Staff member Stevven Anderson compares the Saucony Kinvara 5 to the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. Here's what he has to say:
This is a tough one for me. Both shoes offer a lot of positives and very few negatives that I have found thus far. I would recommend either shoe to a neutral runner who wants a lightweight shoe to race and train in under limited amounts of miles (If customer is running 75+ mpw I would recommend having another pair of shoes to switch off in from day to day use). The customer’s history of shoes and injuries would be my deciding factor on which shoe to put them in since the offsets are so different. The Sayonara’s offset is 10mm while the Kinvara’s is 4mm. The Kinvara would be the better shoe for racing distances of 1600-10 miles and the quicker speed workout’s, while the Sayonara would take the edge on longer training run’s such as tempo’s and fartlek workouts as well as racing the ½ marathon and up distances.
Sayonara- Overall I’m very satisfied with the cushion and comfort level of this shoe. While offering comfort it still stay’s lightweight and very responsive. I have raced two ½ marathons, two 5k’s and a ten miler in this shoe. The only complaint I can give is that it wore two hot spots on the top of both feet when I first got the shoe. After 20-30 miles I had no issues. Would recommend this shoe more for training than racing the shorter distances but can definitely pass off as a racer or trainer. The more durable outsole is on this shoe. Will continue training in this shoe.
Kinvara 5- Lighter of the two shoes and one that I feel like I can really work with on the shorter distances. I’ve raced two 5k’s in this shoe and had zero issues and a large amount of success out of them. I feel like this shoe is geared towards racing fast and track workouts. I will be racing in this shoe all summer (In fact already ordered another pair of them)
With that said, I give the edge to the Kinvara solely on the fact that I have had zero issues at all with the shoe.