Saucony Kinvara 14 vs Ride 17: Which One? (2024 Comparison)

Saucony Kinvara 14 vs Ride 17

The Saucony Kinvara and Ride are among the American brand’s bestsellers but feature different configurations.

The Kinvara comes with less cushioning and a firmer underfoot feel but with the advantage of being lighter and more responsive.

On the other hand, the Saucony Ride is for daily training and longer distances. Therefore, it’s more cushioned with a higher stack that feels softer.

However, the latest versions of these shoes nuance these differences. As a result, these models are more similar than in the past. For example, the Kinvara 14 has a higher stack height, with 31 mm in the heel versus 35 mm for the Ride 17. There’s a difference, but it’s less obvious. Similarly, the underfoot feel is balanced in both cases.

What’s more, the low heel-to-toe drop of the Kinvara 14 (4 mm vs. 8 mm for the Ride 17) means that the height under the toes is the same (27 mm). However, it also makes the shoes less accessible as a low drop is not comfortable for everyone and may require a time of adaptation.

Finally, despite this slight difference in cushioning, the Kinvara is much lighter, weighing 1.8 oz / 50 g less. That’s quite a feat for a daily trainer!

Kinvara or Ride: Which One Is Best for You?

There’s a trend among running brands in 2024 to ramp up cushioning, even for shoes that historically were relatively close to the ground and offered moderate shock absorption. The Saucony Kinvara is no exception and now offers a similar level of cushioning as the Ride.

However, it’s lighter, with greater energy return.

Clearly, the choice primarily depends on your cushioning preferences and drop preferences. For long distances at slow to medium speeds, the Saucony Ride 17 may be more suitable. For everything else, the Kinvara has the advantage, especially for runs at faster paces!

Side-By-Side Comparison Table

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Overview
Description The Saucony Ride 17 is a highly versatile running shoe that runners love for daily training.
Comfort
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9.5
Durability
9
Value
9.5
Design
9.5
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9.5
Stability
9.5
Durability
9
Value
9.5
Design
9
Facts
TerrainRoadRoad
Support NeutralNeutral
Heel stack height29 mm35 mm
Forefoot stack height25 mm27 mm
Heel-to-toe drop4 mm8 mm
Weight (men)204 g270 g
Weight (women) 168 g238 g
Features Vegan, Heavy runner, Recycled materials, Rocker
Athletes
Release year20222024
Technologies
Outsole XT900 Rubber
Midsole PWRRUN+
UpperFORMFIT
Cushioning
Cushioning Firm Balanced
ResponsivenessMedium Medium
Use
DistanceShort|5 km|Mid|10K|Half marathon Mid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon
Speed Moderate|Fast Slow, Moderate
WorkoutsDaily running Daily running
Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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