Ever since I was so disappointed by the most recent iteration of the Asics Cumulus, I’ve been running in the Mizuno Wave Rider. I’ve put enough mileage on these babies that I feel prepared for an official review:
It’s Lightweight: Runner’s World categorizes the Riders as a performance shoe. I wouldn’t go that far, but at 10.4 oz., it’s extremely light. Most shoes with similar cushioning weigh 2-3 oz. more (doesn’t sound like a lot, but you’ll feel the difference).
The smooth ride: I couldn’t believe how fluid my feet felt through the gait cycle when I ran in these. The Cumulus isn’t a clompy shoe, but these made them seem like wooden clogs.
The fit: Mizuno has been tricking out most of its shoes with independent eyelets, special mesh on the upper, and a special tongue in order to eliminate pressure points. In short, it’s worked.
It’s bad for heavier runners: There just isn’t enough shoe underfoot for heavy (200+ lb) runners. At 190 lbs, I feel like I’m pushing the shoe’s capabilities. If you have a plodding pace and/or extra pounds, look elsewhere.
It’s uncomfortable when you’re not running: As unobtrusive as these shoes are when you run, the opposite is true when you stand or walk. Uncomfortable may be too strong a word, but you’ll certainly be aware of them on your feet.
Bottom line: These shoes will make even a turtle feel zippy, though heavier runners will need more cushioning.Share on Facebook