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- 4mm heel-to-toe drop
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Lightweight and low profile, the Kinvara TR2 trail runner from Saucony delivers on outdoor protection without the bulk.
Saucony is among the most respected names in running shoes. We offer a wide range of running and walking shoes, each with the Saucony trademark fit, feel and performance. We've spent years studying the biomechanics of top athletes. Our goal? To develop creatively engineered systems that maximize your performance in your specific activity, allowing you to focus on the activity instead of the equipment. From our studies have come many innovative Saucony concepts. Advanced technologies-like Grid, the first sole-based stability and cushioning system--provide an advantage to athletes of all types.
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00AO30724
- Item model number: Kinvara TR2-W
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 26, 2013
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Cons: Had to loosen the shoestrings a lot to get foot inside easily, and I have narrow feet. The design is mostly painted on. They look a bit cheesy. In all fairness, the paint is probably there because they couldn't figure out a way to add design without affecting the breathable nature of the shoe.
The Verdict: These running shoes feel like flats with some traction on the bottom (this may be a good thing or a bad thing). The inserts are comfortable and the shoes feel great when running on soft dirt. When you get to gravel, the shoes don't feel steady. Running uphill, the shoes are comfortable. Going downhill, they get slippery. The mesh feels TOO breathable and sort of windy but that might be a good thing (to help dry the feet and prevent rot or athletes foot).
These work the best when you run on the balls of your feet and they're probably not ideal for stompers. If you stomp your feet while running, absolutely pick a different shoe.
It's like they took all of the idealistic qualities of a track running shoe and applied it to a trail-running shoe but they left out the hiking factor. The sole is made to release mud and rocks, but not made for too much traction (hiking situations). Most trails I've experienced have inclines, for which some extra nubs might help.
Trail running shoes are hard to design because you have to balance looks with function. The function part is where everyone gets picky. I will use these shoes for casual running at my local park, but that's about it. I wouldn't go on a mountain trail with these. They work VERY well on mixed running over pavement, grass, and regular dirt. They're a little sketchy on gravel, mountainous trails, and scary over twigs and vines.
Advice: Buy at least a half size up from regular dress shoe size. If you can tolerate a full size up, then that might be best. When trying them on, wear the socks that you would while running, if you will even wear socks. Think about comfort first and not fashion, unless you're just buying them for fashion/looks only. Rated 3 stars for "It's okay" because they're okay, but not great for REAL trail running.
I bought these Kinvaras after a bit of research hoping they would meet my needs: durable, lightweight, minimal shoe. On my first run (7.5 mile trail run, 1100 ft elevation gain), my feet cramped up a bit and they are definitely the lowest volume/narrowest running shoe that I own. The next run, I loosened the laces tremendously and my feet were much happier. Near the heel, the shoes have these little nubs to keep your heel in place so you don't need the laces tight at all! I did a 13.1 mile trail race with lots of ups and down, steep loose descents, and small stream crossings. I was able to be super aggressive on the descents with these grippy trail shoes and it paid off (I won :)! Overall, this a great trail shoe, but I hope the next version has a bit wider toe box so I can spread my toes out a bit more. I'm a W 6 in non athletic shoes, but consistently order a W 7 in running shoes. These run true to size (length) but are narrow in the toe box.