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A lightweight trainer that encourages a mid-to-forefoot strike, the Saucony Kinvara 3 features moderate cushioning and a soft ride.


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Tackle any distance at any speed in the Saucony Kinvara 3. This low weight, versatile road shoe has a 4mm heel-to-toe drop that works well for midfoot and forefoot strikers, yet still has enough cushioning for heel strikers. The bold upper is form fitting and flexible. This shoe's responsive midsole is good for just about anything from daily training to road racing.

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Weight: 7.9 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (23mm), Forefoot (19mm) 

Available Widths: D=Medium

How it Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel:  Medium to narrow
  • Mid-foot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Kinvara 3 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for speedwork, racing and daily training.


  • Heel ProGrid is a grid-like foam piece that sits under the heel for shock absorption. 
  • EVA+ is a full length composite foam designed for lightweight, durable cushioning.
  • Decoupled Heel flexes throughout the gait cycle to create better traction.
  • Heel ProGrid is a grid-like foam piece that sits under the heel for shock absorption. 
  • Open Mesh covers the entire upper and is a breathable lightweight fabric.
  • Flex Film Overlays are made of a thin film that is welded to the upper for a snug, secure fit.
  • HydraMAX Collar Lining cups the heel and provides next-to-skin comfort while wicking unwanted moisture.
  • Memory Foam Heel Pods provide a comfortable and secure fit.
  • XT-900 throughout the outsole is a carbon rubber material that offers durable traction.
  • Triangular Lug Design provides traction and additional underfoot cushion.

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: When most people talk about the Kinvara they are talking about using the shoe for marathons or distance running, but I use this shoe for sprinting and it's great. They are light weight, and I feel as though with each stride I take I'm receiving more energy (pop or bounce) in return. I'm also in love with the styles that this shoe has as well. They form to the foot which was a huge problem for me while looking for a good running shoe. The material moves with the foot which makes it seem more like wearing a sock rather than a shoe. In general the Kinvara is the best shoe I've ever worn for sprint training.
From: Michael, Gresham, OR, USA 

Comments: I have logged 335 miles in these shoes in the last 10 wks. They are light weight and great shoes on the long run days. The heel drop and cushioning are perfect. My only complaint, the toe box is a bit snug. I have to wrap a toe on each foot with gauze to prevent blistering.   
From: John, Jacksonville, FL USA  

Comments: I have been using Asics DS Trainer 15 and 16 and the Kinvara 3 was a choice for cautious transition to barefoot running because of my knee pain after running. The 1st run was 14km on tarmac and now I have ran over 100km in Kinvara 3. It definitely helped me in changing my running technique - fore|mid foot strike, 180 cadence, running stright and relaxed and most importantly no knee pain! Great shoe for slower-longer runs where I can concentrate on my technique, not that great for speekwork for me so far. I use it for trail running as well and it handles it good, didnt encouter very rough or muddy terain thought. My hart rate is 5 BPM lower than in the Asics thanks to improved technique at the same speed on the same route, which is very good benefit as well. The next step I plan to go for the merrell road glove or saucony hattori, but want to run 500 km in kinvara first to be ready as running has been for crosstraning as biking has been my main activity. In Kinvaras I started to love running more :-)
From: Dusan, Bratislava, Slovakia

Comments: I have been in love with the Kinvara since the 2nd ones came out and the 3 is no different; just as light but somehow they feel even lighter and more comfortable than ever. I run 15-25 miles a week and these shoes perform admirably for longer runs or speedwork. Ran a 5k a few days ago and pushed my mile time down to 7:11 with these shoes (I had never run under 7:35 previously) and they are great at any distance I have been able to push them to. I recommend these shoes wholeheartedly and will buy another pair when it is time for mine to retire!
From: Jason, Portland, ME, USA

Comments: Super surprised but turns out I really dislike these shoes. I have a pretty narrow foot but it turns out my 9.5's allow my heel to constantly be coming up. Any size smaller would suffocate the front of my foot. I'll be exchanging these for another pair of the Nike Free 3.0 v4's which are amazingly awesomely fantastically awesome
From: Eli, Santa Cruz, California, USA

Comments: Had the original Kinvara, 2 pr. of the 2's and on my second pair of the latest edition (3's). This is by far my favorite shoe. Fit and performance are flawless.  The only watch out, I have to swap them out at about 250 miles.
From: Steve, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Comments: My favorite minimalist shoe after trying several. Good combo of low drop (4mm) with sufficient overall cushioning. Feels so much better than Nike Frees for example.
From: Matt, Indianapolis, IN

Comments: I have ran over 300 miles on these and they still feel great a lot better than the first two versions of the shoe! Saucony Great Job! one thing they could work on is the laces after about 250 miles they started to bother me a little. hoping to get over 500 miles! I run average of 50 miles a week. I hope that saucony drops their price on these shoes soon cuz im gonna need some new ones! 4mm drop is perfect never change that saucony!
From: ben, usa

Comments: I've worn everything (EVERYTHING!) out there in an effort to find a low/minimal drop shoe that has enough under it to stand up to 20+ mile runs.  The Kinvara 3 wins hands down.  Light with just enough cushion to take the edge off long runs.  I wasn't a huge fan of Kinvara 2 (too narrow through the toe, a little stiff) but the 3 feels much better all around.

Also, a HUGE shout-out to the folks at Running Warehouse and their new return policy.  I appreciate your patience and diligence (and free overnight shipping!).  You've made a customer for life.
From: Anonymous

Comments: Very happy with the Kinvara 3.  I had two pair of the Kinvara 1, which, when brand new, were great, but the sole wore far to fast for me.  I'm a mid-fore foot striker and the outer edges of the shoe always wore down pretty quickly (really evident after just a few runs).  In fact, after 10 weeks, the outer edges wore down so much that it started to affect my left foot (metatarsal pain of 4th toe).

Alas - the sole of the kinvara 3 is alot tougher - I've put in 50 miles on them so far with little to no wear on the outer part of the sole.

They are very comfortable, extremely well build and made of much higher quality materials than the Kinvara 1.

Highly recommended.
From: anonymous

Comments: Recently used these shoes for the Dipsea Race and they held up pretty well for a demanding trail race where there are stairs, dirt down hills and long hill climbs which supported my feet during the whole thing
From: Mark, San Marcos, CA, USA

Comments: Not a bad shoe. It's still as comfortable as the previous versions.  One thing, though, the Flex Film that covers the mesh has already seperated from on the left shoe.  The film that comes up from the sole on the inside of the toe box is no longer adheard to the mesh.  I've only run about 20 miles in them, and am a bit disappointed.
From: Tim, Columbus, Ohio, US

Comments: I have been using Saucony Cortana's since they debuted last year (3 pairs) and have been pleased. I wanted to give the Kinvara 3's a try due to them being about 3oz lighter per shoe. I was a little worried that the 3oz lighter in weight would mean less cushioning and thus lower miles. Not the case! I took these out for a 25 miler on the road with 6 bridge crossings last Saturday and had no issues at all! These babies are light and provide enough cushioning for me at 170lbs. I'm a ultra runner and put lots of miles on my shoes and very happy with my purchase thus far.
From: Ash, Tampa, FL, USA

Comments: I have completed 2 runs in the Kinvara 3.  One run of 6-1 mile repeats and one 18 mile long run.  The upper is a great fit and a tad bit wider in the toes.  I was just on the edge of needing a wide width with the Kinvara 2, so when I ordered the 3 I had a medium and wide width sent.  Turns out the regular width is fine in the new model.  Midsole feels very cushioned.  The durability is definitely improved as after 24 miles in the new shoes there is no outsole wear.  In the 1's and 2's I had visible outsole wear after one or two easy runs.  It's still a lightweight, responsive trainer great for midfoot striking runners.
From: Tom, Mill Valley, CA, USA

Comments: I have had the privilege of trying these on before they hit the stores (THANK YOU JULIE IN THE SAUCONY SPRINTER) and did a little roadwork in them. My friend Chris tried them too and said,"Wow, these are light". I can say they feel lighter and they feel as if they have more cushion. I can't wait to order a pair in the black and citron!!!!
From: James, Seattle, WA, USA