In this review, I will be talking about the Saucony Kinvara 10 running shoe. This is my third consecutive model of the Kinvara. I really liked the Kinvara 8 and 9, but I really love the 10!
This shoe weighs 7.8 ounces which is slightly more than the 9 but to be honest, it feels lighter than the 9 and 8. It truly has the weight of a racing flat in my opinion. This is a 4mm drop/offset shoe for neutral runners. Runners that like shoes like the Brooks Pure Flow or the Hoka Cavu may like this shoe when trying it out, if they're looking for a new shoe or another shoe to add to your rotation. The cushion feels softer than the 8 and 9. It still has that minimal feel that I've enjoyed in the previous model but with a touch more of a cushioned feel for the longer runs. "The shoe features an EVERUN topsole and flexible EVA+ midsole for a smooth, incredibly energetic ride". As I mentioned with the weight, the sole feels like a cushioned racing flat.
The upper materiel feels even lighter, more roomy and breathable. I really like the toe box space in this shoe. I feel like they widened the 9, and now the 10, even more. As I always mention, the wider the toe box, the happier I am. The shoe has that nice balance of a roomy toe box and snug midfoot and heel. The midfoot and heel feel pretty snug and secure which is great. The new addition I really like is the FORMFIT footbed and the grip on the heel and achilles. The way my foot slides right into this shoe and settles in is nice. I've taken the shoe on a handful of 8 to 10 mile runs and they continue to feel great.
When it comes to the look of a shoe, I honestly don't focus on it, since I focus on comfort over colors and function over fashion. It definitely is a plus when you like how the shoe looks though and this years version is one of my favorites. I like the 4 current designs, specifically the one I'm using which is pictured. I prefer the loud and bright looking shoes. The designers definitely did a good job in making a nice looking shoe.
The price of the shoe is $110 which has stayed consistent for the last few years. This is a shoe for neutral gaits so if you typically wear a supportive shoe you may need an insert to wear this. I highly recommend this shoe to anyone looking for a good versatile running shoe for all types of runs, fast, slow, short, long, training, racing; whatever! Again, if you like a minimal cushioned shoe where you feel more of the road, this is a shoe to add to your collection!