Be the speed demon you've always wanted to be with our Top Pick, the lightning fast Saucony Kinvara 4. Just 7.7 ounces in a size 9, a 4 mm heel to toe drop, and the right amount of cushioning makes the Kinvara 4 an ideal neutral shoe for workouts and races up to the marathon. We also feel it's great for those making the conversion towards more minimal road shoes. The 4 mm heel to toe drop can be a huge change for those who have always used a typical road shoe, most of which have a 10mm or more discrepancy. We think the Kinvara 4 feels amazing, but remember to gradually adjust to shoes like this. The Kinvara 4 puts a lot more work on your lower legs in comparison to normal trainers such as the Brooks Ghost 6. Don't be surprised if your lower legs are super sore after the first few runs in these quick racers.
The landing in the Kinvara 4 is well cushioned but in no way too cushy. It has just the right amount of cushion to still be a responsive shoe. We notice a smooth transition and propulsion in our gait cycle given the Kinvara 4 force you to land more midfoot and heel strike less. The landing pad features nine triangular lugs, which we noticed gives us amazing grip on the roads. These definitely add to the propulsive feeling of the shoe. In general, we highly recommend the Kinvara 4. This is truly a fun shoe to run in. You just might have trouble slowing yourself down.
If you'd like to compare all of the running shoes that we've tested, check out the Running Shoe review.