Saucony Kinvara 10 review
I loved almost every mile of it. The Saucony Kinvara 10 felt natural as soon as I first put the shoe on. The toe box was roomy, the upper hugged my foot just right, and the cushion was comfortable but still felt super responsive.
What I’ve used them for…
After running my first marathon in a pair of New Balance 880 v8’s, I wanted a lighter shoe. The Kinvara 10 quickly became my one shoe quiver.
I ran slow, I ran fast, and I ran tempo runs. It worked for everything.
This shoe isn’t necessarily built for long slow days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for such. It’s not a plush jogger, but the cushioning is comfortable at a 23mm stack height in the heel and 19mm up front.
The midsole is soft enough to feel comfortable at a slower pace.
These are precisely what the Kinvara was built for. It is lightweight, responsive, and the low 4mm heel-toe drop promotes a forefoot strike for a quicker turnover.
The shoe just feels natural at uptempo paces. The Everrun topsole gives plenty of cushion, and the EVA+ midsole feels snappy and responsive, giving you lots of energy return to move fast.
I can’t say that my speedwork is anywhere near fast, but having used these on the track for training days, these were very comfortable at paces between 5:00-7:00 min/mile.
Overall, I used the Kinvara’s as a daily trainer and ran a half marathon (1:49:36) and a marathon (4:36:00) in them. The only discomfort I ever had in them was a blister I developed on one foot during the half marathon.
Other than that my legs always felt good, and never had any injuries or developed any niggling aches or pains.
Awesome colors and design
Diving into the nitty-gritty. The Kinvara’s were released in a fantastic array of colors. I somehow found a pair in Saucony’s ‘Old Glory’s’ colorway, and they were… awesome!
The mesh upper feels super supportive, and after 400 miles had zero rips or tears.
The only negative I, and other reviewers, experienced was the fact that they did get dirty very easily. We’re not talking mud here, rather a dust that accumulates from running gravel or dirt roads.
Soft, comfortable feel
The shoe is comprised of a top layer of Everrun TPU foam that provides a softer, more comfortable step in and EVA+ midsole that is supposed to be a lighter material and save weight.
The bottom of these shoes was a big concern to me initially. These are almost completely exposed EVA+ midsole material. There are two small bits of hard rubber inlay at the heel and very forefoot of the shoe to provide durability.
I couldn’t be happier with the outsole
There are two concerns here: Would the shoe have enough traction in the wet and how well would the exposed midsole wear with normal use?
It turns out I didn’t have any reason to be concerned. Traction was a non-issue as the design of the sole provided plenty of grip on all the surfaces I used it for. I never used these on the trails, and I’d be hesitant to recommend it.
Another concern is durability. As you can see in the picture, there is definite wear in the midfoot, but remember this is after logging 400 miles in these shoes.
In the heel cup, there is a padded insert to, presumably, keep the heel more secure. To be honest, after putting the shoe on, I completely forgot about it.
It is not intrusive or uncomfortable. I don’t know if it is completely necessary, but the shoe fits great and is super secure.
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