Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review

Disclaimer:  All opinions expressed in the post are 100% my own. 
I was given these shoes for review purposes, and not compensated by Mizuno in any way for my opinion.


 
Anyone who knows me, or follows my blog knows that I am a follower of the “minimalist” movement in running. Whether it’s a fad, or not, (as some like to say…) running in minimal shoes has been the only way that my surgically repaired ankle stays happy.
 
I am sponsored by Mizuno, and was sent the Wave Rider 17 to review. Now normally I wouldn’t go out and buy a shoe with this much of a drop, (12mm between heel and toe) but I was intrigued by the shoe and was very interested in giving it a good testing.
 
I did a few short runs in them, and right away noticed an issue with the right shoe and my foot. Along the lateral side of my foot is half of the scar from my ankle surgery. That area is still has no feeling due to the nerves being cut during surgery. Around that area of the scar, is still tender and certain shoes just aggravate that more.  The insole for the shoe is nicely padded and not too thick, but for me, the padding was too much and was causing pressure from the lateral side of the shoe. I removed the insole, and replaced it with a super flat one from a pair of my other shoes, and that was the magic element that I needed. It dropped my ankle down just enough to stop the rubbing on the scar. 
 
I decided to reserve my opinions until after my long run last Saturday. That afternoon, I took off down the road in 30* weather and hoped for the best. My first thoughts were, that for a shoe with more heel than I am used to, it was very comfortable. I do wear the Wave Rider 16’s often to work, and the 17’s are way lighter and much more comfortable. Some more updates, include a redesigned seamless upper for reduced weight and improved comfort, as well as a new U4iC midsole that’s virtually 30% lighter than the previous version. The 17’s blown rubber outsole instead of a carbon rubber one, further reduces the shoe’s weight. As far as traction is concerned, the new outsole offers just as much traction, if not more. It was cold on the road that day, and I found that at first the shoe was very stiff and felt dead. After about half a mile, they softened up and I felt I had just the right amount of cushioning and they felt more “springy”. My feet were not cold at all, which surprised me since they are cold all winter long! 
 
Here are some details from Mizuno:
 
FEATURES:
 

·       Shoe type: Neutral
·       New Dynamotion upper fit uses soft mesh materials to optimize comfort and breathability
·       Midfoot and forefoot internal straps seamlessly mold the upper to your foot, making a perfect fit
·       Anatomical lacing system secures your foot to the platform
·       Upgraded premium sockliner is removable and provides additional cushion and responsiveness
·       New last and lower toe spring
·       U4ic midsole is light, flexible and optimizes cushioning throughout your run
·       SmoothRide Engineering™ adds forefoot flex controllers that minimize energy loss by increasing flexibility
·       Lateral forefoot sculpting and deep flex grooves smooth the transition from heel-to-toe
·       Blown rubber in the forefoot and X-10™ carbon rubber in the heel
·       Previous model: Wave Rider 16
·       Heel-toe drop: 12mm
·       Weight: 7.4 oz
·       Style: 410564.8M8K
·       Mizuno
 
The shoe comes in multiple colorways, 
and you won’t be disappointed if you give them a try! 
 
Mens
Women’s
 
 
Here we go with my ratings on a 1-10 scale:
                                   
FIT: 8/10
Once I removed the insole and replaced it with a flatter one, the shoe fit like a glove. Toebox was not as wide as other shoes, but not that narrow either. Still fit my foot very well.
 

FLEXIBILITY:6/10

Since this is not a minimal shoe, it does not have the amount of flexibility that I like on my feet. For someone who needs support, the flexibility is very good.
 

WEIGHT:10/10

7.4 oz  per shoe. Nice job Mizuno in reducing the weight of the Wave Rider!
 

GRIP:9/10

I typically run the roads in my area. These shoes grip very well both up and down hills. They do well in the soft sand on the sides of the road, and rock salt pebbles didnt get into my shoes when running. I think I will use them this winter to run in the snow as long as they dont get too waterlogged. I havent run in the rain in them so I’m not sure how good the drain-ability is. 
 

BREATHABILITY:10/10

The soft mesh and seamless design of the upper with it’s minimal overlays reduces weight and still allows for good breathability. As I mentioned before, my feet were not cold at all. 
 

CUSHIONING:5/10

These shoes are well cushioned. At times, (such as running downhill) the “cush factor” was just right. At other times, they felt flat (as in hard) to me. I prefer a thinner, more minimal shoe with more padding under the forefoot. 
 

DURABILITY: 8/10

I’ve run about 35 miles in these shoes and they are holding up great. The new changes in the sole will much improve the durability of the shoe.
 

PRICE:7/10

$115.00  If this was the type of shoe I normally run in, I wouldn’t think twice about spending that amount of money since the shoe will definitely hold up for many, many miles of runs. 
 

GENERAL COMMENTS:

Nice to see that Mizuno has gotten rid of the heavy shoes and are making them much lighter and more durable at the same time. 

 
This article was originally posted by Louise Cunningham on Runnersramblings.com.


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