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Saucony Mirage 3: Challenging Your Everyday Terrains

by On Jun 6, 2013
Saucony Mirage 3: Challenging Your Everyday Terrains

Introducing the Saucony Mirage 3, a personal choice of lightweight trainers in-built with comfortable cushioning and suitable for high-mileage. Adding greater flexibility and a 4mm heel-to-toe drop, the Mirage 3 has proven to be a responsive trainer suitable for trails and road running.

First Impression

The luminous fusion of lime-green and fuchsia pink was certainly eye-grabbing and I personally favour how the shoe doesn’t appear “overly-feminine” despite the loud tone of pink. The hint of neon-green brought zest and I was all excited to lace up and hit the trails. Don’t be fooled by the thickness of the sole, the cushioning provided a snug fit and there was sufficient ankle support.

Saucony Mirage 3: Challenging Your Everyday Terrains

First Go!

A day after I received the Mirage 3, I took them out to hit the trails for a hearty 18km run-in. The run was smooth! The wide-fit at the toe box made it comfortable and despite the long distance, I was blister-free. I then decided to challenge the stability of the shoe by thrashing the uphills and downhills and I was surprised by effectiveness of the heel counter. Great support! Likewise, being someone who is really particular about the achilles notch, I was contented with the well-designed feature of the Mirage as I did not experience any discomfort at my achilles tendon.

Terrain

Tested on both road and trails under rain and shine weather conditions, on the frequency of 4 runs per week. The comfort of the shoe was consistent and satisfying. Likewise, the 4mm heel-to-toe feature assisted the constant mid-foot strike with every stride I took. However, by the 3rd week when I took the shoes out for some speed-work in the trails, the soles of the shoes have been a little more seasoned and the traction of the soles did not bite as well on wet gravels. Moving on to road running and treadmill running, the Mirage 3 has reflected its versatility both indoor and outdoor.

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Distance Handling

For all mileage fanatics who doubt the “chunkiness of the shoe,” fret not. This 3-week old here has weathered a total of 217km to date and the smoothness of my runs and the motion of my strides have been progressively constant. Despite the new features, the Mirage 3 still stays true to its design principle of providing essential pronation support for runners while achieving speed.

I enjoyed my experience with the Mirage 3 and I personally encourage this option for runners who are seeking for a happy medium between stability and neutral shoes. I was contented with the overall feel of the shoe, but I am a little disappointed by how the outsoles wore down slightly faster than expected, however otherwise, the shoe has served me well.

Saucony Mirage 3: Challenging Your Everyday Terrains

Runner’s Boon

  • Flexibility of shoes bends according to terrain
  • Wide toe box for comfort
  • Lightness of the shoe

Runner’s Bane

  • Grip of sole wears out faster than expected
  • Running on wet gravels may oppose a challenge on the soles of the shoes

A 19 year-old fitness enthusiast who loves challenging myself to take on longer distances, and clock personal best timings at every race. With her passion for running and triathlons she has an aspiration to open up a coaching academy where she will dedicate time to train needy children and giving them the support and guidance to bring out the best in their athletic potential.

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