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A sleek and nimble trail shoe for racing and training, the Saucony Kinvara TR offers minimal cushioning and a firm ride.


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The great outdoors are all yours in the Saucony Kinvara TR. Feel the rise and fall of the trail under your feet with the Kinvara TR's low profile midsole and 3mm drop. Soft lugs offer grip on hard packed trails, and the woven forefoot rock plate protects your feet from sharp surprises along the way.

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Weight: 8.9 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (18mm), Forefoot (14mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium to low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Kinvara TR is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for speedwork, racing and daily training on the trails.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gusset Tongue prevents debris from entering the shoe.
  • Flex Film Overlays are made of a thin film that is welded to the upper for a snug, secure fit.
  • Toe Bump protects toes from loose debris.
  • HydraMAX Collar Lining cups the heel and provides next-to-skin comfort while wicking unwanted moisture.
  • EVA Sockliner offers additional under-foot cushioning.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length HRC Strobel Board, for responsive, enhanced cushioning and a soft underfoot feel.
  • High Traction Rubber is a sticky rubber compound that provides excellent traction and grip on various trail surfaces.
  • External Bedrock Outsole protects the foot from rocks, stones and other debris.
  • Beveled Heel offers a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

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: I am a fan of the Saucony line and feel that they have really done a great job over the last several years bridging the trend between over-structured shoes and the minimalist movement. They have really managed to appeal to those of us in the middle and I appreciate a simple shoe with some padding where it counts and a low heel drop. I am an ultra runner and put in a lot of miles. Recently I tried the Kinvara trail shoe and must admit that this shoe is very narrow in the toe box. I bought a size larger but to no avail still a constricting front foot (the added length just made me catch my toe on every stump on the trail). The rock plate is good but there is NO padding on the forefoot which is fine in sand but on rocky terrain or the mountains it made for a very painful journey.
From: Gilbert, Washington

Comments: The Kinvara TR shoe is extremely narrow in the forefoot.  It fits like a racing flat.  The Shoefitr seems to be way off on this one. I wear a size 10 Saucony Kinvara 3, Shoefitr says a size 11.5 is the best fit for me.  I was skeptical and went to my local running store to try it on.  A 10 in the trail shoe is the right length but way too narrow in the forefoot.  I went with the New Balance MT1010 instead.  The NB 1010 wasn't as snug in the heel as the Kinvara TR but had plenty of room in the forefoot. 
From: Todd, Denver, CO, USA

Comments: In followup to my last review: I put in 10 miles break-in on this shoe and ran the Speedgoat 50k, which is littered with rocks and technical terrain, and the shoe was just awesome. The rockplate, although stiff out of the box, definitely loosened up. I went sockless and I didn't get any blisters - that says a lot for a shoe with 10 miles of breakin. This is an awesome shoe for fast, bio-mechanically efficient runners. I've now also had a chance to check out the trailroc 245 and 255 and I wasn't all that impressed. I've got about 100 miles on the Kinvara TR now and it's holding up quite well.
From: Ken, Midvale, Utah, USA

Comments: This shoe is VERY narrow.  I have normal width feet.  The shoe fitter sizing was not available when I bought it and now that its up, it doesn't lie. very very narrow.  mashed my pinky toes something fierce!  This would have been a great shoe otherwise, seemed like a great balance of a cushioned shoe and minimalist shoe.
From: Greg D, East Peoria IL USA

Comments: This review is aimed more towards advanced/competitive mountain runners. I thought that this shoe was fantastic, other than the rock-plate. The rock plate is much too stiff for my preferences. The rubber on the bottom is very sticky, the material for the upper is highly breathable but keeps debris out well. The inner is the nicest of any shoe I've ever worn, much better than the MT110, very soft with some ingenious bumps to hold ones heel in place instead of a rigid heel counter. The heel and mid-foot are nice and tight, the forefoot is just roomy enough for the toes to wiggle but with a performance taper so that bombing the downhills is no problem - no toenails will be lost. I actually feel that this is the best shoe last that I've ever tried on. The tongue is gusseted with enough material on the sides so that the shoe laces don't rub your feet raw. The overlays seem like they are nicely placed as is the rubber toecap. 

This shoe feels light, fast, and nimble ... except for the rock-plate which makes me feel quite clumsy. If you want a performance shoe and don't mind a stiff rockplate, then this is the shoe for you! If you want something with more flex the upcoming INOV8 trailroc 245 or 255 looks might be a better choice, though I've never seen either. The shoe may loosen up after a hundred miles or so and gain some flex but it is ridiculously rigid out of the box.
From: Ken, Midvale, Utah, USA