Saucony has continued to revise the popular Kinvara lightweight trainer without messing with any of its best features. The new Kinvara 5 has been revamped with a new mesh upper that offers a more snug, athletic fit while also serving up greater flexibility and durability than previous editions. It also utilizes a similar but slightly updated outsole and midsole package as in previous versions—made with a more abrasion-resistant enhanced EVA material and has a few more small sections of durable rubber on the outsole. Also, a new plushly lined collar helps keep the heel in place with comfort. It has the same lightweight, low-to-the-ground feel with plenty of soft cushioning and a low heel-toe offset. Like the previous versions, the Kinvara 5 feels light and runs light with a very smooth heel-toe transition and supple-flexing demeanor, but this version feels ever-so-slightly softer than Kinvara 4.
For the second year in a row, Saucony is making a special version of the Kinvara for its pro athletes and age-group competitors in the 2014 Ironman World Championship on Oct. 11 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. By reserving a pair in an advanced online sale through Kona Beach & Sports beginning Sept. 3, age-group qualifiers will be invited to an exclusive Luau Launch Party on Oct. 8 in Kona, where they will pick up their shoes and be able to share the evening with Saucony’s elite athletes. A limited amount of the Kona Kinvara 5 will also be available at Saucony.com beginning Oct. 8.
Weights: 7.7 oz. (men’s), 6.7 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 22mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot)