Triathlete’s Summer 2012 Running Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jul 5, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC

Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 3 | 7.3 oz | $90

Fit | Our testers found the fit to be consistent throughout, with a secure hold in the heel, a snug fit in the middle and a toe box that is just wide enough. “You feel like you’re lacing up a racing flat when you put your feet into these,” said one tester, referring to the upper that was derived from track spikes. It can snug down on the foot as much as you need.

Feel | With a makeup that’s part racing flat, part long-distance trainer, the Kinvara 3 feels like a blend of several shoe styles. It’s a super-light shoe equally suited to long, slow miles, tempo runs or all-out speed blasts.

Ride | The ride is inescapably soft, no matter what kind of running you’re doing. Over-pronators in the test group felt it was a bit unstable and mushy, but the testers who were a good match for the Kinvara 3 raved about it. “I love this shoe and use it for everything,” said one tester. “I can’t believe there’s a shoe I can do everything in.”

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