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Saucony Progrid Kinvara 3 running shoe review after 300 + miles

After running more the 300 miles in the Saucony Kinvara 3, I have to say I am impressed. The shoe maintains all the qualities I liked in Kinvara 1 and 2. The Kinvara 3 is superior to it’s predessesors when it come to holding up both in the upper and the sole of the shoe. Saucony has created a super light weight trainer that I would recommend for everything from 5k to Marathon and beyond. Here is our original write up on Kinvara 3. In the video below I give visual proof on how well the Saucony Progrid Kinvara 3 running shoe held up over 300 miles. Everybody has different experience with wear patterns, here are some stats that effect wear in this running shoe review: Weight = 165 lb, Height = 5’10.5″, Footstrike = midfoot, Average weekly mileage = 60-70 miles.

Saucony Kinvara 3 running shoe review video:



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  1. Janet says:

    Great review! I just did my long run in the Kinvara 2's (I think) and my feet which had been sore took the pounding pretty well. I wear these on trails as well as pavement. 

    1. Thanks Janet, I think it’s time to try the threes. Let me know what you think.

  2. Vince says:

    I really enjoy your reviews. I bought these as a shoe to have for my longer runs, compared to my Adidas Adios 2 but found the K3 to be a bit too soft for my taste and too roomy in front (even though one "should" have a roomier front when using mid-foot strike. Perhaps I have a size too large.) But for those who want a bit softer shoe than the Adios, this would be great. I now alternate between Adios and Adidas Motion, which I find have a very nice firmness. Alright! Thanks again.

    1. Vince, I haven’t tried out many of the Adidas shoes. Would you be interested in reviewing either of the Adidas shoes you mentioned for the Believe in the Run site?

  3. Vince says:

    Thomas, sure thing! Drop me a mail and we’ll get rolling.

  4. Marcelo Campiglia says:

    Does anybody actually measured the heel to toe drop of the Kinvara 3? Saucony said that the drop is 4mm, Runner’s World said it is 7mm, who is right? I think that the heel to toe drop of the Kinvara 3 more close to 8mm than to 4mm.

    1. Hi Marcelo,

      It is a 4mm drop. Many reviews have backed up the 4mm drop by measuring the shoe with calipers. I run in everything from 0 to 8mm drops right now. By feel alone I would say that the Kinvara is right on the money at 4mm.



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