Saucony Kinvara 12

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  • Great for daily use
  • Lightweight and fits your foot perfectly
  • Nimble and cushioned
  • Styled after the Endorphin series
  • Upper uses a lighter, more breathable mesh


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Best Running Shoes of 2022 - GearLab
We would not recommend this to beginners or those who need more cushion or rigidity in their everyday trainer.
10 months ago
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Saucony Kinvara 12. I mean, just look at it.
With the Kinvara 12, on the other hand, I knew I had something special on my feet from the first second. The upper is quite simply *amazing. * It fits snug, but not constrictive - which is pretty special considering my weirdly wide forefoot. Because of how well it locks down, the ride felt significantly better to me, even though the midsole probably hasn't changed much since the K11 (it's still PWRRUN which is simply a flavour of EVA).
Great daily and tempo shoe
These are the 2nd pair of 12's and they are a great daily trainer. I just bought the 13's to replace them so hopefully they're just as good. These will be a daily shoe. This shoe with the upper and midsole with the rubber of the new ride it would be the best shoe ever.
Great minimalist running shoes
I love these shoes. After running in the now-discontinued New Balance Fresh Foam Zante for many years, I was seriously irritated when they discontinued that shoe. So I was thrilled to find that these new Kinvaras are very similar to the final version of the Zante. Both are minimal shoes with light w...
Michael Powers
1 year ago
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Fans of Early Saucony Kinvaras Will Dig Its 12th Version
I gave the 12 an overall rating of ‘7 out of 7’ because it is everything that I look for in a shoe. It continues to be my lightweight and responsive go-to and I feel like I can put a ton of miles on a pair and they will still feel like they do in the beginning. (That said, I’m aware that my smaller body frame and running mechanics make it a little easier for the shoes to endure my ride
4 months ago
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Saucony Kinvara 12 Performance Review » Believe in the Run
Saucony Kinvara 12 Conclusion. MEAGHAN: For many, many years the Kinvara has been my favorite shoe from Saucony (and one of my favorites overall) but that podium was swept by the Endorphin line earlier this year.
4 months ago
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My low drop rotation. I have a problem, and I want to add more Altra’s
I have tried a lot of those shoes and they aren’t for me. I prefer a low drop, lower stack shoe with some stability. Clockwise from the top. Saucony Kinvara 12 - intervals.
Amazing shoes , very good product.
Great product, amazing shoes, I love running with Kinvara
8 months ago
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Wrapping It Up | Final Verdict. Saucony Kinvara 12 This review and road test has demonstrated that we have another winner from Saucony in the Kinvara 12. A popular model over the years from the respected manufacturer, this iteration won’t let down it’s many fans
4 months ago
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As a shoe geek I have 5 pairs I rotate including my Kinvara 12. I took these to the UK and I’ve run 6 days out the 7 I’ve been here for about 53 miles. Couple of observations. I normally run my Kinvaras when I run on the beach and they’ve worked great there.


Tech specs

Saucony Kinvara 12


4 mm


Road, track