My recently concluded 10K pacing duty at the 2016 RUPM was completed in a Mizuno Wave Rider 19, and now here’s my more detailed review:
My Mizuno Wave Rider 19 was only tried once prior to the 2016 Run United Philippine Marathon and right then and there, I was pretty confident that I can use it for my 10K pacing duty. I had not worn it between my first trial and the race so putting it again on race day reminded me on how wonderful it feels. Its cushioning is excellent and one of the best I’ve tried.
Running on a controlled, even pace is not an easy task so your shoe should be the least of your concern. And thankfully, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 did not disappoint. I hardly noticed its weight for the entire duration of our 10K race. I didn’t feel any slip ups even on wet surfaces and my feet didn’t feel hot. To be honest, there wasn’t anything remarkable that I experienced for the entire 10K run—which is actually great news as it means no worries!
The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 weighs 9.6oz or 272g (men’s) and has a 12mm heel to toe drop. As I already mentioned, it features some excellent cushioning but the Wave Plate gives it some stability. It does make the midfoot area more rigid but the soles remain flexible.
The upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 sports a mesh that looks typical, but is actually quite breathable. In fact, you can see through it if you put it under a light. I used a fairly thick pair of socks during my race and it never felt hot. Not that you’d need a thick sock with the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 as even the thinnest socks feel soft. Also, the fit is secure so it does not slip from your feet while you run.
Overall, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is an excellent neutral cushioning shoe that you could use daily or for race day. It is breathable and lightweight, and it comes in a variety of interesting colorways.