Saucony Mirage 3 Product Review

Short Take

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.

Big Updates

  • 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.

Road Test

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.

Runners Say

Joanna

“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.”

Cortney

“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.”

Larry

“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.”