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.
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.
“The Mirage 3 is a huge improvement over its predecessors. Anyone turned off by the first two versions should go back and give the Mirage 3 a try.”
“The upper felt a little narrower throughout than in the Mirage 2, but it was never constrictive or uncomfortable. I liked that it conformed to my foot for a sock-like feel.”
“The cushioning is balanced – soft without being mushy – and the ride is smooth. The medial arch provides a fair share of stability but never gets in the way. All in all, it’s a great feeling shoe.”