Saucony Ride 9 vs. Saucony Kinvara 7 review

Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Kinvara 7 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast.

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The Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 are both neutral cushioning running shoes from Saucony with the biggest difference between them being that the Saucony Kinvara 7 is for runners who are after performance and the Saucony Ride 9 for runners who are in training.


The uppers of the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 are very similar in that they are mainly no-sew with welded-on overlays wrapping the midfoot and the forefoot.

However, unlike the Saucony Ride 9, which only has no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot, the Saucony Kinvara 7 comes with a band on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe that wraps the midfoot and increases the amount of support provided there.

At the back of the shoe, the Saucony Ride 9 increases its amount of support through the use of stitched-on overlays.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 does not come with anything extra at the back other than a small extra piece to display the name of the shoe and give some degree of support on the lateral side of the heel.

Most of the support provided by the Saucony Kinvara 7 lies around the midfoot where runners tend to need the most support anyway.

Both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Saucony Kinvara 7 have a good amount of overlays in their upper to give you a good close-to-foot fit, and in terms of support in the upper, neither really sticks out because whereas the Saucony Ride 9 increases support at the back, the Saucony Kinvara 7 increases it around the midfoot.

Because both running shoes are made by Saucony, they also make use of the same midfoot materials, including EVERUN.

The main difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Ride 9 is their thickness and heel-to-toe drop.

The Saucony Ride 9 comes with a somewhat thicker midsole than the Saucony Kinvara 7 for both men and women and the heel-to-toe drop of the Saucony Kinvara 7 is about 2 mm less than that of the Saucony Ride 9.

Basically, the Saucony Kinvara 7 brings you closer to the ground and in a more neutral plane than the Saucony Ride 9 so that you can run faster.

This faster running also requires cushioning that is a bit more responsive and firm.

However, running shoe lab tests do not classify the Saucony Kinvara 7 as a running shoe that feels very firm under your feet. On the contrary, it is quite cushy, especially for men.

The amount of forefoot cushioning provided by both running shoes is about the same for men although the Saucony Ride 9 provides just a tad more heel cushioning than the Saucony Kinvara 7.

For women, the Saucony Ride 9 is overall more cushy than the Saucony Kinvara 7, which displays an amount of heel cushioning that might feel firm to women.

The amount of forefoot cushioning in the Saucony Kinvara 7 does not lag far behind the amount provided by the Saucony Ride 9, though.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Ride 9 provide a good amount of ground contact that benefits the smoothness of your ride and somewhat increases the stability of the running shoes despite them not being stability running shoes.

As far as stability goes, running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Kinvara 7 as being somewhat more stable than the Saucony Ride 9.

Another big difference between the two running shoes can be found in the outsoles, where the Saucony Kinvara 7 has a minimum amount of rubber compared to the Saucony Ride 9.

The Saucony Kinvara 7 only has rubber in high-wear areas in the heel and in the forefoot. This keeps the running shoe light but also decreases its durability compared to the Saucony Ride 9.

The Saucony Ride 9 has a good amount of rubber and separation for shock absorption and dissipation.

When it comes to flexibility, the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the Saucony Ride 9 are on par. Both are almost equally flexible and lie at the stiffer end of the flexibility spectrum for both men and women although they are somewhat more flexible for women than they are for men.

The women's version of the Saucony Kinvara 7 weighs approximately 6.6 oz (187 grams) and the Saucony Ride 9 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 7.7 oz (218 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Kinvara 7 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft, smooth, and comfortable ride from a running shoe for longer runs, you may want to look into the Saucony Ride 9.

And if you want a somewhat lighter running shoe that can make you feel fast and that provides enough cushioning for a comfortable ride, the Saucony Kinvara 7 could be the one for you.

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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