Product Review: Mizuno Wave Sayonara

First of all, a little history about me. I prefer to run in minimal shoes, meaning, the flatter the better. Years ago I had tried to run in “another brand”, in a well structured, supportive shoe, and I managed to tear a tendon in my ankle and end up having surgery. When I started to try to run again, I found out quickly, that I could not run in any shoe that forced my ankle to not land naturally on the ground. That’s how I ended up transitioning down to a zero drop shoe. 
 
 
 
Undoubtedly The Wave Sayonara is was probably the most anticipated pair of shoes to arrive in 2013. The name “Sayonara” is a play off the earlier “Wave Goodbye” track spiked shoe of the early 2000’s. The Sayonara features a brand new midsole material by the name of U4ic (pronounced euphoric) which is 30% lighter than Mizuno’s traditional AP+ midsole but still offers plenty of cushioning and a smooth transition. This men’s racer/trainer weighs only 230g and the women’s only 190g. That would make it just 8.1 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 7.1 oz in a Women’s 8, which would make it one of the lightest trainers on the market. With a parallel wave plate in the heel for shock absorption, the Sayonara doesn’t have the same anti-pronation control as the Elixir, but by flaring and strengthening the medial side they’ve given it some inherent stability.  So, in plain English, what does all of this mean? It means, you get an awesome shoe that will provide the stability and cushion that most people desire. 
I have run about 25 miles in these shoes so far, and I have to say that even though it is more shoe than I am used to, I definitely like it alot, and am considering it for my upcoming Half Marathon. The longest distance I have run in these so far is 7.5 miles, so as soon as I can test out a 13mile run, I will know how the ankle adapts to the shoe. 
 
Now for some pictures:
My dog Flint tends to be quite nosey, so when the box arrived at the doorstep, he just had to check them out.. I guess he loves the “new shoe smell”… 
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This is a closeup view of the upper. The toe has a bit of covering on it, which helps to keep the rain and puddles out. The mesh is composed of Hot Melt internal straps that help to hold the foot in place but aren’t so confining that your feet won’t be able to move comfortably. You can see the holes in the mesh, which help to drain any water that accumulates on a wet day.  You’ll notice a nice wide toe box, which is a favorite with most runners.
I ran a 5K in the pouring rain, and my feet didn’t feel soggy or squishy at all. Basically, the AIRmesh allows each running shoe from Mizuno to maintain a high standard of breathability for the life of the shoe, and allows the foot to stay cool.
 
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I wanted to bring attention to the eyelets. They are not riveted metal like you see on many shoes today. These are machine sewn and are super sturdy, as well as nice looking. It’s the little details like this that make a shoe look really nice and have lots of eye appeal. The eyelets also run obliquely down the foot to make a more comfortable fit. No more tightness over the top of your foot making it hurt after the run.
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The laces. First of all, love the color, but that’s not why I took the time to talk about them. These are the first laces that I have had, that haven’t come undone when I am running. They stay put and don’t move. I wish more shoe companies would invest in these. They are a little stiffer than most so they really stick and don’t slide apart. 
 
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Here’s the view from the top down. A nice looking, well fitting supportive shoe,
but not “too much shoe”. Still lightweight enough for racing.
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Here you can see the unique midsole compound that rides and cushions like Mizuno’s ap+ midsole, but is approximately 30% lighter without any loss of comfort or performance.
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In the heel area you can see the U4ic, plus the parallell waveplate in the heel that Mizuno is known for. This provides shock attenuation and shock absorption. This helps to make a heel strike transition much more smooth. This shoe has a 10mm heel to toe drop. 
 
 
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In the heel area you can see the X10 rubber areas, that improve durability and traction. X-10 provides the most durable carbon rubber from Mizuno that allows for longer wear in high impact areas and provides more traction at heel strike.
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In the forefoot area, you can see the “Spiderweb” looking things.. that’s the G3 area, a new performance outsole component that enhances traction where needed most and reduces weight. I can tell you that these little babies grip very well. I have had no issues with slipping when I run in wet conditions. There is also a purple layer of the X10 rubber, added here for durability, yet it remains light enough to give you a fast, responsive ride. You’ll notice the flex grooves which help keep the shoe flexible enough that it isn’t stiff. I think that’s why I can run it in and not have a cranky ankle.. the flexibility is there, allowing my leg to land naturally.
For those of you who don’t wear pink, there’s also the men’s version in a gorgeous blue! 
Here are a few more specs:
Mens Colors: Dude Blue/Anthracite/Lime Punch or White/Anthracite/Lime Punch
Womens Colors: Electric/Silver/Purple Magic or White/Lime Punch/Blue Atoll
Ramp: 10mm
Heel to Toe: 19/9
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