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SAUCONY KINVARA 11 REVIEW

Saucony overhauled the Kivara for its 11th edition and have given the style a new midsole compound, a new upper and all in all made it an even better shoe. Read the full review to learn more.

SAUCONY KINVARA 11 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | FEBRUARY 2020

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Kinvara is a classic amongst running shoes. It came to be fan favorite as a lightweight and fast running shoe, born out of the minimalist movement and the eleventh edition presents a new midsole offering and a fresher upper. 

Shoe reviewer, author and running shoe guru Brian Metzler reviews the 11th edition of the Saucony Kinvara to discover what's new, what's changed and it's all good news.

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Kinvara is a lightweight, neutral-oriented cruiser with a low heel-toe offset (4mm), and is a fun, versatile shoe that will make you feel fast and nimble every time you run. The Kinvara was one of the first shoes to emerge
out of the minimalist shoe revolution and remains a popular model because of its light, energetic vibe.

Saucony Kinvara 11 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY KINVARA 11

Saucony overhauled the Kivara for its 11th edition and have given the style a new midsole compound, a new upper and all in all made it an even better shoe.

The Kinvara 11 maintains the lightweight, low-to-the-ground feeling as its predecessors but with a better fit and a more responsive ride.  

The updated engineered Jaquard mesh upper on the Kinvara 11 is similar
but slightly improved over the previous version. It allows feet to flex more naturally and freely while also improving the shoe’s breathability, fit and connective feel.

Saucony Kinvara 11 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The updated Kinvara has a similar soft, light and modestly appointed step-in feel and fit to previous editions. It feels light, nimble and minimally designed, but not quite as soft as Kinvara 10.

The Kinvara 11 has a medium to narrow heel, a low-volume fit at the saddle/arch area and narrow and compact fit in the toe box. (It doesn’t seem quite as cramped as Kinvara 10 but it’s still noticeably snug around your piggies!)

Overall,
the Kinvara 11 has a sleek, locked-down feel that promotes agile, athletic running.

The new PWRRUN midsole and topsole cushioning is moderately soft and feels a bit more durable and stable than Everun foam of the past,
but it maintains the lightweight responsiveness and might even have a little bit more pop than last year’s model. The ride is light, energetic and flowy and quick. Our wear-testers felt it was ready to respond to just about any
kind of running.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate lightweight shoes with a modest amount of cushioning will love the Saucony Kinvara 11.

The Kinvara can be a do-everything, workhorse running shoe for everyday training or it can be a go-to shoe for
faster workouts (tempo runs, shorter intervals on the track, mile repeats) or races from mile to the half marathon.

PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY KINVARA 11

Saucony Kinvara 11 - Pros

Pros: Saucony Kinvara 11

The Kinvara exudes fun, joyful running at any pace. It’s geometry and minimal structure  promote quick-cadence running, agility and good running form. Whether you’re running fast
or slow, you’ll feel the positive vibes it gives off.

This isn’t a shoe know for plush cushioning and a bouncy ride. But what it gives away in excessive creature comforts, it makes up with a lighter weight, performance-oriented
demeanor. If you’re going to head out on a run feeling tired or stuck in a training plateau, the Kinvara 11 is sure to rev you up.

Saucony Kinvara 11 - Cons

Cons: Saucony Kinvara 11

Even though the Kinvara can be an everyday workhorse for a lot of runners, it has never been overly durable compared to other trainers.

Like many modern training shoes,
the outsole is comprised of segments of exposed EVA foam and durable rubber sections. If you normally expect to get 400-500 miles out of a pair of shoes, you might scale that down to 300 or so for a pair of Kinvaras. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Kicksology“,
“Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”