September 15, 2016

Saucony Kinvara 4 Shoe Review

By Marek

Saucony Kinvara 4 Shoe Review

I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this review for over a year now. Yet, I held off and stretched the limits of the Saucony Kinvara 4 life.saucony kinvara 4 Most noteworthy, these were my first shoes which had a minimal heel to toe drop – a mere 4mm. Something not to be taken lightly since, as known to experienced runners, it takes time to adjust to such a low drop. The flash colours and the ultra light weight made Kinvara 4 a very likeable running shoe right from the start. Very comfortable on different terrains with a wide base, Saucony Kinvara 4 were a perfect transition shoe for me.


As mentioned before, Saucony Kinvara 4 are a low drop shoe – 4mm to be exact. Not recommended for beginners, as the transition from a standard running shoe to a minimalist one needs to be gradual. That is not to say, that you cannot own a pair of Kinvara 4’s. Just make sure to rotate them in gradually into your running. The shoes fit very comfortably and have a slightly wider base, which gives more space in the forefoot area. The colours are sharp and their weight is nice and light. Unfortunately, the fairytale has to end at some point. The upper mesh is very weak and I managed no more than a hundred miles before it started tearing. The base also wears out quickly, which makes the shoe uneven very quickly.
Nevertheless, these shoes helped me cover over 600 miles in these shoes. They are slowly falling apart and I would not go for longer runs in them, however, for a relaxed run, especially on varied terrains, they are still a great shoe to run in.

saucony kinvara 4

Average Customer Rank: 4.5 Stars

Product Description:

Saucony Kinvara 4 is a great transition shoe introducing runners to minimalist running. The shoes are light and comfortable. With a 4mm heel to toe drop they provide a “barefoot” like feel. Although they can be used on different terrains, Kinvara 4 are best on track and road.

Inner: moisture managing memory foam
Upper Material: FlexFilm, Breathable
Waterproof: No
Height: Low Cut
Midsole: PowerGrid
Sole Type: Carbon Rubber
Stiffness: Road Running
Lacing Type: Standard Lace Up

Pros (+):

moderately priced

Cons (-):

poor quality upper material
inner soles rub out quickly
soles wear out quicker than other models

If you are looking to buy Saucony Kinvara 4 or want to see more customer reviews, click on the links below to Amazon store – both US and UK…

Price: £80 – £150 ($80 – $120)

Available colours: wide selection

Where to buy:

My Overall Rank: 4 Stars

Tips When Buying Shoes

When buying your running shoes, go for a larger size. Not just a bit larger. At least a full size. Why? As you run, the energy in your step is pushed forwards and out through your toes. However, if the shoes are tight fit, that energy hits a wall and starts making its way back to your calfs and knees. It needs to be released out. Most of all, your foot has better movement on uneven surfaces, it will help to prevent twisting your ankle (the shoe may shift, but your foot will have enough freedom to move around in it and not bend as much with it).
Buy yourself lace locks. You will not need to ever again think of your laces coming undone.

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