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The Saucony Kinvara 13: A Shoe for Every Runner

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Image source: Saucony-Kinvara-13-best-use Are you a beginner looking for an affordable uptempo shoe? Or maybe you're a fan of the Kinvara line and want a lighter and more responsive version of the Kinvara 12. Whatever...

Saucony Kinvara 13 Image source: Saucony-Kinvara-13-best-use

Are you a beginner looking for an affordable uptempo shoe? Or maybe you're a fan of the Kinvara line and want a lighter and more responsive version of the Kinvara 12. Whatever your running needs may be, the Saucony Kinvara 13 has got you covered. This stable and minimal running shoe offers a springy ride perfect for short to mid-distance training runs.

Who Should Buy the Saucony Kinvara 13?

The Kinvara 13 is a must-have for several types of runners:

  • Beginners who want a moderately-priced uptempo shoe.
  • Kinvara fans who desire a lighter and more responsive version of their favorite shoe.
  • Runners seeking a stable and minimal running shoe.
  • Those who want a springy ride for short to mid-distance training runs.

If any of these descriptions match you, then the Kinvara 13 is the shoe for you!

Who Should NOT Buy It?

However, if you prefer more cushioning or need a shoe suitable for high-mileage runs, the Kinvara 13 might not be the best choice for you. The heel stack height, including the insole, measures at 26.9 mm, which is lower than the average among lab-tested shoes. For a more cushioned ride or longer distances, alternative options like the Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 or the NB FuelCell Rebel v2 might be better suited.

Kinvara 13 vs. 12: The Smallest Changes Make a Big Impact

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The thirteenth edition of the Kinvara doesn't bring about major changes, but it proves that even the smallest adjustments can have a significant impact. The updates in the Kinvara 13 include:

  • Smoother and more responsive ride: The beveled midsole and contoured design allow for seamless heel-to-toe transitions.
  • Lighter weight: With a trimmed-down upper, the Kinvara 13 sheds weight, going from 7.5 oz (213 g) to 7.2 oz (204 g) in a US M 9.
  • Softer upper with better support: The introduction of a new mono mesh upper provides a more pliable feel while retaining security through overlays and a gusseted tongue.

Lightest Kinvara Yet

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The Kinvara 13 goes on a diet, weighing in at a mere 6.8 oz (192 g) in a men's US 9. This makes it the lightest among all the previous iterations of the Kinvara. Surpassing the average weight of tempo running shoes (8.9 oz), the Kinvara 13 is truly one of the lightest running shoes available.

Brings Back the Fun

The Kinvara 12 may have missed the mark with its rigid ride, but the Kinvara 13 has redeemed itself. Our run tests revealed that the Kinvara 13 is more forgiving and bouncier. In fact, the foam is 11% softer than the average of road running shoes, making for a more enjoyable run. Keep in mind, however, that the cushioning may lose some of its softness in colder conditions. It may need time to "warm up" before providing maximum comfort.

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We even put the shoe through a freezer test, and the foam became 23.9% firmer after spending 20 minutes in the freezer. So, ensure you're aware of the shoe's behavior in different temperatures.

The Kinvara 13: Super Flexible

Being nearly a minimalist running shoe, the Kinvara offers a close-to-the-ground experience with exceptional flexibility and maneuverability. In fact, it takes only 13.8N to bend the shoe to a 90-degree angle, which is 120% less than the average running shoe. It bends easily in any direction, making it a versatile choice for runners.

However, keep in mind that the shoe becomes significantly stiffer in colder temperatures. After the freezer test, the shoe's flexibility changed by 148.3%, a significant difference compared to most shoes, which only stiffen up by 30-60%.

Width is Average but Wider Than Previous Kinvaras

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The Kinvara 13 offers a slightly roomier fit compared to previous iterations. Medium-width feet experienced no toe bumps or pressure when wearing this Saucony shoe. However, it's important to note that the forefoot width measures at 95.9 mm, slightly narrower than the average width. While it's not classified as a wide-toe box shoe, it still provides ample comfort for most runners.

The Kinvara 13: A Supportive Companion

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One of the standout features of the Kinvara 13 is its racer-like fit. It offers excellent support during sharp turns and fast efforts, ensuring stability and preventing slips or missteps. The mono mesh upper is stretchy but remains secure, following the shape of the foot and providing sufficient padding in all the right places. From the rearfoot to the midfoot, the Kinvara 13 offers a snug and supportive fit.

The Kinvara 13's Tongue Understands the Assignment

The tongue of the Kinvara 13 is everything you could wish for in a running shoe tongue. It's gusseted, reflective, padded, and even has a pull tab for convenience. Not only does it stay in place, but it also prevents lace bites. With a noticeable thickness of 5.0 mm, this tongue offers additional comfort during your runs. For comparison, the tongue on the Saucony Ride 15 daily trainer is even thinner at 4.2 mm.

No More Sweaty Feet

Breathability is key when it comes to running shoes, and the Kinvara 13 doesn't disappoint. It's superbly breathable and won't leave your feet feeling hot and sweaty. Even when tested in warm conditions, the upper material does not absorb moisture. The transparency test reveals how easily light passes through the mesh material, further highlighting its excellent breathability.

Not a Hard-Wearing Shoe

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Those looking for a durable running shoe might want to consider other options. While the Kinvara 13 has rubber components in the forefoot and heel for grip and protection, it lacks full-length rubber coverage on the outsole. This design choice makes it less ideal for long-term use. The rubber firmness at the bottom is also softer than the average with a rating of 76 HC compared to the average 80 HC.

Big on Comfort, Small on Waste

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Aside from caring for your feet, the Kinvara 13 also cares for the planet. It's the first Kinvara to feature a 100% recycled mono mesh upper, with 90% recycled materials used in the rest of the upper components. You can enjoy both comfort and sustainability when you choose the Kinvara 13.

In conclusion, the Saucony Kinvara 13 is a versatile running shoe that offers a lightweight and bouncy ride. Whether you're a beginner or a Kinvara enthusiast, this shoe provides the support and responsiveness you need for your training runs. While it may not be the most durable option, its comfort and sustainability make it an excellent choice for runners looking to make a positive impact. Lace up your Kinvara 13 and experience the joy of running!