A 4 millimeter heel-toe drop and a soft midsole give the Saucony Kinvara 13 an agile feel that’s perfect for quick-cadence running. An updated single-layer, airy mesh upper secures the foot down to the same midsole and outsole chassis that runners enjoyed in the Kinvara 12.
In essence, the Kinvara 13 is pretty close to what it has always been. It’s still light, comfortable, agile and relatively fast. But given how midsole foams have changed through the years, it’s hard not to view it in comparison with other popular models that aren’t quite as light but are much more thickly cushioned, considerably more lively and a lot more protective and durable. Those models are a lot more expensive, so part of the reason runners will continue to love this and choose it as their everyday trainer is that it has an affordable price tag.
“I liked the Kinvara 12, but the minor changes have made the Kinvara 13 a marginally better shoe,” Brian says.