Unboxing the Saucony Progrid KINVARA 3

I received, as a Christmas gift, another reason to make me take my getting back to training, running and mtbiking a serious goal – a pair of Saucony’s Progrid Kinvara 3.

The Christmas Season is finally so over and for most runners, sports enthusiasts I know, this means that it is time to finally open the new  year for training and getting back to our favorite sports activities.

For me, this time also signals the unboxing of my pretty pair of minimalist neutral shoe!

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I never had a pair of the first two Kinvara models (Kinvara and Kinvara 2). On the other hand, hubby has nothing but praises for the Kinvara 2 pair that he’s been using – reason why he thought of giving me the Kinvara 3 as a Christmas present. And was I thrilled!

According to http://www.northernrunner.com, the Saucony Progrid Kinvara – “is the industry’s leading minimalist shoe, and the updated Kinvara 3 features new upper technology ensuring a better fit and ride than ever before. On the upper of the shoe, both the thickness and weight have been reduced, with the shoe weighing in at only 7.7oz (basis: Men’s pair, size 9).”

Here are Kinvara 3’s technical features:

CUSHIONING

  • Heel ProGrid is a grid-like foam piece that sits under the heel for shock absorption.

MIDSOLE

  • EVA+ is a full length composite foam designed for lightweight, durable cushioning.
  • Decoupled Heel flexes throughout the gait cycle to create better traction.
  • Heel ProGrid is a grid-like foam piece that sits under the heel for shock absorption.

UPPER

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  • Open Mesh covers the entire upper and is a breathable lightweight fabric.
  • Flex Film Overlays are made of a thin film that is welded to the upper for a snug, secure fit.
  • HydraMAX Collar Lining cups the heel and provides next-to-skin comfort while wicking unwanted moisture
  • Memory Foam Heel Pods provide a comfortable and secure fit.

 OUTSOLE

  • XT-900 throughout the outsole is a carbon rubber material that offers durable traction.
  • Triangular Lug Design provides traction and additional underfoot cushion.

Being a non-technical person, the following are my personal opinion about the shoe which most common sports enthusiasts may be able to probably relate to:

  • Color combination – the Saucony Kinvara 3 comes in attractive color sets for both the Men’s and Women’s model. Gone are the days were running shoes comes in safe and need I say, kinda “boring” colors. Saucony definitely took note of that fact and provided a lot of good-looking color combinations!
  • Weight – the pair is lightweight, need I say more? 😉
  • Less seams – because of the Flex Film technology that was used on the upper of the shoe, it had fewer seams. This means that the shoe can be comfortably worn even if sockless
  • Cost effective – the Saucony brand is one of the leading running shoe brand and what’s best, it doesn’t cost much to be able to own one.

For those who are looking to buy a new pair of running shoes, the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 3 might be best for you. After all, this shoe model from Saucony is a shoe great for speedwork, racing and daily training.

NOTE: The Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 3 is locally available in various running and sports shops in the country and via online through Northern Runner. You may also visit Saucony direct at http://www.saucony.com.

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