Spring 2013 Running Shoe Review

Saucony Mirage 3, $110

8.9 oz. (men); 7.6 oz. (women)

4mm heel-toe offset

FIT: The Mirage 3 fits snug in the heel and midfoot, but runs a bit long (according to our testers) in the forefoot. It doesn’t detract from the performance, but it is noticeable.

FEEL: Our testers were very impressed with this super-light, easy-flexing trainer, which has the demeanor of a lightweight neutral trainer but enough support (via a TPU medial insert) for runners who tend to overpronate. This third incarnation of the Mirage has a more flexible chassis, a slightly softer midsole cushion, a beveled heel and a lighter open-mesh upper with welded overlays, all of which contribute to the shoe’s extraordinary feel and game-changing performance.

RIDE: Our testers were amazed at how smooth, light and easy this shoe runs, especially considering it is a stability shoe. It can be a do-everything workhorse for runners who run in primarily one shoe, durable and cushioned enough for long runs but light, agile and sprightly enough for tempos, fartleks or even long intervals.

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