Saucony Kinvara 12
A trusted favourite, the Saucony Kinvara has been one of our go-to shoes since its first launch over 10 years ago. It's 4mm drop and lightweight design is perfect for all kinds of running.
This version maintains that tradition. It is further stripped back through the upper and gains the new 'dovetailed' heel. The midsole remains pretty much as in version 11, which for many has been a hit. It will be a little firmer and therefore a touch more responsive.
- 4mm drop
- 213 grams
- Racing and training shoe
- PWRRUN midsole
- Lightweight engineered mesh upper
"With an almost cult-like following, the Kinvara is our trusted go-fast running shoe. The Kinvara12 brings a more aggressive edge, thanks to the feedback of our world-class athletes. Still lightweight and flexible, the shoe now has updated geometries for an even faster ride. We also simplified the upper and improved the durability for ticking off more miles in lightweight comfort. Whether training or racing, the Kinvara12 is primed to get you to the start line stronger and the finish line sooner."
This is what we think...
Lightweight, responsive training immediately springs to mind with the Kinvara12. That is in the traditional sense of shoe design.
It is a step away from the Saucony Endorphin range, like wise it is a step away from classic traditional training shoes like the Ride. So a shoe finding the middle ground with advantages for all.
For those enjoying the delights of the Endorphin range will find the Kinvara12 a much firmer ride. The advantage is that it will compliment your training in so much you will have to work that little bit harder, you will also maintain foot and ankle strength. Technique will also be tested as you will be doing more of the work. All of which is no bad thing.
Read our First Look Review of the Kinvara12 Here Light Speeds Ahead
For those taking a more traditional stance with their training shoes then this could still be an everyday training shoe - just a touch firmer than previous versions. It will also prove to be a terrific racer in so much that it will be responsive and just feel 'pingy'.
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