Saucony has done it once again with the debut of the new Saucony Kinvara 4! Low drop and light-weight, (7.7 oz, 4mm offset) this is a durable shoe that is extremely comfortable to run in whether you are running 5K or 50K.
The upgrades on the 4 include a redesigned FlexFilm upper for a nice secure upper fit and triangular lugs that provide some great underfoot cushioning as well.
The fit felt great the minute I put them on, light, flexible and responsive. I did a few short road runs in them initially, as I was recovering from running the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run on April 6th. I must point out that I ran the entire 100 miles in a Pair of Saucony Viratta and did not have a mark or blister on my feet afterwards!
The Kinvara 4 have the same great light feel and cushioning and I wound up running a 5 miler less that a week after the 100 with no discomfort whatsoever. I was back to full training the next week, my feet nestled comfortably in the 4's for each run.
The next test was a 9 mile run on a Sunday morning on bridle trail. the traction and cushioning really came through on the loose rock and rolling hills of the course. (We ran part of the 100 mile course I had just done two weeks earlier.) On That same Sunday I ran in a 3 mile "Run for Boston" in the afternoon in downtown Raleigh, NC. I had originally planned to run the three miles easy, but these shoes make you want to run fast! I wound up running the 3 in a tick over 25 minutes. So much for an easy recovery run. Kickassimus indeed!
Kickingassimus for Boston!
I am 3rd from right, if you look hard you can seen the 4's!
I am very impressed with the Kinvara 4 and would recommend them to folks looking for a light but durable shoe with a comfortable fit that last for miles. Another great job by the folks at Saucony!
Learn more about the Kinvara 4: http://kinvara4.saucony.com/?CID=em-20130501