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Gear Review – Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Gear Review – Mizuno Wave Rider 19

After wearing Mizuno’s cushioned neutral road shoe the Wave Rider, since early 2011 I was expecting version 19 to be a clone of the 17s. In reality, they actually feel different, despite feeling the same in terms of sizing.

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Out of the box, it appears to be the same shoe, except for one thing – the laces – they have a bungee type of feel and a bit of new elasticity when tying.

When I started running, I immediately felt a difference.

Version 19 feels as if there is more support on the back 3/4 of the foot.The shoes also make it feel as if my toes are closer to the ground. Everywhere there is impact, everything feels good, this is the same cushioning I want and have had for my easy and long runs with the Wave Rider. And Mizuno lists this as the same 22mm/10mm back/front height. So the feeling I noticed appears to be improved cushioning  within the 22mm of support at the back of the shoe, achieved without extra weight to the shoe. Nice.

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I’ve used the 19s for road and non-technical trail runs at various paces and they work fine on both types of terrain. I expect to get my standard 640K (400 miles) out of these Wave Rider 19s. I bought them based on my success with previous versions and I think I like 19 marginally better so surely I will back for another pair before version 20 comes out.

 

 

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