Saucony Kinvara 4

First and foremost allow me to disclose that I was given the following pair of Saucony Kinvara 4 shoes to review based on my status as a Fitfluential Ambassador. Don’t hate the playa.

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So I got these shoes about two weeks before my half ironman triathlon and I was so scared to change anything in my training regimen that I did not put them on until the week AFTER my race.  I might be crazy, well, ok, so I AM crazy, but I had it in my head that if I tried a new pair of shoes two weeks out that I was going to roll my ankle or get shin splints or some other such something another.

Also, I know that I overpronate and the shoes that I had been training in were especially designed for such. I had no idea whether or not the Kinvaras would hurt me, help me, or give me habromania. (I had to look it up too…) So needless to say, except that I am going to say it, I wish that I had given them a chance a bit earlier…

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The first things that I noticed when I slipped into the extravagantly red kicks was how light they were.  My old shoes feel like lead buckets dipped in iridium, comparatively. I was almost afraid to even step off of my porch because they were so light.  I didn’t think shoes should feel that way. But hey…what do I know?

I decided to take a bit of a trail run in them because I was feeling squirrely and where do squirrels hang out? On the trail.

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By the way, we have fox squirrels where I live. Like that one above. They are cooler than your squirrels and there is no need to argue it. #truth

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I noticed as I hit the path heading down by the river…ahem, RIP Chris Farley… that regardless of my fear that the shoes would not work for me and I would have to post a review in which I said I did not like the shoes, they felt great. And I felt fast.

Now feeling fast and being fast are two different things.  But I knew for a fact that I was running faster than I had in a while.  During training, even on days when I ONLY had to run, I was not doing much better than a 11:30 pace at best.  But I could feel that I was running faster than that on this day.  AND I was running on trails, which I usually run slower on anyways.

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I logged a 3.5 miler in the Kinvaras that loverly day. And when I checked my pace when I got home I found out that I had been pulling an average pace of 10:12.  While that is not by any means an elite runners pace, I was pretty stoked. It is about a minute to a minute and a half better than I had been running during training.

They felt fast and they were fast. And at the end of this week they are going to get a chance to race as I participate in the Clemson Sprint Triathlon.

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So here are my thoughts on the Saucony Kinvara 4 shoes:

Cons:
• I overpronate and these shoes are not made to address that. I can always get inserts though!
• They don’t come with speed laces so I will need to fix that before my next triathlon.
• I don’t have any other cons right now.

Pros:
• They look awesome.
• They feel awesome.
• They are light and fast.
• What else do you need to know?

The end.

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Saucony sent me the Kinvara4′s as part of my affiliation with Fitfluential.  If you don’t agree with my point of view that is ok. I qualify that this is my opinion. And who doesn’t have too many of those?

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