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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saucony Natural Series (Virrata, Kinvara 3 and Mirage 3 Shown)
Saucony recently unveiled the Saucony Natural Series, a three-shoe collection of lightweight performance running footwear inspired by the company’s award-winning Kinvara. The Natural Series will introduce the revolutionary and much anticipated Virrata, the lightest training shoe that Saucony has ever built. It also comprises the third and most advanced versions of the brand’s Kinvara and Mirage. Hallmarks of the Natural Series include weight reduction, increased flexibility and greater underfoot cushioning.
Virrata: Zero Drop, Light Weight
The all-new Virrata is a featherweight, natural motion running shoe that weighs in at just 6.5 ounces ─ over an ounce lighter than the Kinvara 3. By combining a 0mm heel-to-forefoot offset with an 18mm midsole of high abrasion EVA+ foam, the Virrata will be one of the most cushioned shoes for its weight on the market. Twenty-four ultra-springy pods on the outsole along with accentuated flex groves in the forefoot allow the runner’s foot to move naturally.
Kinvara 3: A Top Choice for Light and Low
At only 7.7 ounces, the Kinvara 3 (shop Men’s Kinvara 3 and Women’s Kinvara 3) is a performance training shoe that strikes a winning balance between weight and durability. Its 4mm heel-to-toe offset appeals to many runners, and its precision-engineered upper is lighter and more flexible thanks to FlexFilm technology, which secures and stabilizes the foot while reducing overlays. Saucony’s high abrasion EVA+ exposed foam sole allows for lightweight protection underfoot. The reengineered outsole includes a beveled heel to better facilitate a natural rolling movement from heel to toe.
Mirage 3: A Touch of Pronation Support
With a 4mm offset, the next generation Mirage will be almost an ounce lighter than its predecessor. The Mirage is a good choice for runners who want the benefits of a natural motion experience in a responsive ride with a touch of guidance. A supportive TPU arc below the arch of the foot provides nominal pronation support while the beveled, decoupled heel allows for a smooth, efficient transition. A reengineered forefoot with deeper, more substantial flex grooves promotes a smooth and nimble ride. FlexFilm technology welded onto the breathable seamless mesh upper secures and stabilizes the foot, simultaneously reducing layers to the shoe while increasing flexibility.
Natural Series Availability
The Kinvara 3 is available now at Running Warehouse, with new colors on the way in November. The Virrata and Mirage 3 launch in February 2013. All three shoes in the Natural Series come in Men’s sizes 7-13 and 14 and Women’s sizes 5-12.