Mizuno Wave Ascend

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Mizuno Wave Ascend

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I do about half my mileage off-road and these shoes are ideal for me. The grip and responsiveness is okay for an off-road shoe, but the outsole and cushioning make these decent road shoes too so they are very Continue reading...
Inspite of not being either the most robust shoe I've ever had, or for that matter having the most grip, I'll certainly consider buying another pair when my current replacement shoes wear out ... they worked re Continue reading...
A great robust shoe which can be used on and off road especially given the winter we have just had....... Continue reading...
I like the Ascend a lot. I'm a heavy runner and I like a lot of cushioning and support. These shoes give me that. I do most of my running on trails and parkland roads and the changes from the softer trail surfa Continue reading...



I am looking for a pair of trail shoes.  I currently run (on road) in Mizuno wave inspire and am really happy with them.  Have been looking on the internet for trail shoes and have found a couple of mizuno ones.

Anyone got any comments/feedback regarding them?



Posted: 28/09/2007 at 12:32

I had a pair of MIzuno Ascend 1 (the '2' is very different) They were fine, but not overly grippy. It is essentially a road shoe with a more aggressive sole. Ok for footpaths and wet grass, but for 'proper' fell running you'd want something else.

Depends on what sort of off-road/trail running you plan on doing as to what you should get.  Also dont know if ascend are supportive in the way the Inspire is.

Other options:

Saucony Omni trail

Salomon XA Pro/Comp

Asics Trabucco

all the above have medial support and are ok for some road as well. The salomons are probably the most 'off roady'.

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 13:36

Wave Harrier are very good and comfortable.

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 13:48

I agree about the Ascends (just got back from a run in a pair actually!)

The Mizuno Wave Harriers are supposed to be very good

I know a few people who swear by Puma Trailfox

again, these are both neutral shoes, so... what Nick said!

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 13:55

I like the look of the harrier, but I dont really need such a shoe...as most of what I do is across fields and stuff...but if I were to get more into proper off road running id get a pair. I use superfeet insoles which adds some support to an otherwise neutral shoe.

I am also now using a pair of Hi-Tec Lava/Magma (same shoe diff colours)....now 1st off dont laugh....Hi-Tec.....but theyre a well made shoe, good grip, Vibram sole. I got a pair for £16 from TK Maxx. Supportive cushioning. Have a look at my review of them. I recently completed the second half of an Ultra in them (covering about 42 miles) and they were really good...they have a thin plastic strip I think in the sole to reduce the 'pointy rock in the foot' thing that often happens.

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 14:01


i've had a look at the harriers on the internet - what's the difference between the normal harrier and the WT? 

I have also looked at the arashi - any thoughts?

this will be my first experience at trail running.  am going on a womens running network weekend on dartmoor.

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 15:06

I just looked on Wiggle and the WT stands for 'Wet Traction' i think. So prob a different rubber compound or tread pattern. It might be that the MT is simply a modified version of the normal harrier...and that the normal harrier is now obsolete

I would say that you need to try a few pairs on to see how they feel to you....also find out what sort of running you'll be doing over Dartmoor...will it be on dirt tracks, or leaping through heather and boggy nastiness? That should influence what you get.

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 15:15

i guess some boggy stuff may be involved as the girls who went last time had to use their spare shoes due to some sogginess!

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 15:23

i guess some boggy stuff may be involved as the girls who went last time had to use their spare shoes due to some sogginess!

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 15:23

...if you live near a Decathlon shop, you might want to have a look at pair of 'Raid Gaiters'.....keep all the crap out of your shoes....if youre in the SW though there arent any of the these shops down your way - couple in London....Birmingham and up north

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 15:43


i live in devon, my local running shops are in exeter and torquay and they dont seem to stock a lot of trail stuff.  will check out the gaiters on the web though as they look like they could be a good idea - particularly as the trail weekend will be happening in november and dartmoor is pretty well known for its tempramental weather!

Posted: 28/09/2007 at 15:50

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