|Full Name: Mizuno Wave Rider 12|
|Weight: 11.2 oz. (320 gr.)|
|Suggested Price: 100 $|
|Reccomended For: Neutral or Under Pronator (Supinator) who needs a cushioned run|
Mizuno Wave Rider 12 General Info:
The Mizuno Wave Rider 12 won the Runner’s World Editor’s Choice in dec. 2008 as a cushioning shoe. It is a neutral cushioning shoe, adapt for runners who have a neutral pronation or under pronate. Extremely lightweight, it gathered enthusiastic feedback from runners all over the world.
Mizuno Wave Rider 12 Sole Unit:
These shoes have been gender-specific engineered. Women have a naturally wider Q angle (the angle the leg makes while connecting to the hips and ankles) and tend therefore to pronate more than men. Mizuno addressed this by implementing midsoles which properly respond to these differencies.
The cushioning for the shoe is taken care by 3 different construction elements. The first one is the Mizuno Wave , a trademark plate of a plastic material that absorbs and distributes the shock while offering good elements of stability as well – in order to prevent your ankle from twisting. (note: the Wave component in 2009 Wave Rider is made for more than 2/3 from vegetable oils – being biodegradable). The second is the insert of VS1 (Mizuno’s cushioning foam) under the heel in the areas of maximum impact. Third and final the use of their lightweight AP midsole compound.
The result? A very good cushioning especially in the heel, where the landing is particularly soft in these shoes.
The outsole design is very effective in providing a great grip and responsive flexibility of the toe-area.
Mizuno Wave Rider 12 Upper:
Personally, we find the upper of this shoe incredibly attractive. Subjective feelings aside, the synthetic leather overlays on the upper support the foot while at the same time leaving large areas of the very open mesh material. The shoe is very lightweigh and breathable and the fit very comfortable.
The toebox is fairly wide.
Mizuno Wave Rider 12 Opinion:
Mizuno Wave Rider 12 is a very strong cushioning shoe. Incredibly light and breathable, it offers superb heel cushioning (not as much in the forefoot) and a great fit. It is designed as a high-mileage neutral shoe and it will fit the needs of neutral pronators and supinators.
100$ is a correct price point for this shoe as it is a direct competitor of the Asics Cumulus and the Mizuno has the same value in it. Female runners should definitely try it.
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