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Saucony ProGrid Mirage 2 – First Look

January 9th, 2012

Saucony ProGrid Mirage 2

This popular near-minimal shoe for the runner needing a touch of pronation control carries over with “minimal” changes to its second version. The mid and outsole may ring a few bells for all of you who currently own a pair of Mirage’s, and that’s because it’s identical. Why mess with success, right? The sole of the original Mirage struck an excellent balance of providing a good amount of cushioning, some pronation control and long-term durability on one hand while keeping weight low on the other.

Better Upper
So Saucony spent its development dollars for the Mirage 2 on an improved upper design. Fewer overlays means reduced weight and a more streamlined look. The upper is still designed to provide a bit more support on the medial (inner) side to help overpronators. It also has a HydraMAX collar lining for improved moisture wicking and combines a strobel board and an EVA sockliner for increased cushioning and support.

Reduced Weight
A shoe is pretty much irrelevant today if it doesn’t lose at least a little weight when it is redesigned. The new upper design allows the Mirage 2 to slim down by a few tenths of an ounce. We weighed the original Mirage at 9.4 oz (Men’s size 9), and the new model is estimated to come in at 9.2 oz in the same size.

Sole Recap
The midsole of the Mirage features a single-piece, high-abrasion EVA foam (EVA+). Saucony places a ProGrid cushioning unit in the heel, and also adds a Supportive TPU Arc piece in the arch for pronation control. Saucony’s claimed 4mm heel-to-toe drop remains unchanged (though we measured the original Mirage at 5mm). The outsole includes plenty of XT-900 carbon rubber for durability and improved traction.

Availability
MSRP on the Mirage 2 is $105.00. At its launch in mid-February, the Mirage will be available in Grey/Yellow (pictured), Red/Black/Yellow and White/Black/Green for men, and Blue/Pink, Silver/Blue and White/Black/Purple for women. The Mirage 2 looks to remain competitive with the Brooks PureCadence and New Balance 1190, the only other lighter weight daily trainers with a bit of pronation control.

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