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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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WeightMen: 7.8ozWomen: 6.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 17mmWomen: 17mm
Forefoot heightMen: 13mmWomen: 13mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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Minimal weight, rock protection, traction and agility.
The sole is solid, and at 3mm drop (18mm heel, 15mm forefoot) should appeal to those who like more minimal shoes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.