I got a free pair of Saucony Progrid Kinvara in the mail on Friday.
Here are some of my initial thoughts without having run in them!
I like the blue color and design. As I pulled it out of the box it was quite obvious that it was a “minimalist” shoe. The upper is all mesh and fairly flimsy. The bottom is EVA+ foam and pretty flexible. The tread on the Kinvara is slightly aggressive, but not like a trail shoe. It does look more like a trail shoe than a road shoe, but a lot lighter. They weigh in just under 8 ounces, which is pretty light for a shoe.
The Kinvara use a flat shoe lace, while the rest of my shoes use the round lace. Does this save weight? Or work better for the minimalist design of the upper.
Obviously, only a run in the Kinvara will be able to say if it is a good shoe or not. It is extremely light weight and time will tell!
While you are waiting to see how my run in them went, watch these videos: