Mizuno Wave Rider £70

Posted: 22 January 2004

Mizuno substantially upgraded the Wave Rider last summer and ended up with a fantastic shoe. Wisely, it has changed little on the Rider other than the upper materials. That said, by using a lighter, more breathable mesh, the Rider's fit now feels even better than before.

(A review of the previous shoe follows:)

Weight 318g
Evaluation Mizuno is taking a risk with the all-new version of the Wave Rider. This well-cushioned, but light and responsive gem has proved a big hit. This is actually the first significant update of the Rider, and benefits from the firm’s new Sozo design studio. The biggest change is the replacement of the plastic Wave with a Composite Wave. Perhaps surprisingly, the result is a softer heelstrike. The forefoot cushioning has been beefed up with a bigger insert of Mizuno’s VS-1 material, and the midsole foam is now thicker for better cushioning.
Weartesters were quick to respond to the improvements to the Rider. This new version has a more cushioned feel, especially in the rearfoot, and a better heel fit.
In short Updates don’t get much better than this. Mizuno has taken a great shoe and improved its fit, feel and forefoot cushioning. If you’re one of those runners who liked the Rider but wanted better cushioning, this new version was made for you.
Try it on if you liked Mizuno Wave Rider 5 (£70); Asics Gel Cumulus (£60)

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i think these are the best cushioning shoes on the market for training combined with racing> does anyone agree
Posted: 05/07/2004 at 16:14

Try the Gear thread, John, you might find less tumbleweed in there :-)

Personally, I have a pair for sub 10M races, and I do like them but they're not padded enough for 10M+ runs
Posted: 05/07/2004 at 16:57

I have a pair of these after struggling with other makes and find them very comfortable upto half marathon (but that's because I haven't run any longer races!!).

I do think they are a little lightweight and take Blackers' point about padding for longer distances as I feel they could be a little more substantial to promote confidence.
Posted: 05/07/2004 at 17:15

I really like them - but I find they have a hard heel. Very odd, it's not uncomfortable, just noisy. I also agree with the 10m+ view - I prefer to wear them for shorter road races or off-road running, but for 10m and half-maras on road, I prefer Asics Nimbus...

and btw, I'm not even particularly heavy (8.5 stone), so I disagree with the reviews which say that the cushioning only lets you down over longer distances if you're heavily-built. Think it's a fault of the shoe!
Posted: 05/07/2004 at 18:31

Just noticed why it's not on Gear - the thread's automatically linked to the article - clearly RW have got their wires crossed...
Posted: 05/07/2004 at 18:32

You're right, Snail - waveriders *are* noisy aren't they - kinda "slap" on pavement. I'm a nimbus man too - got Nimbus6 yet? They seem more popular than the blister-inducing nimbus5 on the gear thread..
Posted: 06/07/2004 at 17:16

iv'e been wearing these for my marathon training.I found that after 10 miles my calfs were hurting.gone back to my asics cumulas and calfs are ok.These trainers are fine for up to 10miles.Not looking forward to Blackpool,don't think iv'e done enough long runs
Posted: 03/06/2005 at 19:45

I love them too never had a shoe that feels so right for me!
Posted: 09/03/2008 at 02:44

also try DS Trainer,bit lighter. I wore wave rider in 2004, wish I had known about DS Trainer before then!
Posted: 09/03/2008 at 08:54

I thought it was just me but I also think that for distances longer than 10 miles they are not padded enough. They also do slap a bit on the tarmac. Excellent shoe for 10k races but I need something more comfortable and padded for longer ones.
Posted: 09/03/2008 at 08:57

I've used Wave Riders for about ten years now, but that slapping sound that makes you sound flat-footed (or maybe I am..) is starting to grate - any similar quality shoes from good makes (cushioned / neutral) that are quieter? 

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 18:31

I've used theseshoes for quite a few years now - I've not noticed the slapping sound and I've covered all distances up to marathon.

I'll probably notice it next time I'm out running

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 08:59

Simon Coombes 2 wrote (see)
also try DS Trainer,bit lighter. I wore wave rider in 2004, wish I had known about DS Trainer before then!

Interested you reference the DS Trainer Simon, as I'm sure I once tried them before I had any vague idea about neutral/pronation etc.

Wave rider suits a neutral/supinator gait, but a DS trainer is for mild to moderate overpronators I thought? So you can probably get away with both if you are a light pronator, but not if you supinate or are neutral...

(for those who don't believe such talk is a manufacturers conspiracy )

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 19:33

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