The Saucony Mirage IV is a lightweight, versatile, running shoe from Saucony's "Natural" line-up, with just a touch of stability. The Mirage is targeted at runners looking for a lightweight shoe, with decent ground feel and low offset, who slightly over-pronate.
Boasting an offset of 4mm, the Mirage weighs in a 8.9oz (252 g) for a men's 9, and 7.9oz (224 g) for a women's 8. The upper uses Saucony's Flexfilm technology and their HydraMax lining. The Mirage IV was chosen as Fitness Magazine's Best Minimalist Shoe of 2014.
|Women's Saucony Mirage IV|
The Mirage IV is my second pair of Mirages, the first being the Mirage 2. The Mirage 2 was my solemate at the time, the first running shoe I really loved but they didn't last me long. Fortunately,
with the Mirage IV, the life expectancy has changed. In fact, as I'm retiring these shoes now at around 250 miles, I've gotten more wear out of them than I have any other running shoe.
|Saucony Mirage IV outsole|
|Saucony Mirage IV lateral wear|
At the end of the life of this shoe, it is still one of my favorites. I find them to be firm but not too firm but at this point the cushioning left isn't enough for more than the shortest of runs. I've come to think of these as my fast shoes, and if they hadn't started giving me blisters on the medial ball of my foot I would probably use them as racing flats. They've been great for speed work, track workouts, and runs up to 5 or 6 miles. For runs longer than 6 miles, I prefer something with more cushioning, though on longer runs I do like the slight amount of stability these provide as my legs and feet start to get tired.
|Saucony Mirage IV on feet|
If you've tried the Mirage IV, what are your thoughts? If not, is there anything else you would like to know?
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