I won a lottery certificate from Team RunningFree and Mizuno and decided this was a perfect opportunity to try out a new Mizuno road shoe. Ivan from Running Free Markham, spent a lot of time watching my stride, before we settled on the Mizuno Wave Rider 17. I have been running for the last 20 years in the Asics GT2000 series and found this shoe very similar in feel. Apparently it is significantly lighter than the previous Wave Rider 16. 8.6oz verses 10.0oz. Which makes a huge difference for the long distance runner. The heel to toe drop is 14mm and the heel profile is 35mm and the toe 21mm.
The size is compatible as I found no change in my size from Asics to Mizuno. I had a good snug fit but not restrictive in any way. As my running regime averages around 40 miles a week this was a good training shoe for me. I elected to use it for some trail runs and races and experienced no problems. Plenty of room in the toe box so after runs of up to 50K, I had no toe or nail issues. Overall I am very pleased with this shoe, in fact when my next pair of shoes needed replacing after 500 miles, which is my threshold, I bought another pair of Mizuno Waver Rider 17’s.
Jim Morrison, Team RunningFree, Ultramarathoner