Saucony ProGrid Mirage

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Grozzlybear
Reviewed: 06 January 2013

A potentially very good shoe let down by a couple of niggles

It's light, flexible, low profile (4mm heel to toe) with an unintrusive touch of pronation control and looks pretty good too.
Forefoot area is a little on the narrow side and the midsole material produces too much heat. Upper material/seams kink easily and does not give a snug fit.
This review refers to the Mirage 3. I really wanted to like this shoe, and up to a point I do, but I feel it let's itself down on stuff that a company like Saucony should be better at by now. For a shoe that parades itself as a transition shoe, it's a little too narrow in the forefoot - why is that? It's supposed to be based on the same last as the Kinvara which is fine in the forefoot (go figure). It's also got a horrible rubber material at the top of the midsole (exposed directly under the insole) that generates too much heat for my liking - this becomes obvious after only 5 miles and makes running longer distances distinctly painful (burning feeling in metatarsal areas) - it also allows too much mushiness underfoot. More and more shoes seem to be using this material for cushioning (Adidas Glide 4, Brooks Pure Flow) and it sucks! I ended up having to run without socks to keep my feet cool but then I got blisters on my toes from the poorly shod upper shoe material that kinks sharply on push-off, rubbing the upper part of the toes. I ended up cutting my running socks in half so they just covered my toes and metatarsals which helped to keep me blister free and also a bit cooler, but far from comfortable. On the plus side, they encourage good running form, are light, flexible and look good. They also provide a bit of pronation control although I don't really need that.
Score breakdown



Fit:
3.0
Responsiveness:
3.0
Cushioning:
3.0
Comfort:
2.0
Breathability:
3.0
Durability:
3.0
Value:
3.0

Grozzlybear would not recommend this product
Antonia Tate
Reviewed: 09 September 2012

Good for short fast runs

Very light and encouraged me to run on toes rather than heels which is alot faster and gentler on my hips and back
After about an hour my knee starts to get twitchy due to lack of cushioning
I was a very heavy heel stricker and was massively impressed with these shoes which had me naturally running more on my toes just through the way they are designed. However i cant run for more than an hour as my knees start hurting so i do longer runs in my Kayanos. I am still running more on my toes though.
Score breakdown



Fit:
4.0
Responsiveness:
5.0
Cushioning:
3.0
Comfort:
4.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
3.0
Value:
4.0

Antonia Tate would recommend this product
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