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