Ahhh my old friend Kinvara. It is hard to believe we are up to a version 6. It feels like yesterday when I rushed out to buy the first Kinvara. Our love has only grown. We have done short runs, we have done Marathons, and we have done them all well. Kinvara goes on my top ten running shoes of all time list for sure. While the Kinvara has been tweaked and refined, it is still pretty close to the original version. Version 6 is pretty much identical to the 5.
The Kinvara 6 remains a light weight shoe (8.5 oz for size 10.5) that can go the distance. Kinvara 6 has the right amount of cushion that protects, but also is firm enough to keep you fast on your feet. The new upper mesh is a little more breathable, and a little more “stretchy” so I was told. I didn’t notice the stretch, but my foot doesn’t really test that stuff. It’s narrow. The fit remains solid, and I had no spots of irritation. Heal counter and ankle collar are one of the most comfortable in the biz. The looks? I love the way the Kinvara looks down to my sole. It looks like a running shoe and it looks fast. Can’t be fast, at least look fast right?!
I am mixed on the “PRO-LOCK” the shoe fits great but I feel like the PRO-LOCK technology might not be necessary. I would actually like to try the shoe without it and see if I would like it better. It took me awhile to get the fit right with the lacing, I totally went t0o tight in the beginning. Word to the wise, go loose and then tighten down. I also recommend going up a half size. For example, if you run in a 10.5 running shoe, go to 11 in the Saucony Kinvara 6.
There is not much new here and that is a good thing. This is a phenomenal shoe. It is hard to say what I would do to make any real drastic upgrades. I am sure Saucony will come up with something. The spirit of this shoe stays true to the original 6 iterations later. It is fun to run in, feels great, and looks good. I put more miles on the Saucony Kinvara 6 than I do on a lot of other shoes I review and there is a reason for that. I like running in them. At $100 they are still a good deal. Let’s face it a lot of shoes out there are trying to be Kinvaras why not try them if you have not. Get some from Holabird Sports and you will get a $20 gift card with purchase..
Shoes provided by Saucony for this review.
What Saucony says:
The new Kinvara 6 is just a few engines short of a turbojet, but you might be fooled when you lace up a pair. Our best-ever PRO-LOCK lacing system delivers the optimal midfoot fit, and teams up with a new breathable mesh to deliver a cool breeze while you’re blazing the course. The upper’s FLEXFILM overlays have been adjusted to help the shoe move better with your foot, and sit atop the same POWERGRID-enhanced midsole as the previous edition, because, well… It’s just that good.
Updates to the FlexFilm delivers an even more dialed-in fit while maintaining the same light weight experience
Sporting a new open and breathable mesh for that wind in your toes sensation
The Pro-lock lacing system provides a secure midfoot fit
- Shoe Category: Natural Running, Neutral
- Pronation: Neutral
- Cushion: Responsive
- Construction Type: Natural Motion
- Surface: Road, Track
- Arch: High, Normal (Mid)
- Offset: 4mm
Heel Stack Height: 22mm
Forefoot Stack Height: 18mm