Product Review: Mizuno Wave Kazan

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Today I will review one of Mizuno’s new lineup of Trail Shoes, the Wave Kazan. I run trails about 35-40% of the time. I really prefer to run on pavement, but do realize that trail running is good for my legs once in a while.
Let me tell you about the new Kazan:
The first thing I noticed right out of the box, was the look. I really like the way these look. Much more so, than some of Mizuno’s previous lineup of shoes… The Women’s version comes in Gunmetal Grey, and Chinese Red.
The next thing that I noticed was the minute I put them on, they felt different than any other shoe by Mizuno that I have ever run in. Something just “felt right”. I noticed right away how these shoes were more flexible than their normal trail shoes, and yet they have enough support that I don’t feel the rocks under my feet when on the trails. I’m not one to run in any type of a “support” shoe, but these seem to be the best of both worlds. Mizuno has definitely got the right idea with this one.
Here are some of the different features of the shoe:
·            Mizuno’s most versatile, all-terrain trail shoe that lets you glide smoothly over any type of terrain.
·            The Concave Wave cradles the heel against excessive movement, while a midfoot “X” groove allows the heel and forefoot to move independently and adapt to uneven terrain.
Wave plate in the heel
Midfoot Xgroove
·            The ultra-aggressive x-studded outsole pattern is strategically patterned to provide optimal grip and traction while still allowing for optimal flexibility where needed.
·            And at just 8.0 oz., the Wave Kazan is light enough for a fast day on the trails, yet rugged and protected enough for an epic, 100 mile ultra.


Fluid motion at every step of your run.
SmoothRide is the result of years of development designed to the most fluid, smooth, rocking-chair-like motion in every step.
Smoothride begins working the moment your foot touches the ground. Flex Grooves in the heel promote natural movement from the back of your foot to the front, initiating that rocking-chair motion. Our AP+ Midsole gives the shoe a bouncier feel. And Flex Grooves and Flex Controllers in the forefoot work together to smoothly continue the roll forward to give your foot a more solid platform at toe-off. It all adds up to a more fluid, enjoyable run, every time you head out.
  • Smooth, rocking motion throughout your stride
  • Increased flexibility
  • More power at toe-off
Look at the midfoot flexibility… Love this! Really allows the leg to work in a more natural manner,
yet is still supportive and light.
These shoes also are made of a water resistant coated mesh.
I decided to demonstrate that from the inside out.

I also love the detailing.. from the bi-colored laces, to the Japanese symbols on the tongue.

The Wave Kazan derives its name from the Samurai battle standard of “Furin Kazan” meaning “move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as the forest, attack as fierce as fire, and be as undefeatable as the mountain”. The striking upper design was patterned after topography and Japanese rock gardens.
I have thoroughly enjoyed running in these shoes. I hope that Mizuno continues to produce more shoes that are as light and flexible as these!
The Mizuno Wave Kazan can be found at MizunoRunning.Com
Here are a few extra pics. I love to wear these shoes when I am 
walking the beach along the river, and I also use them for biking. 
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