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MIZUNO WAVE INSPIRE 17 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Mizuno Wave Inspire has always been a durable, stability-enhancing shoe built with a good blend of comfort, shock absorption and support. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 is a mid-weight everyday trainer with remarkable cushioning, a plush step-in feel, semi-firm support and exceptional breathability.

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WHAT’S NEW

The Wave Inspire 17 has been overhauled since last year. The changes are all good, starting with the addition of the new ENERZY foam wedge under the heel. ENERZY is a durable midsole compound that delivers excellent softness and rebound.

The ENERZY midsole foam below the Wave plate is 17 percent softer and returns 15 percent more energy than previous midsole compounds. This gives the shoe a smoother transition after the heel impacts the ground. A slab of lightweight, resilient U4ic foam remains on top of the Wave plate and the combination of all of it.This results in optimal shock reduction, long-lasting durability and a smoother ride.

Other updates include a semi-malleable TPU fan-shaped Wave plate in the midsole for softer stability. Also, it features a new lightweight engineered mesh upper for a cleaner look, better fit and enhanced breathability.

Another small but significant update is the addition of more ground contact in the outsole. There’s full ground contract from heel to toe under the medial side of the shoe. A slightly wider footprint, vertical decoupling in the middle of the heel and three small flex grooves under the forefoot all play key roles in the balance and stability of this shoe.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Wave Inspire has always had a soft, comfortable and secure fit. That remains for the 17th edition, only slightly better this time around.

It fits true to size and secure with a medium width and interior volume throughout, only with a slightly more snug feeling in the toe box than some similar shoes. (It’s available in two widths for men and women.)

The step-in feel is comfortable and plush, with notable cushiness along the footbed, under the tongue and around the heel collar.

The ride has been dramatically improved in this version of the Wave Inspire. The shoe has designed to be softer and smoother without losing its penchant for performance. 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 Reivew

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

The Wave Inspire 17 is designed to be a workhorse trainer for overpronating runners who need a bit of support. It’s a great shoe for long runs, recovery runs and moderately fast tempo runs.

New runners will love the uplifting stability in every stride. Experienced runners will appreciate that support in the final miles of a long run. It might not be the best choice for a half marathon or marathon. However, it’s certainly a great training tool that can help get you to race day.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 Reivew

PROS: MIZUNO WAVE INSPIRE 17

The chassis gets its stable feeling from a softer fan-shaped Wave plate embedded in the medial side of the midsole, a secure heel counter and supportive overlays on each side of the upper.

For many years, the Inspire was a performance-oriented everyday trainer with a distinctly firm feeling under foot. Even though it always had a soft, plush interior, the Wave Inspire was on the stiffer end of the spectrum and, as a result, heel-toe transitions felt quite rigid. But this year’s version has a softer, more flexible and more energetic demeanor.

The exquisite, double-layered engineered mesh upper incorporates Waveknit technology with an embossed Mizuno logo. This mesh contributes to the fit, hold and lateral support of the shoe. The relatively low-volume fit in the forefoot gives the shoe an important-oriented feel. 

The bottom line? Mizuno has made this shoe more accessible to more runners, more comfortable and more fun to wear out on a run. And if that’s not a good reason to check it out, what else do you need?

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 Reivew

CONS: MIZUNO WAVE INSPIRE 17

The Inspire 17 is slightly heavier and not quite as cushy compared to some of its contemporaries among everyday stability trainers.

TECH SPECS

Wave Inspire 17 Tech Specs

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MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 24 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

One of the living legends among running shoes, the Mizuno Wave Rider is a best-selling neutral, everyday training shoes intended for high-mileage running. The Mizuno Wave Rider 24 is the 2020 edition of the shoe.

The Wave Rider has evolved through the years and changed slightly as modern materials and technologies have been introduced. But, it remains a cushy, smooth-riding and very reliable running shoe for a wide range of runners.

Mizuno Wave Rider 24 Review - What's New

WHAT’S NEW: MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 24

The Mizuno Wave Rider 24 is lighter, softer, more stable and more responsive than the previous edition. That’s made possible by a slice of Mizuno’s new Enerzy midsole foam, more outsole surface area for optimal ground contact and more effective flex grooves in the forefoot.

The new edition also fits better, thanks to a more padded heel collar and a slightly roomier toe box. Wave Rider 23 was a very good shoe, but Wave Rider 24 is an exceptional one.

The Wave Rider 24 is available with two different uppers. Either a two-layer engineered mesh with horizontal laser perforations for breathability or a WaveKnit upper built from a soft, supportive flat-knit construction.

(Note: The Wave Rider 24 WaveKnit weighs slightly more than the standard version.)

Mizuno Wave Rider 24 Review - Feature

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The fit of this year’s Mizuno Wave Rider has changed appreciably. It features a more comfortable and secure fit in the heel and a slightly wider fit in the forefoot to allow the transverse arch to flex and the toes to splay.

It has a similarly cushy feel from previous editions. So, when you step into the shoe it has a comfortable wrap-like sensation when you lace it up.

The ride is also similar to previous models — smooth, stable and consistent. Only, it’s now a tad bit softer and more responsive. This is thanks to the new Enerzy foam under the Parallel Wave plate in the rear of the midsole as well as the modified flex grooves in the forefoot.

It’s always been the consummate workhorse training shoe and it remains a durable, trusted shoe. Now that it’s lighter, softer and more energetic, it also has a bit of a penchant for faster running.

WHO IS IT BEST FOR?

Runners who enjoy a feeling of soft, plush cushioning, a smooth ride and a touch of reliable support, will love the Wave Rider 24. It’s perfect for long runs, tempo runs and recovery runs with ease.

Plus, its inherent comfort and support allow it to be an ideal half marathon or marathon shoe for a wide range of recreational runners.

Mizuno Wave Rider 24 - Pros

This edition of the Wave Rider will feel noticeably more cushy — 17 percent more cushy according to Mizuno. But it also provides 15 percent boost in rebound, providing an ultimate combination of shock absorption and energy return.

The outsole has segments of hardy carbon rubber under the heel for long-wearing durability and segments of blow rubber in the forefoot for soft, lightweight landings and slightly more energetic toe-offs. But the new forefoot flex grooves are what really helps put a spring in your step at the beginning of a new stride.

Mizuno Wave Rider 24 - Cons

The Waver Rider has never been a flat-out speed burner and even the slightly lighter version cannot compare to the agility of a performance trainer.

It’s not ideal for short intervals, but it can hold its own at mile repeats and fartlek runs in a pinch.

TECH SPECS

Mizuno Wave Rider 24 - Tech Specs

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher. He 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. He was and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine.

As an author, he has penned “Kicksology“, “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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