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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Saucony Kinvara 2 - After 50 Miles

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah blog, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: March 1, 2012

I now have 55.7 miles on my Saucony Kinvara 2s and I like to do a follow-up review of new shoes after 50 miles. So it is that time.
The newness has worn off and I have had time to notice the little things about a my Kinvara 2s that I didn't, when I started to wear them
These are not leading edge shoes and have been around for a while (in shoe terms) and have been reviewed too many times for me to go into any great technical detail. My review will focus on how the K2s are working for me.
I have run in the K2s 12 times with long runs of 8 and 9 miles. How have they done?
Honestly, I like running in them so far. The K2s are a fast, light shoe that allows me to run the way I want to run.

Fit

They are mostly comfortable - I have a minor issue with the right pinkie feeling slightly too snug against the side of the shoe, but no blisters have formed there and after I start running, the snugness doesn't seem to bother too much. Other than that minor snugness, the shoes fit very well and my feet don't slide around inside of the shoe and there are no other hot spots, even after my long runs. When the Kinvara 3s come out, if I decide to stay with the Kinvara line - I might try on the wider edition, we will see how it goes and what I think of them in a few months.

Performance

On the road and in dry dirt the shoes have done very well and I like the amount of protection they offer, while only having a small amount of drop and being so light. Whether I am going faster or slower the Kinvara 2 feel very comfortable for me to run in.
The couple of times that down-back got a little muddy, the tread design wasn't that great for muddy conditions and I slipped and slid around more than I would want, along with my feet getting pretty wet. These are definitely not mudder shoes.
I purposely ran out in today's snow storm to see how they would do in snow - not as bad as some I have run in, but not all that great either, I was slipping a lot more than I did in my Peregrines. In my opinion as a winter shoe, they are not really all that good. I wouldn't want these shoes to be my primary trail or winter shoes. Yes they you could run in them in those conditions and they would work on non-technical easy trails or some snow, like most other road shoes do.
This does mean that I need a second pair running shoes that have better traction and don't allow your feet to get as wet or feel the cold  quite so much. In other words a pair of trail shoes, which are enroute.
The good news is that the snow run helped clean off some of the crud that had accumulated on these shoes :-).

Wear

There were a lot of reviews I read before getting the K2s, that discussed how the sole wears too quickly and how the uppers would last. To be honest, they look about like any other of my shoes after 50 miles, a little wear on the soles and the uppers are in still in great shape, just a little dirtier/stained than when I got them. I am not easy on shoes, by any stretch of the imagination and the Kinvara 2s have held up nicely for me.

Cons

The biggest thing that I don't like about the Kinvara 2s that I have, is that they are mostly white. I am definitely not a White shoe type of runner, I run in mud, dirt, snow, slush and other stuff that just doesn't do well with white shoes. It is what it is, and white/blue are what was available for colors in the Kinvara 2 when I got them, but white shows the crap that I generally go through way toooooo much.

The reality is that

If that is the biggest complaint I have about a pair of shoes (the color), then they must be doing fine. ;-)
The Kinvara 2s are now being closed-out to make way for the Kinvara 3's that are coming out later this spring, so you can definitely get some great deals on this shoe. Who knows, if I can get a great deal on another pair, I might just buy them and put them in the closet for when these wear out.
Yep - so far I like them - a lot.
FTC DISCLAIMER: I bought these shoes with my own money and no one has compensated me to write this review. The thoughts and words are my own.

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