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Daily trainer or race shoe, on which side of the seesaw does the new Saucony Kinvara PRO sit? The presence of carbon suggests the latter. From Saucony’s point of view, it is a fast training shoe. We agree with both.

Who fits the shoe?

Once upon a time … there was a brand new running shoe fitted with a carbon plate and a layer of “superfoam. Is it a training shoe? Is it a race shoe? To whom does he belong? Many questions. The only thing known about this mystery piece is that it goes by the name Saucony Kinvara PRO.

The athlete

We sent a prince ad interim out with this Saucony Kinvara PRO in search of answers. The first runner to cross his path looked arrow-fast. A frail stature but powerful gait zoomed by. Thanks to the Saucony Kinvara PRO as bait, the runner slowed down. “Is this your shoe?” he asked courteously. “Yes, this is the ideal training shoe for me for calm workouts,” echoed the athlete who clearly practices her sport at a high level.

Is the Saucony Kinvara PRO a training shoe? Yes.

The trained runner

Curious as he is, our prince decided to dig further into the identity of this shoe. Indeed, there is carbon in it, so why shouldn’t it be a race shoe Another runner thundered in his direction. She kept a slightly less scorching pace, but everything about her made it seem that she was not new to the “business”. Once again, our prince got down on his knee to show the shoe. “Great shoe for my tempo workouts“, responded the trained runner enthusiastically.

Is the Saucony Kinvara PRO more than your average training shoe? Yes, it is also suitable for tempo work.

The recreational mile-eater

Although our prince was already satisfied from his sleuthing, something made him suspect that he had not yet gotten to the bottom of the Saucony Kinvara PRO. He had already passed a runner he could only follow in his sweetest dreams. Then another one with whom he could just barely keep pace. What was missing was a less experienced runner …

There she was. Enjoying the scenery and with a smile up to behind her ears, the next runner approached. “Is this perhaps your shoe, too?” he asked her rhetorically. After a quick glance at the shoe, a bright nod followed. “That’s the shoe that will lead me to new records at competition“, she added.

So is the Saucony Kinvara PRO a race shoe after all? Yes, less experienced runners will be able to set new best times with this lightweight model .

Tested by #teamrunnerslab

And so our prince was put back on his white horse and thanked for services rendered. Our consultants took over from him:

The Saucony Kinvara PRO is both a daily trainer and race shoe. What you use it for mainly depends on your running style and pace. After a few tests, we can already say that the shoe is relatively wide so that the combination with orthotics is quite possible. The forefoot , thanks to its wide base, is very stable , giving forefoot runners an advantage. For those who also like to enjoy harder cushioning , the Saucony Kinvara PRO is the right shoe.

Shop the Saucony Kinvara PRO at Runners’ lab

Are you still looking for a shoe for slow training runs, a shoe that facilitates your tempo training or rather a light competition shoe? Come test the Saucony Kinvara PRO in one of our Runners’ lab stores or shop it online in our webshop. Do you still have questions? Then feel free to contact our WhatsApp team (+32 479 05 65 99)….