Comments: The best shoe I've every hated. They're light. They've got a minimal heel to tow drop. Both good things in my book. I've been running in nothing but flats (mostly Saucony A5s) for a couple years now... racing (5k to marathon) and training anywhere from 40-110 mpw. I'm 180lbs. I manage to stay relatively injury-free. These were on sale so I figured a little extra cushion on the daily training runs couldn't hurt. Well they don't have the ventilation that a lighter weight show does. After 3miles in Florida's summer heat I was splashing around in these. Additionally I love the feel of the road I get from what I've been wearing. There is none in these; it was immediately apparent. The moral of the story is that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. After one run I'm wishing I had just spent the money on a pair of A6s.
From: Charles, FL, USA. June 28th 2015
Comments: Liked the extra toe/forefoot room that had been unfortunately taken away in the Kinvara 4, but this shoe feels a bit too firm for my tastes and the new lacing system is kind of strange and gimmicky more than anything. Still much better than most shoes in its category (lightweight, low drop daily trainer) though...am glad I waited until it went on clearance instead of paying full retail for it.
From: Eddie, Somerville, MA, USA. June 26th 2015
Comments: I really enjoyed running in these shoes. I've put about 400 miles on them, mostly on 5-6 mile paved runs, though I've ran 13 in them without any issues and have also ran on trails (but they are very clearly meant for the road). This was my first ever pair of Saucony shoes. I always shied away from them due to the loud colors but after reading the positive reviews, I decided to try the neon green. My first impression was that they were very light weight compared to my Asics GT 2000's (about 8 ounces vs 12). Losing 4 ounces really seemed to make a difference and my times improved about 15-20 seconds per mile. I also didn't seem to have any trouble transitioning to a 4 millimeter drop. I really should have replaced these at about 300 miles as they seem wear fairly quickly - this seems to be a common trade off between shoes meant for lightness/speed vs longevity. Given that I paid so much for them, I stretched them a bit and paid for it with some minor knee pain. I will say that I find the toe box a bit cramped on the outer, something I hope the Kinvara 6 addresses. Also, the mesh top above the toe almost wore a hole through it where my big toe pushes against it (though I think that's more particular to my anatomy than the shoe). Still, now that these are on clearance for $58, I'm picking up another pair!
From: Josh, Knoxville, TN, USA. April 27th 2015
Comments: There is a reason why this is a best seller. One of the best shoes I have run in all around. From daily work to race day.. this is one of the best road platforms on the market.
From: Kevin, Bethel, CT, USA. March 18th 2015
Comments: Nice shoe but the cushioning just doesn't last more than 160 miles. Several of my running buddies have had the same issue. It just gets too expensive to keep replacing it so often. The new zealot is a much better show overall.
From: Jack. February 14th 2015
Comments: I've used the previous two Kinvara's. The orange one was my second K5. The shoe is very comfortable out of the box. It is very responsive to speed and soft enough for shorter recovery runs. However, the upper is still very weak, despite Saucony's efforts to shore it up. The problem spots for me are the edge near my pinky toe. The shoe cannot handle lateral motions, and I use this shoe to work on drills. I would get a third pair, but reserve it solely for running purposes. I don't care if they make the shoe .5 oz heavier if it can last longer, and I am skeptical as to the new Breakthru shoe, it looks even less durable than the Kinvara. Let's hope not. Still, the Kinvara is a 4/5 star shoe
From: Dan, Staten Island, NY, USA. February 2nd 2015
Comments: I have run in Kinvara's before...3s and 4s. I always like the lightness and responsiveness of the series. One drawback was the light EVA sole ( I am 200 pounds), would flatten out after about 90-100 miles of running. The Newest model...Kinvara 5 looked to be a little beefier in the sole, and the improvements in uppers design in the forefoot looking to make them more durable. Turns out that is not the case...there is a big hole in the right heel box where a sharp edge in the internal plastic heel cup cut through the padding and material and cut my sockless heel the 3rd time I ran in them. Both shoes toe boxes have holes in them now, after only 50 running miles. Additionally the 5s are not as fitted over the arch, and doesn't give me the same snug fit that the 4s did. So bottom line for me is, decent light shoe, that is relatively comfortable, and looked to be well made but was not durable enough for any significant milage.
From: Michael, Norwalk. January 19th 2015
Comments: First time I've tried the Kinvara (been running in them since spring), so I can't compare to other versions, but it has been the best shoe I've ever run in. I've migrated to the Kinvara by first running in the Guide 6 and 7, then trying the Mirage, and finally the Kinvara 5. I have tried the Fastwich and A6 along the way, but in the end found the Kinvara to be the perfect middle ground. I've never found them to be harsh (like the Fastwich and A6), but are very light and responsive, compared to the guide and mirage. 4mm drop works well for me, and the fit is great.
From: Clarke, Franklin, TN, USA. January 17th 2015
Comments: Huge fan of Saucony Kinvara's until this version came out. Began having pain in my big toe after my first 6 mile run, but don't know the cause of it since I bought the same size I normally get. After my 2nd run, I began to notice pain on the outside of my midfoot where the shoelace goes through that plastic tab. Did one more run in these and still having to deal with the pain. Returning these immediately and looking for Kinvara 4's wherever I can find them.
From: Robert, Waco, TX, USA. November 27th 2014
Comments: I have used the past 3 iterations of the Kinvara, and this one is by far the best one. It is very responsive to pick ups and also has enough cushion for longer miles. I am a high school track and field athlete (17 yrs, 6', 160 lbs), and this serves many purposes, whether it be track workouts or tempo runs. The cushioning is very nice and I never have discomfort when wearing these. The one gripe I have with the K3-K5 is the durability of the upper. The material beneath the Saucony logo always goes first, and I either have a gapping hole on the lateral sides of the shoe. But the durability has improved since the last model, and the rubber on the bottom is still holding up after 3 months of road and trail running. The midsole stack will shorten as you put more miles on it due to the impact, which brings your feet closer to the ground if that is what you are seeking. Overall, this is a great shoe 4.5/5, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
From: Dan, Staten Island, NY, USA. November 6th 2014
Comments: After running in Asics GT21?? series shoes for several years, I switched to the Saucony Triumph 10. I wanted to try and slowly work my way to a shoe with less heel toe drop. The change from the Asics to the Saucony Triumph was a very noticeable one. My calves were very tight for a few weeks then after that everything was fine. The Triumph is very cushioned and when trying to run more on the ball of my foot rather than heel stike, it is a really nice cushioned ride. After about 500 miles of trouble free miles, I notice they seemed to hold up nice also. Nothing spectacular just average with shoes I have had in the past. Recently I switched to the Kinvarna 4, which is another 4mm drop from the Triumph. Right away I can tell this shoe is not as cushioned. It feels more like a race shoe. They are very light and that is what I will probably use them for from now on. I plan on getting some new Triumph 11's for any training runs over 6 miles.
From: Jeff, IL, USA. September 22nd 2014
Comments: These are a great shoe. I loved the Kinvara 1 and 2, disliked the 3 and 4, and the 5 is a step toward their original popular shoe. One problem I noticed is that it is almost too soft for trail running in Michigan with roots and some rocks. The Kinvara 1 and 2 were OK, but this one is just so soft. It does do well on the track and on the roads.
From: Tom, Brighton. September 16th 2014
Comments: Love love love this update. Was not a fan of the 4's at all. These remind me of the 2's and 3's that I wore until they feel apart; the 4's were falling apart before I could even put 50 miles on them. The 5's fit is much better and more secure on the foot. Looks to be more durable, especially in the forefoot which was the area I noticed the most wear on the 4's. I don't know if any cushioning was added or improved but I am recovering from PF and I can run in these pain free. Love the lightweight feel, it's like running on air. Can't recommend them enough. The Green ones are awesome looking and I'd probably try to wear them just for that reason alone. Of course green is my fav color so I am boased. I really think it's a beautiful shoe.
From: Brian, Parker, CO, USA. June 19th 2014
Comments: Not happy with the update. I've had many Kinvaras since its introduction. I've never experience pain before from a new Kinvars. Ran in my Kinvara 4s today. What a difference!! Was really looking forward to the 5. Big disappointment!
From: Chris, East Fishkill, NY, USA. June 4th 2014
Comments: I've been waiting for the Kinvara 5 to come out since the Knivara 3 was discontinued. Let me just say it was worth the wait. Perfect shoe for all distances. It's definitely going to be on my feet on May 19th when I pace the 3:05 group at the Cleveland Marathon. Wide forefoot, soft yet responsive sole.
From: Dave, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. May 11th 2014