Saucony's Kinvara line wins bragging rights for being such a great line of highly padded racing shoes. They're fast, light and reasonably priced. We really like the Saucony Kinvara 8, but we feel that the changes from the 7 did not merit them an award this year. The two major changes in this version are a new plush tongue and an added layer in the midsole, which Saucony calls the Everun topsole, while retaining the Everun heel insert. We will discuss these and other changes later on in the review.
Even so, they are still a top shoe and they earn their 4 star rating. With only 8.8 ounces per shoe in a size 11, a 4 mm heel-to-toe drop, and a generous amount of cushioning, it makes for an ideal neutral shoe for workouts and races up to the marathon distance and beyond. We also feel it's a great choice for those making the conversion toward more minimal road shoes. The 4 mm heel-to-toe drop is a considerable change for those who have always used a traditional road shoe, most of which have a 10 mm or more heel-to-toe discrepancy.
These tall kicks felt amazing, but remember to gradually adjust to shoes like this. This shoe puts a lot more stress on your lower legs and achilles tendon in comparison to traditional trainers with a 10-12 mm drop, such as the ASICS GT-2000 5. Don't be surprised if your lower legs are super sore after the first few runs in these quick racers, and again, take it slow.