Saucony Kinvara TR, $100
8.8 oz. (m), 7.3 oz. (w)
Fit: With a narrow fit throughout the shoe, most testers preferred to size up half a size, even if they were running without socks. The heel pocket is shallower than some, but holds well due to two, snug fitting, foam heel pods.
Feel: Yes, it’s a minimal shoe with a 4mm drop, but the keenly agile Kinvara TR also has a thin rock plate, a moderately thick midsole cushion—a unique package that adds up to dialed foot feel and a wicked ride—as long as your aren’t an overpronator.
Ride: This shoe is an energetic kick on the trail. A grippy and flexible outsole equates to a floating sensation over debris and low-profile, multi-directional lugs don’t interfere with the smooth glide. The forefoot rock plate offers surprisingly good protection for such a streamlined package.
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