Thought I would start a thread on the Kinvara 3 so other runners who share the same affinity with the shoe as I do can post their thoughts.
I know I have been openly praising the Virrata and GoRun 2's on this forum, but I always find myself going back to my Kinvara 3's. The Virratas are awesome for training, but I find they don't feel as fast as the Kinvara's (maybe too soft or flexible for racing). They are definitely not as durable as the Kinvara 3's. The GoRun 2's are incredible, but the uppers don't quite secure the foot like the Kinvara's, and it is noticeable when doing speedwork or racing. I've PR'd in every distance I've raced and have accumulated my share of age group awards in the Kinvaras and did it again yesterday in an 8K. 37:28 was my time, modest for some, fast for me. Good enough for an age group medal (3rd). I thought about trying the GoRuns or Virratas for the race, but don't think I would have had the same results. I don't even own racing flats anymore, don't need too, just use my Kinvaras. And did I mention, it is also my favorite long run shoe, providing just enough support and cushion when the going gets tough (or long).
Just thought this shoe deserved it's own post on this forum. I've had all 3 versions of the Kinvara and like this one the best. The forefoot is wider and durability is WAY better than version 1 and 2. They are slightly firmer (still soft) giving them more "pop" (responsiveness). I have 2 pairs of Kinvara 3's in my rotation and 1 pair on order. The looks of the Kinvara 3 are second to none. I have the red/black/citron fade with 200 miles, the black/red fade with 50 miles, and the limited edition black/citron/vizipro on order from Amazon. To date, in my opinion, they are the best and most versatile running shoe I have ever owned!