable during our midsummer runs, and less prone to going a touch baggy and shapeless.

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  • Updates are done in the upper of the Kinvara 6. The FlexFilm provides a more enjoyable fit but it keeps the light weight of the upper. With the open mesh material, the upper is more breathable and comfortable for the toes and the mid-foot.

The Kinvara 6 fits true to size and comes with a standard running shoe length. The fit for the heel is in medium to narrow, medium to low volume for the mid-foot, medium for the toe box and forefoot, and medium-high for its arch structure.


The Saucony Kinvara 6 is equipped with an outsole that is made from the XT-900 Premium Carbon Rubber offers the traction, grip, and durability at an excellent quality. The bottom part of the outsole has the Triangular Lug design and it is used to provide the traction and the added cushion for the underfoot. The iBR+ is placed also in the mid-foot, enhancing the cushioning feel and making the transition smoother.


The midsole of the Kinvara 6 is designed with the full-length EVA+ that is light in weight, durable, and plush. Working with this is the Decoupled Heel that flexes the entire sole on the gait cycle. The heel is also provided with better traction. The Heel Power Grid is the combination of the Grid Technology and the Powerfoam, thus creating responsiveness and cushiony feel.


The upper of the Kinvara 6 has the lightweight Open Mesh fabric that covers the upper for breathability. Saucony also used the FlexFilm Overlay system, which is a thin film of overlay welded into the upper for a snugger and more secure fit. It also has the RunDry Collar lining that wicks away moisture and the Pro-Lock lacing system. The Internal Cleatie also helps wrap the foot in a sock-like fit. The Comfortlite Sockliner is also there for a contoured heel and arch, thus reduce pressure for a better and more enjoyable ride.

Comparison

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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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