Facts

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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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: 7.9oz
Women: 6.9oz
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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 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

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 40 ratings

5 star
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4 star
18%
3 star
5%
2 star
3%
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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84 / 100 based on 23 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Samuel Chua • Level 3 expert

    The Kinvara 7 strayed far from the previous versions but the introduction of the Kinvara 8 brings back what the Kinvara series has been all about: lightweight and soft cushioning.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    Really happy. Really glad to see that Kinvara is coming back to a shoe I can love and enjoy running in.

  • 85 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 4 expert

    It's one of those shoes that can go the distance and still give you enough cushion to get you through the long haul.

  • 87 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    This is one of our favorite shoes in the lightweight trainer category, with great comfort on top and a soft, fast ride underfoot.

  • 85 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    The Kinvara 8 has proved a great companion over the last 200 miles.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The Kinvara remains a flexible, soft shoe with low drop.

  • 78 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Kinvara 8 remains a softly cushioned and lightweight trainer. It is updated with a narrower forefoot fit and softer ride than the Kinvara 7.

  • 75 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Despite the upper snugness and stiffness, balancing things out I prefer the Kinvara 7 to the 8 or earlier Kinvara.

  • 90 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    Even though the sole isn’t as large as a Hoka sole, it provides amazing support and comfort. It’s almost deceptive in my opinion.

  • 60 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 4 expert

    I’m sure there are people who will like this shoe—even love it. For me, it’s just not an enjoyable shoe.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Taylor Gupton • Level 3 expert

    This version undoubtedly lives up to the cult-status of the Kinvara.

  • 100 / 100 by Endurance Review • Gelder Lewis • Level 3 expert

    This light weight Neutral shoe will deliver for you wherever you travel.

  • 87 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Tim Huebsch • Level 2 expert

    Get the Kinvara 8 if you enjoy a responsive ride, if you’re looking for a lightweight trainer or you enjoy a more-cushioned racing flat.

  • 87 / 100 by Columbus Running Company • Evan Schwartz • Level 2 expert

    Even with its lighter weight, the current model still definitely feels more cushioned than previous versions.

  • 85 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Tim Huebsch • Level 2 expert

    Get the Kinvara 8 if you enjoy a responsive ride, if you’re looking for a lightweight trainer or you enjoy a more-cushioned racing flat. If you check off one (or more) of those preferences, you’ll likely enjoy the Kinvara 8 as much as we did.

  • 84 / 100 by Go Faster • Michael Lin • Level 2 expert

    The K8 returns to classic Kinvara traits of a simple, efficient shoe that is highly flexible and cushioned.

  • 90 / 100 by Belive in the Run • Thomas • Level 1 expert

    This model is lumped in with the top 5 best shoes I have reviewed in the past year.

  • 90 / 100 by Belive in the Run • Meaghan • Level 1 expert

    I love the Saucony Kinvara 8. It’s one of those shoes I feel comfortable recommending to just about every runner.

  • 88 / 100 by Long Run Life • Brent • Level 1 expert

    The Kinvara 8 is now my go-to trainer, and I anticipate I will wear out at least four pairs total before the Kinvara 9.

  • 86 / 100 by Running Life • Running Life • Level 1 expert

    ..if you are a looking for an amazing no-nonsense running shoe, the Saucony Kinvara 8 is for you.

  • 83 / 100 by Kintec • Adam Way • Level 1 expert

    If you want a responsive ride that has the cushion of an everyday trainer but the responsiveness of a racing flat, grab the Kinvara 8.

  • 83 / 100 by The Running Works Hub • Steven Skinner • Level 1 expert

    I’ve found them really comfortable and will continue to use them for speed work and long runs.

  • 71 / 100 by Beat Plantar Fasciitis • Beat Plantar Fasciitis • Level 1 expert

    The Saucony Kinvara 8 is a lightweight training shoe for neutral runners.

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Updates to Saucony Kinvara 8

  • Saucony came up with a couple of tweaks in the Kinvara 8 to enhance its already formidable performance. In this version, a full-length Everun top sole gives the shoe more consistent cushioning and smoother ride as opposed to the heel only insert of the past version.
  • The new sleeker look is courtesy of the thinner fused overlays that have an almost transparent quality. With this new design, the upper looks compact and more like a race-day shoe.
  • An additional 1 millimeter is added to the stack height for more cushioning.
  • For more comfort and moisture-wicking properties, the heel collar and part of the interior are lined with RunDry fabric.
  • The mesh upper is a made of single density, which helps with its refined look and breathability. This version has bigger holes plus the sparse use of overlays make ventilation better than the prior model.

Saucony Kinvara 8 size and fit

The Saucony Kinvara 8’s fit is very much like the previous iteration, except that there might be a little less vertical room in the toe box near the big toe as there is a fused overlay on top of it. Exceptional hold in the midfoot is very evident because of the Pro-Lock system while the heel, despite being a bit pliable, has adequate locked down security. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole is basically an extension of the injection molded EVA or IMEVA (SSL in Saucony’s dictionary) in the midsole. Providing a touch of stability in the heel is Saucony’s own XT-900 carbon rubber. The Tri-Flex outsole evens out impact all throughout the underfoot, gives improved flexibility, and a platform for more stability. There are also softer strips of iBR+ rubber in the forefoot for traction and a little more durability in the Kinvara 8.


Midsole

The midsole is basically a moderately thick slab of SSL that runs the full length of the shoe. Saucony adds a layer of Everun in the top sole for that lightweight and cushioned responsiveness. Both these are full-length in design so there is consistent cushioning and a smoother transition through the gait cycle.


Upper

The very minimalist upper is largely made up of Open Mesh with laser cut perforations for a very breathable coverage. Giving the shoe a sturdy, but exceptionally lightweight support are the thin and fused overlays called the FlexFilm. The ProLock system holds the midfoot very well without localizing pressure. For instep comfort and sweat-wicking properties, a RunDry fabric covers part of the interior and the heel. Saucony also uses a removable insole for more cushioning and an inner sleeve for a foot-hugging fit in the Kinvara 8.