Saucony Kinvara 5 run shoes review

Excellent and more durable than its weight suggests

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0

We’ve been fans of the Kinvara since its inception back in 2010. The combination of a lightweight shoe and adequate cushioning ensured this doubled as an impressive off-season and race-season shoe. 


Thankfully, incarnation five continues in this positive vein. Despite being the lightest on test (238g), it’s assured enough to guide you through hundreds of miles. Not bad for a shoe whose comfort defies that minimalist 4mm drop. 

Stability’s not in question either, your foot cradled throughout each stride, though we wonder about the durability of the upper.  

Saucony has replaced the highly breathable (but highly tearable with an uncut toenail!) mono-filament mesh with an allegedly more durable upper. 

It still feels a touch lightweight for a British winter, but it does result in a smooth toe-off.



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