Kinvara 9 named Editorís Choice; Liberty ISO named Best Debut as brand celebrates 120th milestone
WALTHAM, MA (February 13, 2018) - Saucony continues to build on a successful start to its 120th anniversary year with a double victory in the Runnerís World 2018 Spring Shoe Review. Winning the Editorís Choice award, the Kinvara 9 once more underlines the enduring love affair runners have with the award-winning Kinvara series. The Liberty ISO, a Saucony newcomer that reinvents the lightweight stability category, went straight to the winnerís circle as Best Debut. Both the Kinvara 9 and the Liberty ISO received the highest marks in their class of the 28 shoes reviewed by the Runnerís World shoe lab, its wear-testers and editors in the 2018 Spring Shoe Guide (March issue) to capture the prestigious awards.
"The Editorís Choice award is one of the most coveted prizes in the running industry," said Pat OíMalley, senior vice president of global product for Saucony. "The whole Saucony team is truly honored that Runnerís World and the running community continue to put us on the winnerís podium. These kinds of awards really matter to runners and further cement our position as thought leaders committed to elevating the running experience through progressive design and next-generation running technology."
"This lightweight trainer is a top-performing shoe, scoring exceptionally well with our testers in nearly every category," said the Runnerís World review of the Kinvara 9. "The Kinvara is one of the lightest shoes in the guide, yet lands in the top 5 for cushioning, too. That softness is due, in part, to the addition of a thin layer of premium foam to the midsole, yielding lots of cush without extra weight. The shoe tested stiff but that feel improves the faster you run. Testers loved it right out of the box, racing 5Kís and even making it their new marathon shoe."
"Sometimes support can feel sloppy-but not here," said the Runnerís World review of the Liberty ISO. If you love the Saucony Freedom, the Liberty is similar but with added stability. In fact, lab tests found it was one of the most supportive shoes in this guide. Independent bands wrap the midfoot to hold the foot in place for extra stability. The midsoleís bouncy, full-length foam feels plush. While soft, this material is also stiff, according to our lab test, but our wear-testers didnít seem to mind."
"The Kinvara was a groundbreaking shoe for us when we first launched it nine years ago," said OíMalley. "Today, the Kinvara continues to be a game changer with its performance-driven design and dynamic running experience. The design brief for the Liberty was to deliver the Freedom ISO running experience to those who needed a slight touch of guidance. This recognition from Runnerís World tells us we pretty much nailed it."
The Kinvara 9, a staple in the brandís performance footwear lineup, features a full-length EVERUN(TM) Topsole that gives runners an unparalleled underfoot feel and continuous cushioning from first step to last. A minimal upper design delivers a superior lightweight fit. The Kinvara 9 will be available at select specialty run retailers beginning March 1 in menís sizes 7-13, 14 and 15, and womenís sizes 5-12. The suggested retail price of the Kinvara 9 is $110.00
The Liberty ISO delivers the brandís Freedom ISO experience with just a touch of guidance thanks to a medial TPU frame. Equipped with a full-length EVERUN midsole and EVERUN Topsole, the Liberty provides the ultimate cushioning experience for runners everywhere. An ISOFIT(TM) dynamic upper adapts to the shape and motion of the foot. The Liberty ISO is now available at select specialty run retailers in menís sizes 7-13, 14 and 15, and womenís sizes 5-12. The suggested retail price of the Liberty ISO is $160.00
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About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.(NYSE: WWW), is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including EVERUN(TM), ISOFIT(TM), Geometry of Strong(TM), PWRGRID+(TM), and the Total Run System(TM) apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to Saucony.com.