Comments: Tried these in the same size that I use for my Kinvara 3s, despite having heard warnings about how much narrower they are. Well, I have to admit I *was* a bit worried when I first put them on...they DID look and feel noticeably tighter in the forefoot. Happy to say that the upper stretches out pretty quickly, and I was able to do 9 miles out of the box without any problem. They do feel like I'm getting a cleaner mid/forefoot strike and, more importantly, my footplant falls under/behind my center of mass more easily than with the 4mm drop Kinvaras. My calves did feel a bit exhausted by the end, however...am thinking that these shoes might be best for speed, tempo, and hills up to about 6 or 7 miles for best results, but will continue to use my Mirage for long runs (10-26 miles) and gradually phase in the Virratas for my medium runs now and again to see if I can get used to the zero drop more and more.
From: Eddie, Somerville, MA. 2/25/14
Comments: Just got my first pair of Virratas. I usually train in Cortanas and do speed work and racing in Kivaras. I wore these around the house for a few hours and had a feeling they were going to work well. Put 20 miles on them the next day with no blisters or hot spots. I did end up having more muscle fatigue in my calves, probably because of not being used to the zero drop. I did not lose any speed, however. I'm stoked on this shoe. Fit like a glove.
From: Rojer, Reno, NV, USA. 2/4/14
Comments: Love the Virrata. This is a fast fast trainer/racer. The zero drop and extreme flexibility lets you run very naturally but there's still plenty of cushioning. First 5K with these set a PR and finished 7th. Again I was delighted with how much support I had in these on a tough hilly course. I really felt like they just carried me up the hills without a ton of effort. This is the best 0 drop shoe I have worn to date and will be the shoe I wear in all 5Ks.
From: Mike, Clarksburg, MD
Comments: Great shoe! I've used it for different distances including interval workouts and even half-marathon distance, yet never failed to impress me. I love how they designed a glove like upper that still soft and breathable. It's very light to the point that it feels like a racing shoe, yet it still offers a very cushioned ride. I also don't mind the fact that the shoe looks amazing. Outsole and upper durability could be improved, otherwise everything else is excellent. I prefer this over the Kinvara 3, Kinvara 4, Asics Gel-Lyte33 2, and New Balance 1400.
Comments: These Virratas are fantastic. Five miles right out of the box, no problems that day or any day since. They are light, comfortable, and fast. Have had 2 pairs of Kinvaras that I love.....and I like these better.
From: Jeff, Columbia, SC
Comments: My first run impression of the Virratas was very good. I had a very consistent true mid-foot strike, which I like. I liked how the cushioning and flex of the shoe worked together. I liked how light it was. The zero drop was noticeable, but took a relatively short distance to get used to for me coming from the Kinvaras. I was able to wear my standard shoe size in the Virratas.
From: Howard, Cincinnati
Comments: These shoes are magic on my feet. If you're a runner who enjoys the kinvara series and runs in the midfoot area, buy these. They are the same thing, but lighter and cushioned in the midfoot. I had to buy a size 9 in mens when I'm usually a size 8.5 in Men's kinvara. But check the shoefitter just in case! I ran in the Brooks Pureconnect which were also good, but I felt the ground too much. The Viratta is for midfoot strikers who want some of that cushion for minimal running. Love it!
From: Nathan, Oregon, USA
Comments: Let me start off by saying phenomenal shoe! it is a perfect blend of a trainer, tempo shoe, and speedwork shoe. Very lightweight, super flexible and cushioned responsive ride like the kinvara but not overly mushy. The toe box has plenty of width to allow toes to splay and the upper is nice and breathable. Overall this is an awesome zero drop shoe that doesn't destroy you legs...take note new balance!
Comments: Amazing shoe. As a Vibram Five Finger runner for over a year (completing one half marathon in them) I needed something that was more comfortable on my feet and would allow me to push to full marathon distance, while sustaining the zero-drop feel and maintaining a minimalist form of running. This shoe was the answer to all my requests. Now I'm easily able to push past the 13.1 mark and have achieved a new PR in these shoes!
From: Noah, Clovis, CA, USA
Comments: Didnt even have 60 miles on these shoes. Left ankle loophole tore while lacing up. Maybe a defective shoe? Who knows. Returned for a store credit to buy the Kinvara 3s. Better and reliable shoe. I do have to say RunningWarehouse.com provided excellent customer service when it came time to return these so-so shoes. Oh, almost forgot, they run a little bigger for the Saucony brand.
From: Akron, OH
Comments: I just ran a 50k in the Virrata. Surface included sand, gravel, and rocks. The shoes came through in fine shape: no signs of wear and very comfortable.
From: James, Provo, UT, USA
Comments: Been using the Puma Faas 300, the Mizuno Musha, the Nike LT occasionally (super narrow), and the Kinvara 3. The Kinvara was on my feet the most, until the Virrata. I was apprehensive of the thick midsole - like the Kinvara - but this shoe is very responsive. Not super soft, just a responsive ride. Since I've always been a mid-foot striker, I have had no problem adjusting to the shoe. Nicely done, Saucony. Before the Kinvara, it was 20+ years since I was in a Saucony; and they still offer the wider forefoot in models like the Kinvara and Virrata.
From: Ted, VA
Comments: I have been using only Saucony shoes for the better part of two years. I loved the Kinvara 2, but wanted something more minimal. So I moved to the Type A5, which is a great shoe, but I started having foot problems (arches, toes), so I went back to the Kinvara. The Virrata feels like a Type A5 with the cushioning of a Kinvara. They fit like a glove (great minimalist upper) and feel great on my feet. So far, two thumbs up!
From: Steve, East Marion, NY, USA
Comments: Before I talk about the Virrata let me mention a little about the types of shoes that tend to work best for me. I am a huge Saucony fan and have run exclusively in the Kinvara for the past 3 years. The Kinvara was the best running shoe I have ever worn. It was light, cushioned just enough, and approaching the minimalist end of the shoe spectrum. One of my biggest complaints about the Kinvara was the 4mm drop so when I heard about the Virrata I was ecstatic to learn saucony was putting out something similar to the Kinvara but had a 0 drop midsole. I have run in the Viratta for almost 2 weeks now and let me say I love the shoe. They run true to size and have been amazing. They take a little getting used to but have been well worth it. i would strongly recommend to this shoe to anyone who is leaning towards a more minimalist shoe but not willing to take the plunge to barefoot running. I have tried barefoot running in the past (Vivo Barefoot Evo) with mixed results. Barefoot running helped me to really develop the muscles in my lower legs and feet but caused 2 stress fractures in my feet. Try the Viratta! I really think Saucony has found a winner with this shoe. It will help you develop muscles in your legs that traditional trainers overlook.
From: Scott, Edison, NJ
Comments: Recommend this shoe. Got the chance to wear test this shoe and actually ran a marathon in it as well. Held up great and offered tons of support/cushion for a lightweight shoe.