The Wave Rider was the model I was hoping to get since I started wearing Mizuno, the shoe did not disappoint and it best fits my running needs out of all three of the shoes I’ve tried.
The Wave Rider features some of the same technologies as the other two Mizuno shoes I have reviewed, the Elixir 5 and the Inspire 5. The AP midsole, the X10 outsole, the wave technology and the “ortholite” foam are the technologies that I feel stand out in this shoe. I have described everything other than the “ortholite”, which the company describes as foam that provides strength, breathability, moisture transport and anti-bacterial function. The only claim I can attest to is the strength, this foam feels nice around the ankle and it keeps the shape of the shoe opening after three months of use. Most of the outsole is built with the X10 material which makes the shoe quite durable, the wear has been less than expected after three months. The ride quality is similar to the Wave Elixir but a bit stiffer, it is responsive, not too plush, and provides a smooth toe off. The Wave Rider’s last is also slightly curved which allows for some flexibility.
Although my season was almost over when I picked up these shoes, the ride quality is great during my maintenance runs; it is the best fit for my needs out of the three pairs of Mizuno models I have tried. The shoe is also very light for such a solidly built trainer. I feel that this model is ideal for runners similar to me – lighter weight mid-foot strikers with neutral gaits who are looking for a durable pair of trainers.