My favorite pair of marathon shoes is Saucony Kinvara. I have been wearing them since 2011 when I first bought a pair of the first edition. Since then, I tried every edition and I stayed loyal, somewhat. I did try Mizunos, because I like Mizuno Wave Universe so much for my track training, so I wanted to give Mizuno a try. The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 felt it had too much support and was heavy (14.1 mm heel-forefoot drop and 9.5 oz). I really liked the Mizuno Sayonara 2: It did not offer too much cushion, and the weight was not too bad (9.7mm drop and 8.4 oz). It looked great on my feet, too. =) However, it seems I have developed self-diagnosed dorsal bunion (or hallux limitus) on my left foot, and wearing the Sayonara 2 unfortunately makes it worse. So, I had to say “Sayonara” to the Sayonara 2 and I am back with the Kinvara. I bought a pair of Saucony Kinvara 5 this week to try it out.
It seems many reviewers had issues with the Kinvara 4. Many criticized the forefoot fit being tighter than its predecessors. I did find that as well, so I wore size 10.5 instead, a half size bigger than the Kinvara 3, and that was enough to train in it. Having read reviews of the Kinvara 5, though, I had to go for the new improved edition.
Technical spec alone makes the Kinvara 5 more attractive, at least for me. Its heel-forefoot drop at 7.6 mm and weight 7.8 oz, it adds more racer feel without making foot strikes too firm and rigid. According to Solereview, the “Kinvara (5) rides softer than versions prior“. At Sports Basement, I tried both size 10 and size 10.5, and the size 10 was plenty roomy in the toe box and comfortable.
My first run in the Kinvara 5 was a 13.5-miler, mostly on paved asphalt on moderate hills to and within Golden Gate Park. The brand new pair fit perfectly and did not disappoint. I forgot about my left foot dorsal bunion, and there was no wiggling, while running on hills or turning corners. Outer sides of my feet tends to get a little tender after a longer run, but I did not have the problem despite I wore a brand new pair. I did not feel the ride was softer as Solereview reported, but that could be due to the very first run. So far, so good. In terms of durability, I am looking forward to finding out the new outsole materials used to “provide more durability and cushioning on the outer side of the foot” as Runblogger reports. If this pair survives my hard strikes on the outer sides in the next couple of weeks or so, I am getting another pair or two!
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