2013 Summer Trail Running Shoe Review

Saucony Kinvara TR2, $100

Category: Light & Fast

Weight: 7.8 oz (men’s); 6.8 oz (women’s)

Height off the ground: 16.5mm (heel); 12.5mm (forefoot)

FIT: The gusseted tongue of the Kinvara TR2 locks down the foot with a sock-like fit, giving a snug, performance-oriented fit from heel to toe.

FEEL: The new version of the Kinvara is more flexible than the original, thanks to lighter, stronger and more pliable upper materials and the replacement of the plastic rock plate with a new nylon mesh insert. It doesn’t feel like a “barely there” minimalist shoe, but instead like a smartly designed semi-firm racing flat that offers just enough protection, cushion, traction and support to let you run as fast as possible without inhibitions.

RIDE: When you step into the Kinvara TR2, you realize there isn’t much between your feet and the ground — just a thin layer of cushioning, a low-profile rubber outsole and the helpful plate — but that’s a good thing because it really puts your feet in control. With nothing to get in the way of your stride, this shoe lets you run as nimbly and naturally as possible.

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