Outdoor Retailer: Saucony Preview

August 2, 2012

Road Shoes, Saucony

Want to know what Saucony has in store for you? Well read below to find out some of the amazing shoes that Saucony is coming out with!

Saucony Kinvara TR:

This shoe is like its relative the Saucony Kinvara 3 but this one is built for the trail. It has a 4mm drop which is to promote natural running but don’t worry, it has enough cushioning for the long haul. It has enough cushioning for long runs and just to give you an idea it has about the same or a little more than its relative; the Saucony Kinvara 2. Instead of sewed overlays on the shoe, the Kinvara TR has something called Flex Film which is a material that is heat welded onto the upper of the shoe to offer a somewhat seamless upper and to make the shoe more light-weight. The Flex Film also adds added support and helps ensure a good fit. The shoe also has a built in rock plate extending from the midfoot throughout the forefoot to add protection and to make it light-weight. If I heard correctly both Men’s and Womens are under 8oz, the Men’s being 7.9oz and the Women’s 7.2. Sorry no pictures allowed! Just imagine it in your mind!

Saucony Kinvara 3:

For all of you who loved the Kinvara 2 you are sure to love this. One problem that the Kinvara 2 had was that it wore out quickly. The designers at Saucony realized this and made some areas throughout the entire shoe more durable, for a longer running life. Instead of a two layer mesh like the 2’s this newer model has just 1 type of mesh which is breathable for those hot runs! Saucony is doing a new technology which is called the Flex Film, it is a material that is heat welded onto the upper for an almost seamless upper and it helps increase the fit. The weight for the Men’s is 7.7oz and the Women’s is 6.7oz. This shoe was awesome! Can’t wait to try it out!

Saucony Peregrine 8.0:

This shoe is a wonderful trail shoe, and I say that because it offers a very precise fit and excellent traction. One of the reasons this shoe fits really well is the Flex Film which is a material that is heat welded onto the upper to reduce weight and to increase the overall fit and helps support your foot. The Flex Film almost makes the upper seamless which is very good because you don’t want your foot to be rubbing on the seams! The traction is very beefy and is meant for muddy or wet conditions, the Rock Plate is located under the midfoot for midfoot protection and it helps balance the shoe. The reason there is no Rock Plate in the rest of the shoe is because the traction is so beefy that it can protect you just as good as the Rock Plate. One special feature on this shoe is the gaiter ring, which is located at the end of the laces in the front so you can hook the clip of your gaiters on it! This shoe is a 4mm heel to toe drop. I can’t wait to try these out! How about you?

Saucony Xodus 3.0:

My first impression of the shoe was “Wow! Look at the traction!” The first thing you notice on this shoe is the super beefy traction, this means for excellent traction in loose and muddy terrain. This shoe is equipped with a Vibram Sole which makes it extra durable and increases the amount of miles you put on this shoe. One of the other features on this shoe is the ProXlock which is like the Flex Film but is thicker and more beefy, this allows for an almost seamless upper along with great foot hold. This shoe is available in Gore-Tex or regular and weighs 12.7oz for Men’s, 11.2oz for Women’s in the Goretex and 11.1oz in Men’s and 10.2 in Women’s without Gore-Tex. This shoe offers a special insert of cushioning which is throughout the shoe which is right underfoot. There is also a lace pocket to hold you laces so they don’t get tangled and a Rock Plate which protects your midfoot from the rocks. It is also gaiter compatible which makes this shoe a whole lot better! Out of all these shoes this is my favorite!

Saucony Adventerra:

This shoe is similar to the Xodus but is a mid ankle hiking/thru hiking shoe. It is equipped with a Vibram Sole for durability and offers beefy traction to protect your feet and to offer amazing traction. The heel to toe drop is 4mm but it does offer enough cushioning! The whole concept with the 4mm is to promote natural running. Like most of these amazing shoes it is gaiter compatible and offers a lace pocket. Finally this shoe is Gore-Tex and and is has an Achilles protector which is very helpful on those tough trails! I would love to take these out hiking! How about you?

I hope you enjoyed this preview on Saucony from the 2012 Outdoor Retailer. Stay tuned for updates and reviews straight from the OR!

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