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Saucony has developed an entire series of minimalist shoes, and you'll find the Men's ProGrid Mirage 4 Running Shoe perched happily atop the line. Traditional running shoes tend to be stiff, heavily cushioned, and overly bulky, but the Mirage is a departure from the standard fare: a lightweight low-drop shoe with plenty of flexibility and support. With 4mm of drop, it encourages a natural, efficient stride, and at less than nine ounces, it certainly won't slow you down with extra weight. FlexFilm technology reduces the number of layers in the upper, while the XT-900 and blown-rubber outsole sticks to the road like gum to your hair. Maybe most impressively, Saucony managed to pack tons of cushioning in without making the Mirage heavy: PowerGrid heel-cushioning technology, an EVA+ high-abrasion midsole, and HRC strobel board, and a TPU midfoot stabilizer are all packed in under your foot, but you'd never know if no one told you. Anyway, it's tough to worry about all that tech when you're cruising through mile 22.

  • FlexFilm upper
  • HydraMax collar lining
  • PowerGrid heel cushioning technology
  • HRC strobel board and EVA+ high-abrasion midsole
  • TPU midfoot stabilizer
  • XT-900 and blown-rubber outsole
  • 4mm drop
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No longer for neutral runners

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I've been running in the Saucony Mirage series for years, and typically run 25-40 miles a week depending on what I'm training for. The Mirage used to be a slightly more cushioned version of the Kinvara, but that changed in the 4's. These are no longer for neutral runners, and are more for a mild to moderate overpronator.

In addition to the change in pronation, I've also noticed some durability issues with the upper which I didn't see with the 2/3s. I switched to the new Zealot for my daily training, but can't comment on them yet since I've only put about 30 miles on them.