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MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 22 REVIEW

 

MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 22 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | SEPTEMBER, 2018

Come on down and discover what's new with the Mizuno Wave Rider 22. Want a clue? It's changed a lot since its early versions. 

Guest JackRabbit reviewer, Brian Metzler takes the new Wave Rider out for some test runs and gives us his two cents on this strong legacy running shoe.

THE BUZZ

One of the all-time best-selling running shoes, the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is a neutral-oriented legacy shoe has been a favorite among runners for years, and it should continue to be with the release of the 22nd edition—even though it has changed a bit from what it used to be.

Although once a firmer shoe with a responsive ride, the Wave Rider has morphed over the past few editions to become a more comfortable cushioned cruiser with a soft, forgiving ride.

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 22

Two significant changes to the midsole chassis have created a much softer ride than previous editions of this shoe.

First, this shoe has a much more noticeably decoupled heel crash pad, and, secondly, the midsole foam in the heel has been perforated above the redesigned plastic Wave plate, both of which allow for greater rearfoot compression upon impact with the ground and also reduce the rigid feeling of the previous versions.

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 has also been retooled with a stretchy two-layer engineered mesh over the entire shoe that contributes to the its increased the comfort and breathability.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 - Step it up!

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

When it comes to creature comforts, the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 ranks up there with the softest and comfiest shoes on the market. Runners with medium to wide feet or high-volume feet will love this shoe because of the more generous fit offered in its recent editions, especially this one. Although its cushy, interior padding allows it to conform well to moderately narrow feet (although not quite as well in the heel), it really accommodates medium to wide feet with aplomb.

The ride is unapologetically soft but also consistently smooth at most speeds. It doesn’t necessarily have the energetic “pop” of some of its contemporaries with next-gen foam packages, but the modifications to the Wave Rider system built into the midsole help to subtly and effortlessly channel energy from heel to midfoot to forefoot.

There’s no denying the Wave Rider 22 exudes a soft sensation upon landing, but it has enough stabilizing midfoot structure to keep its composure and plenty of forefoot flexibility to serve up a mildly energetic vibe at the toe-off of a stride.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is for any runner who appreciates a bouncy softness in every stride. It is sublimely soft with only marginal lateral support, so we’d recommend it for someone who can truly handle a neutral ride. It’s a comfortable shoe that thrives at slow to moderate paces and distances, but it can also be a do-everything, everyday trainer for beginner to intermediate runners.

PROS AND CONS OF THE MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 22

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 - Pros

While this isn’t the lightest shoe in the neutral cushioned trainer category, this edition of the Wave Rider is about a ½ ounce lighter than the last several versions and feels light and airy right out of the box.  Also, the outsole rubber has a little bit more striated definition to it, which has improved the traction on wet and slippery surfaces.

The lacing system and extra wide and luxuriously plush tongue helps create a reliably snug and comfortable fit for a variety of foot shapes and widths.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 - Cons

It’s not necessarily a shoe our wear-testers thought was built for top-end speed for 5K racing or speed work or long-distance efforts from 20 miles to the marathon.

However, it could be the ideal tool of choice for 10Ks, half marathons or longer tempo runs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”

 

 
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SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO 5 REVIEW

 

SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO 5 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | OCTOBER 4, 2018

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has seem some major updates this season. There's a 'grippier' heel, some extra millimeters of cushioning and a updated upper.  

Read on to learn what JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler and his running pals have to say about the #5 in the Triumph collection from Saucony.

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is a top-of-the-line luxury cruiser, Saucony’s most cushioned neutral cushioned training shoe.

It’s been completely reworked since last year’s edition—which was a great shoe—but the big and small changes to this year’s model have given it a better look, fit, feel and ride.

WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO 5

The biggest change to this edition of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is slightly thicker full-length Everun midsole and a slightly thinner rubber outsole. The foam package (which includes a 3mm Everun topsole directly under a premium footbed) adds more softness, energy return and guidance to the shoe, while a wider forefoot and narrower heel enhances the fit from previous editions of the Triumph.

The new Crystal Rubber outsole is not only thinner, inherently tackier and more durable, but it also offers has additional texture for better grip on wet surfaces.

Finally, a full-length double-layer jacquard engineered knit mesh offers great mechanical stretch, flexibility and breathability, but not hotspots typically caused from overlays.  
 

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Sliding your foot inside the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is like slipping into the bucket seat of a sports car.

It’s offers a comfortably snug, performance-oriented fit with just a smidge of extra room in the forefoot to allow toes to wiggle and splay. The interior bootie construction and ISOFit dynamic saddle system adapt to a wide range of foot shapes and volumes, allowing the foot to flex with the shoe and very fluidly and securely rebound into the next stride. For such a thickly cushioned and mildly supportive shoe, the Triumph ISO 5 offers a very lively, energetic ride. 

The heel has been updated with a soft, plush lining to add comfort and grab around. 

The 3mm topsole layer of innovative Everun foam sandwiched between the footbed and the full-length PWRFoam midsole serves up a springy underfoot sensation, creating a ride with a dreamy mix of shock absorption, resiliency and subtle guidance from heel-strike to toe-off.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is a perfect shoe for runners who have a neutral or supinating gait and want a premium, thickly cushioned high-mileage trainer that offers a dynamic ride and versatile performance.

PROS AND CONS OF THE SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO 5

Saucony Triumph ISO - Pros

Versatility is this shoe’s middle name. Our wear-testers found it ideal for a wide variety of workouts, from long runs to fartleks to recovery runs to tempos. It’s also energetic enough to wear on race day for 10Ks to marathons.

The premium FORMFIT contoured footbed cradles and wraps the foot, providing a near-custom fit that adds to the cushy, comfortable ride.

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 - Cons

The Triumph ISO 5 is about a half ounce heavier than the previous version, but that didn’t seem to be an issue with most of our wear-testers.

Although not quite as light or nimble as some of the new modern lightweight trainers, it’s a very durable high-mileage shoe with as much or more “pop” than any other shoe in its class.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”