I’ve had my Saucony Kinvara’s for a couple of months now. When I bought them I also tried on a pair of Innov8 minimilist trainers which fitted well and felt really comfortable. I chose the Kinvaras in preference as they were the ones that I’d had my eye on and I’d heard lots of good things about them.
I am really enjoying running in the Kinvaras – they are light and comfortable and yet my feet feel very stable in them. I am however suffering from achey Achilles tendons – to be expected during a transition to minimal trainers – but it’s meaning that I’m having to be careful about how often I run and do extra stretching etc.
The Innov8 trainers that I tried on had a slightly higher heel drop of 9mm compared to the Kinvara drop of 4mm. I had started to wonder whether or not it might be worth getting a pair so that I could rotate between them and the Kinvaras and see if that helped my Achilles at all. But at full price that was just a bit too expensive and seemed a bit unnecessary given how new my Kinvaras still are.
So imagine my excitement when Sportspursuit had a 24hr flash sale on Innov8 trainers. I logged on with my fingers crossed hoping that they’d have the model that I’d tried on and sure enough there they were – the exact ones that I’d tried at nearly half the price they were in the shop. It was like it was meant to be!
So today I took delivery of a new pair of trainers. They’re not quite as pretty as the Kinvaras but I still really like them.
I’m looking forward to giving these a spin this week and hoping that they might help my Achilles to feel a little less achey.