MIZUNO SKY WAVEKNIT 3- SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE, 2019
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What New: Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3
- About the Author
The Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 is a new style with stand-out elements for runners looking for a plush experience that allows the foot to move naturally thanks to the waveknit upper.
JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler evaluates the new Sky Waveknit style reporting 'thumbs up' feedback from run testers.
The Sky Waveknit 3 is of the most exciting and innovative running shoes from Mizuno in several years.
The premise of this style is a comfortable, natural-flexing model for runners with neutral gait patterns, making this a shoe that should work for a wide range of runners.
WHAT'S NEW: MIZUNO SKY WAVEKNIT 3
Mizuno’s new XPOP polyurethane midsole foam, innovative Foam Wave midsole design and Waveknit upper combine to make the Wave Sky Waveknit 3 a soft, plush and infinitely comfortable neutral shoe.
The new Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3 dials in with a 10mm heel-toe offset – this is a tad lower than most running shoes in Mizuno’s line and calls to runners who want the plush without the higher offset.
The Sky Waveknit upper is made from a tightly knitted stretchy synthetic yarn that has a soft feel and provides dynamic stretch and hold abilities. But unlike some other knitted uppers, the Mizuno Waveknit technology creates uppers with a 3D shape that don’t unnecessarily crimp the toes.
Ultimately the knitted upper contributes to the Sky Waveknit's comfortable, uninhibited ride by continually adapting to the shape and movement of the foot.
Mizunos’ Foam Wave technology is all acronym and all on point: The XPOP foam couples nicely with the full-length U4ic foam midsole for cushioned comfort and response. The U4icX Strobel foam lining below the premium footbed and the podular U4icX midsole round out a truly exquisite cushioning experience.
First and foremost, our wear-testers reported that the step-in feel of the Sky Waveknit 3 is phenomenal.
The style is enhanced with a cushy interior, soft, thick tongue, premium sockliner and firm internal heel counter, this shoe serves up a comfortably snug, sock-life fit throughout from heel to midfoot saddle to forefoot for most foot shapes.
The toe box might feel a tad snug for some runners when first laced up, but the soft and pliable Waveknit upper construction offers an adaptive fit expands and contracts slightly on the run.
The ride is soft, smooth and slightly springy with a noticeable energetic sensation as the foot rolls through the midfoot to toe-off.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
The Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3 is a great topiont for runners who run moderate mileage and appreciate shoes with a soft, comfortable feel, trend-forward style and a floating sensation under foot.
It’s not that it wouldn’t be good for long runs, but its sweet spot is somewhere in the middle. Those work-week runs when you're going to quality over quantity in mileage.
PROS AND CONS OF THE MIZUNO SKY WAVEKNIT 3
Pros:Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3
The midsole: The XPOP is Mizuno’s next-generation polyurethane midsole foam that provides both great cushioning and noticeable responsiveness. Similar to Saucony’s Everun foam, it serves up a reassuringly stable yet mildly peppy ride.
Mizuno’sCloudwave technology provides amazing cushioning, light guidance and a more lively feel underfoot. It allows the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle without any clunky transitions from heel to midfoot to forefoot.
Five flex grooves in the forefoot of the outsole—including two deeper ones that span the width of the shoe—increase the pliability of this shoe, allowing the foot to move naturally to the toe-off phase of a stride.
Cons: Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3
Although not heavy or slow, the Sky Waveknit 3 isn’t a lightweight shoe nor a speed burner.
It can get by doing some faster types of workouts like tempo runs, but our wear-testers didn’t think it would be a performance-oriented trainer or a race-day shoe for most runners.
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.”