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Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 3

2013 Shoes (Natural & Barefoot Running) from Saucony

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So much technology, so little shoe.

Saucony have redesigned the look of this popular shoe, but kept the fit, feel and ride consistent with its predecessor. Low in profile, great fit and plush in cushioning.

The new Kinvara's upper now features FlexFilm, a strong yet pliable material innovation that adapts to your foot and provides a lightweight, seamless feel. Inside the shoe, anatomically-contoured memory foam heel pods secure a perfect fit.

In the midsole, ProGrid technology provides a unique blend of responsiveness and cushion, and the heel crashpad has been beveled for an even smoother ride as the runner transitions through the gait cycle. Finally, after examining wear patterns on hundreds of test shoes, the outsole was upgraded through the addition of placements of carbon rubber for enhanced durability.


  • *** NEW *** FlexFilm - A strong yet pliable material innovation that adapts to your foot and provides a lightweight and seamless feel.
  • *** UPDATED *** Carbon Rubber Outsole - The outsole is upgraded through the addition of placements of carbon runner for enhanced durability.
  • *** UPDATED *** Decoupled Heel Crash Pads - This crashpad has been beveled for an even smoother ride, it ensures the best possible dispersion of forces on heel contact and provide a smooth transition.
  • *** UPDATED *** Improved HydraMAX Lining - A superior lining material that has great moisture wicking properties as well as a plush hand feel
  • *** UPDATED *** Upper Weight Reduced - The thickness and the layer of the upper has been reduced, meaning less weight and more breathable.
  • *** UPDATED *** ProGrid technology - 20% more responsive than its predecessor, it provides a unique blend of responsiveness and cushioning.
  • High Abrasion EVA (EVA+) - Saucony's extremely lightweight grade of EVA with cushioning and durability
  • 4mm Offset - Heel-to-toe differential of the shoe, excluding the strobel board and sockliner.
  • XT900 Compound - provides great durability on the heelstrike and rearfoot strike respectively
  • Memory Foam Heel Pods - Strategically-placed memory foam in the heel provides a heel pocket for a snug fit
  • Triangular Lug Design - Provides traction and durability.


The ProGrid Kinvara 3 is Saucony's most popular minimalist running shoe and once you've worn a pair, it's easy to see why. As a sprinter I was familiar with the concept of a lightweight racing shoe for use for training; however I had never considered a barefoot or minimalist running shoe before.

The Kinvara 3 proved to be a superb training aid and severed me well for both long runs on the road and as a fantastic shoe for running on the track or sessions where spikes weren't always necessary.

Let's start at the bottom. The shoe, while extremely minimal in places, provides a great deal of comfort and stability as the foot goes through its gait. The toe box is has slightly more room than some other shoes which is fantastic for someone like myself with slightly wider feet as it helped reduce the amount of supination and roll due to lack of resistance experienced on the outside of other shoes.

As you'll expect, there is less support in the Kinvara 3 when compared to a more traditional trainer and therefore you will feel a little more impact on a longer run, however you feel experience significant benefits when it comes to the responsiveness of the shoe.

I also tested the shoe out on the track, running a few sprint sessions and I found it remarkably easy to get up - and maintain - my speed over the short distances whilst putting less pressure on my body than my sprint spikes would.

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Score: 86.0/100

Response 8.0/10
Comfort & Fit 8.0/10
Support 9.0/10
Durability 8.0/10
Appearence 10.0/10

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