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Kinvara 3: Saucony Improves Upper, Outsole
In June 2010 the Kinvara hit the streets. Minimalist runners across the world laced up and haven’t looked back since. The first version of this barefoot-inspired shoe garnered the Best Debut award by Runner’s World. The magazine recommended the shoe to “efficient runners who want to ease barefoot-like training into their routine.”
Two years and two iterations later? Not much has changed with the Saucony Progrid Kinvara, which many runners believe is a good thing. The Kinvara 3 maintains the same weight (7.7 oz) and drop (4mm) combination we first fell in love with. Moreover, Saucony has revised the upper to make it lighter and more flexible than ever.
We caught up with Patrick O’Malley, Saucony’s Senior Vice President of Global Product, at Outdoor Retailer in January. This is what he had to say about the Kinvara’s recent success:
“When we started with the Kinvara 1 & 2, the whole idea was minimalism for the masses. Instead of doing something that was completely barefoot inspired, we wanted to take so much out of the shoe that the runner could experience some of the benefits of minimalism but still had the protection they needed to run in the shoe everyday and not get injured. People really responded”
O’Malley was also kind enough to give us a sneak peek of the Kinvara 3, which will make its debut at the Boston Marathon.
More durable outsole. Extra rubber can now be found on the midfoot area to help midfoot strikers. Additionally, more rubber can be found on the toe-off area.
Smoother heel-to-toe transition. Saucony’s designers have beveled the heel even more to help propel your foot forward with ease.
Lighter, more flexible upper. The upper rocks a new technology called FlexFilm. This material appears in strips that have been melded to the upper’s mesh, which means there is no need for stitches. Designers removed an entire layer from the upper to make it lighter than ever.
Price adjustment. The retail price for the Kinvara 3 has jumped a full $10, making the new MSRP $100.
Insanely bright colors. This women’s line of Saucony running shoes is chock-full of neons, as evident in the photo below. Colors like Citron, hot pink, electric blue and a glowing purple will electrify the roads and trails next season. There are six colors for men and six colors for women.
The Kinvara 3 is expected to arrive in stores May 2012.
What do you think about the Kinvara collection? Will you be stepping into the Kinvara 3?