Death of a Shoe: Saucony Kinvara 2

A while ago, I stumbled across a rather negative review of the Saucony Kinvara 2 running shoes while looking for reviews of the new version, the Kinvara 3. I have to say that my experience with them is somewhat different than the one of the reviewer. You can watch the original review below, but please read on. Or just skip the video to see the roundup after the video 🙂

 

So basically, he finds the Kinvara 2 losing their support after a few runs, complains about little aches left and right and finds  the fabric to be of lower quality.

First thing, I ran about 1000k with these with no problems at all. No injuries at all. In fact, I was really surprised with this because these were my first shoes that could be considered more or less “minimal”. I’m a heel lander by habit, or nature if you like, and I’ve never ran in anything like this, but they were surprisingly good. I started with short runs, but ,although I’m still landing on my heel (wich was pointed out by the skechers research I talked about in my previous post), I didn’t run into any problems at all.

Also, although the top fabric is starting to wear out in the exact same way as shown in the video, this only happened recently, and the shoe is still offering sufficient support as far as I’m concerned. And as I mentioned, I’m probably around 1000k with this pair, so things like these are to be expected, especially with lightweight shoes as these.

Saucony Kinvara 2

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