(A review of the previous shoe follows:)
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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