|Full Name: Mizuno Wave Elixir 6
|Category: Light Stability
|Weight: 10 oz. ( gr.)
|Suggested Price: 110 $
|Recommended For: training shoe for mild overpronators; racing shoe for moderate overpronators
Mizuno Wave Elixir 6 General Info:
Mizuno updates it’s famous Elixir series with a fresh upper and daring color schemes. Also updated is Mizuno’s Dynamotion Fit. The shoe still sits in Mizuno’s performance support niche.
Mizuno Wave Elixir 6 Sole Unit:
The Wave Elixir 6 midsole is carried over from the Wave Elixir 5 and retains all of the properties which made the Elixir 5 such a popular shoe. The Mizuno wave still forms the essence of the Wave Elixir 6. Mizuno inserts a plastic plate into the midsole of their running shoes and tunes the plate for specific foot strike tendencies. The Wave Elixir 6 plate is designed with the overpronating runner in mind. Overpronation is defined as an excessive inward roll of the foot during the gait cycle. As a result, overpronating runners often complain of pain and fatigue in the arch or on the inside of the lower leg. Mizuno addresses this concern by providing more structure on the medial, or inner, portion of the wave plate while allowing for more motion on the lateral side. The end result is a more neutral, centered foot strike which disperses impact forces more evenly and allows for better transfer of power.
Mizuno has actually segmented the wave plate in the lateral heel of the Wave Elixir 5 and 6. This further enhances medial stability and allows for a smoother transition from heel to toe. Mizuno’s premium AP+ midsole foam provides rebound and long term durability. X10 carbon rubber is found in the heel and the forefoot features Mizuno’s G3 compound which improves wet weather traction. Mizuno’s Gender Engineering includes specific heel radiuses to address differing foot strike patterns between the sexes.
Mizuno Wave Elixir 6 Upper:
The upper is definitely the focal point of this update. Mizuno has re-engineered their Dynamotion Fit to include flex eyelets and a semi floating collar tab, all of which add up to a better, more natural feeling fit. The medial overlays have been beefed up to help hold the rearfoot in place. A necessary step seeing that the heel overlay is not as substantial as the one found in the Wave Elixir 5. However, the overall fit is improved. A new, more open mesh is also utilized and ensures that the foot will stay as cool as possible. A lightweight AP foam sockliner is also featured.
The most striking feature of the Wave Elixir 6 is it’s color scheme. Mizuno went wild with lime greens and electric blues in the men’s version while the women’s version gets an aqua blue and bright yellow treatment. This is definitely a spring/summer shoe.
Mizuno Wave Elixir 6 Opinion:
I have more history in the Elixir series than any other Mizuno shoe. Years ago this shoe was called the Wave Maverick and was my first true running shoe. Since then, the Elixir series has been with me for more races than any other shoe. The Wave Elixir 6 still provides exceptional arch support, resilient cushioning and the classic Mizuno ride. Firm, supportive and powerful. True to form, the Wave Elixir 6 still fits snug in the heel and arch with just a little roominess in the toebox. Just the right amount for me to spread my toes without any sloppiness. The upper is also decidedly low in volume and enhances the shoe’s performance appeal. The fit is improved over the Wave Elixir 5 although I must say I’m more a fan of the Wave Elixir 5’s overall darker, more brooding color scheme.
I primarily use this shoe for 5K to half marathon distances although it can certainly handle more. Like other Mizuno shoes the Wave Elixir 6 rides so well that it feels like it’s not there. So, even though it is not super lightweight on the scale the ride is so expertly engineered that you won’t even care what it weighs.
If you like a little support combined with lightweight performance and eye-catching design you don’t want to miss the Wave Elixir 6. It’s hot!
Review by Theo Clyatt
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