As you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of the Kinvara shoe line. I bought my first pair the week they came out and did a joint review with fellow Kinvara enthusiast Steve Speirs. My biggest complaint about the shoe had to do with the durability of the sole. Typically, I was only able to get 200 miles on a pair of Kinvaras (ran 4 pairs of Kinvara 1s and 2s.) Running an average of 50-70 miles per week, well you can do the math. It didn’t add up, even with that said, last Fall I choose a pair of Kinvara 2s for my MCM marathon shoe, and it was a good choice. I ended up with a PR and my feet felt great the whole race, minus a missing toenail. Apparently my foot has grown a half size. The Kinvara 3 has taken care of the durability issue, I will get into more detail below.
Saucony Kinvara 3 are a light weight minimal trainer weighing in 7.7 oz. for men and 6.7 oz. for women with a 4mm heel to toe differential. The fit of the Kinvara is exceptional with no hot spots on the upper. Saucony is using their FlexFilm™ to create an overlay that has less seams and is lighter than traditional materials. My favorite part of the update on this wildly popular shoe, is the shifting of the rubber on the bottom of the shoe.
This new configuration of rubber has extended the life of my Kinvaras. I have run 100 miles on them and they are holding up well. All of my runs have been on the street with an average pace around +/- 8 minute miles. I weigh 164 lbs. The previous models wore out after 75 miles on the outside lateral edge. So much so that I could feel it in my foot strike. The adjustment of the rubber is why this is my favorite shoe update of all time.
Overall, while running the shoes are light, flexible, and comfortable. The Kinvara 3 maintain much of the feel of the last two models of Kinvara. If you loved Kinvara 1 and 2, you will love Kinvara 3. If you are like me and liked Kinvara 1 and 2 but couldn’t justify the quick demise of the sole, you will love Kinvara 3. This was a superb update to the shoe, Kinvara 2s should have been called Kinvara 1.5, this shoe is a true update and improvement on the line. As always the styling and color options for the Kinvara kick ass.
A pair of Kinvara 3 were provided to the reviewer from Saucony.
Here is a review of the K3 from Average Guy Hits the Road