RUN – Supportive Stability
Building on the success of the award winning Kinvara, Saucony invites the mild pronator into the minimalist category with the introduction of the ProGrid Mirage. The addition of a midfoot support bridge provides motion control, while still allowing the runner to enjoy the advantages of a minimalist shoe.
What I think of the Mirage…
The first time I saw the Saucony Mirage was at the New York Marathon Expo. It wasn’t on display, one of the Saucony employees was wearing it. I interupted his conversation as politely as possible, asked him what he was wearing, and if I could see the bottoms of the shoe. Why did I want to see the bottom of the shoe? I loved my Kinvaras but, I found out that after two pairs they wore out too fast along the lateral of the outsole. (see image below) I was disappointed that the Kinvara 2 wont be adding rubber to the lateral edge. I can understand why Saucony didn’t, it is an amazingly popular shoe. If it ain’t broke… well you know.
Other than the issue I had with wear and tear, I am a big fan of the Kinvara. So when I saw the Saucony Mirage with more rubber on the outsole I was excited to try the shoe.* (see bottom of the Mirage at the top of the page)
After my first run in the Mirage, the shoe gave me the impression that it was more of a cross between the Kinvara and a traditional trainer. Kinda like if the Kinvara and a trainer had a baby. It is a much firmer ride than the Kinvara. Running Times said about the Mirage “…felt both smooth and considerably more stable than its sloppier and softer Kinvara cousin.”” I don’t agree with them with regards to the Kinvara being “sloppy.” Nontheless, the Mirage has a terrific fitting upper, I have experienced no hot spots when running in the shoe. The midsole is much firmer and less pillowy than the Kinvara. Sometimes, I felt like I was running on a platform. That may be as a result of running on more and more minimal shoes as of late. Mirage’s outsole is holding up great after 100 miles. The stability of the Mirage is more pronounced than in the Fastwitch 5 stability racing flat. The Mirage fits great, feels light, and treated my feet well over long runs. They don’t have the fast feel of the Fastwitch or Kinvara in my opinion. I would like to see a shoe that has less stability, more flexability, and that can outlast the outsole Kinvara. I think Saucony has room for one more shoe between the Kinvara and the Mirage. I don’t see this shoe as an improvement over the Kinvaras, I see it as a totally different shoe that shares some materials and some looks. As far as looks go, I love the look of the Mirage.
The more miles I put on the Mirage, the more I liked the shoe. It is a solid trainer that is lighter than most other trainers that I would put in the same category. I don’t need stability control, however, for someone who does, I would totally recommend this shoe. As a matter of fact, I have recommended the shoe to whom ever I see with stability control trainers on. I have recieved positive feedback from the ones that have taken my advice. This is a good fit for any runner in stability shoes that wishes that they could have a good looking lighter performance shoe. The 4 mm heel to toe drop keeps your foot on more of an even plane. That is important if you are looking for a shoe that can encourage midfoot to forefoot striking.
Check out Peter Larson’s (AKA Runblogger.com) review of Saucony ProGrid Mirage too. Also check out our friend Peter in this month’s Runner’s World Magazine in an article on proper running form. (June 2011)
*Saucony and or a marketing company representing Saucony provided me with Saucony ProGrid Mirage with the understanding I would be providing a review. Other than the shoes there was no other compensation for this review.