I’m a bit of a Saucony Kinvara addict. I’ve happily run many miles in Kinvara 2s, 3s, and 4s – but in my opinion, the Kinvara 5 is the best model that the company has released to date. I’ve found it to be an excellent shoe for both day-to-day training runs and for longer races.
One of the very first things that I noticed when I first started running in the 5s is how extremely lightweight and comfortable they were. They offer just the right amount of cushioning, but are completely responsive when I try to do a little speedwork. I think that the 5’s “Pro-Lock” lacing system is a wonderful feature – it keeps my midfoot secure and snug. The bright colours – mine are neon pink – are also really fun!
I will say that I enjoyed the feel and performance of the second and third generation Kinvaras, but was a little disappointed with the fit of the fourth. I found them to be a bit tight and restrictive, especially in the toe area. Moreover, one of the biggest problems that I’ve had with my previous Kinvaras is wearing in the toe area -I have put holes on the pinky toe side of each and every pair that I’ve owned. Part of the problem was that past Kinvaras had a mono-filament mesh that was lightweight, but not very durable. The 5s were made with a new mesh that offer more flexibility and durability, and I’m pleased to say that I haven’t yet experienced the same level of wear with them than with my past versions.
To sum up, yes, I’m a Saucony fan, and the Kinvaras will continue to be a staple running shoe in my collection. If you’re interested in a comfortable, responsive, neutral shoe, I really recommend that you give them a try! While I’m hoping to reach my goal of a sub-2hr half this year in my Kinvara 5’s, I can’t wait to see what kinds of upgrades Saucony may make in the new Kinvara 6s!