Saucony Kinvara 3 Shoes

Six of the season’s standout running shoes

BEST FOR: Hard training.
THE TEST: The latest iteration of the Kinvara, one of Saucony’s most popular shoes, has a lighter, stretchier, comfier upper. To improve durability, Saucony also reinforced the outsole in strategic places with higher-density rubber. Otherwise, it kept everything the loyalists like: the light weight, 4-millimeter heel-to-toe drop, and perfect amount of cushioning—just enough for long runs, but not so much thatit interferes with midfoot strikes.
THE VERDICT: A smart update in a wicked-looking package. 7.7 oz; 4-mm heel-to-toe drop.

Brand: Saucony $100
From Outside Magazine, July 2012 Get the Latest Issue