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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.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
The Saucony Mirage 3 road-running shoes prove that mild overpronators can enjoy the benefits of minimalist shoes without sacrificing support over the miles. Lightweight nylon mesh uppers with polyurethane overlays offer high breathability; moisture-wicking nylon linings help keep your feet dry, reducing susceptibility to blisters. 4mm heel-to-toe drop encourages a shorter, lower impact stride than traditional running shoes do. EVA midsoles absorb shock, cushion feet and provide gentle support; Progrid(TM) foam in heels offers incredibly lightweight cushioning. Thermoplastic urethane arc provides stability for mild overpronators or additional support to help neutral runners battle arch fatigue on long runs. Saucony Mirage 3 road-running shoes feature blown rubber outsoles that add durable cushioning for a smooth ride.
- REI refers to the men's version
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