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425 users: 4.4 / 5
22 experts: 91 / 100

8 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the buyers agreed that the Saucony Kinvara 11 is comfortable.
  • A lot of users commented that the running shoe is lightweight.
  • Most of the testers said that the Kinvara 11 has a perfect fit.
  • The shoe is responsive, based on the reviews.
  • According to those who have tried it, the running footwear is stable.
  • It is well-cushioned, as noted by many reviewers.
  • Its flexibility is admired by several users.
  • Many testers mentioned that the shoe has excellent quality.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One of the users complained that the tongue unit is a bit thick.
  • A wearer mentioned that the eyelet has a thick leather reinforcement design that makes it too bulky.
  • According to a consumer, it feels tight in the toe area.

Bottom line

The majority of the users are mostly amazed and contented with what the Saucony Kinvara 11 has to offer. This running footwear is said to be successful in delivering an efficient and responsive ride to its users. The outsole, midsole, and upper construction of the shoe are excellent. People feel confident wearing the Kinvara 11 because of the fantastic and amazing combination of features and technologies integrated into the shoe. Highlighted is the guarantee of improved performance and enjoyable ride by the users.

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88
/100 by Jerry Prince, posted on .

Saucony was not my first love, nor my second, but it certainly is my latest. The Saucony Kinvara 11 is one of my primary workhorses that gives the excellent fit, just enough cushion and light enough to not drag down the higher mileage runs.

 

 

I graduated not so far back from the highly-constructed, weighty trainers with heavy everything. Initially, I jumped from too much to too little in trying racers during that little time of the minimalist push. Not good!

I was looking for something in between and found it with the Kinvaras. I stepped outside the New Balance family and went with the strange blood of another shoe line *Gasp*.

They fall on the every-so-slight heavier side, but you will only know this by looking at stats and not by the use. They have a higher stack height than comparables, and it is very much present through the response but not on the drag of weight.

Saucony hits all the right spots with this one! Welcome to my fam!

 

 

When shoes arrive, I immediately put one on without lacing up and walk down the hall to get the initial feel.

Doing so, the fit was snug enough even not laced, and there was a concerning squish I noted immediately (we’ll get to that). That squish was not what I expected after reading reviews and studying the stats. Hmmm, this could be interesting.

 

 

At this time my best friend was the NB 1500. On the search for the more perfect shoe (no offense NB), I thought the Kinvara might be worth a shot.

Oh, the purchases that I have made on that journey!! I had not ventured down the Saucony isle before, so this was a new adventure.

This shoe felt really good, very similar to the 1500, but something was different. Was it that squish?? To the pavement! I laced them up, did a few acrobatic moves (looking silly never stops me) just to get a sense of their movement—pretty darn steady.

They stayed with me spinning and skootching around with enough support and a tad of give—and that squish (there it is again!).

The Squish. I wanted to love Hokas and tried several flavors. I had nothing but rubs and blisters everywhere I turned. I can’t explain why. I loved what they were doing, but I just could not keep the toenails intact and the band-aids in the box.

So, I was having fond memories of the super squishy cloud feeling of the Hokas even when donning the NB 1500’s. If only I could get these two together.

That’s it! The Kinvara has a little of that cloud of Hoka but the performance of the 1500’s. Interesting! (Note that the 1500 have more support where the Kinvara is a neutral).

On the pavement that stack of foam was very noticeable—perhaps just a little too much for me (flashback to the issues of the super squishy earlier) But—but I really liked it all the way around.

 

 

There are times that I am looking for something a little more forgiving and less pounding—I call it squish. This does just that.

Now, there is a bit of movement in the toe-box. I go for larger toe-box capacity as a rule, and this certainly has it. But, I do get a sense of sloppy now and then.

I might need to fasten the latches a bit tighter so not fully convinced that this is an “issue” at this point. I note this in comparison to the 1500’s. Without that comparison, it might not be even noticeable.

You can actually see the squish looking at the flip side. The orange blocks are the high impact areas (even if a heel striker). I am a proclaimed midfoot runner, but the sole of my shoes seems to disagree.

There is no hard rubber in the midfoot like many rivals. You can feel this and apparently these are not suffering a breakdown on that first-point-of contact on the midfoot.

This could lead to that pronounced squish on landing as there is not as much structure. For the record, these have around 90 miles at the time of their glamour-shots. To round out the side and heel area are well padded.

 

 

I typically have no issue in the ankle or heel area. The Kinvaras do not call attention to these areas. For the most part, these shoes do not call attention to themselves at all on the run. They just exist which I really like.

Only a few pairs over the years have found this sweet spot. Congrats, Saucony—you have a new friend.

I look forward to seeing where these evolve over the years and see them as having a coveted spot among my four pairs of various flavors and styles that see rotation donning the running shoe rack in my closet.

Oh, I don’t put much stock in looks. I purchase based on technical stats and fit. If it all matches—to the cart you go. But these actually have a conservative look that probably will make them go-to-the-grocery-store shoes after they retire.

They have a little flair to them that will not draw attention so much but will not embarrass you either if seen wearing them off the beaten path. I will continue to wear down those heels unintentionally!

Jerry Prince | Level 3 expert Verified
Hi there! I am an old coot putting running shoes on for the first time about seven years go. It was the first time I had run in 30 years. I started with a 5K or two and worked myself into a frenzy setting a goal of running a marathon before I turned 50. I ran my first marathon nine months after that initial lace-up. To date, I have completed 80 or so races including 36 half marathons and 14 fulls. I have placed in the top three in my age-group about half of those races.

Kinvara 11 is a road running shoe that has been designed to improve the already excellent performance of its predecessor, the Kinvara 10. The Kinvara series has long been Saucony's flagship shoe, for it effectively combines design and functionality minus the bulk. The Kinvara 11 does not disappoint in continuing this legacy.

The Kinvara 11 is a neutral running shoe designed for people with normal pronation, who don’t experience excessive inward or outward rolling of the foot. People who tend to overpronate (mild to moderate) can definitely wear the shoe as long as they are comfortable using it.

This running shoe is best used for daily training, marathon racing, and long-distance running. It is also suitable for walking.

The Kinvara 11 from Saucony underwent some changes in details when compared to its previous model:

  • The center shoe-lace eyelet that is closest to the toes is removed to improve the feel of the shoe.
  • The one-hit wonder, Achilles Pillows, is removed to eliminate the pressure against the Achilles.
  • The mold of the outsole is slightly modified to avoid the picking up of road debris or rocks.
  • It utilizes the upgraded EVA foam to keep the Kinvara 11 feeling fast, giving the shoe a smoother feel throughout the running activity.
  • The combination of the PWRRUN and PWRRUN+ topsole offers an improved riding experience by providing lightweight responsiveness and quicker heel-to-toe transitions than the older version.
  • The engineered Jacquard mesh provides added flexibility without sacrificing the shoe's lightweight structure.
  • The FORMFIT midsole design conforms with the foot. This is essential in providing a perfect, contoured fit, and feel in every stride.

Overall, the Kinvara 11 is a worthy upgrade to the series as Saucony tweaked the upper and swapped out the old cushioning from the 10s for a new PWRRUN midsole. The shoe's quick turnover and minimal construction still live on but if you want to experience an update on speed, try the Kinvara 11 for improved performance.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as Saucony Kinvara 10.

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How Kinvara 11 compares

This shoe: 93
All shoes average: 86
34 98
This shoe: £120
All shoes average: £120
£50 £360
This shoe: 233g
All shoes average: 270g
100g 460g
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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