Winner by far: Saucony Kinvara 7

Saucony Kinvara 7

  • Offset: 4mm
  • Heel Stack Height: 22mm
  • Forefoot Stack Height: 18mm
  • Weight: 7.7 oz


Brooks Pureflow 5

  • Offset: 4mm
  • Heel Stack Height: 24mm
  • Forefoot Stack Height: 20mm
  • Weight: 9.2 oz


For my first several years of casual running, five miles here and there, I was a Brooks cult follower. I didn’t even want to try on any other brands of shoes. I wore several versions of the Ghost and the Glycerin. With some experience, a friend enlightened me that I was heel striking. So I looked for a shoe with a lower offset. The heel to forefoot offset is how much higher the heel is than the forefoot. Running companies started making shoes with elevated heals to make running easier for people. Most normal running shoes have a heel height of more than 4mm. When I switched shoes, running felt more natural, and my form improved. This could be due to the fact that with less drop, you really feel the pounding if you land heel first.

I have recently been converted to Saucony. I tired a few pairs of Brooks trail shoes that proved to be inferior. I found a pair of Saucony’s that did the job, and did it well, so decided to try their road shoes. The shoes are lighter, and fit my foot better.

Brooks Pureflow 5


My general evaluation of the Brooks Pureflow 5 is that they are uncomfortable. I have a very narrow foot, and the shoes seems to be too narrow. The outside of my foot began to bother me shortly into my runs. The heel was either too tight or too loose. I even tried getting a size larger, but this did no good. They made a very thin tongue to try to minimize weight I am guessing? See the image below. But it cuts into the foot. Quite frankly, I am not sure how this shoe was released. DO NOT BUY THIS MODEL SHOE!


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Saucony Kinvara 7


These shoes were love at first wear. They were light, and fit my foot as well as I could hope for. I sometimes feel they could use a little more cushioning, but that is the price you pay for the weight. The tongue is not as big as a cushy running shoes, but enough that it is comfortably unnoticeable. I had read reviews that it tended to go to one side, since there was no slot for the laces to secure it, but this has yet to bother me on any runs.

What is interesting is that the insoles of the Brooks seem to be exactly the same size as the Saucony, yet the Pureflow shoe was narrow. I have put around 100 miles into these shoes, and they are wearing extremely well.

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I would definitely recommend the Saucony Kinvara 7 to a friend.