There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the launch of the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 3. Touted as the perfect solution for transitioning to a more minimalist running shoe, the Kinvara 3 has been completely reinvented from the ground up.
The Saucony Kinvara 2 was a favorite of many runners so the redesign has been an incredibly bold move on Saucony’s part – will the Kinvara 3 live up to the reputation that precedes it? There’s only one way to find out…
Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 3 Upper
One of the first changes that I noticed was the overhauled upper and in a word it’s fantastic! Saucony have brought in the flexfilm material that’s normally found on their racing series. The bonded plastic resin is attached to a lightweight mesh which gives the shoe and incredibly natural flex. With no layers and no stitching this is a shoe that needs no breaking in.
The toe box is the same as that used on the Kinvara 2 which some runners (myself included) can find a little sung but for those with normal width feet this shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Given the investment in the FlexFilm meshing, you won’t be surprised to know that this is a shoe that feels incredibly airy and I guess this is one of the reasons that so many distance runners are flocking to the shoe.
Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 3 Sole
The sole is completely overhauled and redesigned. Some complaints of first 2 versions not lasting over 200 miles but fixed now with reinforced rubber.
The sole has been completely overhauled and reinvented. One of the common complaints about the previous 2 version of the Kinvara ProGrid range was that the rubber soles would start to deteriorate after just 200 miles (mere weeks for may high-mileage runners) but I’m pleased to report that the Kinvara 3 doesn’t experience this issue.
Real investment of both time and money has been made to fix the wear problems that the previous shoe experienced. The shoe now benefits from carbon rubber that’s now used to reinforce high wear areas.
As with previous versions of the shoe, ProGrid rubber has been used which gives the shoe just enough cushioning while still being a great lightweight minimalist shoe.
With such a great balance of cushioning and lightweight feel, you can see why so many runners are using the Kinvara 3 to transition towards a more minimal shoe.
The shoe is true-to-size and super comfortable right from the first wear. After more than 300 miles in the shoe, they are still as comfortable as they were on the first wear.
With so many fans of the previous versions, it was a bold move to completely rethink the design of the Saucony Kinvara range but these changes have resulted in a fantastic shoe that is extremely comfortable from the first mile right through to the last. This shoe is as close to perfect as they come and I’m certainly going to be recommending these to everyone looking for a semi-cushioned middle to marathon shoe.