Facts

Discontinued
Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$100
Weight
M: 221g | W: 184g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 17mm | W: 17mm
Forefoot height
M: 13mm | W: 13mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The FlexFilm of the Kinvara TR 2 offers lightweight and supportive coverage that does away with too much layering.

  • The HydraMAX Collar Lining of the Saucony TR 2 has moisture wicking capabilities, so runners can experience a plush inner sleeve that’s dry and cool.

  • The ComfortLite Sock Liner was shaped to support the heel, the arch and the entire underside of the foot, while maintaining a comfort.

  • The SSL EVA is a lightweight full-length mid-sole foam that’s durable and springy.

  • Many of the testers appreciated the PowerGrid system, which allows the mid-sole to absorb impact, spread the landing pressure, and provide a more responsive ride.

  • The average weight of the Kinvara TR 2 makes it ideal for many runners who just want a non-invasive weight when it comes to their shoe of choice.

  • It has an affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the complaints were about the narrow toe-box, which kept the toes close together in an uncomfortable manner.

  • Some runners noted that the platform was a bit too squishy, making it unstable and inconsistent in terms of underfoot support.

  • A few noticed the upper get separated from the sole unit after a few months of use.

Bottom line

The off-road version of a well-known shoe, the 2nd version of the Saucony Kinvara TR brings lightweight and flexible performance to runners who need such qualities on the trails. It’s somewhat flimsy mid-sole can be jarring, but it still provides high quality service.



World wide, Kinvara TR 2 is in the bottom 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Saucony, is the 6th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 1010 shoes


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 101 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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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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85 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 84
    Running TimesLevel 5 expert
    by Running Times
    Minimal weight, rock protection, traction and agility.
  • 80
    Peter LarsonLevel 5 expert
    by Runblogger
    The sole is solid, and at 3mm drop (18mm heel, 15mm forefoot) should appeal to those who like more minimal shoes.
  • 93
    Zachary RodastiLevel 3 expert
    by Active Gear Review
    The Saucony Kinvara TR is a good choice for fleet footed trail racers seeking a minimalist shoe. The shoe is definitely well suited to fast and experienced trail runners who don’t have to deal with water too often.
  • 86
    Tom CaughlanLevel 3 expert
    by iRunFar
    Really the only features of the TR shared by the Kinvara is weight and heel drop. Every other aspect, especially the fit, is drastically different. While I often wear shoes with varying sizing, I could never get past how much Saucony deviated from the fit and sizing of the Kinvara and Peregrine models.
  • 80
    Brian O'ConnorLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Kinvara TR is a formidable entry into the lightweight trail market, bridging the gap between a go-to minimalist shoe with the extra grip and traction needed in a trail shoe.
  • 88
    Allison PattilloLevel 2 expert
    by Running Competitor
    With a narrow fit throughout the shoe, most testers preferred to size up half a size, even if they were running without socks.
  • 78
    Chris OrdLevel 2 expert
    by Trail Run Magazine
    That all said, on trail, even in a pair a half size too small, these low-riding, trail munchers gave excellent trail feel despite the protective rockplate being firm. They felt like a purebred race shoe, perhaps more suitable for short sharp stuff, like the current crop of 6-15km distance trail series popping up around the country, which have fast but technical courses.
  • 94
    Justin NybergLevel 1 expert
    by Gear Institute
    This is one of the best trail running shoes of the season for biomechanically efficient trail runners—a snug fitting, low drop shoe that gives you just enough cushioning underfoot to run fast in hazardous terrain, but not so much that it reduces precision.
  • 93
    Luan Van SchalkwykLevel 1 expert
    by Run Trail
    No other minimal trail shoe has anywhere near this type of protection, so if you struggle to lift your feet these trail shoes will serve you well.
  • 91
    ToeLevel 1 expert
    by Ultra Nutrition
    Despite the fact that I have read several less than stellar reviews of the Kinvara TR, I personally am a huge fan.
  • 91
    Trials 2 BrewsLevel 1 expert
    by Trials 2 Brews
    Great grip on the ups and downs – Felt like the shoe was really steady on my feet and allowed me to be aggressive.
  • 82
    ChristineLevel 1 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    I think the cushioning is a tad softer than the previous version of the Kinvara TR, though it’s definitely still very firm and responsive.
  • 82
    Stephanie SmithLevel 1 expert
    by Active Gear Review
    Although I didn’t have success with these for my feet, I highly recommend that anyone looking for a low profile, lightweight, durable trail runner add these to the list – just find someplace that will let you take them for a quick spin first.
  • 80
    Kevin SayersLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's World
    I'm saving this shoe for races and lacing up my trainers for anything more than 10 miles.
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Updates to Kinvara TR 2

The 2nd version of the Saucony Kinvara TR is a low-profile trail running shoe that features a very appealing modern design. It’s lightweight and flexible. The foot stays secure and protected thanks to responsive and durable materials that stay efficient even after many uses.

The upper unit of this running shoe focuses on delivering lightweight, but secure coverage. A thin mesh material serves as the main fabric of this section while the bonded overlays don’t add weight and still retain the pliable nature of the shoe itself. The inner lining is even capable of managing moisture, so the inner environment stays dry.

The mid-sole unit doesn’t have a substantial thickness. It’s made to cater to the needs of those who want a low-profile, close-to-the-ground running experience. Still, it offers responsible cushioning and underfoot supports that doesn’t break down easily. The platform is able to handle the harsh and unpredictable nature of the trails.

The outsole unit has been tuned to function well over the trails. It’s thin enough to maintain the flexibility of the foot. Gripping lugs that face opposite directions make sure that multi-surface traction is achieved.

Kinvara TR 2 size and fit

The Saucony Kinvara TR 2 has a standard running shoe length. It follows the regular measurements when it comes to men and women’s sizes. The available width is medium, so the runner with a medium-sized foot can acclimate well to it. Its semi-curved shape naturally accommodates the curvature of the human foot.

Outsole

A highly durable rubber material is used for the full-length outsole unit of the Kinvara TR 2. It protects the rest of the sole unit from wear and abrasion. It also gives reliable traction on the flat and uneven terrain.

Gripping lugs that face opposite directions. They enhance traction, particularly when traversing multiple types of surfaces. Uphill and downhill treks are more balanced and stable because this outsole feature is able to prevent slips and slides.

Midsole

The SSL EVA or Saucony Super Light EVA foam provides reliable cushioning when traversing the off-road terrain. It’s soft and it has a springy disposition, so each step becomes more comfortable and more efficient. Its durable nature prevents breakdown and mid-sole deterioration.

The PowerGrid is a heel insert that gives additional cushioning to the rear section of the foot. It is capable of absorbing impact shock and distributing pressure, thus making the ride smoother and more responsive.

A nylon fiber mesh rock plate is an add-on that maintains the lightweight and flexibility of the platform. It also protects the foot from any debris or uneven surfaces that might cause discomfort or injury.

Upper

The ultralight upper unit uses a thin nylon mesh material. It’s a durable and long-lasting material, but it has an open construction to allow air to enter the shoe and keep the foot cool and dry. It doesn’t limit the runner’s movements because it’s pliable and responsive.

The overlay system is bonded onto the mesh material. Made from thermoplastic polyurethane, these durable, but lightweight overlays secure the foot by responding to the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces.

The inner sleeve lining is made from the HydraMAX™ fabric technology. It wicks off moisture and makes sure than the inner environment is dry.


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