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Saucony somehow found a way to shave even more weight off its neutral racing flat, making the Type A5 Running Shoe your go-to shoe for races or track workouts. The secret is the Flex Film overlays, which give you a snug, secure fit without sacrificing breathability or adding weight. The minimalist feel is balanced with enough cushioning to give you a smooth ride on your next half-marathon or intense interval training session at the local track.

  • Breathable mesh upper and soft textile lining keeps your foot cool and comfortable
  • Flex Film overlays reduce weight without compromising fit or support
  • Lightly padded tongue and collar give you plush comfort
  • Minimalist 4mm heel-to-forefoot drop gives you a close-to-the-road feel
  • Dual-density SSL (Saucony Super Light) EVA midsole delivers maximum energy return and long-lasting wear, while minimizing overall weight
  • XT-Lite rubber in the outsole reduces weight while XT-900 carbon rubber provides optimal durability and traction
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Half Marathon race shoe

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

The Women's A5 isn't on backcountry at the time of this review, so I will leave my review on the Men's. I sized up a half size from my normal running shoe size. I've worn the 6 in Mirage and took a 6.5 in the A5. This shoe (and a few months of dedicated track work) took me to a 6 minute half marathon PR this weekend. I intend to continue wearing it for track workouts and races up to the half marathon distance. It's not totally clear in the product description, but breathable mesh upper translates to don't wear this shoe in the snow or through cold puddles. The women's size 6.5 weighs just 4.8 ounces. I do object to this shoe being described as "cushy" -- this has minimal cushioning and a firm ride. The Kinvara would be better described as minimalist but cushy.