Saucony Kinvara 3 Review

The sleek and light weight Saucony Kinvara 3 is a great shoe for training. The exceptional fit and comfort offered by heels with memory foam cups as well as the well-designed upper structure will ensure a smooth ride every time you put on the shoes. The redesigned shoe is made up of a strong and flexible material known as the FlexFilmTM which helped the shoe adapt to my feet. The shoe just blended beautifully with my feet. I didn’t feel like I was carrying two, heavy logs on my feet. The lightweight, seamless feel was enhanced by the memory foam heels on the inside of the shoe. The Kinvara 3 also boasts of the Saucony ProGridTM technology for superior responsiveness and shock absorption. The heel crash pad provides for a smoother ride while transitioning during the gait cycle. The additional carbon rubber in the outer sole adds to enhanced durability.

Overview of the Saucony Kinvara 3

My first impressions of Saucony Kinvara 3 were created by the media even before I held the shoe in my hand. I understood from the press reports that the latest Kinvara was similar to its predecessor in terms of the overall running experience. The new shoe was simply an upgraded version with some changes to improve durability and cushioning.

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Since its launch in 2010, Kinvara has been my go to choice for a lightweight shoe that is still cushiony, comfortable and supportive. The first big difference in Kinvara 3, when compared to Kinvara 2, is the lightweight material used to make the upper structure of the shoe. This contributes significantly in lowering the overall weight of the shoe.

Another major change has occurred in the sole of the shoe. The carbon rubber-induced outer sole is more durable, especially at the impact zone on the side of the sole. This helps delay the wear and tear, a common complaint in the older versions of the Kinvara collection. The midsole are made up of the trademark Saucony ProGrid rubber material. The extent of shock absorption and cushion in the midsole and heel regions of Saucony Kinvara 3 is similar to that of its predecessors.

The upper section of the latest Kinvara is completely redesigned to blow you away. Saucony has used its standard FlexFilm material from the racing shoe line for the upper. The material is made up of bonded plastic resin attached to a lightweight mesh. This helps create a durable upper section with flexibility and comfort of a sock. The toe box is similar to Kinvara 2 but wider than Kinvara 1. It was perfect for my feet. I did not experience any blistering or discomfort.

Pros and Cons of the Saucony Kinvara 3


  • Lightweight and sturdy upper
  • Durable sole
  • Great feel for a minimalistic model


  • Expensive
  • The outsole is slightly less flexible than the previous versions, possibly due to the reinforced rubber. However, it does not cause a major discomfort.
  • Toe box may be narrow for some runners.


Saucony is known for adding subtle changes to its models without altering the shoe drastically. This provides a smooth transition for anyone moving from Kinvara 2 to Saucony Kinvara 3. The latest version is great for track, trails, road races’ and workouts. The lightweight shoe provides a great run with optimum support.