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Saucony Mirage 2 – Our Take

March 15th, 2012

Saucony ProGrid Mirage 2 Men's Running Shoe

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The Mirage 2 builds on the platform of the original, strapping on a streamlined upper for a little more get up and go.
(View Men’s Mirage 2 and Women’s Mirage 2)

Big Updates

  • Redesigned Upper: By using fewer overlays, Saucony gave the Mirage 2 a sleeker design and enhanced fit.

Road Test

The original Mirage offered a smooth, stable ride that got rave reviews. Saucony didn’t mess with success in this latest version, keeping the mid/outsole unchanged from the original Mirage. Our testers couldn’t tell a difference in the ride of the new Mirage, and they still appreciate the shoe’s near-effortless heel-to-toe transition.

Or should we say midfoot-to-toe transition? While the Mirage will accommodate a heel striker, it’s really designed for the runner who lands with a midfoot or even forefoot strike. Think again if you’re expecting this shoe to be a Kinvara with a little pronation control. The ride of the Mirage is firmer, and it has a couple ounces on the Kinvara (though the Mirage is by no means a beefy shoe).

There were no surprises in the ride of the Mirage 2 – a good thing – but testers had mixed feelings about the new upper design. On the positive side, most testers preferred the overall fit, which is a little more snug than the original Mirage but never constricting. They also liked that the medial side of the upper is more supportive, working in concert with the midsole technology to keep the foot properly aligned. On the flip side, a few testers found the shoe to fit a little too loose in the midfoot, and several wondered if the tighter mesh knit of the new design would be as breathable as the mesh on the original.

Overall, this shoe will continue to appeal to runners who are looking for a daily trainer that will help ease them into more of a midfoot strike, and stick by them on race day as well. It’s almost certain that the Mirage fan base will be getting bigger with this latest update.

Runners Say

“The reduced volume in the shoe fits my foot much better than the original Mirage.” – Lauren

“The Mirage 2 deserves to be considered along with other minimum support shoes including the Mizuno Elixir and Asics Gel DS Trainer.” – Matt

“The low-to-the-ground, responsive feel is what I look for in a shoe that can do mixed duty for training and longer races.” – Daniel

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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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