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 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.

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: 7.5oz
Women: 6.5oz
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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 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A lot of wearers commented that the shoe was very responsive.
  • According to some testers, the Saucony Kinvara 9 was supportive.
  • The shoe has an affordable price, according to some purchasers.
  • Many reviewers noted that it fitted like a glove upon wearing the shoe.
  • Several wearers were impressed with the Saucony Kinvara 9's lightweight structure.
  • The majority of the testers said that the upper construction was flexible.
  • A handful of buyers reported that the shoe was breathable.
  • Some of the consumers loved its wide toe box.
  • The shoe was stylish, noted by many buyers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One of the runners commented that the Saucony Kinvara 9 was uncomfortable. He felt a little tightness in the arch and midfoot area.
  • Several users noted that the shoe has limited color options.

Bottom line

The Saucony Kinvara 9 was lauded enough by a handful of buyers who have tried it. Many of them appreciated the feeling of comfort and lightness it provided after every running session. Aside from its fantastic structure, users gave recognition to the shoes’ cushioning system, breathability, and responsiveness. Although some wearers have experienced a little pain in the arch and midfoot area, others still recommended the shoe because of its versatility. Overall, the Saucony Kinvara 9 has made a lot of users happy and contented because of its reasonable price, great-looking design, excellent construction, and amazing performance on the roads.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 32 ratings

5 star
78%
4 star
9%
3 star
6%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

My Rating

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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89 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by RunRepeat • Theresa Norman • Level 3 expert

    Neutral runners should give this shoe a try because it is responsive, flexible, and durable for long-term use.

  • 80 / 100 by RunRepeat • Giovanbattista Fichera • Level 1 expert

    The Kinvara shoes are clearly on a diet because they keep losing weight while at the same time delivering the same product: a responsive and solid shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 5 expert

    As far as lightweight running shoes [go], we believe that the Kinvara 9s are still one of the best options out there.

  • 87 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Tim Huebsch • Level 3 expert

    Very responsive, but at the same time, it's gonna last upwards of a thousand kilometers.

  • 97 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Kinvara 9 is one of the best shoes of 2018 and is an outstanding update. Other than potential outsole durability concerns, K9 has tremendous pace range and comfort in a very light weight package. It can be a daily trainer, performance trainer, and for sure a fabulous longer race shoe

  • 90 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 5 expert

    The K9 works well at any speed, looks good and will be a great workhorse. Agreed that it’s one of the more fun shoes of the year so far--and running should be fun, right? Right?

  • 90 / 100 by The Active Guy • Scott • Level 5 expert

    The latest version of the Kinvara makes it easy to see why so many people like this shoe. This neutral shoe has an awesome sole that makes this shoe so versatile. The shoe is lightweight, fast, and provides incredible comfort.

  • 89 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The Kinvara is one of the lightest weight shoes we tested this season, yet landed in the top three for cushioning. The softness is due, in part, to the addition of a thin layer of Saucony’s premium cushioning foam to the midsole so runners feel lots of cushioning without a ton of weight.

  • 89 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    The Saucony Kinvara 9 does not disappoint. It’s a great shoe that works well for all kinds of running. While I stuck with easy days and a couple of long runs, I can see someone using the K9 for race day.

  • 89 / 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. The Kinvara combines plush cushioning for soft landings with minimalist construction elements like a wide toe box and flexible forefoot.

  • 90 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Dave Ames • Level 4 expert

    Recommended for the runner looking for a fast shoe, but also the runner looking for something to just cruise some effortless miles in the middle of the week.

  • 90 / 100 by Belive in the Run • Thomas • Level 3 expert

    This is a well-done hybrid shoe. You can do your daily mileage in the K9, and it can perform extremely well when you want to pick up the pace. In some ways, the Kinvara 9 fell a little short with me due to the other shoes I was testing out at the same time.

  • 90 / 100 by Shoeguide • Shoeguide • Level 3 expert

    An evolution of the 8 decent previous models, the Saucony Kinvara 9 has been refined slightly but retains its status as a leading firm and responsive neutral racer/trainer. The Kinvara 9 is one of the lightest mileage shoes available, and more than capable of handling longer (20K+ runs) but light enough to handle your speed work. In my opinion the best Kinvara so far!

  • 85 / 100 by Fleet Feet Sports • Fleet Feet Sports • Level 3 expert

    The Kinvara 9 is ideal for tempos, longer fartleck workouts on the road, and even long runs when you need some extra umph in your step. We’ll go so far as to say it would make a great marathon shoe.

  • 88 / 100 by Phidippides • Brennan • Level 2 expert

    The Kinvara is Saucony’s long-running lightweight performance trainer, and doesn’t change that formula in the 9. It continues to have Saucony’s EVERUN topsole and an EVA midsole, which hasn’t changed much from the Kinvara 8

  • 86 / 100 by Road Runner Sports • Martin Sandman • Level 2 expert

    Many folks will quench their need for speed in the Kinvara 9 with daily, tempo and 5K runs but some will even call on the Kinvara 9 for half and marathon races.

  • 84 / 100 by kofuzi • kofuzi • Level 2 expert

    Overall, this is a really exciting shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Harold's Desk • Harold • Level 2 expert

    I'm definitely loving where Saucony's going overall.

  • 89 / 100 by Pace Athletic • Pace Athletic • Level 1 expert

    A comfy, tempo trainer that is as suitable for mileage as much as it is for running fast. If you truly want your running shoes to 'do it all' the Kinvara is worth a try.

  • 88 / 100 by Triathlon Magazine Canada • Daniel Walker • Level 1 expert

    For most people, this shoe will be ideal for racing and speedwork. From 5ks to half-marathons this probably the shoe I’ll be reaching for most as we move into spring. The sole feels firm and responsive with each footstrike, which I loved when I was doing intervals on the indoor track

  • 86 / 100 by Marathon Sports Blog • Marathon Sports Blog • Level 1 expert

    Version 9 has increased flexibility in the forefoot for a smooth and fast toe off. The shoe contains a full-length EVERUN topsole for a great step-in feel, and this topsole is layered on top of an EVA midsole, giving you a ton of pop and energy in the shoe.

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Updates to Saucony Kinvara 9

  • Lying in the heel and forefoot area is the Strategic Rubber. This material provides additional durability on the high wear areas. When compared to the previous model, the version 9 has increased its flexibility in the forefoot area. It is designed for a stronger, smoother and faster toe-off.
  • Featured in the upper section is the Engineered Mesh. This material aims to deliver lightweight breathability.
  • The Saucony Kinvara 9 uses the Woven heel to provide additional upper comfort and stability.

Saucony Kinvara 9 size and fit

The Saucony Kinvara 9 is a road running shoe that is intended for those runners who do not overpronate or underpronate. It is available in medium widths D for the men and B for the women. The shoe follows the standard running shoe length when it comes to sizing.

Outsole

The Strategic Rubber is placed in the forefoot and heel area. This material offers added durability to ensure the shoe will last for extended periods.

The Tri-Flex outsole is featured in the Saucony Kinvara 9. The impact is evenly distributed throughout the underfoot to provide flexibility. It gives the platform added stability as well.

Midsole

Featured in the midsole area is the EVERUN Full-Length Topsole. This component of the shoe provides an additional layer of cushioning that is more responsive. As a result, energy return is further enhanced.

A lightweight material called the EVA+ is used in the Saucony Kinvara 9. The purpose of this technology is for additional comfort, durability, and rebound.

Upper

The Engineered Mesh is the formfitting material that comprises the upper section of the shoe. Its primary purpose is for lightweight breathability.

Integrated into the Kinvara 9 is the Woven heel. The goal of this material is to provide additional upper support, stability, and comfort to the platform.

The shoe utilizes the Flex Film Overlays. These thin films are welded to the upper section. Saucony added these materials to deliver a more secure and snugger fit.