Saucony, a running shoe brand with some local roots, is starting to talk up its Kinvara 5, the latest generation of its “natural motion running” shoe that launched in 2010.
Technically, the Kinvara 5 is a performance training shoe. The size 9 shoe for men weighs in at a mere 7.7 ounces, Saucony says.
On its website, Saucony notes that several updates to the Kinvara 5 were made as a result of customer feedback for more durability. Previous Kinvaras featured a mono-filament mesh that was lightweight and breathable, but for the Kinvara 5, a new mesh was chosen that while still lightweight, offers more flexibility and durability. The Kinvara 5 also features a smoother, softer collar lining.
Plans call for the Kinvara 5 to be available at select specialty running retailers beginning May 1st at a suggested retail price of $100.
Saucony added that it will launch with specially designed, commemorative collector editions of the Kinvara 5 at the Paris Marathon (April 6), the London Marathon (April 20), and the Boston Marathon (April 21).
Saucony is now a division of Wolverine Worldwide Inc., a Michigan-based company whose footwear brands include Merrell, Sperry Top-Sider, Hush Puppies, Keds, and Stride Rite, among others, as well as Saucony and Wolverine.Chris Reidy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.