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The Saucony Mirage is the real deal. This shoe combines midsole heights often associated with a racing shoe, but provides enough cushioning and protection for daily running. The result is a light weight trainer that provides a smooth ride and with a touch of support, the Mirage works well for neutral runners or mild over-pronators.

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Weight: 9.4 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (26mm), Forefoot (21mm) 

How it Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel:  Narrow to medium
  • Mid-foot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: February 2011
  • Model discontinued: Unknown

INTRODUCTION

The Mirage is a moderate feature, minimum support shoe designed for speedwork, racing and daily training. It is built with a semi-curved shape.

CUSHIONING

  • Heel ProGrid Lite is a foam grid like piece that sits under the heel and is designed to absorb heel strike energy.
MIDSOLE
  • EVA+ is a full length composite foam designed for lightweight durability.
  • Supportive Arc is a thermoplastic unit engineered to provide support at the medial midfoot to control slight over-pronation.
UPPER
  • HRC Strobel Board is full length and is a High Rebound Compound that increases cushioning and step-in comfort.
  • EVA Sockliner offers additional cushioning directly under foot.
  • Open Mesh covers the entire upper and is a breathable lightweight fabric.
  • Hydrator Collar Lining cups the heel and is designed to provide next-to-skin comfort and maximize wicking.

OUTSOLE

  • XT-900 is located throughout the outsole and is a carbon rubber material that increases traction without sacrificing durability.
  • Blown Rubber is located at the center of the forefoot and is a lightweight flexible material that is designed to enhance cushioning and provide a smooth ride. 

Comments: Bought these when they first came out as an everyday trainer. Great cushion, light weight with a medial post. Loved using these for long runs as well, breathable and just seemed the more miles in them, the better they felt. One thing I would say, is that when running off road (gravel trails) I felt the rocks more than other shoes I've rotated with (Brooks Cadence, Green Silence). Other than that, I've retired my first pair at close to 500 miles and scored another set at the sale price. Probably won't be picking up the Mirage 2 until the 1's are all gone!
From: Brian, Fremont, CA, USA

Comments: My son runs high school XC & distance track. He transitioned to Mirage from Saucony Guides, loves them, and is wearing out his second pair (He got about 300 miles on his first pair, which for him is typical). I have been training in the Mirage for about 3 months now and they are wonderful. A minor annoyance: the tongue is slightly bulky and slips to the outside (I've tried lacing variations to no avail)...maybe Saucony could adapt the smaller/softer Fastwitch 4 tongue. Still I love this shoe! I just ran my first half-marathon, and decided to play it safe and race in the Mirage (instead of my worn Fastwitch 4s). No problems, no pain; just the right amount of cushion for an over pronator. And with the Mirage's design I managed to maintain a midfoot strike throughout the race.
From: Dan, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

Comments: A wonderful shoe, perfect combination of cushion and lightweight. I've worn the Triumph for years and wanted this shoe as a racer and alternative but now this is pretty much all I wear...on my third pair and worn in several marathons/tri's. For the money, the mileage is good enough.
From: Terry, Kansas City, MO, USA

Comments: I bought the Mirage shoes to help transition to a midfoot strike, but only wear them on my short runs for now.  To date I have about 50 miles on these shoes and I can truly say they are great.  They offer just enough support for my needs and the biggest plus is the reduction in weight vs. my old favorites the Saucony Guide series.  They are very responsive and looking at the tread wear thus far, my days of heel striking are over.
From: Mike, Gulf Coast, FL, USA

Comments: I train in these shoes probably three to four days a week! they have much support but are also extremely light! its kinda like a racing flat even! colors are a great factor to! i ran my last 5k (3.1) in there and they felt light and responsive! its a great shoe to try!
From: Brandon M., Parkersburg, WV, USA

Comments: I did a good amount of research to find a shoe to help me transition to a true midfoot strike. The mirages feel extremely responsive, more of a "low to the ground" feeling, not like I'm running on pillows like a Lunar Glide or Kayano (both previous shoes) I went from a Adrenaline/Ravenna right down to this shoe, and 200 miles in I'm still loving it. The 4mm heel-toe difference does wonders to your stride. I finally nipped my heel-strike gait in the butt, and am now a pure mid-foot striker (the sole wear pattern is proof!) I expect i can get a solid 400 miles out of it before it wears down too much, not bad for a minimal support shoe. Will be buying again!
From: Mike, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Comments: A very nice shoe, seems very similar to the 1st Nike Lunar Trainer. First run was 10 miles, and they felt light and responsive, but cushioned enough to run at least twice as much. The upper is comfortable and most should have very few issues with blisters. Fit true to size. Highly recommended.
From: Tyler, DE, USA

Comments: Me - 6-4, 190lbs, 28 years old, neutral gait. I've put about 50 miles on the Mirage so far in an attempt to transition to a more midfoot style gait (big surprise there). The shoe is very comfortable from the second you slip it on.  Very roomy toe-box (almost to a fault for me), great cushioning but quite a bit more firm than the Kinvara. The upper still provides very little support, because of the firmer sole and midfoot bar it feels more stable than the Kinvara, but still sloppy up top.  With a somewhat snug tie the toe-box and midfoot kind of bunch around the outer edge of the sole - no rubbing or blisters, but not aesthetically pleasing. The laces are very long, I may replace them with transition laces from my tri racing shoes. Overall I like the feel, I like how easy it is to get on my mid-foot, I like the slightly firmer sole than the Kinvara, but the shoe still feels a bit sloppy to try and make it an every day trainer. (recent every day shoes - Brooks Ghost 2/3 , Mizuno Wave Rider 11, Nike Pegasus. Race shoes - Avia racers, Nike Lunar Racer 1)
From: David, Kansas City, MO, USA

 

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+