In this review, I will be talking about the Saucony Kinvara 8 running shoe. A co-worker and good friend of mine really loves this shoe and encouraged me to give it a try. The first two runs gave me blisters on my toes and I almost gave them away but I noticed on the third run they began to loosen up for me and felt really good. Ever since, I have used them two to three times a week; most recently on a 14 mile run.
This shoe weighs 7.9 ounces and feels even lighter than that to me. This is a 4mm drop/offset shoe for neutral runners. The cushion feels very versatile to me as in it is great for a racing shoe and a training shoe. I've used it for speed runs, races and slower/longer distance training runs and felt like the cushion was just right for each type of run. During my 14 mile run in this shoe it was easier to go faster and maintain a pace because of the closer to the ground feel.
The upper materiel is pretty light and a little stretchable. The fit is on the border of snug and a little roomy but you may notice it loosen up for you as it did for me after a couple of runs. This shoe is designed for medium to high arches. The cushion is still their Everun which provides a nice responsive feel. I really feel like Saucony has hit a homerun with this cushion since they decided to add it to all of their models. The FlexFilm upper makes the shoe lighter, more breathable and more flexible which I like since my toes swell a lot on longer runs.
The price of the shoe is $110 which is on par with the other shoes in this price range.I feel like you will get the same durability and use out of these compared to the others in this price range. If you've been a Kinvara or lower drop shoe fan, I really feel like this is a show you should consider giving a shot. Whether short or longer distances, this shoe feels great and performs very well.