Mizuno Wave Rider

Jun 1, 2012
Outside Magazine

BEST FOR: Neutral heel strikers. THE TEST: Mizuno’s flagship daily trainer packs ample cushioning into a relatively light (11 ounce) package. That’s thanks to Mizuno’s patented wave plate—an S-shaped piece of plastic that flexes to absorb shock and save weight. Compared with Asics’ Gel Excel 33s, though, testers said the Wave Riders were “on the firm side,” and some found it unforgiving for runs longer than 13 miles. But on warm days, they loved the cool, meshy upper. THE VERDICT: Ample heel cushioning makes this a good everyday training shoe for heel strikers running up to five miles; midfoot strikers might want to look elsewhere. 10.9 oz; 12 mm drop


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