The Saucony Kinvara 3 sneaker will change your entire approach to running— plain and simple. In fact, we’re so impressed with the latest edition of Saucony’s popular Kinvara line that the title “Best Runner of the Year” seems appropriate.

If there was ever a sneaker that could turn disdain for running into a passionate desire for more, this is the one. While its predecessors were just above average, the Kinvara 3 ups the ante with a plethora of advanced performance features in a small, compact package. It’s minimalist-friendly, but also caters to the traditional runner thanks in large part to a solid ProGrid midsole. The added heel support pumps an extra bounce in your step, making that daily run something to look forward to for beginners. The shoe grips around your foot like a flexible cage thanks to the lightweight, pliable FlexFilm upper. This is definitely a summer/fall runner with a seamless feel and a highly ventilated design, making socks irrelevant.

The Kinvara 3 performed well all across the board, with extra marks for flexibility and overall feel.

Bottom Line: The Kinvara 3 is perfect for beginning to intermediate level runners in need of a little boost in confidence. It’s neutral design adapts to a wide variety of foot types.

Weight: 7.7 ounces

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