Facts

  • Discontinued
    Discontinued
  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $110
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.9oz
    Women: 6.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Mar 2017
Show more facts

Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers continued their love affair with the comfortable ride of the Saucony Kinvara 8.
  • It is just a tad heavier than the earlier version, despite the addition of a full-length Everun top sole.
  • The shoe is significantly smoother than the past model, based on the observations of several expert reviewers.
  • Some reviewers loved the soft, but noticeably responsive cushioning.
  • The new mesh is more breathable than the prior edition, as noted by more than a handful of runners.
  • The Pro-Lock system provides a very secure midfoot.
  • A good number of reviewers mentioned that the 8th instalment of the Kinvara is worth every penny.
  • The majority of the reviewers appreciated its versatility as a trainer and as an up-tempo shoe.
  • A handful were very satisfied with the sleeker and more streamlined look of this shoe.
  • Reflective detail is available in the heel.
  • Multiple color options are available.

3 reasons not to buy

  • No optional widths.
  • Lack of outsole rubber could be an issue.
  • The main midsole is standard EVA and would not have the same experience as a full Everun midsole

Bottom line

The Saucony Kinvara series is easily one of the most popular shoes across all brands. In the 8th instalment of this line, Saucony provides a sleeker profile by virtue of a more refined use of the FlexFilm overlays and new mesh. It continues to provide excellent support, a very smooth ride, and well-cushioned midsole without putting on the weight. At a very reasonable price, few lightweight trainers are as versatile or as well-loved as the Kinvara 8.

Rankings

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.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

84 / 100 based on 23 expert reviews