Ride Responsibility-Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Review

I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21s. I actually was fortunate enough to test the Rider 20s last year, so was interested to see what updates Mizuno has made.

COLORS
The new 21s come in 4 different colors for men; black, delta blue-silver, classic blue-black and quiet shade-silver. I received the blue-black color, which I prefer of the others. Running shoes should always be bright, and cause people to take notice when they see you running. I have never been a fan of black running shoes, they seem so boring. If I had to choose another color, I guess it would have been the silver color.

Features
Dynamotion Fit: creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly
Mizuno Wave: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies
X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear
Intercool: cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during a run

Design
With the Wave Rider 21, you receive a totally redesigned wave technology for a softer cushion and enhanced responsive feel. The new dynamotion fit features a triple zone engineered mesh for breathability, movement, and hold.

Wear
Enough of all the technically specifications, etc, what you really want to know is how do they feel/perform. All the technology in the world is out the window, if a shoe doesn’t feel good and perform well. I will tell you, right out of the box these Mizuno Wave Rider 21s were ready to roll. When I first slipped them on, the level of comfort was immediate. My feet felt snug in the shoe, even before I tied them up. The shoe was well manufactured and solid, with the right flexibility in the appropriate places.

TEST RUN #1
Surface: Road
The first day I received them, I took them out on a quick 3 mile run in order to test the feel. Although the run was short, I could feel the breathability and cushion on each of my foot strikes. I ran on a road since that is where the majority of my races take place, and the 21s handled the asphalt like a champ. I never had an issue with road work on the Rider 20s, so I wasn’t expected anything less for the 21s. The shoes are sneaky light. My pace on the 3 miles was sub 9, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was running. Sneaky fast shoes are the best.

TEST RUN #2
Surface: Trail
For my second test run, I took the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s on a 8 mile trail run to see how they could handle a different type of terrain. These Wave Rider 21s didn’t even bat an eye, as they successfully navigated through the dirt, rocks, etc of the trails. I feel in love with the foot strike of these shoes, it almost felt like they had springs in them. I finished the 8 miles and my feet still felt fresh, I didn’t experience any foot soreness whatsoever.

RECCOMENDATION
This is a no-brainer, if you are already a Mizuno fan, get this! The Wave Rider typically puts out a good product, the 20s were good but the 21s are Great. If you are not currently a fan of Mizuno, I would suggest you giving these a try. They are the same price point($120) as the majority of running shoes out there. Enjoy the ride.

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I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21s. I actually was fortunate enough to test the Rider 20s last year, so was interested to see what updates Mizuno has made.

COLORS

The new 21s come in 4 different colors for men; black, delta blue-silver, classic blue-black and quiet shade-silver. I received the blue-black color, which I prefer of the others. Running shoes should always be bright, and cause people to take notice when they see you running. I have never been a fan of black running shoes, they seem so boring. If I had to choose another color, I guess it would have been the silver color.

Features

Dynamotion Fit: creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly

Mizuno Wave: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies

X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear

Intercool: cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during a run

Design

With the Wave Rider 21, you receive a totally redesigned wave technology for a softer cushion and enhanced responsive feel. The new dynamotion fit features a triple zone engineered mesh for breathability, movement, and hold.

Wear

Enough of all the technically specifications, etc, what you really want to know is how do they feel/perform. All the technology in the world is out the window, if a shoe doesn’t feel good and perform well. I will tell you, right out of the box these Mizuno Wave Rider 21s were ready to roll. When I first slipped them on, the level of comfort was immediate. My feet felt snug in the shoe, even before I tied them up. The shoe was well manufactured and solid, with the right flexibility in the appropriate places.

TEST RUN #1

Surface: Road

The first day I received them, I took them out on a quick 3 mile run in order to test the feel. Although the run was short, I could feel the breathability and cushion on each of my foot strikes. I ran on a road since that is where the majority of my races take place, and the 21s handled the asphalt like a champ. I never had an issue with road work on the Rider 20s, so I wasn’t expected anything less for the 21s. The shoes are sneaky light. My pace on the 3 miles was sub 9, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was running. Sneaky fast shoes are the best.

TEST RUN #2

Surface: Trail

For my second test run, I took the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s on a 8 mile trail run to see how they could handle a different type of terrain. These Wave Rider 21s didn’t even bat an eye, as they successfully navigated through the dirt, rocks, etc of the trails. I feel in love with the foot strike of these shoes, it almost felt like they had springs in them. I finished the 8 miles and my feet still felt fresh, I didn’t experience any foot soreness whatsoever.

RECCOMENDATION

This is a no-brainer, if you are already a Mizuno fan, get this! The Wave Rider typically puts out a good product, the 20s were good but the 21s are Great. If you are not currently a fan of Mizuno, I would suggest you giving these a try. They are the same price point($120) as the majority of running shoes out there. Enjoy the ride.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21s. I actually was fortunate enough to test the Rider 20s last year, so was interested to see what updates Mizuno has made.

COLORS
The new 21s come in 4 different colors for men; black, delta blue-silver, classic blue-black and quiet shade-silver. I received the blue-black color, which I prefer of the others. Running shoes should always be bright, and cause people to take notice when they see you running. I have never been a fan of black running shoes, they seem so boring. If I had to choose another color, I guess it would have been the silver color.

Features
Dynamotion Fit: creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly
Mizuno Wave: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies
X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear
Intercool: cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during a run

Design
With the Wave Rider 21, you receive a totally redesigned wave technology for a softer cushion and enhanced responsive feel. The new dynamotion fit features a triple zone engineered mesh for breathability, movement, and hold.

Wear
Enough of all the technically specifications, etc, what you really want to know is how do they feel/perform. All the technology in the world is out the window, if a shoe doesn’t feel good and perform well. I will tell you, right out of the box these Mizuno Wave Rider 21s were ready to roll. When I first slipped them on, the level of comfort was immediate. My feet felt snug in the shoe, even before I tied them up. The shoe was well manufactured and solid, with the right flexibility in the appropriate places.

TEST RUN #1
Surface: Road
The first day I received them, I took them out on a quick 3 mile run in order to test the feel. Although the run was short, I could feel the breathability and cushion on each of my foot strikes. I ran on a road since that is where the majority of my races take place, and the 21s handled the asphalt like a champ. I never had an issue with road work on the Rider 20s, so I wasn’t expected anything less for the 21s. The shoes are sneaky light. My pace on the 3 miles was sub 9, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was running. Sneaky fast shoes are the best.

TEST RUN #2
Surface: Trail
For my second test run, I took the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s on a 8 mile trail run to see how they could handle a different type of terrain. These Wave Rider 21s didn’t even bat an eye, as they successfully navigated through the dirt, rocks, etc of the trails. I feel in love with the foot strike of these shoes, it almost felt like they had springs in them. I finished the 8 miles and my feet still felt fresh, I didn’t experience any foot soreness whatsoever.

RECCOMENDATION
This is a no-brainer, if you are already a Mizuno fan, get this! The Wave Rider typically puts out a good product, the 20s were good but the 21s are Great. If you are not currently a fan of Mizuno, I would suggest you giving these a try. They are the same price point($120) as the majority of running shoes out there. Enjoy the ride.

Ride the Wave, Observe the Sky-Mizuno Wave Sky Review

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All you Mizuno brand lovers listen up, I am here with a review of the new Mizuno Wave Sky running shoes.

APPEARANCE
I received a blue and lime color, not as loud of a color as I usually purchase but these were professional looking. This color seems to say, you are all about your running business. Once passed the color the next thing I notice is the tread. This is the 2nd pair of Mizunos I’ve owned and one of the things I admired is the tread on their shoes. The formation is arranged in such a way that they don’t tend to wear down as fast as some other brands I have ran in.

SIZING/COMFORT
I immediately notice upon slipping them on that they seemed to run a bit big. I also own a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 20 that fit true to size, but the Wave Sky seem to have a little more room in my size 11. Not a huge deal as I can just wear a slightly thicker sock, but I felt it needed to be pointed out. Even with a little more toe room, these shoes were still very comfortable.

WEIGHT
The men’s shoe is about 11.2 oz. Kind of more on the heavier side, but you really can’t tell the difference once you get moving.

DURABILITY
The shoes appear to be made from high-end materials and feel well put together. I did some bending of them, as well as runs, and all threads remained in place. Another feature I admire about Mizuno running shoes, is the quality of their shoe laces. I know it may sound simple, but good shoe laces increase the overall comfort of the shoe. They are threaded well enough that you don’t have to worry about them fraying over time.

TEST RUN #1
I started out with a low mileage run of 3 miles. I wore thin socks, so the extra toe room was a small issue but not overly uncomfortable. The shoes responded well on surface impact and, upon checking my splits, I was actually moving faster than I thought. This speaks to the weight of the shoe.

TEST RUN #2
I turned up the mileage slightly on this run to 5 miles. This also allowed me to test them in slightly different conditions as it was hotter and the road was still wet from the day before’s rain. With a slightly thicker sock, the shoes responded perfectly. There was no ill effect from hot temperature or the wet surfaces.  I experienced feet sweating in some other brands during hot temps, but these Wave Sky handled the conditions like a champ.

TEST RUN #3
For my final run, I ramped it up to 8 miles in preparation for a half marathon I was training for. Eight miles were not a problem at all and I didn’t experience any soreness in my feet afterwards.

MY RECOMMENDATION
Whether you are already a Mizuno loyalists or thinking about giving them a try, you won’t be disappointed in the new Mizuno WaveSky. Although they are listed a slackly higher weight than comparable shoes, the weight is not something that you can easily detect once you are pounding the payment. The shoes provide the right kind of durability and comfort that will leave your feet happy.

Shoe Review-Mizuno Wave Rider 20

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I was given the unique privilege by Mizuno to product test their latest shoe, the Wave Rider 20s. I will start by saying I have never wore Mizuno’s for any of my races, so this was a new experience and pretty much guarantee my unbiased review of the product. So, let’s get to it.

Let’s start with one of the most important features of a shoe…..the look.

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side view

I was sent clownfish/black, and I must admit they are snazzy. I never thought about buying orange shoes, but I actually like these. I really like the visible design you can see behind the mesh overlay.

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bottom tread

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Now it was time to take these puppies out on the road. I decided to go out on 3 runs, of various distances, to see how they performed.

Run #1 {1 mile} First thing i notice when i slipped them on for the first time was just how incredibly comfortable they were. They snugged right up to my foot, and they were light in weight. I laced up and 1 thing i did notice was that the shoe laces weren’t quite as long as I am used to. I typically double tie my running shoes, and these laces were a little to short for me, although I was able to manage a small double knot. I headed out and first thing i noticed was they seemed slightly stiff. I did not put much weight into the stiffness since all shoes require a “breaking in” period. I finished out the 1 mile with no major complaints to report.

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Run #2 {7 miles} Now time for some real mileage. I took them out for the 2nd run, this time I pushed them to 7 miles. This was a sidewalk room, with a couple of good size hills to  add some resistance. As I hit the hills, these Wave Rider 20 responded beautifully. I particularly like the size of the toe box, not too wide but gives you just enough room for your toes to breath and not feel too cramped. The flexibility of these shoes felt really good on the heels. Another thing i noticed is the back of the shoes are slightly curved, they seemed to give me a slight rocking motion as a planted and pushed off. My foot strike point causes the back left tread of my shoes to wear out first. The slight curve in the bottom heel seem to help with that particular area not being impacted as significantly, which is a huge plus in my book.

Run #3 {12 miles} For the 3rd run, I took it to one of the most challenging spots for runners in my area. The mere mention of Umstead, causes most runners to curse.The park is love and hated equally because of the large amounts of hills and elevation changes throughout. The trails throughout the park is gravel and sand, so it will give a good opportunity to see how the Wave Rider’s perform under different types of road conditions. The trail condition and hills would be prime opportunity for an inferior shoe to cause blisters or foot pain. Mile after mile, hill after hill, these shoes did not falter. The flexibility and cushioning took everything the hills had to offer and kept going. Through 1999 feet of elevation increase, I never felt any foot pain or any clue of blisters forming.

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these shoes are KEEPERS

Overall, I believe Mizuno has hit the jackpot with the new Wave Rider 20s. I honestly couldn’t find anything I hated about the shoes. All runners would like the shoes to be more lightweight but these shoes were more than favorable in the weight area. I think Mizuno may have just found themselves a new customer and I look forward to running a race in these 20s soon.

Appearance: *****
Flexibility: *****
Comfort: *****
Weight: ****
Tread: *****

GO GET YOURSELF SOME NEW MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 20s, YOUR FEET WILL THANK YOU.