Saucony Kinvara 13
The Kinvara 13 is a lightweight neutral trainer that can be used for speed workouts, easy runs, and on race day. The Kinvara has been my go to shoe since I took up running 6 years ago. I started with the Kinvara 7 and have run in every model since. The Kinvara 13 did not disappoint.
How does it feel?
Built for the speed seekers. Now lighter than ever, the Kinvara 13 is flawless, fast, and light as a feather. Feel nothing but the determination to kick it into high gear. The Kinvara 13 should be well received this spring, especially by runners who don’t relish the feeling of maximally cushioned shoes with an excessively bouncy profile. It will certainly be appreciated by runners who are looking for a more affordable shoe that’s versatile enough to tackle different types of runs.
There are not many changes on the Kinvara 13 as the 12 was a big redesign for the shoe. At first glance the biggest change is the redesign of mono mesh upper. It feels more breathable and gives the shoe’s appearance a more Endorphin line vibe. And what do you do with one of the lightest running shoes out there? You take weight off of course.
The shoe’s major update is the new, single-layer engineered mesh upper. The Kinvara 13 fits true to size with a bit more wiggle room in the forefoot, but the breathable, stretchy and stripped-down design of the upper provides a more locked down fit.
Now, for the opinion part
I ran about 25 miles in the Kinvara 13 in 5 different runs from easy runs to interval workouts. It felt a lot like the 12 model but not quite as firm under foot but still maintains the responsive ride. However, if I’m running anything more than a half marathon I would go with a shoe with a little more cushion. The upper has a secure feel without feeling constrictive and lightly padded gusseted tongue feels great against the foot. This shoe is very comparable to the Brooks Launch 9.
Who Is This Shoe Good For?
The Kinvara is great for those that want a lightweight daily trainer that will do well with speed training, easy runs, or taking to the gym for working out. For those that like “minimal” running shoes the 4mm drop is ideal. The price tag of $120 doesn’t break the bank.
Who Is This Shoe NOT Good For?
For those customers that like a lot cushion, the Kinvara does not fit the bill. I would not recommend this shoe for those doing runs longer than a couple hours.
Now for the SPECS:
• Price: $119.95
• Stack: 28.5 mm / 24.5 mm
• Drop (4 mm)
• Weight: 6.2 oz Women’s/7.2 oz Men’s
• Support: A more beveled midsole and streamlined midfoot contouring give you a super smooth, super-fast ride; Durable XT-900 rubber in strategic high-wear areas
• Midsole: PWRRUN
• Category: Neutral
• Upper: Enhanced fit and breathability with a completely redesigned single-layer mesh upper
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About TRWS GURU Ken
Ken began his running journey six years ago after his daughter asked him to do a 5k with her. Since then Ken has completed 3 marathons and numerous half marathons, 10k’s, and 5k’s. He has worked at our Mission store since the summer of 2020. Ken enjoys working with all our customers from the veterans to those just starting their running journey.
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