Who should buy the Kinvara 8

 In the 8th installment of the Kinvara, Saucony provides a sleeker profile by virtue of a more refined use of the FlexFilm overlays and new mesh. This running shoe is highly recommended if:

  • You are a neutral pronator looking for a dependable running shoe for daily use
  • You want a versatile running shoe that can support any type of footstrike pattern

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Updates to the Saucony Kinvara 8

  • Thinner fused overlays with an almost-transparent appearance for a more compact look
  • A higher stack height for more cushioning
  • Interior lining with RunDry fabric for comfort and moisture-wicking properties
  • Mesh upper with slightly bigger holes for better ventilation

Saucony Kinvara 8 Saucony logo

Flexibility and durability combined

The outsole is basically an extension of the injection molded EVA or IMEVA (SSL in Saucony’s dictionary) in the midsole.

Saucony Kinvara 8 outsole pattern

Providing a touch of stability in the heel is Saucony’s own XT-900 carbon rubber, which is also used in the Saucony Kinvara 10.

Saucony Kinvara 8 carbon rubber heel

The Tri-Flex outsole evens out impact all throughout the underfoot, gives improved flexibility, and a platform for more stability. There are also softer strips of iBR+ rubber in the forefoot for traction and a little more durability in the Kinvara 8.

Saucony Kinvara 8 tri-flex grooves

A responsive yet lightweight cushioning

The midsole is basically a moderately thick slab of SSL that runs the full length of the shoe.

Saucony Kinvara 8 SSL midsole

Saucony adds a layer of Everun in the top sole for that lightweight and cushioned responsiveness. Both these are full-length in design so there is consistent cushioning and a smoother transition through the gait cycle.

Saucony Kinvara 8 everun midsole

The Kinvara 8's minimalist coverage

The very minimalist upper is largely made up of Open Mesh with laser cut perforations for a very breathable coverage.

Saucony Kinvara 8 open mesh

Giving the shoe a sturdy, but exceptionally lightweight support are the thin and fused overlays called the FlexFilm. The ProLock system holds the midfoot very well without localizing pressure.

Saucony Kinvara 8 FlexFilm

For instep comfort and sweat-wicking properties, a RunDry fabric covers part of the interior and the heel. Saucony also uses a removable insole for more cushioning and an inner sleeve for a foot-hugging fit in the Kinvara 8.

Saucony Kinvara 8 RunDry interior lining

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 224g / Women 196g
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Saucony Kinvara 12
Forefoot height: 19mm
Heel height: 23mm

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