The Saucony Mirage 2 builds on the platform of the original, strapping on a streamlined upper for a little more get up and go.
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.
“The reduced volume in the shoe fits my foot much better than the original Mirage.”
“The Mirage 2 deserves to be considered along with other minimum support shoes including the Mizuno Elixir and Asics Gel DS Trainer.”
“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.”