Saucony Kinvara 8 vs. 7 review

Saucony Kinvara 7 is good for performance runs by runners who want a light running shoe on their feet. Saucony Kinvara 8 provides the same but then with a couple of improvements...

NEW! Saucony Kinvara 9 vs. Saucony Kinvara 8

The Saucony Kinvara 8 is the updated version of the Saucony Kinvara 7. Both are neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony for runners who want to feel closer to the ground and who are looking to wear something lighter on their feet.

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The uppers of the Saucony Kinvara 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Kinvara 7 are similar in that they come with light no-sew overlays and no visible stitches.

This is to minimize irritation points and increase the amount of comfort you get.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with an extra strap around the midfoot that secures the fit. This strap is also present on the Saucony Kinvara 8.

What has changed, however, is the position of the no-sew overlays. Whereas the Saucony Kinvara 7 has overlays running over the toe box, these overlays have been minimized on the Saucony Kinvara 8 to open up the toe box a bit more for comfort.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 also has a reduced amount of overlays running around the midfoot, however, the Saucony Kinvara 8 comes with extra elevated pieces on the medial side of the heel and on the lateral side of the midfoot to help keep your foot in place.

All in all, you should be able to get a similar amount of support from both the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Kinvara 8, with a slight increase in comfort from the Saucony Kinvara 8.

The midsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 are pretty similar with both having a landing zone under the heel and EVERUN.

However, whereas the Saucony Kinvara 7 came with a puck of EVERUN in its heel, the Saucony Kinvara 8 now comes with an entire topsole of EVERUN cushioning.

One would then expect the amount of cushioning to have increased in the Saucony Kinvara 8 due to this change.

Running shoe lab tests show that this is indeed true, that is, that the Saucony Kinvara 8 is overall more cushy than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

For women, both running shoes have a very cushy forefoot, with the Saucony Kinvara 8 providing just a small bit more cushioning than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

However, there is a big difference in heel cushioning to be noted, with the Saucony Kinvara 7 having a below average amount and the Saucony Kinvara 8 having a very cushy heel but not as cushy as its forefoot.

The differences in amount of cushioning are a bit less in the men's versions of the running shoes, and in this case, the Saucony Kinvara 8 outcushions the Saucony Kinvara 7 again.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 provide a good amount of ground contact, which should help with getting smoother heel-to-toe transitions and a bit more stability.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 as being almost equally stable, and they provide an average amount of stability.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 has a reduced heel-to-toe drop compared to the Saucony Kinvara 7, so the Saucony Kinvara 8 brings you a bit closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Kinvara 7 does.

The heel-to-toe drop in the two running shoes differs by 0.9 mm for men and 0.7 mm for women, according to running shoe lab tests.

One big difference that can be noted from running shoe lab tests is the amount of flexibility.

Whereas the Saucony Kinvara 7 is somewhat stiff for both men and women, the Saucony Kinvara 8 turns out to be extremely flexible for both men and women.

This is quite surprising, because the outsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Kinvara 8 look identical with the same amount and placement of flex grooves and rubber.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 come with a minimum amount of rubber that has been placed in high-wear areas where it is needed. This keeps the weight of the running shoes down.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs about 6.6 oz (187 grams), and the Saucony Kinvara 8 for women weighs approximately 6.8 oz (193 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams) and 8.0 oz (227 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 7 being the lightest of the two.

The Saucony Kinvara 8 has put on some weight compared to the Saucony Kinvara 7, but it is not a significant amount.

Overall, the Saucony Kinvara 8 is a nice update of the Saucony Kinvara 7, with an increased amount of cushioning and an increased amount of comfort in the upper.

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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