There's no need to introduce the Mizuno Wave series anymore. It's the flagship neutral shoe collection of Mizuno and it has proven its value since its launch in 1998. It was even mentioned by writer Haruki Murakami in his great running memoir 'What I Talk About When I Talk About Running'. While no major improvements can be noted in comparison to the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, this new model still packs a few interesting additions. The main one is the wider and more comfortable fit, without any extra weight. The shoe is less stiff than its predecessors while providing the support you would expect from a good neutral shoe. If you are a Mizuno Wave Rider fan, you won't be disappointed with this 20th edition. For the rest, give it a try and benchmark it against its direct competitors like the Nike Pegasus.
- Comfortable and less stiff fit in comparison to the earlier versions
- Wide fit
- Quite durable
- Adequate support for a neutral shoe
- Improved upper that smoothly wraps around the foot
- Some runners were concerned about the durability of the upper
- The new wider fit may feel too loose for some runners
- Terrain: Road & Track
- Arch support: Neutral
- Heel to toe drop: 12 mm
- Weight: 235-272 grams
- Release year: 2017
The heel part of the outsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 features X10, a high quality rubber compound made from carbon. It’s supposed to protect the outsole from surface abrasion and provide good traction. Mizuno calls this technology Flex Grooves.
The forefoot section contains what Mizuno calls Flex Controllers. This translates into blown rubber in the outsole. Blown rubber is commonly used in soles because of its flexibility. The Flex Controllers allegedly provides more flexibility and power to the runner during the toe off phase of the gait cycle.
The midsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider features different types of foam technology like the U4ic (durable) and U4icX (lightweight) that are supposed to provide responsive cushioning and shock absorption.
The midsole is also fitted with the Mizuno Wave Plate that’s made of plastic material with the goal of delivering a springy ride. Mizuno describes its Smooth Ride technology as a rocking chair-like motion.
Last but not least, the shoe includes the Ortholite Sock Liner that is antimicrobial and anti-moisture.
The upper of shoe features two technologies.
The Triple Zone Mesh is a breathable and flexible material that keeps the foot cool and dry.
The Dynamotion Fit is a stretchable material that, according to Mizuno, is supposed to mirror the foot’s natural movement during the gait cycle, providing support and freedom at the same time.
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