In response to feedback from runners, Saucony Kinvara 5 running shoes make a comeback with better durability and more cushion. Runners also wanted a softer experience and Saucony added a smoother collar lining to sit next to your skin or socks. Even with all of the new updates, Kinvara fans will be happy to know that the shoes remain as lightweight as they were in the previous version.
Upper: PRO-LOCK® fit system moves and flexes with the foot, creating a more seamless experience. Flex Film™ lightweight yet strong material allows for fewer layers in the upper for a seamless, flexible feel. Flat laces reduce irritation and pressure points. Mesh delivers breathable flexibility. RunDry® offers a great step-in feel that guards against hot spots and chafing.
Midsole: PowerGrid™ Powerfoam material is integrated with GRID technology to create a system that effectively centers the foot, absorbs impact, and distributes pressure, resulting in an exceptionally smooth and responsive ride. High Abrasion EVA+™ foam is a lighter alternative to rubber in the midsole and outsole construction. Removable insole.
Outsole: XT-900™ premium carbon rubber material offers exceptional traction and high-wear properties. iBR+ is 33% lighter and provides 3-times more cushioning compared to standard blown rubber. Triangular Lug Design provides traction and durability.
Runner's World Editor's Choice
Fall Shoe Guide 2014
"The Kinvara has long been a workhorse in our stables. A year ago, the high-performing trainer won our Best Update award--mostly because of an upgrade to its midsole foam. This year, Saucony further improved the package. The outsole got a little extra rubber for increased durability--especially at toe-off and along the outer edge through the midfoot. The upper has a more secure fit thanks to a new saddle feature called "Pro-Lock," a triangular piece sandwiched between mesh in the midfoot that connects to the laces and pulls the upper snug against your foot. The upper fabrics also received an upgrade: A more durable mesh has been added in the forefoot, while a softer, more padded fabric now lines the collar."
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