This is a minimalist shoe designed for the neutral to mild over pronators. The Saucony Progrid Mirage builds on its predecessor, the Kinvara, to give runners adequate cushioning and stability through motion control. However, runners still have access to the benefits that come with using a minimalist shoe such as speed and increased responsiveness.
The Saucony Progrid Mirage uses a variety of shoe technology in its design. For the midsole, Saucony uses a lightweight grade of EVA called High Abrasion EVA that allows for increased cushioning and durability. The Heel ProGrid Lite is a lighter version of ProGrid. This technology still provides lots of cushioning and is about 20% more responsive.
The upper part of the shoe consists of HRC Strobel Board which contributes to the cushioning of the entire shoe. Comfort is found in the Hydrator Collar lining and EVA sockliner which wick away moisture and keeps the foot cool with adequate ventilation. Memory Foam Heel Pods works to give runners a snug fit by providing a heel pocket for the rearfoot.
Blown and carbon rubber is used on the outsole to increase traction and decrease wear and tear. The blown rubber adds to the cushioning of the show as well as facilitating a smooth ride. The entire shoe is made from synthetic leather and mesh that keeps the shoe lightweight and cool.
Reviews of the Saucony Progrid Mirage were overwhelmingly positive. Reviewers and testers found the shoe to be comfortable with most of them recommending the shoe be used to transition to barefoot/minimalist running. Feet of average width will find the shoe fits snugly and provides a small amount of medial support through a plastic wedge called the Supportive Arc situated underneath the arch.
One reviewer noted that the shoe seemed to be more durable than the Kinvara that came before it with the outsole still holding up after 100 miles. However, they also noted that the shoe had more stability than they really wanted but their feet felt great when they ran in them.
There were quite a few comparisons to the Kinvara with many reviewers and testers stating that the two shoes were very similar except the Saucony Progrid Mirage had more support. Be that as it may, the Saucony Progrid Mirage is different enough that it is best to try the shoe even if you have worn the Kinvaras before.
Overall, the Saucony Progrid Mirage is a nice lightweight minimal running shoe that provides some support for overpronators. It is available in men and women’s sizes in a wide variety of colors.