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An entry level shoe with a bit of underfoot protection, the Saucony Kilkenny XC4 is built for 3k to 10k cross country racing.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


The Saucony Kilkenny XC4 is a XC racer that offers enough midsole protection for up to a 10k race. This lightweight racer offers a supple upper for an irritation free environment.

Model Number:

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Weight: 6.6 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (20mm), Forefoot (16mm); non-removable insole

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Fits small; purchase 1/2 size larger than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium to low
  • Shoe Shape: Curved


Saucony's Kilkenny XC 4 Flat is designed for cross-country racing in distances ranging from 3k to 10k on a variety of surfaces.


  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.
  • CMEVA is a full length, industry standard foam designed for lightweight durability.
  • Open Mesh covers the entire upper and is a breathable lightweight fabric.
  • Synthetic Overlays are intended to keep the upper snug to the foot.
  • Slip Lasting involves wrapping and stitching the upper in a bootie-like shape before it is glued to the midsole to increase flexibility and decrease weight.
  • XT-600 is located throughout the outsole and is a carbon rubber material that increases traction without sacrificing durability.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: After working my way through a second pair of Nike Free 3.0's, I spent some time in Lake Tahoe... so trail running was in.  Free's pick up a lot of rocks and flex inappropriately.  The Kilkenny's firm cushioning and hard sole were excellent on fire roads, technical, hard pack, and sand.  I never ran out of grip, even while "paddling" in sand.  No noticeable heel-toe drop, light, breathable.  The upper may be too thin and the toe box is definitely too "pointy"... but for the price, it's a great shoe.  I wear socks for anything over 5K, so 1/2 size up was correct.
From: Chris, Houston, TX USA

Comments: Ordered the Saucony Kilkenny XC4 from on Monday night.  The shipment arrived first thing Thursday morning.  Excellent! The shoes are absolutely perfect for me.'s description of size, heel-to-toe drop, etc. was spot on.  Truly a website devoted to runners. For those of you who have never run in flat/cross-country shoes, give them a try.  I am an under-pronating, mid-foot striker.  I feel like I am running in quicksand when I wear "normal" running shoes. My previous pair of running shoes was the Nike Zoom Streak XC2.  I loved them while they lasted, but the Streak's wore out pretty quickly due to the thin, soft sole.  At first glance, the Saucony's appear to be more durable.  Time will tell
From: Tom, Marion, IA USA

Comments: Weekly mileage at age 61, 40 mpw for the past 6 months. Currently own 5 pairs of racing shoes, you can never have too many, with the exception of my wife, who has too many. I finally did a 5k race in the Kilkenny XC4 Men's racing flat.  Loved how they felt on my feet in the race, and liked the fit, and weight of them.  My wife also recently purchased a pair from this supplier, and she too raced in them for the first time, and loved the fit and weight.  We are both going to use them in a five miler next weekend in a USATF event.  Then maybe the next weekend in a 10k.
So we both really like this racing shoe!  Also, the price is EXCELLENT for this shoe.
From: Dave, Perkasie, PA, USA