Saucony Kinvara 10 Review
The Saucony Kinvara line was started in 2009, and it came with a unique approach. The goal was to strip down to the bare essentials without compromising cushioning. As a pioneer of the 4mm heel to toe drop, the Kinvara was a precursor of changes throughout the Saucony line, as well as the entire running shoe industry.
Born from those who believed that a lightweight running shoe can pack a heavyweight punch, the very first Kinvara changed the game forever. Kinvara continues to lead the industry in cutting edge innovation even in its’ tenth form! The limited-edition Kinvara 10 features the shoe’s original iconic colorways and design. Enjoy a smooth, refreshingly energetic ride with the EVERUN topsole and flexible EVA+ midsole. A mesh upper will give you support and air flow while comfortably locking your foot down as you speed up. These running shoes have a FORMFIT performance contoured footbed. Run your heart out on the road or on the track in these lightweight, breathable, flexible, gorgeously chic classic Saucony Kinvara 10’s.
- Highly responsive ride
- All over comfort
- Smooth heel to toe transition
- Flexible and breathable
- Trusted brand and style
- Lack of forefoot traction on wet surfaces
- No waterproof
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According to one consumer, the toe box is larger (about a ¼ shoe size longer), and is more rounded than the Kinvara 9-allowing more room for your toes to lay naturally. The Kinvara 10 comes with ankle fusion padding around the sides of the ankle collar. They were afraid that this would feel bulky and restrictive, but once they started running in them, they found that this was not the case; and that the padding actually helps keep small rocks and dirt from entering your shoe. They claim the overall responsive, lightweight feel has remained intact, and that the 10 seems lower to the ground (because the outsole is thinner rubber), as well as more conformed to their feet (FormFit footbed).
A nurse had issues with plantar fasciitis due to being on her feet for 12 or more hours a day. She also runs and has high arches. Switching to the Kinvara style shoe has made her issues settle down tremendously. She recommended the Kinvara 10 to fellow nurses with the same struggles, and they fell in love with them, too!
You may be wondering what engineered mesh is. It’s a textile composition that is composed of 90% mesh, which is woven tightly to present a snug, glove-like fit. Since engineered mesh is so strong and flexible, it bestows a more natural blend than standard mesh materials.
With notably more prominent perforations that normal mesh, the engineered mesh delivers a higher level of airflow, thus breathability. When engineered mesh is used for the upper of a shoe, it helps to support the foot and the textile composition offers more of a natural flex. It is also more lightweight, which is ideal with running shoes. Engineered mesh is a perfect solution for staying dry and comfortable on long runs.
The pattern on the outsole has not changed, besides that it is now in a tighter configuration, which gives you premium forward momentum and energy return. To inspire a smooth, straight transition from landing to toe-off, there are guidance lines spanning the center of the outsole from toe to heel. Even though the EVA+ midsole is slightly more firm than previous models, it is paired with the EVERUN topsole/midsole, so it persists to render a luxurious ride with exceptional response step after step, run after run.
A low heel to toe drop is meant to make running feel more natural because it allows you to run more like you would if you were barefoot. It is believed to be better for your joints and tendons. Studies have found that this is true for some runners. However, everyone is different and there are many factors that go into finding comfort when it comes to your feet, because arches vary, widths vary, there are diseases and disorders and injuries to consider. So, be sure to consider your personal needs before deciding what kind of drop you want to have in your shoes.
It has been said that the key to converting to minimalist running shoes is to do it gradually. Your foot needs time to adjust to running a different way, to having more impact in some spots on the foot and less impact in others. If you have any foot problems at all, make sure you figure out if you need a high or low heel to toe drop. If you try a shoe with a low heel drop and it’s not the right choice, you may cause yourself unnecessary pain.
While lightweight shoes are better for all runners, it’s more than just the weight that is making the difference. How the shoe is built and how much it can convert downward energy into forward propulsion also come into play. And the Kinvara 10 has 83% energy return.
The Kinvara used to have a Pro-lock lacing system, which is meant to eliminate laces getting in the way or coming untied while you’re running. It’s also supposed to provide a more secure fit. However, Saucony did away with the Pro-lock lacing system in the latest model, and consumers are not disappointed. People reported that the system didn’t help, it was just constricting and uncomfortable.
The Kinvara 9 had a thin tongue. It has been puffed up in the 10th version, more similar to the Kinvara 8. The tongue doesn’t slide around your foot, instead resting comfortably on top of your foot, because it is stitched into the upper of the shoe.
An addition to the Kinvara 10 that you can’t miss are the two cushioned pods that are inside the heel counter and rest against your Achilles. These cushions are meant to offer you more comfort and protection to this very sensitive, powerful tendon. Consumers reported that the cushions did take some getting used to but, after running in the shoes, they were aware of the reassuring light pressure they felt against their Achilles. Before long, they didn’t notice the cushions at all because they got used to them being there. The cushions don’t enhance or harm the fit and performance of the shoe, they are there to protect and give comfort.
Considering the flawless reputation and huge customer base that Saucony Kinvara's have, along with the positive reviews from some of these loyal customers, the 10th edition is one you need to add to your collection. With many colors to choose from, you're sure to find out that speaks to you!