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Saucony Mirage 3 Review

April 2nd, 2013

The Mirage 3 is a fast and flexible shoe for the mild overpronator.

You’re forgiven if you haven’t paid much attention to the Saucony Mirage. After all, the Kinvara series has received most of the limelight, and the first and second versions of the Mirage had a bit of a stiff, heavy feeling ride. That’s changed with version 3. A lightweight trainer with high mileage cushioning, the Saucony Mirage 3 is a great choice for the slight overpronator looking to run with efficient form.

Big Updates

  • Brand New Tooling: A new midsole gives the shoe softer cushioning in the heel and a smoother transition through the forefoot.
  • Seamless Upper: Welded overlays provide a snug fit while offering a seamless interior environment for reduced friction on the foot.
  • Reduced Weight: We measured the Mirage 3 at 8.7 oz for a Men’s 9 and 7.7 oz in a Women’s 8, both close to an ounce lighter than their predecessors.

Road Test

Unlike Saucony’s highly successful Kinvara, the first couple versions of the Mirage weren’t quite a homerun. So the company decided to give the third version of this lightweight, minimum support trainer a complete top-down redesign. The result: a much more flexible and satisfying running shoe.

Utilizing heat-transferred film overlays, the upper provides a snug but flexible fit that conforms to the shape of the foot. Testers did find the fit slightly narrower than previous versions, but it was never constrictive or too tight. A seamless interior limits irritation and blistering for a comfortable run.

Where some runners found that previous editions of the Mirage were a bit clunky, softened heel cushioning in this update guides the foot forward, making for a very smooth transition. The forefoot remains fairly responsive, for a lively toe-off and an electrifying run.

Despite the changes to the Mirage in this update, the shoe holds true to its core design philosophy of providing a fast feel for runners who need a touch of pronation support.

Video Road Test
Tired of all these words? Check out our video review of the Mirage 3 to get the lowdown in less than 90 seconds.

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