Saucony describe the Kinvara 3 as having ‘so much technology, so little shoe’. And we can certainly confirm the second part – very, very light. But also supportive. They say the Flexifilm upper allows greater movement and confort without affecting performance, whist their ProGrid technology in the midsole gives a unique blend of responsiveness and cushioning. That all sounds fancy. But how do they really hold up? One of our personal trainers, Amy, finds out…
I was given a pair of Saucony Kinvara 3 running shoes at an event I attended that was run by www.sportsshoes.com
I was really impressed by the professionalism of the team who not only gave out the trainers, but analysed my running style and filmed me as I ran on a treadmill. After the gait analysis they were able to prescribe a trainer which suited the support I needed. Surprisingly, my running style was pretty good and I ran evenly, which meant I only needed minimal support from a trainer – which turned out to be the Kinvara 3. Not only did they look good, they were light weight and felt comfortable.
I road tested the trainers in a short run taken by a running coach. Straight away they felt good and they didn’t need to be worked in at all. The fit felt very natural and I had no worries about excessive rubbing or blisters.
I asked for my normal size – a five – and found they were quite a narrow fit which suited me as they felt secure and stable. I didn’t feel they were restrictive at all; I would say they were a comfortable ‘snug’ fit.
Since the event I have used the Kinvara 3s extensively, including 0n the road, running hills, on the beach and in the gym! When I first started wearing them I got lots of compliments about how they looked. They aren’t just good looking running shoes – they’re good fashion trainers, too! I feel Saucony are doing a good job developing trainers that are fit for purpose but are keeping up with current trends.
The RRP – £94.99 – is not small and although initially this may seem costly, they have lasted a long time and have outlived many of my other pairs of running shoes whilst taking quite a battering. I feel they are therefore worth the RRP – and I know for sure that Saucony often have decent sales where the Kinvara range are quite heavily discounted.
Overall, very happy and looking forward to using the Kinvara more.
Amy Betts is a personal trainer who has worked in the industry for over 11 years. She has a wealth of experience in working with clients to reach their goals and takes a particular interest in designing fitness programmes which are specific to clients’ goals and needs.
More recently Amy has moved into the world of lecturing and has tutored potential personal trainers from day one to graduating as a fully fledged PT. She is currently writing curriculum materials for a new qualification provider.