Saucony Mirage 3 Sneak Peek

Saucony Mirage 3 Women's Running Shoe

So you want to run in a more stripped down shoe, but you need a bit of pronation support. Saucony has you covered in the Mirage series, launching its 3rd version in 2013. The 4mm heel-to-toe offset remains, but the package gets a top-to-bottom redesign focused on decreasing weight and adding flexibility. The Mirage 3 joins the Saucony Natural Series, which includes the award-winning Kinvara 3 and upcoming zero-drop Virrata.

Launch Date
February 2013


What to Watch For

  • Lighter Weight: Both Men’s and Women’s versions are expected to come in about an ounce lighter than the Mirage 2. Published weights from Saucony are 8.7 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 7.5 oz for a Women’s size 8.
  • FlexFilm Upper: The redesigned upper get the FlexFilm overlays first introduced in the Kinvara.
  • New Platform: The Mirage 3 now has a beveled heel like the Kinvara to encourage a midfoot strike pattern, and an added flex groove in the forefoot along with deeper flex grooves overall for improved responsiveness.

Men’s Colors
Grey/Red/Citron Saucony Mirage 3
White/Blue/Orange Saucony Mirage 3

Women’s Colors
Green/Pink Saucony Mirage 3
Pink/Citron Saucony Mirage 3

Saucony Mirage 3 Men's Running Shoe

  • mark

    Does anyone know if the insert still has holes in the toe area?

  • Alice

    Thank you for your question, Mark. We’re not sure if the Saucony Mirage 3 has any holes in the sockliner, but we will have more information when we receive the shoes in February.

  • Mike

    How does the Mirage compare to the Cortana? They seem to be similar but the Mirage is less expensive.

  • Matt

    Good question, Mike. The Mirage 2 has a firmer feel than the Cortana 2, which is a premium daily trainer for the neutral runner who wants a lower drop (4mm) than most premium trainers provide. The Mirage 2 is also built with a bit of pronation support, which the Cortana 2 does not have. The Cortana 2 is actually most similar to the Kinvara 3 in Saucony’s lineup, but offers more plushness than that shoe.

  • Lawrence C Wyatt.

    How do the newton terra momentums stack up in terms of support and comfort. Am considering the above mentioned,or possibly the brooks glycerin 11 s. I am not a big runner ,do a lot of walking on concrete and your typical open space easy trails.I have heard good things about these brands even if its just for walking.

  • Matt

    Newton builds a comfortable shoe, but for walking, we’d be concerned that the actuator lugs in the forefoot would feel awkward underfoot. These lugs are designed to provide cushioning and a spring motion when landing on the forefoot at a running gait. If you walk on groomed trails and fire roads, you’ll want a shoe with a full-rubber outsole for durability. The Glycerin has a full-rubber outsole, while the Mirage 3 has areas of rubber but also areas where the EVA midsole compound extends down to the ground. The EVA is not as durable as rubber, so the Mirage may wear more quickly for you. The Glycerin is probably your best bet, and you might also want to look at the Nike Vomero or Asics Gel Nimbus.