Saucony Kinvara 5 Review

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This neutral shoe wins praise for its proprietary cushioning and shock-absorbing capabilities. It's also the lightest model we researched, weighing 6.7 to 7.7 ounces (depending on gender and size).

A Saucony Kinvara review by Runner's World concludes that the already well-regarded shoe is getting better every year. This version promises improved durability, with extra rubber on the outsole and a redesigned mesh upper with a more plush collar (the rim that surrounds the ankle). The magazine declares the Saucony Kinvara 5 a "responsive ride" and names it an Editor's Choice.

The Saucony Kinvara 5 (starting at $63, Amazon) also garners cheers from consumers. At Amazon and Road Runner Sports, reviewers comment on the shoe's sturdier mesh upper and improved forefoot flexibility. One runner who logged 80 miles before posting a review says the shoes hold up well in a variety of training runs, ranging from long distance and speed work to hard-packed trails and runs in mud/ice.

Other reviews, including an expert appraisal in the Running Times, laud the new Pro-Lock lacing system, which wraps mid-foot and provides a secure yet flexible fit. One reviewer mentions that it took him a few runs to get used to the lacing. Overall users are impressed with the comfort of this shoe.

The Saucony Kinvara 5, which comes in men's and women's styles, is a neutral running shoe with a minimalist bent; it's designed for people with normal to high arches and normal pronation. The construction is simple and very light -- just 6.7 to 7.7 ounces, depending on gender and size. Saucony's proprietary technology includes memory foam heel pods, a breathable upper made with FlexFilm, and PowerGrid cushioning in the midsole.

The combination of lightweight, sturdy construction and responsive performance keeps reviewers gushing about the Saucony Kinvara 5. That's enough to warrant placement at the top of our list of recommended budget running shoes.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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