Intro: I recently had an opportunity to review the Saucony Virrata - I run in the Hattori – And I have been on the look for a trail shoe that I like (see- fits well). Enter the Kinvara TR – Having loved the road Kinvara – the road Virrata and the road Hattori – I figured I would give these a chance. From the website: Learn more here -
RUN – Neutral
The Kinvara TR was designed for the trail runner seeking a lightweight and low-profile shoe. FlexFilm locks the foot in place throughout the gait cycle, while the midsole features an EBO plate for added protection. Weight 7.9oz. / 240 gm.
Good solid rock plate for protection -
Gusseted tongue – really lets the laces tie where they should.
Sheds water and mud – I put em through every scenario possible – perfect.
Great grip on the ups and downs – Felt like the shoe was really steady on my feet and allowed me to be aggressive.
Room for improvement: The toe box could be much – much wider. The only complaint I have is that this is not a shoe for those with wide feet – It looks more like a trail racing flat than anything – Not a lot of room in the toe box for toes to splay – Not a lot of room for a foot to swell on long runs. You can see that in the bullet shape in the photo above as the toes come to a point.
Overall: For an out of the box – no break in period – These shoes held up well on the most difficult of difficult trail races – I had rocks – roots – gravel – mud – creeks – hills – descents – and everything in between. I put these through the test and they passed – With the same fit heel through mid and a bit of a wider toe box would make this my shoe of choice for every run – As it is now – I probably don’t want to run more than 20 in them – The 20k on these trails unbroken in was a reach – but I was fine.
Take a look – the Kinvara TR is a great shoe!