Mizuno Wave Rider 17 is a neutral running shoe and Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 is a stability running shoe.
Now available at the Florida Running Company are the highly anticipated, redesigned Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and Wave Inspire 10. What you will notice to be the most striking difference from their previous models is how lightweight they are. Mizuno has revamped their cushioning system by introducing the U4ic technology, which is 30% lighter than the AP+ cushioning technology of past. With U4ic, runners will enjoy a barely-there lightweight feel without sacrificing the cushioning of a daily trainer.
Also redesigned is the shoe’s upper, DynaMotion, which now features a seamless and stretchable mesh that conforms to the foot as if it were a sock. This is designed to give breathability, to prevent clumping of materials, and to feel as though there is nothing separating the foot and the shoe. Additionally, the new sock liner inside the shoe is softer and more durable than previous models.
Mizuno is also now experimenting with rounded blown rubber on the lateral edge of the sole to give the runner a soft landing. The heel-to-toe transition is smoother than ever with the blown rubber feature, and the durability stands up to the tougher and heavier rubber that Mizuno has used in the past.
The Wave Rider 17 (Below) is Mizuno’s longstanding neutral daily trainer, comparable to the Asics Gel Cumulus 15, Brooks Ghost 6, or Saucony Ride 6. If you compare these shoes, the Wave Rider is the most lightweight option. It weighs in at 8.6 oz for a men’s size 9, as opposed to the Brooks Ghost (10.9 oz), Asics Gel Cumulus (11.4 oz), and Saucony Ride (9.6 oz). For the neutral runner who values a combination of durability, cushioning, and a lightweight feel, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 would be an excellent option.
The Wave Inspire (Left) 10 is Mizuno’s moderate stability shoe. The new version of the Inspire, in addition to the above updates, features a redesigned wave plate. Termed Fan Wave, the wave plate is designed to offer more stability than previous Wave Inspire models. The Wave Inspire 10 is expected to burst onto the scene, as it is now the most lightweight option in the stability category for daily trainers. Comparable shoe models to the Inspire, which weighs in at only 9.1 oz for a men’s size 9, include the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 (11.2 oz), the Asics GT-2000 2 (10.9 oz), and New Balance 1260 v3 (10.9 oz)
Mizuno shoes are known for the rocking chair feel as a result of their unique wave plate technology. While the wave plate function may remain the cornerstone to the success of these shoes, the additional features introduced by Mizuno this year may offer the fit and feel that a broader range of customers have long been hoping for.
Come into the Florida Running Company, located in Coconut Grove, FL, today to try the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 or Wave Inspire 10 and see for yourself how great they feel.
Mizuno Wave Rider 17 (Right)
Best for: High Mileage training on road or grass surfaces
Weight: 8.6 ounces (Men’s size 9), 7.3 ounces (Women’s size 8)
Heel-to-toe offset: 12 mm
Wave Inspire 10 (Left)
Purpose: High mileage daily training on road or grass surfaces
Weight: 9.1 ounces (Men’s size 9), 7.5 ounces (Women’s size 8)
Heel-to-toe offset: 12 mm