Verdict from 12 experts and +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The shoe has great cushioning according to some reviews.
  • The upper is light and breathable.
  • The shoe provides a good and comfortable fit.
  • Many runners mentioned that the Mirage 4 is a fast shoe perfect for competition.
  • Available in different color options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is heavier than the previous version.
  • Some runners noticed that the outer materials of the shoe wear off quickly.
  • It was also noted in some reviews that the shoe is a lot stiffer than the usual.

Bottom line

The Saucony Mirage 4 is a road running shoe that is designed for neutral foot movement. It is light and fast perfect for high mileage runs and competition.

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Good to know

  • Combined with a low profile ride, the Saucony Mirage 4 offers a mild support. It has a 4-mm heel-to-toe drop, allowing you to experience barefoot running along the way. When running for long mileage, the PowerGrid cushioning provides enough protection from impacts. Moreover, it secures your foot by locking it inside the shoe using the FlexFilm overlays.

The 4th version of Saucony Mirage follows the standard running shoe length. It gives comfortable and medium fit on the heel, forefoot and midfoot area. This shoe is available in medium widths for both men and women version.

There is no need to worry about slipping off the ground because the outsole of the Mirage 4 has XT-900 that is made of a carbon rubber material. For a smooth ride and an enhanced cushioning, this shoe also has the lightweight and flexible material in the forefoot called the Blown Rubber. The same outsole material is utilized in the Mirage 5.

On the midsole of the Saucony Mirage 4, it features the EVA+, which is a full length composite foam that is ideal for providing a durable and lightweight cushioning. Moreover, it has the Grid technology that is combined with Powerfoam material through the Heel PowerGrid, which offers a responsive ride, as well as great cushioning.

The Saucony Mirage 4 is composed of different materials that provide utmost comfort during running. On its upper portion, it offers additional cushioning through the EVA sockliner. In addition, the Strobel Last that is stitched to the full length HRC Strobel Board improves the cushioning, and also provides a soft underfoot feel.

Cupping the heel is the Hydrator Collar Lining that gives great comfort and ensures that the foot remains dry while running. Lastly, it has Flex Film Overlays made of a thin film to provide a snug and secure fit.

How Mirage 4 compares

This shoe: 85
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: $110
All shoes average: $119
$40 $300
This shoe: 9.2oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
2.8oz 15.4oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.