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  • 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
    $100
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.8oz
    Women: 6.5oz
  • 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: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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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.

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84 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

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Updates to Saucony 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.

Saucony 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.