BEST FOR: Traditionalist-shoe fans and heel strikers who like to boogie.
THE TEST: While it remains a steadfastly heel-oriented trainer, the new Wave Rider also felt firmly energetic both fore and aft—a favorite for our higher-tempo runners on long runs. Mizuno’s plastic Wave Plate, which substitutes for foamy, wobbly cushioning, has an unmistakable spring—a firmer and more efficient feel than the similarly built Adidas Energy Boost. “Great energy return,” commented one tester. The wide-pore mesh allowed good airflow, and it’s one of the most breathable shoes we tested this year.
THE VERDICT: A firm, traditional trainer for long runs. 9.9 oz; 12 mm drop.