Monday, April 20, 2015

Saucony Mirage 5 Review

Saucony Mirage 5
Saucony Mirage 5 Review


  • Shoe Category: Guidance, Natural Running
  • Pronation: Moderate
  • Cushion: Responsive
  • Construction Type: Natural Motion
  • Surface: Road, Track
  • Arch: Normal (Mid), Low
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Offset: 4mm
    • Heel Stack Height: 22mm
    • Forefoot Stack Height: 18mm
Sorry this review is a month or so behind.  I've been training for the May Ironman TX, working and starting a new business.  Needless to say life has been very busy!
I have been running in the Mirage series of shoes since the first Mirage model.  I love this shoe model.  Every year I try on other models and brands but I keep coming back to the Mirage.
I have gone through three Mirage 4 and two Mirage 3 in the past year and half of two Ironman trainings.  I loves both models but I the Mirage 4 had some major flaws.  The first being they wore out really fast.  Keep in mind I am training for an Ironman though.  The uppers of the shoe has a fine white/silver mesh that "fuzes" out in the first several months (the Mirage 3 did not have this issue).  After that developed two holes in the fabric of the shoes.  The bottoms also wore out pretty fast.  Even with these issues I love these shoes.  I just wish they would have lasted longer.

Fuzzy Issues with Mirage 4
Mirage 4 wear and tear
I can not wait till after Ironman TX to put these shoes on and go for a long run.  Just last night I laced up a new pair of the Mirage 4 that will carry me through Ironman TX in May.
The Mirage 5 looks like a big improvement on the Mirage 4.  The Mirage 5 has a completely remodeled upper.  This upper no longer include the "fuzing" mesh (with was only cosmetic in nature).  My first impression of these shoes are they are gorgeous.  I love the colors.  The new upper material no longs has the fuzzy mesh (so it should last longer).  I have not had much time to run in them yet because of Ironman TX training.  I do not want to switch shoes this close to the race.  From the time I have had in they the are very comfortable.
The uppers are made out of a seamless breathable mesh that is extremely comfortable and breathable.  They will not cause any hot spots or toe nail issues.  The mesh makes them feel like putting on slippers.
The shoes has 4mm drop that seems to be my sweet spot for comfort.
From what I can tell the men's Mirage 5 comes in two colors red/black and navy/citron.  The red/back are really awesome.
These shoes are awesome and I can not wait till after Ironman TX to put these shoes on and go for a long run.  I highly recommend the Mirage series of shoes.  They are lightweight and very comfortable.  The Mirage 5 looks like it fixed all the minor issues I had with the previous model.
The Mirage 5 New Uppers


  1. Hi Kevin,

    Great review about these Mirage 5. I need some advice from your side if possible. I am currently running on a Pair of Saucony's guide 8 because I have a light pronation. I like them a lot but now I am thinking about getting another pair of Saucony's. But here is the challenge, a pair of Guide 8, or the Mirage 5 which is a different shoe but will support my pronation.

    How hard is the ride on the Mirage? The Guide*s are very comfortable (plush cushioning) according to Saucony and there is of course the offset of 8mm.

    Thanks :)

  2. I did find the Mirage 5 quite a comfortable pair and got 14 months out of them. Currently I am using the Triumph ISO2 which I find even more comfortable. Lets see how long these last....