Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Kinvara 7 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and stable ride to overpronators. Saucony Kinvara 7 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast.

NEW! Saucony Guide 10 vs. Saucony Kinvara 7

The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes, with the Saucony Guide 9 being a stability running shoe and the Saucony Kinvara 7 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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While the Saucony Kinvara 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not come with visible stitches in its upper, the Saucony Guide 9 has a combination of stitched-on and no-sew overlays.

The stitched-on overlays on the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are mostly located around the midfoot and the heel so in places where a runner is expected to need the most support.

However, because the Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with a broad strap on both sides of the midfoot that can be pulled tight through the laces, the Saucony Kinvara 7 also provides a good amount of support around the midfoot.

Both running shoes implement very light no-sew overlays on their toe box although the coverage seems to be greater on the Saucony Kinvara 7 than on the Saucony Guide 9.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, with the main difference being that the Saucony Kinvara 7 provides more lightweight support than the Saucony Guide 9.

The construction of the midsole of the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 is very similar.

Both provide a good amount of ground contact, do not come with a midfoot shank, and have a landing zone on the lateral side under the heel.

All these features add stability to your runs and help you achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The main difference between the midsoles can be found on the medial side, where the Saucony Guide 9 comes with a medial post and the Saucony Kinvara 7 does not.

This is understandable because the Saucony Guide 9 is meant to be used by runners who overpronate, while the Saucony Kinvara 7 is for neutral runners who do not need any kind of corrections or support.

In terms of stability, the Saucony Kinvara 7 is rated by running shoe lab tests as providing an average amount of stability, while the Saucony Guide 9 comes quite close to providing a maximum amount.

While the Saucony Kinvara 7 is a neutral cushioning running shoe so is in the business of providing cushioning, running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Guide 9 provides overall more cushioning than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

The latter is probably due to the fact that the Saucony Guide 9 has a much thicker midsole than the Saucony Kinvara 7 so also more potential of providing more cushioning.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 sits lower on the ground than the Saucony Guide 9 and has a lower heel-to-toe drop so brings you closer to a neutral plane.

All this has been done to keep the weight of the Saucony Kinvara 7 down so that it can be used by runners who want to go fast.

The biggest differences in cushioning can be found in the heel. In fact, the heel of the Saucony Kinvara 7 for women could feel a bit firm to women when compared to the Saucony Guide 9.

Men get an above average amount of heel cushioning from the Saucony Kinvara 7, but overall, the Saucony Guide 9 turns out to be a very cushy running shoe in both the heel and the forefoot.

The amount of forefoot cushioning in the Saucony Kinvara 7 comes close to the amount provided by the Saucony Guide 9 for both men and women.

Another difference between the two running shoes can be found in the outsole, where the Saucony Kinvara 7 has rubber in strategic places instead of in its entire outsole like the Saucony Guide 9.

This again is to keep the weight of the Saucony Kinvara 7 down. It does not increase the flexibility of the running shoe, though, because running shoe lab tests show that there is little difference between the flexiblity provided by the two running shoes.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs approximately 6.6 oz (187 grams), while the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs about 7.7 oz (218 grams), and the Saucony Guide 9 for men weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams).

Making a decision between the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Guide 9 should not be difficult.

If you are a runner who does not need any kind of support and who is looking for a performance running shoe in which you can go fast, you can look into the Saucony Kinvara 7.

And if you are an overpronator who is looking for a good amount of support in addition to a soft and smooth ride, the Saucony Guide 9 would be the one to look into.

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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