At Saucony, we run… and when we develop products, we listen to other runners, too. For a variety of reasons, it’s never been easier to gather constructive feedback from our audience, so we relied heavily on these types of insights while brainstorming the updates to the Kinvara 5.
Several updates to the Kinvara 5 were made as a result of requests for more durability. Runners love their Kinvaras, so naturally we want them to get more miles in their favorite shoe! Previous Kinvaras featured a mono-filament mesh that was great for its lightweight and breathable characteristics, but for Kinvara 5 we chose a new mesh that, while still lightweight, offers more flexibility and durability than before. The Kinvara 5 midsole/outsole platform is also new, and made from an enhanced EVA+ material with better abrasion resistance than ever before. On the outsole, we also added small placements of iBR+ rubber to provide more durability and cushioning on the outer side of the foot, where heavy wear is typical for many Kinvara fans.
We also heard requests for a smoother, softer collar lining next to skin (or sock). This version of the Kinvara features a super soft new material called RunDry® that creates an amazing step-in feeling and helps guard against hot-spots and chafing during the run.
Finally, Kinvara runners prefer a locked-down midfoot fit, and that’s what the addition of PRO-LOCK® technology in the upper will provide. PRO-LOCK® is a dynamic fit system that moves and flexes with the foot, making the shoe feel more like an extension of the body. PRO-LOCK® first appeared in Saucony’s track spike lineup and is another example of design DNA originally created to meet the needs of our elite athletes making its way into the rest of our line.
Perhaps the best news for Kinvara fans is that, despite these upgrades, the weight hasn’t changed at all. The Men’s still weighs in at 7.7oz (size 9) and women’s at 6.7oz (size 8). We’re confident that Kinvara fans will enjoy the same fast, lightweight feel, and now for even longer.
Here’s a closer look at the Kinvara 5!
Men’s weight: 7.7oz | 218.3g
Women’s weight: 6.7oz | 189.9g
Heel-to-toe offset: 4mm
Release date: May 1, 2014