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Base model: Saucony Kinvara 7
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.9oz | Women: 6.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Brand: Saucony
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Blue
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  • 84 / 100 | Avery Smith

    Saucony Kinvara 7 Runshield: The wet weather Kinvara

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    The Saucony Kinvara 7 Runshield is the water resistant version of the Saucony Kinvara 7.

    The midsole and outsole are the same as the Kinvara 7, the only difference between the 2 is the upper material.

     

    Upper

    The upper is made of Saucony's Flex Shell fabric: A water resistant material coated in hydrophobic chemicals. The upper is reinforced with Flexfilm overlays.

    Breathability

    The Flex Shell upper is less breathable than the standard Kinvara 7 upper, however, my feet did not get too hot while wearing this shoe. My feet were completely comfortable running in this shoe while it was raining outside.

     

    Heel Collar

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield has a low profile heel cup that travels half way up the back of the shoe. It does a good job at improving the fit.

    Since the heel cup does not come all the way up, I can put on the shoe without tying the laces. The heel collar is lined with Saucony’s run dry material, a synthetic moisture wicking fabric. The heel collar is adequately padded.

    Tongue & Laces

    The laces are wide and flat. They do not have any elastic properties. The tongue has enough padding to prevent any pressure points on the top of my feet even when the laces are tied very tightly.

     

    Fit

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield does not have the best fit. The heel area has a fine lock down but the toe box and the midfoot are slightly uncomfortable.

    The Prolock technology that locks in the midfoot is uncomfortable and restricting. The toe box is uncomfortable because it is too short and narrow.

    Sizing

    I wear a size 12 in the Kinvara 7 Runshield. This is my normal Saucony size. I wear a 12.5 in most other shoes.

    Reflectivity

    There is a small piece of reflective material on the back of the heel cup.

     

    Midsole

    The midsole is made of a lightweight mold of EVA. The midsole provides a fair amount of cushion for such a low profile shoe.

    Runner's world even ranks it in the 87th percentile of all running shoes for forefoot cushioning. The Kinvara 7 Runshield’s midsole EVA is much firmer than the midsole of past Kinvaras.

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield has a layer of Everun in the heel. Everrun is bouncy midsole material similar to Adidas Boost. I did not feel the Everrun heel insert since I am a forefoot striker.

     

    Drop

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield has a 4-millimeter drop. This makes the shoe best for forefoot strikers. Heel strikers will find that this shoe may not have enough heel cushion for daily training and that the heel to toe transitions are too slow.

    Flexibility

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield has a very stiff midsole. This gives the shoe a snappy ride. The fast ride makes the Kinvara 7 a good choice for Marathons because they are both fast and well cushioned.

    Outsole material

    The Runshield has an outsole made of thin patches of IBR+, and exposed EVA. IBR+ is a rubber material that is more durable than and provides just as much traction as standard carbon rubber. There are grooves cut in the outsole to improve flexibility.

     

    Weight

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield weighs 7.9 ounces: a very low weight, especially for a water resistant shoe.

    Durability

    The Kinvara is a semi-durable shoe. The limiting factor on the shoe’s durability is the outsole. Although IBR+ is durable, the Kinvara 7 Runshield has very thin patches of it. I estimate that the Kinvara 7 Runshield will last 400 miles when pushed.

    Best Use

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield is a great low profile road running shoe if you live in a wet climate, or if you want a shoe specifically for rainy days. (Don’t be afraid to buy a separate shoe for rainy days because having many shoes does not change the rate that they wear down.)

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield is also good for winter road running because it is colder and wetter outside. If you don’t need a water resistant shoe, buy the normal Kinvara 7. It is lighter, cheaper and more breathable.

    Comparisons

    Saucony Kinvara 7 Runshield VS Saucony Breakthru

    The Breakthrough is the heel striker version of the Kinvara. The Breakthrough has the same amount of cushioning, but an 8-millimeter drop.

    The upper, midsole and outsole are similar in both shoes; the only difference is the geometry. There is no water resistant version of the Breakthru.

    Saucony Kinvara 7 Runshield VS Saucony Ride 10 GTX

    The Ride GTX is a completely waterproof version of the Saucony Ride 10. The Ride 10 GTX will keep your feet dry in heavy rain, or while you stand in a puddle.

    The Saucony Kinvara 7 Runshield will eventually soak through. The Ride is a more durable daily trainer. It has more cushion and has an 8-millimeter drop.

    Conclusion

    Overall, the Kinvara 7 Runshield is a decent water-resistant shoe. I would like it if the shoe had a better fit. It would also be good if the shoe had softer cushioning, and everun in the forefoot.

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield is a good water resistant shoe, however, there are other waterproof running shoes that I prefer to run in when the weather turns wet.

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  • Saucony introduces several changes in the Runshield version of the Kinvara 7. The new twist in the Kinvara is made possible by the water-resistant upper. While this is not the same as an all-encompassing waterproof membrane, it does effectively keep off water without compromising breathability.
  • Another technology unveiled for the first time in this shoe is the Everun heel insert. It gives the shoe more durability and a kind of midsole foam that is not affected by changes in temperature. The shoe gets a slightly firmer ride with this inclusion, but it remains supportive and even more responsive.
  • The outsole is totally revamped in the 7th version of the Kinvara with the Runshield technology. Saucony is incorporating its latest in outsole layout that offers more ground contact, traction, and exceptional flexibility.

The fit of the Kinvara 7 Runshield is on the generous side of the spectrum without being sloppy. It has a secured heel, snug midfoot, and a spacious, but not overly so, forefoot. The fit can basically accommodate different types of foot dimensions. Runners can expect a comfortable fit that still hugs the foot in the right places. It runs true to size.


The outsole highlights the new Tri-Flex design that is characterized by several grooves for exceptional flexibility. Saucony uses angled rectangular pods to add more traction and better ground contact with this shoe. The tough XT-900 carbon rubber in place in areas susceptible to wear and tear while iBR+ is located around the midfoot for more cushioning, traction, and smooth transitions.


Saucony uses a combination of old and new in the midsole of the Kinvara 7 Runshield. Covering the entire midsole is the SSL EVA or Saucony’s own upgrade of standard EVA that makes the foam very light with more than enough cushioning and durability. The latest in midsole technology is a small wedge of midsole foam inserted in the heel called the Everun. It is significantly more durable than any of the midsole foams in Saucony’s arsenal, has substantially more bounce back features, and never gets affected by weather changes. This is what makes the new ride a bit stiff, but with more responsiveness and durability.


What differentiates the Runshield version of the standard Kinvara 7 is the water-resistant upper. It uses a FlexShell fabric that helps keep the shoe dry with still enough breathing room in the interior. The entire upper is covered with DWR water-repelling technology to combat wetness. Saucony uses FlexFilm overlays for lightweight support. The plush interior begins with the Rundry collar lining, which is also included because of its moisture-wicking features.

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