Last May, I received a pair of Saucony Kinvara 5 Running shoes to review on my blog. I love these shoes and have run 200 miles in them and still love them. I’m actually working on a follow up post after running and racing all season in these. I even bought a pair for my daughter, who loves them too.
Stay tuned to this blog for another post. In the meantime…here is some news just in from Saucony about these fabulous shoes…
SAUCONY® KINVARA 5 AWARDED RUNNER’S WORLD INTERNATIONAL EDITORS’ CHOICE FOR BEST SHOE OF 2014
Global Running Community Puts Saucony On Top Of The Podium, Affirming Brand’s Relentless Commitment to Inspiring Runners Through Performance Innovation
LEXINGTON, MA (November 3, 2014) – Saucony, relentlessly committed to elevating the running experience through performance innovation, today announces that the Kinvara 5, the brand’s award-winning natural running shoe, has been awarded the 2014 International Editors’ Choice Award for Best Shoe of 2014 by the international editors of Runner’s World magazine, the worldwide authority on running information. The International Awards were officially presented at the Runner’s World New York City Marathon party in New York on October 31st.
The International Editors’ Choice for Best Shoe of 2014 is the highest recognition presented by Runner’s World and marks the fourth successive award for Saucony from the publication: The Peregrine 4 was named Editor’s Choice in the publication’s 2014 U.S. Spring Trail Shoe Guide; The Ride 7 was named Editor’s Choice in the 2014 U.S. Summer Shoe Guide; and the Kinvara 5 was named Editor’s Choice in the 2014 U.S. Fall Shoe Guide.
“The entire Saucony team is honored to have the Kinvara 5 ranked by Runner’s World as the best shoe in the world for 2014,” said Patrick O’Malley, senior vice president of global product for Saucony. “One of the nicest things about this award is that a bunch of people who love to run tested our shoes and told the Runner’s World editors just how good they felt. It’s truly gratifying that the global running community continues to put Saucony on top of the podium, demonstrating our continued commitment to inspire runners everywhere through performance innovation.”
“The Kinvara has long been a workhorse in our stables,” said the Runner’s World review of the shoe. “A year ago, the high-performing trainer won our Best Update award−mostly because of an upgrade to its midsole foam. This year, Saucony further improved the package. The outsole got a little extra rubber for increased durability−especially at toe-off and along the outer edge through the midfoot. The upper has a more secure fit thanks to a new saddle feature called “Pro-Lock,” a triangular piece sandwiched between mesh in the midfoot that connects to the laces and pulls the upper snug against your foot. The upper fabrics also received an upgrade: A more durable mesh has been added in the forefoot, while a softer, more padded fabric now lines the collar.” Click here for a complete Runner’s World review and video.
The Runner’s World International Editors’ Choice award for “Shoe of the Year” is part of Runner’s World’s global initiative to find, test and designate the best shoes in the world for its readers in the countries where it currently publishes: Australia/New Zealand, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Kinvara 5
The fifth edition of the Kinvara, weighing only 7.7 ounces (men’s size 9), is a performance training shoe with a 4mm heel-to-toe offset that positions the runner’s foot during impact in a way that creates a greater range of motion than traditional running shoes (with a 12mm heel-to-toe offset) for the Gastrocnemius-Soleus-Achilles tendon system, allowing for a more powerful running stride.
The Kinvara 5 features a ProLock™ lacing system born of the brand’s track and field bloodline. This innovative fit system encases the foot and locks it to the shoe’s platform with adjustable straps on either side of the midfoot. Further enhancing the shoe’s comfort and fit is a precision engineered upper that is lighter, more durable and flexible thanks to FlexFilm™ technology.
The Kinvara 5’s midsole cushioning features PowerGrid™, a premium engineered foam that’s 15% lighter and 30% more durable than standard EVA foams. The reengineered outsole offers a slightly wider forefoot platform for a more stable and powerful toe-off. The high abrasion EVA exposed foam midsole allows for lightweight protection underfoot, while maximizing rebound and flexibility.
Kinvara 5 RunShield™
Wind, rain or an arctic vortex will never be an excuse to miss a run thanks to the Kinvara 5 RunShield. The technology of the Kinvara 5 is combined with a water-resistant FlexShell™ upper that keeps feet dry and warm without sacrificing flexibility. FlexShell is an extremely lightweight, 100% polyester fabric with a waterproof membrane engineered to fit dynamically, moving with the runner’s foot throughout the entire stride. The Kinvara 5 RunShield features a RunDry™ interior lining that wicks moisture away for maximum comfort.
The Kinvara 5 is available at select specialty running retailers in men’s sizes 7-13, 14 and 15, and women’s sizes 5-12. The suggested retail price of the Kinvara 5 is $100.
The Kinvara 5 RunShield is available at select specialty running retailers in men’s sizes 7-13, 14 and 15, and women’s sizes 5-12. The suggested retail price of the Kinvara RunShield is $110.
About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including the “Geometry of Strong™, PowerGrid™, and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.
About Runner’s World: Rodale’s Runner’s World, the largest and most influential media brand in the running space, is the essential guide for everyone who runs. The brand provides all runners—men and women, from beginners to hardcore marathoners—with the advice and information they need to pursue their goals, the inspiration and entertainment they crave, and a sense of authentic community they won’t find anywhere else. Runner’s World is everywhere its readers and customers are—in print, online, on-screen and on the ground. Through authentic events such as the award-winning Runner’s World Challenge, the Runner’s World Half & Festival (www.RWHalf.com), and the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival (www.HHHalf.com), Runner’s World editors forge deep connections and have meaningful interactions with our readers as an organic part of the running community. Runner’s World publishes 19 international editions: Argentina (2014), Australia/New Zealand, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. For digital updates, visit www.runnersworld.com, Twitter (@runnersworld), Facebook (Runner’s World Magazine), as well as the brand’s mobile apps.