Saucony Kinvara 7
The newest Kinvara model from Saucony is here with much-anticipated differences from its predecessor. However, runners were just as excited about what was kept the same. That wonderful natural feel you have come to expect from Saucony is still there, and runners also found that they were still just as mindful of keeping the runner’s form and foot strike at the head of their design concepts.
Saucony’s newest lightweight offering comes equipped with their new EVERUN cushioning system that replaces their old Progrid technology. This is the change that runners of all skill levels are excited about. The word is out on the street about how this new cushioning system is having positive effects on shock absorbency, durability, and overall bounce in Saucony’s other shoes. In this review, runners will put Saucony’s consistent loyalty to fit while providing new technology to the test, let’s run!
Lightweight everyday runner that provides support, flexibility, and response
Mesh upper material is breathable and non-irritable to the skin.
Premium sock liner has anti-microbial and moisture wicking properties.
Improved comfort levels that surpass the previous version.
TRI-FLEX outsole configuration gave testers a smoother ride
Ideal for novice and seasoned runners alike
Lack of complete rubber coverage on outsole may hamper their durability for forefoot strikers
Not water proof or weather resistant
Long distance runners also found that they still provide that familiar toe-off experience that they have loved for years. Saucony’s new EverRun is intended to maintain its integrity longer than the standard EVA foam found in similar running shoes. Runners agreed that the new 7 is the most durable Kinvara to date. What runners appreciated was how the company left in place all the things that the Kinvara has been doing well for a very long time.
This was Saucony’s mission from the very start. Even well-seasoned runners that tended to hit the ground with a mild heel strike (loading under the midfoot), felt their stride benefit from the new EVERUN heel cushion. The sole on the new Kinvara 7 seems to “come alive” when put through the toughest of runs and runners felt an extra springy like response when compared to their other daily runners. The midsole upgrade was well received by a spectrum of runners.
Once again, Saucony uses the Pro-Lock lacing system in this version. First introduced on the Kinvara 6, it locks the foot securely in place and adds another layer of snugness to the upper. Runners with a lower arch or wider foot found that they could leave the Pro-Lock lacing a little looser to avoid significant discomfort. A welcomed change to the newly designed upper was the heel counter. It has been slightly reshaped and is now softer and more comfortable around the runner’s Achilles. Whether or not you are familiar with Saucony’s Kinvara line, you are sure to enjoy a very robust upper unit.
You will find eight different colorways to choose from and all of them are actually pretty different from each other in terms of looks. From your typical black and gray minimalistic pair, all the way to your ostentatious lime green selection, Saucony has provided a look and feel for every runner’s taste. So whether you prefer a low-key run or splashing social media with pictures of your sneakers, you’ll be sure to find something for you.
• Lightweight FLEXFILM upper
•Highly flexible midsole that allowed runners to adapt to uneven surfaces
•Breathable mesh upper and seamless underlays for support
•Heel counter is redesigned where it makes contact against the Achilles, giving runners more cushion.