Saucony Kinvara 9 vs. 8 review

Saucony Kinvara 8 is good for performance runs by runners who want a light running shoe on their feet. Saucony Kinvara 9 has a new upper and increased responsiveness.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 is the updated version of the Saucony Kinvara 8, which is a neutral cushioning running shoe for runners who do not need much support and who want to go fast.

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The upper of the Saucony Kinvara 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com looks different when you first look at the two running shoes.

However, it still has a lot in common with the upper of the Saucony Kinvara 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

For starters, the Saucony Kinvara 9 has no-sew overlays in the forefoot just like the Saucony Kinvara 8 although they have been repositioned a bit on the Saucony Kinvara 9.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 also still has a strap around the midfoot that can be pulled tight through the saddle.

What has changed is the mesh in the forefoot. It has a bit more structure in the Saucony Kinvara 9 than it does in the Saucony Kinvara 8.

At the back, the Saucony Kinvara 9 has lost the extra support pieces that the Saucony Kinvara 8 has on the medial side of the heel and the lateral side of the midfoot.

Instead, the Saucony Kinvara 9 now provides woven support around the heel.

All in all, the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 might provide a similar amount of support, and the changes made to the upper of the Saucony Kinvara 9 should increase your level of comfort a bit but not by a huge amount.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 8 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 come with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning for heel-to-toe cushioning.

According to Saucony, the Saucony Kinvara is meant to deliver cushioning that is responsive and somewhat firm to help you go faster.

Running shoe lab tests have found that the Saucony Kinvara 8 delivers quite a bit of heel and forefoot cushioning to both men and women, so the ride you get should be very soft.

The amount of forefoot cushioning delivered by the Saucony Kinvara 9 has gone down a bit compared to the Saucony Kinvara 8, but the Saucony Kinvara 9 still has a very cushy forefoot.

Running shoe lab tests have also found that the amount of heel cushioning has gone down a bit in the Saucony Kinvara 9, and that it has gone down more than the forefoot cushioning has.

There have not been many changes in the heel height for men, but women have lost some forefoot and heel height, which means that the Saucony Kinvara 9 brings women closer to the ground.

Changes in midsole thickness affect the heel-to-toe drop, which is 6 mm for men in the Saucony Kinvara 9 and 5.6 mm in the Saucony Kinvara 8.

The heel-to-toe drop for women is 5.9 mm in the Saucony Kinvara 9 and 5.5 in the Saucony Kinvara 8.

The conclusion is that the heel-to-toe drop has increased in the Saucony Kinvara 9, which should make the running shoe feel a bit more responsive than the Saucony Kinvara 8.

However, in terms of getting a soft ride, the Saucony Kinvara 8 might do a better job in addition to probably being more suitable for heel-strikers than the Saucony Kinvara 9.

The Saucony Kinvara is meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need stability and support, so neither the Saucony Kinvara 8 nor the Saucony Kinvara 9 come with devices to control pronation.

However, they both provide a good amount of ground contact, which benefits the stability of the running shoes as well as deliver smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Kinvara 8 as delivering an average amount of stability, while the Saucony Kinvara 9 delivers an amount that lies just above average.

The rubber outsole of the Saucony Kinvara 9 has changed a bit.

While the Saucony Kinvara 9 still has a zigzag pattern in the forefoot, the location on the durable rubber has been repositioned to cover the outside of the heel and the front part of the forefoot.

In the Saucony Kinvara 8, the durable rubber lies more on the outside of the heel and inside of the forefoot, which are more the locations that overpronators would hit. The locations of the rubber in the outsole of the Saucony Kinvara 9 are more neutral.

While running shoe lab tests have found the Saucony Kinvara 8 to be a very flexible running shoe, the Saucony Kinvara 9 has been found to be quite stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 8 weighs approximately 6.8 oz (193 grams), and the Saucony Kinvara 9 for women weighs about 6.5 oz (184 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 8.0 oz (227 grams), so there isn't a weight difference to be noted.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Saucony Kinvara 8 or the Saucony Kinvara 9, thereby keeping in mind that the Saucony Kinvara 8 would deliver a somewhat softer ride than the Saucony Kinvara 9.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 might feel a bit more comfortable and deliver a somewhat more responsive ride than the Saucony Kinvara 8.

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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