Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The good looks and design of the Saucony Mystic gained positive response based on some reviews.
  • A few mentioned that they were able to use the shoe at work and during gym workouts. 
  • Some runners admired the lightweight design of the Mystic.
  • The shoe is affordable.
  • The Saucony Mystic is a very comfortable running shoe, said some happy wearers.
  • The shoe helped reduce shin splints while running, as mentioned by some users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few mentioned that the shoe is not durable.
  • The shoe is not as supportive as expected, according to various runners.

Bottom line

The Saucony Mystic is a moderately cushioned neutral running shoe with breathable mesh and supportive overlays. Though some have issues with durability and sizing, this shoe is still a good option for runners who are looking for an affordable road and a great daily training partner. 

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Good to know

  • The Saucony Mystic is a neutral running shoe that is created to deliver reliable underfoot cushioning and protection, while also giving a reliable fit that’s not too tight. It’s a great option when it comes to doing activities for an active lifestyle, such as exercising and working out. It has an appealing look that caters to the tastes of modern or contemporary runners.
  • The upper unit of the Saucony Mystic features an open construction. The fabrics that are used here allow air to seamlessly enter the shoe in order to keep the foot dry and cool, thus enabling extended running sessions. Synthetic overlays provide structure to the upper while also making sure that the foot is hugged responsibly by the cover system.
  • The mid-sole unit uses high quality foam technologies in order to provide sure cushioning and support to the foot of the wearer. The Heel Grid System balances the cushioning while also maintaining a stable platform on which the rear of the foot rests. The main foam unit is responsible for handling impact shock.
  • The outsole unit of the Saucony Mystic uses a full-length rubber material that is very durable and resistant to abrasion. It is also able to hold onto the surface well. Flex grooves allow the runner to move more naturally, particularly during the toe-off phase.

The Saucony Mystic has a regular running shoe length. It is true to both the men and women’s versions. It follows the standard measurements for length. The available width is medium, so this shoe accommodates runners who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural foot shape.

The XT-600, which is also used in the Saucony Cohesion 12, is a carbon rubber compound that’s placed under the shoe as the external layer that protects the rest of the sole unit from wear and abrasion. It’s sufficiently thick, thus letting it last long. It is also able to deliver sure traction on the roads and tracks, making sure that surface control is achieved.

Flex grooves are cut horizontally from the edge of the mid-foot to the forefoot section. They make sure to allow the natural flexibility of the foot, which is important when it comes to getting a more efficient running performance.

The IMEVA foam or the Injection Molded Ethylene vinyl acetate is a full-length material that serves as the main cushioning system of the Saucony Mystic. It sufficiently supports the foot and keeps it comfortable during running. It doesn’t wear off easily, so it remains effective even after a long time.

The Heel Grid System adds more cushioning to the rear of the foot. It makes heel striking more agreeable and comfortable, preventing the discomfort that’s usually associated with shoes that do not have sufficient support for heel strikers.

The open mesh is a breathable material that allows air to enter the shoe in order to maintain a well-ventilated environment for the foot. It doesn’t make the interior feel stifling, so extended runs are very much possible.

A padded tongue and collar gives support to the dimensions of the foot. The inner sleeve is even smooth, so it makes sure that the foot stays safe from irritation. Overall, the interior is very comfortable to the skin.

Synthetic overlays are stitched onto the upper unit. They provide structural integrity to the upper while also affording a snug and customizable fit that’s tuned to the specific needs of the wearer. Connected to the lacing system, these overlays react to the tightness or looseness of the shoelaces.

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.