The Saucony Kinvara was model that popularized the lightweight-flexible-cushioned neutral category eleven years ago. Each year, I always look forward to see what’s been added, deleted and changed, and how it compares to my favourite past versions.
I was fortunate enough to get a chance to demo the Kinvara 11 before the Feb 1, 2020 release. I ran a 12k hilly tempo run, over a variety of paces on both flat, uphill and downhill terrain. Here is a brief overview of my experience with them.
The cheapest model in the New Balance Fuel Cell lineup is not a stripped down version of its big brothers. Equipped with the highest volume of NB’s best foam, the Fuel Cell Propel is an awesome neutral cushioned shoe that happens to cost less than many mid-range models. A smoking deal.
The Arc’teryx Norvan LD is a super capable distance trail shoe with plenty of grip on most surfaces. It provides isolation from the rough bits of trail and harshness of long distances while keeping the signature Arc’teryx high-end workmanship.
Not as wacky as a GoPro in the mouth, the Insta360 One X makes me look like an idiot tourist with a giant selfie stick. But it’s a price I’m willing to pay to single-handedly create the most mind-blowing running footage I’ve ever seen.
The Optishokz Revvez feel like regular wrap around sunglasses that are capable of piping audio seemingly straight into your brain. Leaving the ears open, they don’t interfere with situational awareness the way regular headphones do. This is a great integration of two disparate pieces of technology. The main caveat is that the eyewear won’t fit everyone’s head or style.