The Saucony Kinvara 4 is a great shoe, it takes everything that was good with the previous version, the Kinvara 3 and improves upon the recipe – the result is a great lightweight running shoe that offers a fantastic ride, great cushioning and incredible stability.
Not bad for a shoe that comes in under $100 online.
Saucony Kinvara 4 First Impressions
Let’s start with the obvious – this is a sweet looking shoe. Our review pair came with the orange, black an citron color scheme and everyone in the office loved it!
It’s lightweight, feels solid and when you slip it on the shoe feels extremely well designed.
What Saucony Say About The Spec:
- Synthetic and Mesh
- Rubber sole
- Flex Film welded upper
- HydraMAX moisture-wicking collar lining
- Impact-absorbing PowerGrid technology centers the foot
- High-abrasion EVA+ lightweight midsole
- XT-900 carbon rubber traction outsole
- Keep your transitions smooth and your feet secure with the award-winning Kinvara 4 running shoe from Saucony.
Saucony Kinvara 4 Upper
For some odd reason, Saucony have replaced the fused plastic upper design of the 3 and have replaced it with a new design which unfortunately feels significantly less durable. The shoe still features the Saucony FlexFilm material overlay but by removing the durability, it does feel like Saucony have taken a step back.
There’ve been a few reports of runners who are a little heavier on their shoes managing to split the upper mesh, however, while this is something to be aware of it’s certainly not an issue that we struggled with.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, the upper does feel extremely comfortable with great ventilation. One thing to note is that Saucony haven’t redesigned the toe box (which was one of my major gripes with the Kinvara 3) and it’s still proving to be rather narrow so always go one size wider than you normal would.
Saucony Kinvara 4 Sole
The sole is one of my favorite features of the Kinvara 4. With a 4mm heel-to-toe drop it’s quite close to a minimal shoe, however, the reinforced foam provides an impressive level of comfort.
We recently voted the Saucony Kinvara 4 as one of the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis (see the full list here) and this is largely down to the PowerGrid compound in the heel which really takes the shock out of foot strikes especially for those who heel striker.
Fans of the Kinvara 3 will be pleased to know that the 4 thankfully keeps the same sole design as the 3 which was in all honesty, near perfect.
I personally feel that the team at Saucony have done everything right with the 4 – while some companies completely reinvent a shoe with each new release the Saucony Kinvara simply takes everything that was good about the 3 and improves on it.
Small improvements keep the shoe design and feel feeling fresh while not alienating fans of previous models.
Simple but effective.