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Low, but not too low.
Saucony now has an entire series of minimalist shoes, and you'll find the Men's ProGrid Mirage 3 Running Shoe perched at the top of the line. A traditional running shoe is often stiff, heavily cushioned, and fitted with a massive, bulky heel you're forced to drag around mile after mile. The Mirage 3 is a departure from this standard fare; this is a lightweight shoe with plenty of flexibility and a low drop. Your heel and forefoot are positioned to make it easy to run on your midfoot or forefoot and at less than nine ounces, this road shoe could be described as feathery light. FlexFilm technology reduces the number of layers in the upper and does away with stitched seams. For the moderate-mileage runner with little need for pronation correction, this shoe offers a new, more natural way to take on mile after mile of pavement.
The Kinvara 3, the Virrata, and Hattori LC shoes also fall into Saucony's Natural series, and each shoe is lighter and more flexible than the last. Only the Kinvara 3 features the same 4mm drop and a similar level of cushioning (with less support) than the Mirage 3, while the Virrata serves as the zero-drop trainer of the bunch, and the Hattori LC is the most minimalist, ultralight, and low-to-the-ground choice in the series.
- Minimalist Flex Film upper uses welding to reduce seams and overall weight and helps secure your foot in place
- HRC Strobel Board is a layer of HRC foam running underneath the sockliner to increase comfort and offer light cushioning
- HydraMAX collar lining provides light cushioning around your ankle for comfort and protection
- Supportive TPU arc offers additional support underneath the arch
- ProGrid Heel and High Abrasion EVA provide absorb impact and smooth out the ride on the road without adding unnecessary weight
- Low, 4mm drop (heel-forefoot offset) means that there's just a 4mm difference between the measured height of your heel and the measured height of your forefoot
- This low drop creates a natural foot position inside the shoe, encourages proper biomechanical flex, and allows you to more easily utilize a mid or forefoot striking style
- XT-900 rubber is flexible, highly abrasion-resistant, and it features triangular lugs that offer supreme grip and traction on the road
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Good intermediate support option
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I really enjoyed running in these as I was transitioning towards minimalist running
If you are used to running on streets (as I was) you may be better off running on softer surfaces (asphalt, dirt) at least at first, because these definitely have less support than a traditional running shoe (which is the intention of this model)
They are quite light, breathe very well, and I have ran at least 100 miles in them, and they show little sign of wear