This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
The Phantom was a great marathon racing shoe, and having remained unchanged for years, its rearfoot cushioning has finally been augmented with Mizunos rippled plastic cushioning plate. The plate extends around the sides of the midfoot to add stability, but this is certainly not a model for anyone with biomechanical problems. The foot sits relatively high off the ground for a racing shoe, and the midfoot plate doesnt actually stop the shoe twisting very much.
The Wave Phantom is lighter than the original, making it only 17g heavier than Mizunos new £50 Wave Goodbye
so which should you choose? If you want distinctly softer cushioning, pick the Wave Phantom. That makes it a better distance-racing shoe. The Wave Goodbye has a faster, more responsive feel, though, because its firmer and your foot sits lower to the ground in it.