The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.
What is something every runner could use for Christmas!? New running shoes of course! Mizuno was nice enough to send me a pair of the new Wave Rider 17 to test out, and I have to say – add it to your Christmas list.
This is the 17th installment of the shoe, and the edits Mizuno has made are definitely for the better. In the 16th edition, the heel was a bit thicker and really felt clunky when I put it on. That is gone for the 17th edition. The midsole was changed to the new U4ic lightweight cushioning. The forefront of the shoe is blown rubber with deep flex grooves so there is optimal flexibility each and every time you push off the ground.
Back in the summer, I reviewed the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. The Wave Rider 17 and the Sayonara are both neutral shoes, so which one is the better pick? I like the Sayonara for speed work and shorter runs, as it is significantly lighter (8.1oz for men & 7.1oz for women). For more distance type runs and being on my feet longer, I am choosing the Wave Rider 17. It has a bit more to the shoe, and I feel like I get more support from it. It weighs in at 7.8oz, which is still an ounce less than the 16’s, but .7oz more than the Sayonara.
To me, Mizuno’s tend to run pretty true to size, but they are a bit on the narrower side than other shoes. I don’t think the Wave Rider is a great shoe for those with wider feet or those with bunions and a wide midfoot. The heel cup is snug without rubbing and doesn’t slip all over the place either.
The Wave Rider 17 is available starting today, December 5th, and is priced at $115.00, which is really quite moderate for a quality running shoe. Go and grab one for the neutral runner on your Christmas list. Finding a pair under the tree will surely make their holiday!