by Geir Mjosund 03/04/2016
Saucony Kinvara 6 is one of Sauconys great successes – a popular low drop lightweight shoes with good response. I have tested the 6th version and here is my review.
Saucony Kinvara 6 – a good overall training shoe
There is not any major changes made in the 6th version of the Kinvara. It still combines low weight with decent cushioning, but has become more like a training model than the first editions. In return, it provides a shoe with a wider range of use.
In version 6 of the Kinvara the outside of the shoe has become more open and breathable. It remains seamless and reinforced with welded seams in the forefoot and the midfoot to give better stability. The fit is slightly narrower than the previous versions, which is a definite plus in such a lightweight model like this. Saucony “Pro-Lock lacing system” gives good support around the midfoot. The lacing system consists of two bands that go under the sole and connects the laces, so you can lace the shoe tight and well on the foot. The shoe is quite soft in the heel and is therefore a comfortable model if you are sore and tender in the heels.
Saucony midsole material “Power Grid” provides a shoe with decent cushioning. With a 4 mm drop and good cushioning in the forefoot, the Kinvara 6 is a good choice for those seeking a natural stride. If you run on the heel, you can also use this model, but you’ll will feel that you are a little stiff in the legs if you are not accustomed with low drop shoes.
The sole base is wide, but this is still no shoe for those who need a lot of support on the inside of the foot. The midsole and outsole is made in one, with wear zones strategically placed under the heel and forefoot.
With 22 mm in the heel and 18 mm in the forefoot, this is a shoe that is suitable for those looking for a natural stride where you land farther on foot and under the body’s center of gravity.
Saucony Kinvara 6 combines cushioning, support and agility very well. The model is good for quick trips, interval training and competitions for exerciser. The experienced runner can use the shoe for daily volume training, possibly also the fast runs, but Kinvara 6 is not the fastest model for those who run a lot and have done it a long time.
Weight: 218 grams
Drop: 4 mm