Men's Saucony Kinvara 12

Light Speed ahead! The Kinvara 12 is the trusted go-fast trainer in the Saucony lineup. This running sneaker has been refined to make the most of less. Made lighter with a simplified upper, the ride feels as fast as ever - with the flex needed to get you to the start line stronger and the finish line sooner.

Specs

Support

Neutral
Stability
Motion Control

Cushion

Light
Moderate
High
Maximum

Product Description: 

Light Speed ahead! The Kinvara 12 is the trusted go-fast trainer in the Saucony lineup. This running sneaker has been refined to make the most of less. Made lighter with a simplified upper, the ride feels as fast as ever – with the flex needed to get you to the start line stronger and the finish line sooner.

Features & Benefits: 

  • PWRRUN cushioning maintains the lightweight responsiveness that makes this shoe a favorite for daily training miles or racing longer distances.
  • The addition of more ground contact adds power to the flexible ride, making the transition from landing to take off even faster.
  • Lightweight printing gives just enough structure to the breathable, adaptable mesh upper to feel secure without weighing you down.
  • Category: Neutral
  • Drop: 4 mm
  • Weight: 7.5 oz

Customer Reviews

5
Based on 1 review

Mitchell Norris

August 22, 2021

Staff Review

The Kinvara 12 is more than a return to form for the model. Sleeker, lighter, and simpler than the previous Kinvara, the 12 is my favorite among the last four generations. Saucony nailed the upper, offering a glove-like fit (for those with somewhat narrow feet), snug but without hot spots, with a smooth, thin, and secure tongue. Flat laces lay across the tongue, pulling the shoe tight with no lace pressure and completing one the best distraction-free uppers I’ve run in. As for the midsole, I found the new PWRRUN EVA blend a little bouncier than before. This is a responsive, low-profile shoe with just enough cushion for moderately long runs. Like the Altra Rivera, the light weight of the Kinvara 12 challenges the runner to go faster without the help of a plate, rocker, or super foam (like PWRRUN PB in the Endorphin Series shoes). The shoe worked perfectly for me as a midfoot-striker, and the dovetail design for the rear of the midsole will provide greater impact absorption to heel-strikers. The low 4mm offset promotes midfoot-striking and toe-striking. Toe-off is snappy due to the low profile, and again, the weight encourages quick turnover. Without much rubber on the outsole except in high-wear areas, I don't expect the shoe to last longer than 300 miles depending on abrasion to the EVA. This is the tradeoff for such a light shoe. In my rotation, this shoe serves well as a fast trainer for road workouts (tempo runs, long intervals, fartlek, hill repeats) while doubling for moderate-pace easy runs. With this model, Saucony reinstated the Kinvara as my favorite shoe ever.