Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 2 Review

Today I'd like to look at the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 2, I have worn the Saucony Hattori which is a minimalist shoe, the Kinvara 2 starts moving that way but doesn't fully make it.

This is what Saucony's website has to say:

Designed to give you exactly and only what you need, the Kinvara 2 features a lower heel-to-toe ratio that’s built to serve your natural stride. The sole is an ultra-lightweight, durable foam and the grooves cut into the sole (or “siping”) are flat instead of curved. This provides just a shade more stability, which can really matter during the end stages of a run. The upper is a mono-filament mesh that, though incredibly light and breathable, always keeps out the dirt and stones. It’s all completed with a foam heel collar for a snug performance fit. Weight: 7.7 oz.

The Saucony Kinvara 2 is the shoe that almost made it there, it almost has a zero drop heel, it's almost light enough to be truly minimal and it's almost flexible enough.

The Kinvara 2 is that minimalist shoes that is for runners that don't fully want to jump into minimalistic running shoes. The shoe only weights 7.7oz and offers some extra cushioning so you don't feel like your right on the ground,  also this allows you heel strikers to continue to send shocks up your spine. The sole in only a 4mm drop from heel to toe which is a great improvement but I would have liked to see the zero drop at least.

This shoe can be used for anything, it will hold up to trail running, road racing or just to be used in the gym.

Bottom line, if you like the idea of minimalistic running shoes but not ready to leap right in the Kinvara 2 will be a good starting point.

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