Saucony Kinvara 5 Review

The Kinvara has been around for several years and generally has a good reputation. This was my first time in a pair and I was very impressed. Out of the box, it was one of the most comfortable shoes that I have ever put on. Everything fit just right.

It is a very good looking shoe – I went with the black pair shown at the top, but I’ve included pictures and links to two men’s pairs and two women’s pairs.

The shoe has a 22mm heel and an 18mm forefoot – a 4mm drop. The size 10 weighed in at 8.2 ounces on my scale – wow! That is really light for a size 10.

The length was average and the width was average, except the toe box, which was a bit wider than normal. As someone who usually has to go with a 2E or 4E shoe, I loved this! If you have a wide foot and have trouble finding shoes, definitely give the Kinvara 5 a try!

It wasn’t all roses. I didn’t love the sole of this shoe. The material is soft and I felt like it would not last as long as a firmer sole. It is definitely comfortable, but I think it’s always important to consider durability. Finally, I don’t think this shoe would do much for you on trails, although there is also a Kinvara trail (and a Kinvara with Gore-Tex).

Pros:
– can be used for training or racing
– an extremely comfortable fit
– a wide toebox
– fairly priced at around $100
– a good looking shoe

Cons:
– questionable durability
– too light?

Have you ever run in Kinvaras? What did you think?

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13 Responses to Saucony Kinvara 5 Review

  1. emmelineruns says:

    I only ran in the 4 for a few minutes as a “tester” on the treadmill but I really liked the way they felt! I ended up with the Mirage instead but they actually gave me foot pain that made me have to switch brands entirely 😦 I’m not sure if the Kinvara being wider might help or if maybe Saucony is just not for me.

    • Jason says:

      It’s tough to say – you’ll have to let me know if you ever try them again. I used to race in the Fastwitch 5 and I currently train in the Guide 6 – if nothing else, I’d say that I’ve been very impressed with the quality of Saucony’s shoes. I’m still trying to wrap my head around training in an eight-ounce shoe, but I suppose stranger things have happened!

  2. MaryMary says:

    I have been dying to try the Kinvaras. I love the Saucony Guides and have been running in them for years, but the Kinvaras look so appealing to me. Glad to hear the Kinvaras 5s are good shoes because this just might be the year I test them out!

  3. I was a die hard Saucony girl (spikes, trainers, flats) until very recently. I still race in Fasttwich and the Shay for XC but the Kinvara went on a losing streak and the Mirage killed my foot. I’m really excited to try the Kinvara 5, though, as I’ve heard that many improvements were made. Durability has always been an issue, though. Please see the holes in every single pair of Kinvara I’ve owned about 100 miles in…

  4. I always have such a hard time picking out running shoes – it’s such an important and expensive investment! I finally settled on Asics which I’ve been happy with but for some reason all of a sudden I’m having weird pains in my feet after running. Maybe it’s time for a new brand…

    Those Kinvaras are all beautiful shoes! Very tempting just by color and style alone!

  5. The Kinvaras last the least longest of any shoe we sell at the store. A lot of people only get 100-200 miles in them! I know they are too light for me personally but I know Laura loves that shoe.

  6. These are so pretty (even though I know that shouldn’t be criteria for a running shoe :))

  7. theczechlocomotive says:

    Agree with a lot of the above: 1) Extremely comfortable and fun to run in; 2) The soles wear out quickly, which is a major issue if they wear unevenly — the outside of the sole wore down after just 150-200 miles to the point that I’d start getting leg injuries (effect was similar to running on a cambered road — simply 1-2mm less shoe on the outside); 3) The seam between the upper and the sole always broke right at the base of the smallest toe — exactly as runnerunderpressure suggests (I do have wide feet, but interesting that others agree); 4) One benefit of training in them is that the A5 is extremely similar and can be used as a race shoe for all road distances (including marathon) — the A5 has holes on the bottom that collect rocks, however, so don’t work as well on trails.

    Let me know if you’re interested in seeing photos of any of the above — I haven’t gotten rid of my old shoes…

    (p.s. the Merrells are awesome for wide feet…)

  8. atwinthing33 says:

    hahahahha I actually thought my kinvaras were too boxy…they were light in the front and heavy on the heel….
    Also the trail race you reviewed sounds neat. I want to do more trail running. I just entered a race in july that is a trail race and I might do an ultra in august in Michigan….I am still looking for the perfect shoe since they stopped making my green silence

  9. supereli23 says:

    I really like the kinvara as well but it’s not as durable as the pure flows I normally run in. I like to save it for speed work and races.

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