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Saucony ProGrid Kinvara — ($90)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 28, 2010
  • Updated Jun. 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM UTC

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The Kinvara is a show stopper with its new take on minimalist running. Our test team was duly impressed with the comfort and performance of a shoe that initially struck them as somewhat bare bones. This neutral training shoe encourages mid- or forefoot running and is light enough for racing but offers resilient cushioning and protection for solid training sessions. The fit is a close one, except for the roomy forefoot, and this isn’t the easiest shoe to get into. But once on foot, the Kinvara pulls an impressive disappearing act: It goes away so you run as though you are barefoot, allowing your foot to go where it might. Accordingly, we don’t recommend these for runners who feel they need motion control. saucony.com


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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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