The Saucony ProGrid Mirage first hit the market in February 2011. Experts say it represents a transition between a traditional stability shoe and the minimalist shoes that have gained popularity in recent years. While the drop ranges from about 12 to 14 mm in more conventional road-running shoes, the ProGrid Mirage features a low 4mm drop. As a result, it rides much lower to the ground and gives the shoe a faster, more racelike feel. Receiving high praise from the most prominent running-shoe experts, the Mirage features the same level platform as the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 2 but adds a medial post for increased stability. At 9.6 and 8.3 ounces respectively for men's and women's shoes, the Mirage is a lightweight shoe with few bells and whistles. Still, experts say it provides excellent comfort, a snug fit and good stability for mild to moderate overpronators.
The Saucony ProGrid Mirage has earned excellent reviews from some of the industry's foremost running-shoe experts since its introduction. While the shoe has few user reviews at the time of this update, experts provide some insightful information. Warren Greene and Martyn Shorten -- the duo behind the famed Runner's World quarterly shoe guides -- include the Mirage in their Spring 2011 running-shoe guide (though the similar Nike LunarElite+ 2 (*Est. $100) earned the Best Update distinction). The U.K. edition of Runner's World, as well as Women's Running Magazine, Men's Fitness and Outside, all offer high praise for the ProGrid Mirage as well.
1. Runner's World U.K.
The U.K. edition of Runner's World features an online guide to the newest running shoes. Each shoe is tested by real-world runners and two running teams, and editors provide a detailed review and technical information. The Saucony ProGrid Mirage earns an excellent 4.5 stars out of 5. Editors say the addition of the medial post makes this shoe a minimalist style with enough stability to keep the foot in place.
Review: Spring/Summer Shoe Guide 2011, Kerry McCarthy, Andy Dixon, Ruth Emmett, Feb. 24, 2011
2. Runner's World
Runner's World consistently provides the most complete and credible reviews of running shoes. In their recent annual roundup of the best models, Warren Greene and Martyn Shorten select 20 shoes for evaluation, including the Saucony ProGrid Mirage. It receives positive feedback from both editors and testers, who say this shoe strikes a good balance between the minimal, low-to-the-ground trend and exceptional stability.
Review: Spring 2011 Running Shoe Guide, Warren Greene, Martyn Shorten, March 2011
3. Women's Running Magazine
Sixteen wear-tested winners are picked in this Spring 2011 shoe review from Women's Running Magazine. Each model is tested by several runners, and the article features a brief description of the benefits of each shoe and tester comments. The Saucony ProGrid Mirage earns a Reader's Choice distinction, with testers saying that this lightweight shoe has enough stability for day-to-day use.
Review: Spring 2011 Shoe Review, Jessica Sebor, Spring 2011
Running Times magazine features wear-tested reviews of many new and popular running shoes. Reviews are brief, but insightful. The publication doesn't rate or rank the shoes, saying that fit and performance are a personal preference. Editors do, however, appreciate the Saucony ProGrid Mirage's "race-ready feel" and outstanding stability.
Review: Training Shoe: Saucony ProGrid Mirage, Brian Metzler, April 2011
RunningShoesGuru.com offers more than 60 reviews of running shoes. Reviews vary in quality, but the feedback on the Saucony ProGrid Mirage is very detailed. Thomas Caughlan says it represents a perfect "marriage" between a lightweight, minimalism-style shoe and comfort and stability. While the low 4mm drop may take some getting used to, he says the Mirage represents the future of running shoes.
Review: Saucony ProGrid Mirage Running Shoes Review, Thomas Caughlan, April 12, 2011
6. Men's Fitness
Editors of Men's Fitness select nine running shoes for their 2011 shoe guide but provide little information about each. Moreover, it's unclear how each shoe is tested or how many models are evaluated overall. Still, the Saucony ProGrid Mirage is distinguished as a best shoe for those who need support.
Review: Shoe Guide 2011, Editors of Men's Fitness, As of July 2011
In Outside magazine's 2011 Summer Buyer's Guide, editors select eight models as top picks for road-running shoes. The Saucony ProGrid Mirage earns a place on this list. Unfortunately, the site features no details as to why these shoes are awarded such high marks or how each is tested.
Review: Summer Buyer's Guide, Editors of Outside, May 2011