Saucony Guide 10 vs. Saucony Kinvara 7 review

Saucony Guide 10 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Saucony Kinvara 7 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast.

The Saucony Guide 10 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes, with the Saucony Guide 10 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Kinvara 7 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Kinvara 7 look very much alike in that they both consist of mesh with light no-sew overlays.

The difference is that the Saucony Kinvara 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with an extra band that can be adjusted through the saddle to give you a more secure fit.

The mesh is also different in the two running shoes, with the Saucony Guide 10 having a type of mesh that has a little structure that looks like it has overlays integrated into it.

The Saucony Guide 10 exposes less mesh than the Saucony Kinvara 7 toward the back of the shoe and seems a bit more solid in that respect.

The toe guard at the front of the Saucony Guide 10 is also a bit more solid and firm than that of the Saucony Kinvara 7.

Overall, though, you should be able to get enough support from the upper of both running shoes.

Because the Saucony Kinvara 7 is a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Saucony Guide 10 is a stability running shoe, one would expect the Saucony Kinvara 7 to provide more cushioning than the Saucony Guide 10.

This is not entirely the case, though, according to running shoe lab tests, which show that the Saucony Guide 10 is overall more cushy than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

For men, both running shoes have a cushy forefoot and a good amount of heel cushioning. The Saucony Guide 10 provides just a little more heel cushioning than the Saucony Kinvara 7, but both running shoes can be seen as cushy.

The difference in heel cushioning is a bit larger for women, where the heel of the Saucony Kinvara 7 could feel a bit firm. The Saucony Guide 10 provides an above amount of heel cushioning to women.

Both running shoes have a very cushy forefoot where women are concerned, but the Saucony Guide 10 provides just a tiny bit more than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

The differences in cushioning could be caused by the fact that the midsole of the Saucony Kinvara 7 is a bit thinner than that of the Saucony Guide 10, so the Saucony Kinvara 7 has less opportunity to provide lots of cushioning.

The thinner midsole of the Saucony Kinvara 7 is to bring runners closer to the ground so that they can go faster.

The heel-to-toe drop is also a bit less (about 1.5 mm less) in the Saucony Kinvara 7 than it is in the Saucony Guide 10, so the Saucony Kinvara 7 brings you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Guide 10.

Another difference between these two Saucony running shoes can be found on the medial side of the midsole, where the Saucony Guide 10 comes with a medial post and the Saucony Kinvara 7 does not.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 is meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need any kind of stability and support, while the Saucony Guide 10 is for overpronators who need the stability and support offered by the medial post in the Saucony Guide 10.

So it is not surprising that running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Guide 10 as being a very stable running shoe and the Saucony Kinvara 7 as providing an average amount of stability.

The average amount of stability is due to the full ground contact provided by the Saucony Kinvara 7. The Saucony Guide 10 also provides full ground contact, which not only benefits stability but also the smoothness of your ride.

More differences can be found in the outsoles of the two running shoes, where the Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with rubber that is located only in high-wear areas.

This makes the Saucony Kinvara 7 a bit less durable than the Saucony Guide 10, which comes with rubber in its entire outsole.

This amount of rubber does not prevent the Saucony Guide 10 from being flexible, though, because according to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Guide 10 is almost twice as flexible as the Saucony Kinvara 7 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs approximately 6.6 oz (187 grams), while the Saucony Guide 10 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs about 7.7 oz (218 grams), and the Saucony Guide 10 for men weighs 10.1 oz (286 grams).

Everything in the Saucony Kinvara 7 has been kept to the bare minimum to keep the weight of the running shoe down while still providing runners with a comfortable and performance-driven running experience.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking to go fast, the Saucony Kinvara 7 would definitely be worth looking into.

But if you are an overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support and who appreciates a soft, smooth, and comfortable ride, then the Saucony Guide 10 would be the one to consider.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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