INTRODUCING THE KINVARA 3
So much technology, so little shoe.
Saucony have redesigned the look of this popular shoe, but kept the fit, feel and ride consistent with its predecessor. Low in profile, great fit and plush in cushioning.
The new Kinvara's upper now features FlexFilm, a strong yet pliable material innovation that adapts to your foot and provides a lightweight, seamless feel. Inside the shoe, anatomically-contoured memory foam heel pods secure a perfect fit.
In the midsole, ProGrid technology provides a unique blend of responsiveness and cushion, and the heel crashpad has been beveled for an even smoother ride as the runner transitions through the gait cycle. Finally, after examining wear patterns on hundreds of test shoes, the outsole was upgraded through the addition of placements of carbon rubber for enhanced durability.
The ProGrid Kinvara 3 is Saucony's most popular minimalist running shoe and once you've worn a pair, it's easy to see why. As a sprinter I was familiar with the concept of a lightweight racing shoe for use for training; however I had never considered a barefoot or minimalist running shoe before.
The Kinvara 3 proved to be a superb training aid and severed me well for both long runs on the road and as a fantastic shoe for running on the track or sessions where spikes weren't always necessary.
Let's start at the bottom. The shoe, while extremely minimal in places, provides a great deal of comfort and stability as the foot goes through its gait. The toe box is has slightly more room than some other shoes which is fantastic for someone like myself with slightly wider feet as it helped reduce the amount of supination and roll due to lack of resistance experienced on the outside of other shoes.
As you'll expect, there is less support in the Kinvara 3 when compared to a more traditional trainer and therefore you will feel a little more impact on a longer run, however you feel experience significant benefits when it comes to the responsiveness of the shoe.
I also tested the shoe out on the track, running a few sprint sessions and I found it remarkably easy to get up - and maintain - my speed over the short distances whilst putting less pressure on my body than my sprint spikes would.
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