|Saucony Mirage 4|
Shoe Details from the Saucony Mirage 4 website. See here
I was asked to do a review of the brand new Saucony Mirage 4 men's shoe. Let me just state I am just Joe Blow runner. I know very little about shoe construction and all the technical details.
Last year I was fortunate enough to be asked to review the Mirage 3. My review of that shoe model is located here.
The Mirage 3 is my current running shoe. I transitioned from the Nike Pegasus. There is a huge difference between the Mirage 3 and the Pegasus. The major difference being the heal drop. The Pegasus has a 12mm heal drop and both the Saucony Mirage 3 and 4 have a 4mm heal drop.
The heal drop was a big concern for me when I first started using the shoe. I slowly transitioned into the Mirage 3 and found the that I quickly got use to the shoe and learned to love it. The heal drop does not seem to make any notable difference in my running quality or times.
What I really do notice in both the Mirage 3 & 4 is that they are really light weight, lack stitching and have a cloth like material. They are like wearing a glove. Both the Mirage models are great, comfortable and light weight shoes.
I notice very little difference between the Mirage 3 and 4. The Mirage 4 did seem to have a little bit more arch support (which I am not sure if I like yet or not). The new Mirage 4 also seemed a little bit more cushioned in the heal. The upper sole was changed only slightly but virtually unnoticeable. If you watch Runners World's review of the Mirage 4 (see here) they also note how little has changed between the Mirage3 and Mirage 4.
Since so little has changed between the models I highly recommend you read my Mirage 3 review located here. It proves a detail review of the Mirage model shoe.
Overall this is a great shoe and I highly recommend it for those looking for a lightweight, comfortable, minimalist shoe. Keep in mind the 4mm heal drop may not be for everyone and I would recommend gradually easing into the shoe.
To see Sneaker Reports Review See here
To see Runners World Shoe Review See here
To see Running Warehouse Shoe Review See here