Saucony Kinvara 5 vs. Saucony Ride 7 review

Saucony Ride 7 provides a soft ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Kinvara 5 is good for uptempo runs by runners who want a light shoe on their feet.

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The Saucony Kinvara 5 and the Saucony Ride 7 are both neutral running shoes with the main difference that the Saucony Kinvara 5 is much lighter than the Saucony Ride 7.


The biggest difference in the upper of the Saucony Kinvara 5 and that of the Saucony Ride 7 is the type of overlays used.

The Saucony Kinvara 5 has a completely no-sew upper with light films of overlays welded onto the upper, while the Saucony Ride 7 has a mixture of no-sew and traditional stitched-on overlays.

The traditional overlays in the Saucony Ride 7 are mainly located on the medial side and at the back of the shoe, which should allow the Saucony Ride 7 to provide you with more support in the upper than the Saucony Kinvara 5.

But the Saucony Kinvara 5 counteracts this a bit by having a triangular band that runs from the top of the saddle to the midsole on both sides of the shoe, thereby providing you with a good lockdown around the midfoot.

Both the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Kinvara 5 make use of a PowerGrid midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

But the thickness of the midsoles differ quite a bit with the Saucony Ride 7 having a thicker midsole than the Saucony Kinvara 5. This thickness makes the Saucony Ride 7 feel quite stiff under the foot, thereby making the Saucony Kinvara 5 the more flexible running shoe of the two.

And while a thicker midsole could mean a softer running shoe, the Saucony Kinvara 5 turns out to be surprisingly cushy, according to running shoe lab tests.

While the Saucony Ride 7 has a slightly more cushy forefoot than the Saucony Kinvara 5, the Saucony Kinvara 5 has a slightly more cushy heel for men. In the women's versions of the running shoes, the Saucony Ride 7 is the softest.

Both running shoes are neutral running shoes, so are not expected to provide any kind of stability. However, the Saucony Kinvara 5 and the Saucony Ride 7 provide full ground contact, thereby making them pretty stable running shoes in their category.

In addition, the Saucony Ride 7 comes with a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot to soften your landings and provide you with a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

Note that this transition should also be smooth in the Saucony Kinvara 5, since it provides full ground contact too and has a degree of segmentation going on on the lateral side of the midsole.

While the outsoles are very much alike in the amount of ground contact they provide, they are very different in that the Saucony Kinvara 5 has a bare minimum amount of rubber in its outsole.

There are just a couple of rubber pods on the lateral side of the outsole and in the forefoot. The lack of rubber under the Saucony Kinvara 5 means that it is expected to wear down quicker than the Saucony Ride 7, which has a good amount of rubber in its entire outsole.

However, the benefit of having so little rubber in its outsole and having the light overlays in its upper, means that the weight of the Saucony Kinvara 5 can be kept down.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 5 weighs approximately 6.3 oz (178 grams) and the Saucony Ride 7 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 7.8 oz (221 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively.

The Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Kinvara 5 do not differ that much from each other when it comes to the amount of cushioning they provide.

However, if you are looking for a very flexible running shoe that brings you closer to the ground and feels light on your feet for uptempo runs, then the Saucony Kinvara 5 would be the better option of the two.

But if you want a little bit more durability in a running shoe and do not mind the stiffness of a shoe, then the Saucony Ride 7 would be 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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