Last week, I, together with fellow running bloggers, were invited by Mizuno to try out their latest products using Wave Technology: the Wave Rider 19 and Wave Inspire 12. I got to try the former and here’s me quick review of this shoe.
— Press Release —
Introduction to Mizuno Science
The Mizuno brand has been tirelessly working on its products for more than 100 years, starting from golf clubs and baseball sundries to becoming the international multi-sport brand that it is today.
This year, Mizuno showcases its dedication to innovation with Mizuno Science, which focuses on how Mizuno technology can help you better your best.
Elite runner, two-time Olympian and Philippine Record holder for numerous long distance running times from 3km to 42km, Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista has decided to start using Mizuno running shoes.
He recently told us in an interview that “ang napansin ko sa Hitogami, from start to finish ganon pa rin epekto niya, hindi nagbabago, di katulad ng iba kong ginamit na nawawala ang cushion niya, ngayon lang ako nakagamit ng ganyan katibay ang cushion at matatag din pantakbo.”
What I noticed with the Hitogami, from start to finish, the effect remains the same. It did not change (cushioning), not like others (shoes) that I have used, the cushioning changes. Only now have I used shoes with cushion that is this durable and stable for running. – Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista (August 04, 2016)
To add to the credibility of Mizuno Science, Vertek won the Manila leg of the Milo Marathon using the Wave Hitogami 2, which uses a parallel wave plate.
I seldom comment on the outside look of a shoe, but it was indeed love at for sight for me with the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. It’s such a beauty! I was simply mesmerized when I first saw that gradient blue color. And when I first tried it on, it felt like stepping onto pillows.
Mizuno Wave Tester
To show us the literal difference of Mizuno Science, the brand introduces the Mizuno Wave Tester. This platform will let you test out the difference between shoe cushioning with the Mizuno Wave Plate and shoe cushioning with regular shoe foam.
The Mizuno Wave Plate technology makes your run stable on every stride. It focuses on dispersing the impact forces away from your feet instead of just absorbing the impact, while also stabilizing the contact of your foot to the ground. This helps you prevent injury, and have a more enjoyable run.
This is also the reason why Mizuno shoes with the Wave Technology have consistent and stable cushioning, even for longer distances.
We were given a brief backgrounder on what the Wave Technology is and they even have a device to show the advantage of this patented Mizuno technology over the usual soles. But nothing beats an actual run to test this technology.
Mizuno Wave Rider 19
On its 19th version, Mizuno has developed a heel to toe transition that is light, firm and responsive, with improved softness and flexibility for the structure of the shoe, a new U4icX midsole and 2mm thicker strobel board for added comfort.
U4icX is one of the new improvements with the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. This technology gives the mid-sole cushion a more responsiveness, creating a more responsive ride on every stride.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 also offers a snug fit in the toe box area to avoid creating heat from friction.
The Wave Rider 19 comes in blue and yellow for men and pink and blue for women.
I was just so glad that I got the Mizuno blue color of the Wave Rider 19 that I fell in love with. The Wave Rider 19 comes in other equally captivating colors as well, but for some reason, I really, really liked the blue color.
We started our test run in front of Mizuno store in Bonifacio High Street. We went around the block and entered Terra 28th for this test run. Unfortunately, the rains started pouring in as we were getting some good mileage, cutting short our run. In the end we were only able to manage at least a mile.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 12
The new version of the Inspire 12 has precision support with responsive ride and superb performance in the stability category. A must try sensation for any over-pronator.
Mizuno changed the heel geometry of the Wave Inspire 12, taking out the SR Touch foam and replacing it with a new compound that is indicated as U4ic X, thicker than its predecessor at approximately 36mm in the midsole. There is also an added layer of sock liner to provide added cushioning.
The Inspire 12 comes in black, dark blue, and yellow for men, and pink and teal for women.
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A mile is pretty short to make a detailed analysis of a shoe, but nonetheless I find running in a Wave Rider 19 a very comfortable and pleasant experience. The cushioning is just excellent. I was wearing very thin socks (as I came straight from the office) yet I feel like I’m wearing thick socks. The toe part is also quite bendable so there won’t be any hard part that would hurt your feet while you run and its mesh top makes it breathable. And it really looks good! Overall, the ride was very pleasant!
I admit I’m very excited to try this shoe for a much longer ride! But that would have to wait for another time (and a better weather) so stay tuned for my full review of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.