Saucony Kinvara 9 vs. Saucony Ride 10 review

Saucony Kinvara 9 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast. Saucony Ride 10 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners.

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The Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Ride 10 are both neutral cushioning running shoes, but the Saucony Kinvara 9 is good for performance runs, while the Saucony Ride 10 is good for longer runs.

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Because the Saucony Kinvara 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 10 are from the same running shoe manufacturer, they tend to display lots of similarities.

Similarities start in the upper, where both running shoes have a largely seamless upper.

The forefoot of both the Saucony Ride 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Kinvara 9 expose a lot of mesh, but the Saucony Ride 10 is the one that has the least amount of overlays in the forefoot.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 comes with no-sew overlays on the medial side. The Saucony logo also comes further forward on the lateral of the Saucony Kinvara 9 compared to the Saucony Ride 10.

Therefore, the Saucony Ride 10 might provide a bit more comfort than the Saucony Kinvara 9 in the toe box.

The Saucony Ride 10 has slightly more no-sew overlays around the midfoot than the Saucony Kinvara 9 does, but both running shoes cover the area from the midfoot to the back of the running shoe quite well, so you should be able to get a similar amount of support from the upper of either, with perhaps the Saucony Ride 10 providing a bit more around the midfoot.

The midsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Ride 10 also display similarities and come with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning.

They both deliver a good amount of ground contact and can deliver smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

The main difference is that the Saucony Kinvara 9 sits lower on the ground and brings you closer to a neutral plane than the Saucony Ride 10 does.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 has been built to help you go faster, so everything has been kept light and built in a way to accommodate fast-paced runners.

According to running shoe lab test results, both running shoes deliver an above average amount of forefoot cushioning, but the Saucony Kinvara 9 delivers a bit more forefoot cushioning than the Saucony Ride 10 to both men and women.

The amount of heel cushioning delivered by the two running shoes also lies above average and is in a similar range, with the Saucony Ride 10 delivering just a tiny bit more heel cushioning to both men and women.

All in all, you should be able to get an overall soft ride from either running shoe, and the differences in cushioning are not huge.

The outsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Ride 10 look quite similar, especially in the forefoot.

However, while almost the entire outsole of the Saucony Ride 10 has rubber, the Saucony Kinvara 9 has rubber only in high-wear areas to provide durability while keeping the weight of the running shoe down.

The flex grooves in the forefoot of the Saucony Ride 10 are plentiful and quite wide, while they are a bit narrower in the forefoot of the Saucony Kinvara 9.

Running shoe lab tests have found the Saucony Ride 10 to be moderately flexible for both men and women, while the Saucony Kinvara 9 has been found to be stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 10 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the Saucony Kinvara 9 for women weighs about 6.5 oz (184 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.9 oz (281 grams) and 8.0 oz (227 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for an overall soft ride from an running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Ride 10 or the Saucony Kinvara 9.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Saucony Ride 10 are very much alike in what they provide to runners.

However, the Saucony Kinvara 9 has been kept light for fast-paced runners, while the Saucony Ride 10 has been made comfortable for longer runs.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 would also suit runners who prefer a more neutral running plane as opposed to a higher heel-to-drop.

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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