Saucony Kinvara 8 Review

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Saucony Kinvara 8 Review
Saucony Kinvara 8 Review

Review Summary

8.6 Total Score
As great as its predecessors but with a long-awaited wider toe box

The Saucony Kinvara has become the go-to running shoe for many runners throughout the years. It's lightweight but well-cushioned and features a limited heel to toe drop that is quite rare for a neutral shoe. This great combo can be found again in the Saucony Kinvara 8. This time though, the shoe comes with a wider toe box to accommodate all runners (its narrow fit was one of its main flaws in the past). Another important change is the return to a softer cushioning like with the earliest models of the Kinvara series. This is really a matter of personal taste. We personally tend to avoid shoes that are too soft but this one definitely feels good. Overall, once again, if you are a looking for an amazing no-nonsense running shoe, the Saucony Kinvara 8 is for you.

Comfort for a neutral shoe
Value For Money
  • Lightweight (a bit heavier than the previous model though)
  • Very comfortable
  • Wide toe box
  • Softer feel
  • Some runners find the Pro-Lock technology on the midfoot part of the shoe to be constricting
  • Thin and fragile laces that deteriorate quickly
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Key characteristics

  • Terrain: Road & Track
  • Arch support: Neutral
  • Heel to toe drop: 4 mm
  • Weight: 224 grams
  • Release year: 2017

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  • Upper

Pro-Lock lacing system: it’s a triangular piece of material that extends from the sole up to wrap the midfoot on each side for more comfort. While it definitely gives a more secure feel, it can also be too tight for some runners and take a bit of fiddling to find the right setting.

FlexFilm: melded to the upper is this lightweight and flexible material that has the advantage of reducing the number of layers while providing a firm and flexible feel to the shoe.

  • Midsole

The Saucony Kinvara 8 features the EverRun SSL, a dense yet soft foam that is supposed to preserve the integrity of the midsole.

  • Outsole

Injection blown rubber provides lightweight and durable cushioning in the outsole.

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